This Season’s Hidden Gems

Make the most colorful and delicious seasonal dishes and salads featuring some of the most stunning produce from around the Market.  This Saturday hunt around to find these unique and delicious natural gems.

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Get excited! We’re changing our name and branding!

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We’re thrilled to unveil our refreshed brand identity. The updates show the evolution of our farmers market since its founding in 2005. While this is a significant change, don’t fret, our core mission and your favorite Saturday farmers market   will stay the same.  Over the last few months, we have poured our hearts and souls into creating a new brand for the market as the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market.  I’d love to tell you about what you can expect and why we made these changes.

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The Biology Behind Plants To Drive Away Pests

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The Biology Behind Plants That Drive Away Common Pests guest written by Richard Gillespie

Looking for some eco-friendly ways to get rid of pests in your garden? Why not give pest-repellent plants a try? Certain plants have finely tuned defenses to protect themselves from attack. By understanding the biology behind these defensive strategies, you can put them to work for you.

Scents That Make Sense

Many plants use chemical compounds to drive away pests. Some of these compounds scramble the scent receptors insects use to find them. Other plants use scent on its own to scare off pests. Herbs such as basil, rosemary, oregano, mint, and thyme are good examples. We love these tasty, aromatic herbs in our food, but bugs find them repulsive.

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Welcome CFC’s Newest Board Members!

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As we launch off an exciting year, we are pleased to welcome Community Food Connection’s two newest board members! Their addition to the board will help to better position the organization as a critical leader in service to local growers and small businesses. Both will be key in implementing the strategic plan for the coming year, engaging in the planning process and shaping the impact of the organization.

The following individuals joined the board:

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Your Guide to Leafy Greens

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With so many fresh leafy greens this time of year, we’re helping you navigate the market with your Guide to Leafy Greens. Discover the different varieties you can shop, best practices for storing greens and easy recipe suggestions. Click to download or pick up your guide Saturday at the Market. Read the full story »

Community Blood Drive

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Citrus Season

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It is officially winter and that means it is citrus season. Shop the market each Saturday to pick up oranges, lemons, apples and more.  While all these are delicious on their own and ready to eat, here are a few recipes to inspire you to try a new way to prepare citrus.

 

Citrus Recipes

Citrus Salsa
Orange Salad with Arugula
Citrusy Beet and Goat Cheese Chickpea Salad

Phoestivus Donation Drive

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Bookmans Entertainment Exchange is collecting donations for Native American Connections Homebase Emergency Housing this holiday season. Help us give back and provide items of need. Please bring donations to #phoestivus including:
 
*Body Wash
*Deodorant
*Razors (men/women)
*Toothpaste & Brushes
*Shampoo and Conditioner
*Feminine Hygiene (maxi pads/tampons)
 
Bring your donations to the Bookmans Booth on Mckinley Street at Phoestivus and receive one of kind gift wrapping courtesy of the Bookmans Phoenix and Bookmans Mesa team!
More details online here.

Crop Of The Week: Radish

radishes1. First cultivated in China, radish crops spread through the Northern Hemisphere and into Europe in the 1500s. Radishes had reached Massachusetts by 1629.
2. Radishes are a great low-cal snack; one cup of sliced radishes has only 19 calories.
3. There are 5 main varieties: Red Globe, Black, Daikons, White Icicles, and CA Mammoth White.
4. Because they grow rapidly, radish plants are ideal for children’s gardens. It only takes 25 days to grow from seed to eating plant.
5. The vitamin C in radishes, along with zinc and phosphorus can help you fight skin dryness, acne, and rashes. The high water content in radishes also helps hydrate the skin
6. Radishes are high in potassium, which can help lower your blood pressure.
7. Chock full of vitamins A, C, E, B6, potassium, and other minerals, radishes can give your whole body an immunity boost.

Easy Radish Recipes

Simple Roasted Radishes
Radish Leaf Pesto
Cinnamon Sugar Radish Chips 
Arugula and Radish Salad 

The Yeti Express

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This year, Phoestivus is partnering with the Arizona Center for parking. Park in the Arizona Center garage and take our free shuttle, “The Yeti Express” to Phoestivus. The shuttle will be on a constant loop between Phoestivus and the Arizona Center.

Pick-up/Drop-Off areas:
– Arizona Center Valet area on 3rd St (between Corner Bakery and Hooters)
– The northwest corner of 1st St & Pierce

Garage location:
455 North 3rd Street, Phoenix, 85004
Enter at the SW corner of 5th St. & Fillmore
Parking rate $4/hour

Enjoy dinner or drinks at an AZ Center restaurant and get validated for 2 hours of parking!