Going to the Farmers Market is one of my favorite things to do. It’s like going to the fair, a place the whole family can enjoy. There’s a wide variety of food to choose from like fresh organic produce from local farmers, farm fresh eggs, Artisan crafts, baked goods, there’s music and the atmosphere is fun and relaxed.
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Here in Tucson and it’s vicinity, there are quite a few Farmers Markets to choose from on different days of the week. Today I’m going to feature one of the biggest we have here, The Rillito Park Farmers Market. It’s located at the Rillito Race Track on 4502 N. 1st Ave. at the Food Pavilion. It is held every Sunday from 8 am to 12 pm April thru September and 9 am to 1 pm October thru March. One of the things I really like about this one is that it’s shaded. It’s pretty hot here in Tucson and the sun is intense so having a roof over your head is very much welcomed.
There’s also Music!
Let’s start off with my favorite, food. Food you can buy and eat right then and there!
They have fresh Juices, bowls and Smoothies. For more information see them on their Facebook Page.
Love me some Raspado! Just in case you don’t know what Raspado is, it’s shaved ice which can have fruit like strawberry, mango and pineapple added and topped off with sweet milk and if you want, some ice cream!
They have prepared food made from scratch from local sources here at the Farmers Market but they also have a restaurant at 2526 E. 6th Street and they’ll cater as well. They specialize in Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free food. Check out their website and Like them on Facebook.
No description needed here, the picture speaks for itself!
SELENA’S SALVADORIAN FOOD
Their food looks delicious. See their Facebook Page and follow them
MI SALSA GRILLED BURRITOS
Those burritos look amazing. Next time I go, I won’t be on a diet because I’m going to devour one of those!
Now let’s see what they have for Baked Goods and Snacks. One thing for sure about shopping at the Farmers Market is that you can find healthy desserts. They are much better for you than the stuff you buy at the store that have so much preservatives and are processed to the gills!
Everything in this stand looks so amazing and they’re Vegan! Alaine has had a bakery in Los Angeles and baked for Celebrities and the health conscious since 1993. We are so lucky that she is now here in Tucson. Check out her website and then follow her on Facebook
Here at the Farmers Market they have a variety of breads and pastries. They have a Restaurant at Plaza Palomino, 2930 N. Swan Rd, Ste 126, where they serve authentic French food. Go to their website to see what all they have to offer. You can also follow them on Facebook.
FIORE DI CAPRA
This lady has the most delicious Goat Cheese spreads and logs. I’m not supposed to have dairy on this weight loss program I’m on but I just couldn’t resist sampling here. It was definitely worth the cheat and I even bought a log to have with my Zucchini Spaghetti, DELICIOUS! See their Facebook page
WE B JAMIN FARM
According to their Facebook page and reviews they have the best Homemade Jam, Jelly’s and Pickles around. Be sure to check them out!
MY RAWSOME FOODS
They have Raw Kale Chips and other raw snacks. What’s so good about Raw food you may ask? Well, that means they have been prepared using very low temperatures to preserve the living enzymes and is much better for you. My late husband Brad and I used to be Raw Vegans and let me tell you, the process is very time consuming. It’s so much easier to just get them here! Find them on Facebook
ROBBS FAMILY FARMS
Here you’ll find Pistachios galore! Here’s their Facebook page
What’s for dinner? We’re now going to see some Vendors that have fresh produce and food products for you to prepare at home.
LASAGNA AND MORE by Chef Scotty
They have Take-n-Bake meals of Lasagna, Manicotti and other pasta dishes. They also have a restaurant at the Catalina Village Center on the SW Corner of Wrightstown and Pantano Rd. Find them on Facebook
COCHISE FAMILY FARM
Fresh produce from their farm. Follow them on Facebook
DIAMOND Z FARM FARM FRESH EGGS
Their eggs are Nest Laid and Cage Free. When I got to their stand all their eggs were sold out but she had a three week old baby goat that was the cutest little thing. It is bottle fed which explains why they had to take the little rascal with them to market 🙂
Packages of different types of beans and pre-seasoned beans to cook for dinner.
IN THE BEGINNING
Their vegetables that stood out to me here were the onions and tomatoes. They looked “Vintage”, meaning, unadulterated, pure, the way they used to be or should be vegetables.
WHITE CANE SOCKEYE SALMON
Wild caught Alaskan Salmon, Salmon Lox, Halibut and Ling Cod is sold here.
JOJOBA BEEF COMPANY
Their cows graze on predominantly Jojoba brush, giving their beef a distinct flavor like nothing else in the world. For more information go to their Facebook page
HIGH ENERGY AGRICULTURE
Produce from local farmers. To learn more see their Facebook page
They have small-batch, handmade pastas using as many organic and non-GMO ingredients as possible. 95% of their ingredients are sourced in the USA.
Recipe cards are given with each purchase and you are encouraged to shop the farmer’s market for the rest of your ingredients. Gluten-free and nutritional pastas are available.
Check out their Facebook page
Vendors that offer Miscellaneous Essentials
They have Pet food that they make fresh monthly. They contain No Wheat, No Corn, No Soy, and No Animal By-Products. They also deliver to the greater Tucson area free of charge. Go to their Facebook page or their Website for more information
DESERT RAIN SOAPS AND LOTIONS
They have Natural and Therapeutic Spa Products like Solid Lotions, Glycerine Soaps, Whipped Body Butters and also “Desert Dog” products. Go to their Website to find out more.
SVEN IVERSON PROFESSIONAL KNIFE & SCISSORS SHARPENING
Don’t forget your knives and scissors when you come to the Farmers Market, Sven will sharpen them for you. You can also see his business on Facebook.
ARIZONA ZIPLINE ADVENTURES
This booth is to tell you about the Zipline on the other side of Mt. Lemmon in Oracle, Arizona. My boyfriend, Jeremy, had ” zipped” this Zipline and he loved it! They also have some pretzels from the PEPPERSAUCE KITCHEN, a restaurant where you can eat after Ziplining! Go to their Website and Follow them on Facebook
HEIRLOOM FARMERS MARKETS hosts the Rillito Park Farmers Market and they have two more. They have a really nice Website which will give you more information on the Vendors and will also give you the locations, days and times of the other Farmers Markets here in Tucson. You can follow their Facebook page as well 🙂