Vendor Feature: PB Americano

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Hope you didn’t miss this awesome article written in the Phoenix Business Journal on local entrepreneur and Phoenix Public Market vendor, Jeff Malkoon, founder of PB Americano.  While working in Uruguay he was baffled when he discovered that despite the surrounding peanut fields, locals weren’t eating peanut butter.  With a background in international business and non-profit management, Jeff set out to develop his first nut-butter recipes with the help of his mother.

We are proud to say Jeff sold his first jar of peanut butter at the Phoenix Public Market and we are even prouder to say that he has come a far way from that day.  Now selling in dozens of markets and shops all of the region, PB Americano will now be expanding into international markets and national grocers.

Read more about Jeff and PB Americano here.

Crop of the Week: Squash Blossoms

Squash_Blossom_ppmKeep your eyes out for Squash Blossoms starting to pop up around the market!

Squash blossoms are the flowers produced by any number of vines. Some common examples are zucchini, pumpkin, and other various types of squash. Although considered a vegetable in culinary circles, squash are technically a fruit. Stuff the blossoms with cheese – savory or sweet – and then bake them in the oven.

Check out this Ricotta-Stuffed Squash Blossoms featured in Bon Appetite Magazine

Meet our Sponsors: Tuft & Needle

Meet the guys behind Tuft & Needle, our latest Market Sponsor and check them out at the market this weekend.

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Read more to learn more about what launched Tuft + Needle and discover fun facts about sleep.

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Mother’s Day Brunch

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Vendor Feature: Hussein Al Hamka

(Photo by Christina Estes - KJZZ) Farmer Hussein Al Hamka looks forward to learning aquaponics so he can grow his special produce year round.

(Photo by Christina Estes – KJZZ)
Farmer Hussein Al Hamka looks forward to learning aquaponics so he can grow his special produce year round.

We were so excited when we heard Hussein Al Hamka, International Rescue Committee Farmer and our Phoenix Public Market vendor, being interviewed on KJZZ today!  Listen here to learn about the new Aquaponics Incubator Farm at 17th avenue and Camelback.

Read the full article on the KJZZ Website here.

All-Natural Cleaner

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image thanks to kitchn.com

This Saturday you can come to the Market and learn about reducing plastic use, reusing your waste, discover what’s happening at your community garden and more!

This season try replacing traditional store-bought cleaners with all-natural options. We love this lemon spray inspired by Ahimsa Essentials.

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Maricopa Healthy App

Check it out: Maricopa Healthy App has arrived
and hosts everything from a regional mountain guide,
local farmers market listings and seasonal recipes!

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Vendor Feature: Together Farms

Crop of the Week: Radish

12950343_212824379089525_1893640757_nHere are ten fun facts about our crop of the week!

1. Radishes were first cultivated thousands of years ago in China, then in Egypt and Greece. Radishes were so highly regarded in Greece that gold replicas were made. The radish did not make its way to England until approximately 1548.  By 1629 they were being cultivated in Massachusetts and later distributed throughout the Americas.

2.  Radishes are known to tolerate many soil and environmental conditions and can reach maturity in as little as 20 days from seed. Radishes that taste hot are due primarily to soils that are either too dry or soil temperature is too hot, above 90°F.

3. Americans eat 400 million pounds of radishes each year, most of which is consumed in salads.

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Abby Lee Farms

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Last week we went to meet the growers behind Abby Lee Farms and see their greenhouse operation located less than 7 miles from the Phoenix Public Market.  Specializing in hydroponic tomatoes and cucumbers we were blown away by their 120,000 Sq Ft high-tech growing facility.  Using coconut fiber grow bags and strategic watering equipment, they use significantly less water than traditional growing techniques.  In order to manage the extreme conditions of Phoenix weather, going from frosts to extreme heat – they go off of a tried and true system.  When you’re hot and want to put on a hat, your plants are probably feeling the same way and it’s time to coat the greenhouses with shading paints.

We highly recommend a taste test of the many varieties of tomatoes Abby Lee offers. Grab one of each, slice them up, taste the differences and share your favorite by tagging us on instagram @phxpublicmarket

Read more to meet Neal Brooks & his various growing locations:

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