Learning About I’itoi Onions

12677350_234948473509626_2002222766_nLast week we had the privileged to go to Crooked Sky Farms and get the full tour of what’s growing from Farmer Frank himself!  One of his favorite pieces of produce out in his fields right now is the I’itoi onion.

So what is an I’itoi onion?

“These wildly popular and prolific multiplier onions resemble the wild onions harvested on I’itoi Mountain, also known as Baboquivari Mountain, by Tohono O’odham people. Botanical studies place the I’itoi onion among a very old line of clumping onions brought to the US by Jesuit missionaries in the late 17th century, concluding that the onion is not necessarily a US native. Today they are eagerly sought out by chefs for their mild shallot-like bulbs and slightly spicy greens. The peppery flavor pairs well with Southwestern cuisine. They are very easy to cultivate and in the low-desert will grow in response to both winter and summer rains.  In cooler regions their growth is in the summer. Rarely flowers and set seeds; propagate by division of the bulbs. When the greens dry down dig up the bulbs and divide. Enjoy some but be sure to save a few for your next planting. The name I’itoi signifies the Elder Brother, who is the creator deity in Tohono O’odham legends.” – Native Seeds/SEARCH

Want to learn more about native produce and how to acquire it to grow yourself?  Check out our friends at Native Seeds/SEARCH.

Market Recipe: Wok Char Salmon

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Wok Char Salmon with Honey Mustard Glaze by Carefree Spice Company

This has become a standard in our kitchen. Use the freshest Wild Caught Salmon you can find,  which we now have at the Market.

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Spring Workshop Series: Harvesting Nopal

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March 19: Harvesting Nopal Workshop & Demonstration

Monika Woolsey of Hip Veggies will be at the market teaching guests about Harvesting Nopal.

Did you know, there are over 1,000 edible plants in the Sonoran Desert? And that one of them, the prickly pear, or nopal, has been a staple vegetable in indigenous diets for centuries? Did you know this plant has been found to have multiple health benefits?  Come learn why Nopal is more than just a pretty landscaping face!

Pre-registration is required HERE A suggested donation of $10 can be made day of workshop.

This Spring learn about Harvesting in the Sonoran Desert at the Phoenix Public Market!  Mark for your calendars April 9th for our Harvesting Mesquite Workshop and Demonstration, with Kate Radosevic from Valley Permaculture Alliance.

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Market Recipe: Roasted Tomato Sauce

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It’s the season to put your plants in the ground and get growing for spring!
Grab a variety of tomato starts from Bob Aborne at A-Z Gardens for your yard!
Bob carries over 20 varieties of heirloom tomato starts for garden novices to the seasoned gardener.
Looking for new recipes to try using your tomatoes?
Check out this one, Bob’s favorite – a great roasted tomato recipe that’s tasty and versatile .

Chef Profile: Michael Babcock

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We are so thrilled to host Michael Babcock, local restaurateurs of Welcome Diner and Welcome Chicken + Donuts this Saturday at the Market for a cooking demo at 10am.  Inspired by soul food and driven to create a place to satisfy comfort food cravings, his team has built more than just a great place to eat.  Babcock has built relationships with everyone from the community who comes to dine to the local purveyors he purchases from for his restaurants.  A frequent farmers market shopper, Babcock’s menus always reflect what’s in season.  Don’t miss his Chef Demo featuring his favorite farmers market finds this weekend at 10am.

What is CSA?

Did you know most of our farmers offer CSA Programs? You can find more from Blue Sky Organic Farms , Crooked Sky Farms, Steadfast Farm and Maya’s Farm.

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So what is CSA? 

CSA Stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA allows city residents to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers. When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of vegetables from a regional farmer.  Typically the “share” consists of a box of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season, but other farm products may be included.

This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer.  Read More and learn how this benefits the farmers and consumers.

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Market Recipe: Arugala Pesto

Pesto is a favorite among pasta lovers, salad eaters and anyone that enjoys a flavorful, fresh and rich topping or sauce.  We love this twist on classic pesto, especially because we love all of the rich and spicy flavors in arugula.

Maya Daily of Maya’s Farm shares this favorite recipe.  Don’t miss out on Maya’s CSA Special offer this week.  Sign up for her CSA program and get $100 gift certificate.

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Vendor Feature: Fallen Wood Turnings

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Meet Robert Lievens, the artist behind Fallen Wood Turnings.  He’s been using fallen wood from urban forests and resourcing wood to create hand crafted pieces for over 8-years now.  You can find unique, hand-turned wooden jewelry, bowls, wind chimes and sun catchers.  Each piece has a story behind it, where the wood was sourced from, what type of wood and how it was found.  Find wood bowls, salad spoons, knives made from varieties of wood found in the back country, brought in by a customer and even sourced from an old pool table!  Stop by and talk with Robert about what he’s creating.

Market Recipe: Preserved Lemons

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Vendor Julie Leidel shares her favorite way to preserve fresh produce when it’s at its peak.
It’s Citrus Season!  Preserved Lemons – super easy to make, and gives a big flavor punch.  You can get beautiful lemons from any number of our produce vendors.  Pop on over to Salt Of The Earth for some sea salt and you’re good to go.  I typically put preserved lemons on fish and chicken.  They’re also great chopped up (rind and all) and added to rice or other grains.  If you’re feeling generous, they make a great gift for your friends who love to cook.

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Connect with the Community

header1Now in our 11th year, the Phoenix Public Market brings you face-to-face with over 150,000 Phoenicians and visitors annually who care about fresh food, healthy living, supporting local economy, and participating in their community. Our customers are an excellent audience and your involvement through sponsorship of the Market will strengthen the link between your organization and the Downtown Phoenix community.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Our annual budget covers operational expenses, as well as costs associated with activities and educational outreach events presented by the Market. We receive a portion of our funding from vendor fees and the remainder is comprised of donations and sponsorship!

We need your support to ensure our neighborhood market continues to grow and thrive. We offer different sponsorship support levels to best fit your desired commitment level.

Click here to discover our different sponsorship support levels we offer and find one that best fits your business.

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