Market Recipe: Prickly Pear Paletas


How to Peel Prickly Pears

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Note: Watch out for any small hair-like spines on the fruit. Most fruit purchased at a market have already rid the fruit of any spines but always good to watch out for. To protect your hands and fingers, it’s best to use a fork, a towel, or even a gardener’s glove to steady the fruit while you work with it.

5 Fun Facts About Prickly Pears

  1. The color of prickly pears varies each with their own flavor. They are often red in color, although other varieties include yellow-orange and green.
  2. The fruit of prickly pears are said to taste like a combination of bubblegum and watermelon, and can be made into candy, jam or beverages, or eaten raw, although some people do not like to eat the hard edible seeds.
  3. The red fruit of the Prickly Pear is called many things such as ‘cactus fruit’, ‘cactus fig’, ‘Indian fig’ and ‘tuna’.
  4. Prickly pear pulp makes excellent jam, jellies and preserves, sweets and refreshing or digestive beverages.
  5. The fruit is high in amino acids, fiber, vitamin B, magnesium, and iron.


What To Do With Melon Seeds

When opening up a melon, what do you normally do with the seeds? Throw them out is probably the most common response. Yet, there is so much more you can do with the seeds of a melon. Roast them like you would pumpkin seeds or use them for planting your own melon garden. Below are tips on how to properly save and store melon seeds to get you started. Then on best times to plant melons or an easy recipe to roast seeds for the best taste.

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Last month, inspired by Jack Johnson’s change-making generosity with All At Once Org, we organized a humble neighborhood clean-up with Local First Arizona that exceeded expectations.IMG_2438 Read the full story »

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See you at the show?

“An individual action, multiplied by millions, creates global change.”


Jack Johnson is coming to town and we’ve got 4 free tickets to give away! Join us on Tuesday, August 28th for a unique concert experience centered around community, ecology, equity, and of course great music at AkChin Pavillion.

By making a donation to your local farmers market by 8pm August 24th, you’ll be entered in a raffle to win TWO tickets to Jack Johnson’s show with opener Bahamas. AND All At Once, who is partnering with Jack Johnson on his tour, will match your donation dollar for dollar – this is an opportunity to make a huge impact on our 12-year-old and ever-growing market.

Jack Johnson’s tour is highlighting nonprofits that are bettering our world in very diverse ways. Alongside us at the show will be…



It’s a good day when we can enjoy some great, authentic music while boosting the causes and efforts we care about. Make a donation and hopefully we’ll see you there one way or another!

In honor of Jack Johnson’s mission to make the world a better place, we’re hosting a NEIGHBORHOOD CLEANUP at the market this Saturday, August 25th. Join us for an hour or all day and together we’ll spruce the place up while making sure our trash goes to the right receptacles. 

Find details about our nonprofit Community Food Connections here.


Why shop at your local farmer’s market?

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  1. It helps small farmers grow their business

Farmer’s markets provide a low-barrier entry point for a budding farmer for them to see if they can be profitable. Shopping at a farmer’s market helps small farmers keep their cash flow positive that helps them continue doing business. If they keep on going, with the support of shoppers, there will only be growth.

  1. It helps the local economy and community

Our vendors come from within 50 miles of the City of Phoenix and it’s no surprise that most of the stuff they sell is locally grown or made. By shopping here, your money stays local; the money is passed on from one consumer to the next and helps establish a stronger local economy. The market also serves as a gathering place for the local community that helps build and strengthen relationships and camaraderie between neighbors of all backgrounds.

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Vendor Feature: SarahBea Un-granola

Use it to top yoghurt, with milk for breakfast, or on its own for a snack. Grab a bar for a burst of hiking or biking energy or share it among your trail buddies broken into crumbles. This sounds like granola, except it’s not. This is “ungranola.”

Sarah Dunlop opens a box of pecans to go into her ungranola

Made with mainly a mix of nuts and seeds, Sarah Bea’s ungranola includes no grains, gluten, or dairy. Sarah Dunlop experimented with creating her recipe in 2015 when she and her daughter were trying the Paleo Diet, which does not allow eating grains or dairy. Sarah tried store-bought grain-free granolas, but couldn’t find any she really liked. So, she created her own.

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