Farmers Market opens for summer season this weekend

Kathleen Yetman is the Managing Director and Outreach Coordinator for the Prescott Farmers Market held Saturday's during the spring and summer at Yavapai College.(Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier)

Kathleen Yetman is the Managing Director and Outreach Coordinator for the Prescott Farmers Market held Saturday's during the spring and summer at Yavapai College.(Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier)

Fresh fruits and vegetables are back on the menu as the Prescott Farmers Market is opening for its summer season this weekend on Saturday, May 7, at Yavapai College, 1100 E. Sheldon St. from 7:30 a.m. to noon.

It’s been a busy week getting ready and ramping up for an early morning on Saturday, said Farmers Market Manager Kelley Villa.

“Everyone’s excited to get up a little earlier,” she said. “We’re excited to be opening.”

However, it’s not just a change in locations, from the hospital parking lot to Yavapai College, and a change in hours that makes the summer farmer’s market different than the winter farmer’s market. There are more vendors as the space is bigger at the college, Villa said. As usual, they’re all from Arizona, she said.

Vendors include Cabra Pequena, The Goat Barn, Hassayampa Vineyard and Farm, The Juniper Jammery, Leslie by Hand, Magic Cakes, Zona Tea, Maxwell Gardens, Sun Valley Bees, Whipstone Farm and Skull Valley Lavender Farm.

“There’s more food available, more vegetables than fruit,” she said of the summer market.

The Summer Farmer’s Market also has more going on than just the vendors, Villa said. This weekend, there will be a community art project with the creation of a collage, she said. Further, the first 50 customers get a grocery bag with the Prescott Farmers Market logo.

Even if customers coming to the market don’t have cash, they can still make purchases, Villa said. One such way is a credit or debit card which can be used to purchase credit/debit tokens at the Farmer’s Market Information Booth. Tokens have a $1 or $5 value and can be used to purchase any items.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program tokens also are available at the Prescott Farmer’s Market Information Booth. To receive SNAP tokens, customers should bring their EBT card to the information booth. Tokens can only be used to purchase food.

The Prescott Farmer’s Market also accepts Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program Checks, both Women Infants Children (WIC) and Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). These checks are accepted by Aguiar Farm, Burnin’ Daylight Farm, Crooked Sky Farm, Hernandez Farm, Mina’s Farm, Noguez Farm, Rabbit Run Farm and Whipstone Farm. The checks are distributed throughout the spring and summer by Yavapai County Community Health Services to eligible low-income women, infants, and children, for WIC, and adults over the age of 65 for SFMNP.

For more information about the Prescott Farmer’s Market, visit www.prescottfarmersmarket.org.