Strength in Numbers (of Conscious Shoppers)

With all the local marketplaces and events this time of year, those of us who are embedded in our community of local do-ers and movers don’t necessarily need an annual tradition boosted by a credit card company to remember the importance of supporting local economy. Still, Small Business Saturday is another one of those special days each year that we love, appreciate, and look forward to.

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According to the National Retail Federation, about 164 million consumers are expected to shop on Black Friday in 2017. For the seventh year, Small Business Saturday plans to redirect some of those shoppers to local businesses across the country rather than big-box retailers. For every $100 spent at a local business, $43 stays in local economy, whereas only $13 stays in local economy if spent at a non-locally-owned business.

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Market Recipe: Carrot Top Pesto

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Just about everyone who has come to our market in the past month has left with a bag full of carrots. Whether they are purple or orange, big or small, chances are they probably don’t even last through the weekend. There are so many ways to eat carrots: cooked or raw, with dinner or as a midday snack. However, it is those green, leafy carrot tops that are always cut off and thrown out without a second thought. This easy carrot top pesto recipe will ensure not a single bite of those fresh carrots go to waste.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup pepitas

1 garlic clove

1 & 1/2 cup coarsely chopped carrot tops

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/3 cup olive oil

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Directions:

Wash carrot tops well and set aside to dry. Add pepitas and garlic to a food processor and pulse, scraping off sides as needed. Begin to add carrot tops and pulse again until desired texture is reached. Lastly, add lemon juice and parmesan to the food processor while blade is running. Drizzle olive oil onto the sauce and enjoy.

The Ultimate Market Board & Holiday Recipes

Bring the ultimate Market Board to any Holiday Feast!
Go to the Market and get inspired by sampling delicious options to include.  Create a blend of sweet and savory Market finds to excite any palate.

An Assortment of Cheese (Fiscalini)
Pickled Mushrooms & Asparagus (Pickled Perfection)
Jarred Peaches + Jam (Cotton Country Jams)
Pita Chips (Doctor Hummus)
Chocolate (Stone Grindz)
Pichuberries (Pichuberry)
Farm Fresh Vegetables (try adding pomegranate, orange slices, sweet potato, and tomatoes)
Don’t forget the garnish.. pick up some colorful herbs like rosemary and purple basil to add color and flavor to your board.

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Keep it fresh and simple, fill a basket with fresh vegetables. Serve Doctor Hummus Vegan Dill Dip on the side.

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Turn ordinary salad and vegetables into something special, like this Roasted Tomato Salad from Plenty More.

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Market Recipe: Caprese Salad

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A Saturday morning market trip has found itself in the weekly routine of many of our customers. Roaming from booth to booth, market-goers are able to get their weekly shopping done in one place. Before the stress of the work week begins, it is always nice to plan out a few meals and gather the ingredients from local vendors.  A few days ago, Farmer Neal from Abby Lee Farms mentioned “tomatoes are going to be fantastic this week – three new color heirlooms and two new cherry colors.”  Why not pick up some of these delicious tomatoes at the market this weekend and make a few meals out of them? Here is a recipe to get you started. 

Picking up an item at Abby Lee Farms, Fiscalini Cheese, and Maya’s Farm, Caprese Salad is a quick and easy recipe to prepare using only market ingredients (and sustainable ones)! 

SHOPPING LIST:

3 Medium Tomatoes- Find them at Abby Lee Farms

8 oz Scamorza Cheese- Find it at Fiscallini Cheese

1/2 Cup Torn Basil Leaves- Find it at Maya’s Farm

DIRECTIONS:

Slice the tomatoes and scamorza cheese

Layer tomatoes and cheese on a plate with the torn basil

Optional: Drizzle with balsamic and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste

Enjoy

Market Recipe: Roasted Potatoes

This season make holiday cooking easy and fresh with our favorite recipes of the season!  Stop by the Information Booth at the Market and pick up our shopping list and recipe cards available, then shop everything you need.

On the Menu: Roasted Potatoes, Cinnamon Roasted Squash, Savory Bread Budding, Italian Heat Apple Stuffing & Herb Glazed Turkey.

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Read more for shopping list and recipe card…

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Market Recipe: Cinnamon Roasted Squash

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Market Recipe: Pumpkin Seeds

This is the perfect weekend to pick up a pumpkin and start carving!
Stop by Saturday and enter our pumpkin carving contest.
Show us your best work and be entered to win market prizes and bragging rights.

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Take home your seeds and try one of these delicious recipes
or pick up your favorite spice blends from Carefree Spice Company or RA Seasonings for an easy and delicious season treat!

Sweet & Salted Roasted Pumpkin Seeds from ForkKnifeSwoon.com (pictured above)

Maple Pumpkin Fall Trail Mix by SlimPickinsKitchen.com

Drunken Pumpkin Seeds at SweetCDesigns.com

Classic Roasted Pumpkin Seeds on TheLemonBowl.com

Market Recipe: Orzo Salad

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Keep life simple.  Cook this easy market meal at home.  Simple ingredients + freshest flavors

Shopping List:
Orzo Pasta – find it at Decio Pasta stand
Tomatoes
Radish
Onion
Lemon
Mint (Or any herbs that look enticing)
Salt – try something special from Fallen Wood
Pepper
Olive Oil

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.

Chop all fresh ingredients, zest lemon, and season with salt. Spice it up and grate some cheese from Fiscalini for added flavor or add sausage from Proper Beast.

ENJOY!

Belinda’s Pickle Spread

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We all love Belinda’s Pickles and this week Belinda shared a delicious and easy recipe to whip up this weekend.

1 – 8ox block of Cream Cheese
8 – Belinda’s Pickles Chopped
1 – Pickled Red Fresno Chile (from Spicy Pickle jar)
1/3 Cup – Chopped Walnuts
1/3 Cup – Chopped Green Onion

Blend ingredients until smooth, add pickle juice to help create a spreadable texture.
Let Belinda’s Pickle Spread sit overnight in the refrigerator.

Serving Suggestions: Spread it on a bagel with smoked lox, serve on tortilla rolls sliced into bite sized pieces or enjoy it with some of your favorite crackers.

Did you know Belinda’s Pickles has been a vendor at the Phoenix Public Market for 11-years!