Double Up Food Bucks

Double Up Food Bucks launches
at the Market September 17th

Get more fruits and vegetables when you spend your EBT dollars at our Open Air Maket. It’s easy with Double Up Food Bucks! For example, if you spend $10 from your EBT card, we give you another $10 to buy fresh fruits and veggies grown in Arizona.

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Pichuberry Recipe

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While these berries may look small, they boast great nutritional value.  A great source of vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin P, and the B-complex vitamins B1, B6, and B12. By eating only 3 ounces of this power fruit, you’ll meet 37 percent of your daily required vitamin A, 13 percent of your required niacin, 18 percent of your recommended vitamin C, and 39 percent of your vitamin D requirement. .

Pichuberries grow inside husks that assimilate small lanterns, as tomatillos do. Native to Peru, the Pichuberry is being grown here in Arizona.  In fact, the company is in collaboration with the University of Arizona, doing research on the crop.  Pichuberries are great in a variety of recipes from sweet to savory.  In fact, you may have already enjoyed Los Muertos Pichuberry Salsa or Iconic Cocktail’s Pichuberry mixer.

Carolina shares one of her favorite dinner recipes using this superfood.  Say hi to her Saturdays at the market and discover more recipes she’s cooking up at home.

“Read More” for Carolina’s Quinoa Salad Recipe

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SHOP + CHOP + COOK

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Hands On Farmer’s Market Cooking Class with Melanie A. Albert

Shop + Chop + Cook

Learn Unique, Simple Ways to Enjoy Phoenix Public Market Foods at Home

Have fun intuitively creating your own refreshing veggie dishes with Phoenix seasonal veggies. Enjoy hands-on interactive cooking experiences and learn simple culinary techniques to create unique, tasty, beautiful dishes.

Learn: Unique Ways to Create Raw Salad with Local Farmers Phoenix Public Market Veggies

Get tips to shop easily at the farmers market. Mindfully enjoy your creations with our Phoenix community.

Led by intuitive cooking expert, Melanie A. Albert, author of “A New View of Healthy Eating. Simple Intuitive Cooking with Real Whole Foods.”

Meet the instructor…

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Vendor Feature: H2E

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If you’ve ever tried Nicholas Cappele’s products then you’ve experienced the power of aromatherapy and quality ingredients.  So how exactly did this interior designer begin developing clean scents and spa essentials?  We sat down with Nicholas to hear the story.
“I started the market four years ago, in 2012.
This business started from a Interior Design project for a local Divorce attorney requesting I use Bio Philia (use of nature) in the design process. After spending a day assessing each dept I came up with creating essential oil blends to be used with a diffuser specifically composed to enhance the energy needed for that particular function in the office. After 10 months in the new space, I received notice that the energy shift was so profound that the owner of the business challenged me to write a book to help people understand the importance of grounding energy in there home & office. I took a year off  and wrote a best seller on Amazon called “Altared Space”  While writing the book I realized I need something physically tangible to back up what I was teaching & I developed my Chakra Collection of essential oils & soy candles to enhance healing of the body’s energy centers.
The recipes are my own and were derived after many hours of research on the healing benefits of each plant that pertained to each of the energy centers.My favorite composition from this project is my best selling Air Repair Room Spray which calms clarifies & grounds the energy with each spritz.I use it daily to start my day in meditation, when I’m in a creative process and need to stay focused, and always spritz on my pillow before I go to bed for a restful slumber..
Last year I landed an account with AJs two Wellness centers on either coasts and 2 stores at  the Phx Airport.This year I’m negotiating with Sprouts Express Spa Int & just landed a store in Durango Co. My long term goal would be to have my own local store and a counter at Saks & Niemans!!”

See Nick every weekend at the market and check out more about what he offers on the H2E Design Website.

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!

Workshop: Harvesting Prickly Pear

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When:

Reserve your spot here.

