Picking the Perfect Melon

GreensGuide

Ten Cheap & Easy Ways To A Low-Waste Lifestyle

Fresh Local Organic Vegetable at Farmers Market

What is your Ecological Footprint? How many planets does it take to support your lifestyle? We challenge you to take the quiz and find out!   Then try these effective and cost-friendly low-watse lifestyle tips.

1. Buy Local  – Avoid unnecessary packaging.  Buying your bread, vegetables and other items without all of that extra packaging is significant.  Look for our Locally Sourced badge at the market to identify items that use more than 50% local ingredients!  Amazon may be conveient but at what cost? (More reading What a Waste – Online Retails Big Packaging Problem).

2.Get Educated – Know about your recycling program, and how to properly sort your waste.  Do a waste audit. Take time to go through your garbage and recycling bin and see if you’ve been mis-categorizing items in the wrong bins. You can also assess where the majority of your garbage is coming from and how you can reduce the amount of waste you’re generating.

Read the full story »

World Refugee Day

wrd

World Refugee Day honors the strength and courage of refugees and encourages public awareness and support for people who have had to flee their homelands because of conflict or natural disaster.

Around the world, communities, schools, businesses, and people from all walks of life are taking big and small steps in solidarity with refugees.  This World Refugee Day, we challenge everyone to join together and take a step with refugees.  We encourage you to meet the market families, hear their stories, and support their businesses.

Join us Saturday June 22nd for a special market highlighting the many market refugee families and their stories. Event details here.

Read more to discover each family’s story.

Read the full story »

5 Best Ways to Store Apples Long Term

apples

Apples have become a common staple in most households and in fact are in the top three most consumed fruit.  To keep apples stocked year-round in grocery stores, apples are imported from the southern hemisphere.  However, apples are harvested in Arizona June through September.

Learn proper storage techniques to preserve apples so they don’t spoil too fast.  This can mean enjoying local apples year-round, reducing your food waste, and saving money.

5 Best Ways to Store Apples Long Term

  1. Keep them cool and dry
  2. Keep them apart (you could wrap each apple individually in butcher paper)
  3. Tart apples with thicker skin will last longer
  4. Handle with care and avoid bruising them
  5. Do not store them with potatoes
  6. BONUS TIP: Preserve them!  Try preserving them by canning, making sauce, or pie filling.  You can freeze apples. When you want to use them, just reheat in a skillet with brown sugar and cinnamon.  Lastly, you can dehydrate them and enjoy them for a snack.

 

Discover Our 10 Favorite Apple Facts

1.  Two pounds of apples make one 9-inch pie.

2. The apple tree originated in an area between the Caspian and the Black Sea.

3. Most apples are still picked by hand in the fall.

4. Apple trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit.

Read the full story »

FUNDrive Clothing Collection

World Environment Day, celebrated in June every year, is the United Nation’s principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment.  This month we’re focusing on reducing our waste impact by diverting reusable and recyclabe items from our landfills.

Clean out your closet and help the Phoenix Public Market at the same time!  Mark your calendar for the Phoenix Public Market FUNDrive on Saturday, June 1, from 8am – 12pm at the farmers market.  By donating soft items, gently-used clothing, shoes, accessories, and linens. You can help raise funds for the market’s fall programs.  Please bring clean items, bagged in traditional kitchen 33 gallon trash bags.  Savers will also recycle bags!
Start gathering up your donations today and see details below.

FUND0154_What We Accept flyer_Soft Goods_DB-single

Read the full story »

Loyal Locals Sara and Anthony

Meet Loyal Locals Anthony Vallone and Sara Stepnicka.  These two have been shopping Saturdays at the Market since they moved to the Valley five years ago.  We stopped them in the middle of Crooked Sky’s farm stand to ask them a few questions.

LoyalLocalFeature
Share your shopping route:  We usually start at Southwest Mushrooms. Then, we make the whole rounds, down each row, going from grower to grower to shop something unique and in-season. Eating seasonally allows our menu to change and brings variety to our diet. We’re always being challenged to try new things.

Favorite thing about shopping local produce: Quality of the produce and how long everything lasts. It’s being picked fresh and then brought right to us! Being able to shop local, organic foods each week allows us be the vegans we are. 

What’s your go-to Market breakfast?  Honestly, we love to head straight home and make something ourselves with all of the fresh veggies we just purchased.  Local foods have so much flavor.  There’s nothing like eating Arizona grown produce.

Give us your best pro shopping tip:  Bring your own bags!

With arms full of reusable bags stuffed with gorgeous greens, Anthony and Sara talked about the impotance and value of being a part of the Phoenix Public Market community.   We discovered that Sara and Anthony also have a local candle company, Camelback Candle Co.,.  These handmade candles utilize domestically sourced vegan and cruelty-free premium fragrances and essential oils, 100% natural and best of all are local!  Who knows maybe they’ll make an appearance at Phoestivus this year…

Thanks for being so Loyal to Local Sara and Anthony!

Loyal Local Shoppers Reward Program

Loyal Local Gear

Celebrate being a “Loyal Local”
Read the full story »

Farmers Market Fresh Eggs Are No Yolk!

IMG_4032

Have questions about the differences between store bought versus farmers market fresh eggs? Wondering what’s better, cage-free versus free-range? We’re here to help you navigate your choices when buying eggs.

Read the full story »

Don’t Be Part of the Pollution…

Closeup cropped portrait of someone tossing crumpled piece of ice-cream plastic package in trash can, isolated outdoors green trees background

…Be Part of the Solution

Celebrate Earth Day at the Market

We produce roughly 260 MILLION pounds of waste annually.  Althoguh we make attempts to divert that waste from landfills, did you know that 91% of all plastic isn’t recycled? Every year, each American throws out about 1,200 pounds of organic garbage that can be composted. Let’s change that!

We’ve launched a Green Booth in our dining area to help tackle the challenge of sorting waste and we want to encourage our Loyal Locals to help us do the job. Our goal is to spread education and awareness around the issue of diverting waste from landfills and reducing our overall Ecologicl Footprint.

What is your Ecological Footprint? How many planets does it take to support your lifestyle? We challenge you to take the quiz and find out! https://www.footprintcalculator.org/

It’s important to remember these steps when reducing waste…

Read the full story »

Shopping for Your Sedar

beet_lettuce

A special meal calls for special ingredients.  Seder, which translates to “order,” is a ritual feast that marks the beginning of Passover.  Multiple generations and close friends gather around a table decorated with the finest tableware.  During the dinner, families tell the story of the Jews Exodus from Egypt, discuss the meaning of the story, drink wine, eat matzo and observe other symbolic traditions.

Sedar Shopping:  Fill your sedar with fresh ingredients and full flavors.  Add leafy greens, fresh herbs, root vegetables, specialty salts, plenty of citrus, free range eggs, local honey and dried fruits to your shopping list.  Don’t forget to pick up fresh flowers!

Read the full story »