We have several Farmers Markets here in Tucson, Arizona but Rincon Valley is not only the closest to my home but closest to my heart as well. The Vendors are extra nice and welcoming and the fellow patrons are very friendly. It’s a beautiful scenic drive out in the country to get to this Farmers Market, located at 12500 E. Spanish Trail, Tucson, Arizona.
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This place has a lot to offer it’s visitors from fresh produce to wrought iron doors. You’ll see what I mean in just a bit.
HAND PICKED PRODUCE
This is Gilbert with his produce stand. He supports local growers out of Phoenix, Wilcox, Yuma and Tucson. I bought some really nice zucchinis from him which I spiralized and put with spaghetti sauce instead of with real pasta for a low carb option. You can find out more about him on his Facebook page.
I love to Spiralize Zucchini for noodles. I steam them just a bit to soften them. You can do this with many other vegetables like, Carrots, Apples, Cucumber, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes and the like. This Spiralizer is very easy to use and easy to clean, it’s manual and needs no batteries or electricity. It has 3 blades to choose what size spiral or slice you want. I got mine from AMAZON.
THE ROASTED CHILE
This lady has some really good Green Chile Lemonade you can buy by the cup over ice or in a jug to take home. She also sometimes has freshly made Gazpacho. I’ve gotten Shrimp Gazpacho from her and it’s delicious. Lets talk about her lemonade though. You can buy a jug of it, pour it over ice and add some Tequila for a Spicy Margarita. She also sells it frozen to make slush Margaritas.
I’ve gotten a small jug from her to take home and I really can’t have this full strength as it’s too spicy for me plus I’m not supposed to have sugar in this weight loss program I’m on. So what I have been doing is adding it to my water in the morning. I’m supposed to drink at least 90 ounces of water each day, so for the first 20 oz, I’ll fill the tumbler with water then add this Chile Lemonade the last 2 inches. Normally I’ll lose a half a pound each day on this diet but I have been losing a pound or more when I add this stuff in my water! I found out that this is what Chile can do for you:
- A Medium Chile has as much Vitamin C as 6 Oranges
- A good source of Vitamin B, Potassium, Magnesium and Iron
- It’s low fat, Boosts Metabolism, fights heart disease and obesity
- Capsaicin in Chilies aids processing body fat and fatty deposits in arteries.
SKYE ISLAND OLIVE & GRAPE
This gentleman has flavor Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oils, Infused Dark and White Balsamics and Infused Sesame Oils. I wasn’t going to to sample any as I have three bottles of Balsamic Vinegar at home that I purchased elsewhere but when I saw he had Garlic Cilantro, I just had to try it. I’m so glad I did because this was the best tasting Balsamic I’ve ever had! Not only that, but it’s so concentrated that it almost has the consistency of syrup. It actually clings to whatever you drizzle it on instead of dripping down to the bottom of the bowl right away.
Here’s a picture of a noodle dish I made for lunch. I used KonaBerry Noodles, a raw vegan noodle that I use instead of regular noodles. It has no fat, zero net carbs and is very low calorie. To find out more about these noodles CLICK HERE. Then I topped it off with Shrimp Gazpacho from The Roasted Chile lady, Goat Cheese and drizzled with Garlic Cilantro Balsamic Vinegar. See how it clings like a syrup. Delicious!
They have a whole bunch of different flavors, I’ll name a few:
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
- Black Truffle & Garlic
- Blood Orange
- Cilantro Lime
- Portobello & Garlic
- Sundried Tomato & Parmesan Garlic
- Spicy Mango
- The Ghost
- Cranberry Pear
- Jalapeno Mango
- Toasted Sesame Lemongrass
- Avocado Basil
Check out their Facebook page and be sure to Like and Follow them.
They have Fresh shrimp ceviche and salsas. They have new lemonade or limeade each week, like, Basil-limeade, Hibiscus lemonade, Cranberry and Meyer-lemonade. Bring some home and make some marvelous Margaritas by adding some Tequila or make some Martinis! You can also find them at different Farmers Markets on different days of the week, so check out their Facebook page to find out where they’ll be next.
ADVENTURE COFFEE ROASTING
“At Adventure Coffee Roasting we believe strongly in supporting our partners in the coffee growing regions of the world by encouraging sustainable pesticide-free farming and by paying a greater price for there green coffee so they may earn a livable wage. We roast only certified organically grown coffee in small batches, assuring product freshness and consistency. And, when available as such, all of our beans are Fair Trade Certified as well.”
That’s an excerpt from their Website. You should read their story and come out to one of the six Farmers Markets they roast at. They also have a store at 3731 S. Kolb Rd. Tucson, Arizona. You can also find them on Facebook.
GIBSON’S SPICE RACK & MORE
They have quality spices at affordable prices. Their Banner says it all. Follow them on Facebook.
Like her banner says, PIES! PIES! PIES!….She has other sweets too!
OLD WINDOW ART
Sandra Montgomery paints beautiful artwork on old windows. You can purchase one from her from here or she will paint one on your window. “I strive not to repeat the same painting. This is original work, not mass production My work has been featured at the Tucson Botanical Garden’s former Art al Fresco and Gallery Shows including the University of Arizona’s Campus Christian Center.” That’s an excerpt from her Website which you can visit for more information on her beautiful artwork.
SHARPENING BY CHUCK
This is Chuck and Pamela, they are the sweetest couple! They are both widowed and newlyweds! As you know, I’m a widow and when I told them I was taking pictures for this blog and my blog name, they were excited and shared their story with me. Chuck will sharpen your knives and scissors, so don’t forget them when you come to market!
Pamela has written a book as you can see in the pictures. ” The Only Way To Get To The Backyard Is Through The House” you can find it on Amazon or purchase it for a bit less at the Farmer’s Market.
ART OF THE SOUTHWEST
Garnet Myers has some beautiful Southwesten Artwork. His work is sold to people all over the world and you can find out more on his Facebook Page.
THUNDER BAY INLAY
This is Marshall Schaaf and he creates amazing artwork using Cholla, Mesquite, Manzanita and Sahuaro wood. He’s a very shy and sweet man with great talent, so come on out to the Farmers Market and see him and his art!
LAGUNA’S FORGED IRONWORKS
From wall art to wrought iron doors, Nicholas will bring your designs to life. For more information, visit his Website.
To find out more information on Rincon Valley Farmers Market or to become a Vendor, visit the hosts Website.
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