Start off this Prickly Pear season with a demonstration on how to harvest, process and eat this delicious fruit.  It has amazing health benefits, has a low glycemic index, is rich in vitamins, minerals and electrolytes and so much more.  It’s a great time to start incorporating this abundant food into your life.

Peggy Sorensen has had a passion for the edible and medicinal plants, trees, cacti and common weeds in the southwest for the past 25 years. She has taught classes and lead foraging events and plant walks around the valley.  She recently finished a year-long herbal intensive course that took her hiking in the deserts and mountains of Arizona and New Mexico where she learned over 100 medicinal plants.

Vendor Feature: Pickled Perfection

Meet Travis & Dean Lambros.

We paused for a moment to chat with Travis Lambros  about their family business, Pickled Perfection.  That’s travis on the left and his father Dean on the right.  This is their success story and exactly what inspires us at the market.

“We started the markets in 2009.

My father, Dean, and I started the business as a side venture and it took off on us. Now we employee a lot of great people and are both full time with the company.  The original recipe is Dean’s.  All of our other flavors and additions have come from trial and error as well as customer requests.  We started with 3 products and now we are up to 11 permanent products and a lot of special orders.
The hope for Pickled Perfection is to be nationwide in multiple grocery stores.  To provided every bar/restaurant in Arizona with our product and the next step is to open our very own Pickled Perfection store.

My personal favorites are the spicy pickled celery and the kalamata olives.”

Read more about how they got started, find products and more here.

Crop of the Week: Okra

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We love this image Hip Veggies (Monika Woolsey) captured.

 

  1. Okra is a member of the Mallow family, related to cotton, hibiscus and hollyhock.

2. In other parts of the world, this functional vegetable is also known as gumbo or lady fingers.

3. The pods, when cut, exude a mucilaginous juice that is used to thicken stews (like gumbo), and have a flavor somewhat like a cross between asparagus and eggplant.

4. Okra probably originated somewhere around Ethiopia, and was cultivated by the ancient Egyptians by the 12th century B.C.

5. Okra seeds have been toasted, ground and used a coffee substitute for centuries.

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Desert Foraging with Mark Lewis

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Weeds in your yard or edible wildflowers?

Mark Lewis is the man about town who can teach you.   With over 150 years knowledge of Southwest foraging passed down through the generations in his family (dating back to his grandfather’s grandfather!) he has been foraging 2000 edible and 500 medicinal plants throughout Arizona and the Sonoran/Baja Southwest.  With his forty five years direct foraging experience and economic botany background, Mark enjoys teaching at the University and has been presenting and offering his knowledge and finds to the public at local markets and events.  Discover the natural (and edible) world around you, receive horticultural advice and more this weekend at the market when we host Mark Lewis.

So just what can be foraged in our desert…

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Vendor Feature: Doctor Hummus

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Meet Saber Rouin and the family behind Doctor Hummus:

Doctor Hummus was started by Saber Rouin in his family’s kitchen in 2004 in Gilbert, Arizona.  His hummus recipes are from Saber’s family in Tunisia North Africa.  We started back in 2002 with four flavors of hummus and now feature over twenty dips and delicious crunchy pita chips in four flavors.

 

We love to hear from our customers and which products they prefer to eat.  We have many vegan/low fat dips now with so many people eating a healthy plant based lifestyle and trying to avoid dairy and fat.  Our favorite product is the vegan jalapeno and artichoke dip (no cholesterol, 35 calories and no saturated fat).  The dip combines a vegan healthy lifestyle with the southwest’s spicy flavors.

 

Fun story:  Several years ago I was working the Doctor Hummus booth Saturday morning at the Phoenix Public Market.  A vendor across the aisle from the Doctor Hummus booth had little pieces of white chocolate cut up on a plate. The sign next to the plate read “free samples please ask” and a customer decided to give it a taste.   After chewing and swallowing he came across to my booth and declared, ” Please give me a pita chip, I have a terrible taste left in my mouth”.  Unfortunately for him the “white chocolate” turned out to be shea butter soap!   Well, the sign did say, “please ask”.