The Benefits of Butternut

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As cooler temperatures roll in, we’re getting excited for a whole new season of fresh produce for fall and winter.  Butternut Squash is a favorite winter squash variety to cook with because of it’s slightly sweet flavors and creaminess.  Chop and roast for an easy side dish or simmer for soup, but we challenge you to think outside the box and add this colorful veggie into a variety of meals.  This season cook up everything from creamy risotto to crispy fries.  Tag us in your favorite recipes @phxpublicmarket

Low in fat, butternut squash delivers an ample dose of dietary fiber, making it an exceptionally heart-friendly choice. It provides significant amounts of potassium, important for bone health, and vitamin B6, essential for the proper functioning of both the nervous and immune systems.

Discover more reasons to eat this super food online here.

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This week’s Taste of the Market, C-CAP Arizona and 9 Degrees North Catering chefs will show us how to select, prepare and store squash.  Learn how to make creamy Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce and pick up ingredients like handmade pasta from Decio Pasta, mix in extra veggies and power up the protein by adding your favorite meat.

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“Slow the Fork Down”

slow foodThe Phoenix Division of the Slow Food Movement is gaining traction in our community, where the focus is placed on local culinary heritage and social justice. The Slow Food Movement, globally and nationally, aims to deepen the public’s awareness surrounding our food systems and how they affect just about every aspect of our livelihood on this planet. A daunting task, surely, so let’s start with lunch.

Slow Food Phoenix’s most recent project is entitled “Feeding the Future,” during which attendees will sample diverse dishes made by a bold lineup of beloved chefs, including Charleen Badman of Scottsdale’s FnB and Eddie Hantas of East Valley favorite Hummus Xpress. There’s a twist to this sampling event, though: each chef’s budget will reflect the current National School Lunch Program (NSLP) budget, and will be served in the style of an American school lunch.

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Eating Seasonal

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As the weather changes across the globe so does the fresh produce that is available. Each season offers an array of beautiful fresh produce, this is a great time to start experimenting and trying new recipes or reworking those old ones to incorporate more seasonal fruits and vegetables. Not only will your palate be impressed but there are health benefits too.

Here are the many benefits to eating seasonally!

  1. Tastes Better
  2. Cheaper
  3. Fresher with Higher Nutritional Value
  4. Avoids Overseas Contaminants
  5. Supports Your Body’s Natural Nutritional Needs
  6. More Environmentally-Friendly

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Pickled Okra

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Okra is known to be slimy but pickling them is the crunchy cure, enjoy!

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Green Chile Roll Ups

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Construction Notice + Parking Guide

We are thrilled to see so many new faces moving in downtown.  As a part of the major development taking place in the neighborhood, the City of Phoenix has begun construction on 1st Street as part of an improvement project that will extend down to Marget T. Hance Park.  We’ll keep you updated with the best routes to take to the Market.  You can easily access the Market going north of south on 1st Street.

You can still find plenty of available parking surrounding the Market.  Parking off of Mckinley remains accessible when turning off Central or 1st Street.  Scroll down to reference our Construction Notice Map for more details.

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Switching to Soap Nuts

Soap nuts, also known as soap berries, are a natural alternative to store-bought laundry detergents full of chemicals and potentially harmful ingredients. Grown on Sapindus trees, these berry-like fruits produce a soap called saponin, a natural surfactant.  The shell absorbs water and releases the saponins which circulate in the wash water, freeing dirt, grime, and oils from clothing.

Soap nuts can also be used to clean dishes, windows, cars, jewelry, you and your pet! Because they’re 100% natural, they are biodegradable and therefore completely safe for septic systems, gentle on sensitive skin, including baby clothes, and are also antimicrobial.  No need to fret, soap nuts are free of pesticides, as insects are naturally repulsed by saponin so there is no need to use them in cultivation.

Read more about Soap Nuts on Sustainable Baby Steps and learn how to use this natural product to wash clothes, dishes, windows and even your hair!  Pick up your own satchel from Recycled City on Saturdays at the Market!

EWG’s Guide to Shopping Produce

Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, ranks pesticide contamination of 48 popular fruits and vegetables.  Every day, consumers rely on EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to help them make the best choices for their families and reduce their exposures to toxic pesticides.

One major benefit of shopping at the Open Air Market is talking to the growers directly about their produce and practices so you can make the most informed decision.  Use EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to help you navigate your purchases and direct your questions to know more about the fruits and vegetables you are buying.  Our growers use a variety of techniques and alternatives to pesticides.  Learn for yourself by visiting your local farm stands this Saturday at the Market.

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What’s In Season: Late Summer

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As August winds down and we move into September, farmers are busy cleaning up their fields and preparing to plant fall crops.  September finds us in transition between summer produce and waiting for cooler weather fall vegetables.

So what can you anticipate to find at the Market in late summer? 

September is a peak for many crops right here in the Valley such as chiles, okra and summer squash.   In addition, areas outside of the Valley are coming into high season.  You will see apples, tomatoes, corn, melons and peaches coming to us from areas like Prescott, Flagstaff and Wilcox area.

Apples
Arugula
Basil
Black-eyed peas
Chard
Chiles
Corn
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Figs (late crop)
Green Beans
Herbs
Melons
Okra
Peaches
Peppers
Potatoes
Pumpkins
Summer Squash (and blossoms)
Tomatoes
Winter Squash (Spaghetti, Acorn, Butternut)
Zucchini