Farmers Market Fresh Eggs Are No Yolk!

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Have questions about the differences between store bought versus farmers market fresh eggs? Wondering what’s better, cage-free versus free-range? We’re here to help you navigate your choices when buying eggs.

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Shopping for Your Sedar

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A special meal calls for special ingredients.  Seder, which translates to “order,” is a ritual feast that marks the beginning of Passover.  Multiple generations and close friends gather around a table decorated with the finest tableware.  During the dinner, families tell the story of the Jews Exodus from Egypt, discuss the meaning of the story, drink wine, eat matzo and observe other symbolic traditions.

Sedar Shopping:  Fill your sedar with fresh ingredients and full flavors.  Add leafy greens, fresh herbs, root vegetables, specialty salts, plenty of citrus, free range eggs, local honey and dried fruits to your shopping list.  Don’t forget to pick up fresh flowers!

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Market Guide to Spring Allergies

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Yes, it’s that time again—flowers blooming, bees buzzing and lots of sneezing—the all-too-familiar sights and sounds of spring. If you have pollen allergies, spring can be miserable times. You can suffer with itchy eyes, a runny nose, congestion, sinus problems and sneezing—or you can numb your brain and reflexes with over-the-counter or prescription drugs. Maybe it’s time to consider an alternative. Making some minor modifications to your eating habits and picking up some of these handy market items might help relieve some of your symptoms

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Crop of the Week: Mature Spinach

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Spinach is a cool-weather vegetable. Along with other green, leafy vegetables contain an appreciable amount of iron, calcium and vitamins a and k. A fast-growing plant, it yields many leaves in a short time. The variety we’re used to seeing at the grocery stores is known as “baby spinach”.  It’s a softer, sweeter leaf that’s delicious enjoyed fresh and paired with citrus vinaigrette and sliced radishes.  Baby spinach is harvested as early as three weeks. Alternatively, Mature Spinach is harvested 45-60 days. Mature spinach has a richer spinach flavor and is great to cook with because of its texture.

Read more fror trips on shopping, storing and cooking spinach.

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Ten Fun Facts About Cabbage

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“Cabbage is humble, but worthy of the greatest respect” the great Alice Waters has written
(Don’t miss her talk this month – details below**)

Check out our Guide To Leafy Greens and get inspired to cook up Corned Beef and Cabbage this weekend.

Ten Fun Facts About Cabbage… yes, cabbage!
1. Cabbage is one of our oldest known vegetables.
It has been cultivated for longer than almost any other vegetable on record. To be precise, more than 6,000 years! It originated in Northern China, sometime around 4,000 B.C.
2. The first cabbage in America was brought by French explorer Jacques Cartier on his 3rd voyage (1541).
3. Cabbage belongs to the Cruciferae family of vegetables, along with broccoli, collards, kale, and Brussels sprouts.
4. Today, China is the largest producer of cabbage, followed by India and Russia.

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Chile Acres Market Tacos

Taco Throw Down By Celia Petersen (Chile Acres)

You may know Celia for her hard work as a local farmer and her varieties of cheeses, duck eggs, gluten free goodies, soaps and hand woven textiles.  Celia has been at the Market since the very first one back in February of 2005!   So.. she definitely knows the Market well and made some mean Market Tacos for our Taco Throwdown!

You can read more about Celia here in this Vendor Profile: Chile Acres.

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Phoenix Public Maket Tacos

Market Shopping List:
Los Muertos Salsa – One Container of LMS Caviar
Carefree Spice Co – Green Chile Spice Blend
Maya’s Farm – Salad greens, finely chopped
Willy’s Tomato & Chile – One Guac Salsa
Fluffy Vegans – Kale Crunchies
YoBro – Microgreens
Chile Acres – Green Chile Goat Cheese
Abby Lee Farms – Two Tomatoes, chopped
Crooked Sky Farm – Two Onions, chopped
Tortirrikas – 12 Corn Tortillas
OHSO Distillery – Vodka (lime or mango flavored)
Limes for juice

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Prepare for Citrusocolypse

It’s every Arizonan’s duty to be able to recite the 5 C’s like the ABC’s: Cotton, Copper, Cattle, Climate, and CITRUS!

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In the early years of Arizona’s history, citrus was a major player in the fate of Arizona’s economy. Citrus was brought over to the Southwest in the 18th century by Spanish settlers. As grapefruit in particular gained popularity during the 1930s, more than 1 million crates of grapefruits were produced by our state in the year of 1935.

The industry flocked to Arizona, landing mainly in the Arcadia and Mesa areas, where many groves are landmarks for historic neighborhoods. The sprawl of these neighborhoods and urban areas in general encroaching on farmland is largely why orchards declined heavily in the 1990s.

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Our warm and sunny climate creates a perfect incubator for sweet, juicy citrus of many varieties. Today, shoppers at Phoenix Public Market can find tangelos, kumquats, ruby reds, and so much more in overwhelming abundance at every grower’s stand. The ubiquity of citrus in our Phoenician lives can make the fruit mundane and cumbersome, but there are plenty of ways to enjoy it and reap the nutritional benefits–it’s time to get creative!

Read on for 4 ways get excited about our prolonged and plentiful citrus season…

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Taste of the Market: Cucumber Soup

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Pickled Peppers

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Shop the Market for peppers and pickle them to top salads, sandwiches or to simply snack on.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 2 lbs Hot peppers
  • 1/2 cup Pickling salt
  • 1 cup White vinegar
  • 2 qt Water (or enough to fill the jar)

Directions:

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Market Recipe: Orzo Salad

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Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups dry orzo pasta from Decio Pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, or just enough to lightly coat the pasta
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 large English cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • 1tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese, Chile Acres
  • kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the orzo al dente according to package directions (about 9 minutes). Drain the pasta, let cool for a couple of minutes, and toss with the olive oil, lemon juice and zest, cucumber, herbs and cheese.
  2. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve chilled or at room-temperature. Can be made up to a day in advance and kept in the refrigerator.