Prescott Farmers Market turns 20 during National Farmers Market Week

Customers peruse the selection of produce offered by Whipstone Farm at the Prescott Farmers Market on Saturday, Aug. 29. (Max Efrein/Courier)

Customers peruse the selection of produce offered by Whipstone Farm at the Prescott Farmers Market on Saturday, Aug. 29. (Max Efrein/Courier)

The Prescott Farmers Market is celebrating 20 years in Prescott on Aug. 9. This week, Aug. 6-13, also happens to be National Farmers Market Week.

To celebrate the occasion, the flagship Prescott Farmers Market will be hosting several special events on Saturday, Aug. 12, including a photo campaign, free face-painting and tattoos. Special guests include artist Moonshine Crafts and musician Greg Arriola.

On Aug. 9, 1997, the Prescott Farmers Market opened in the parking lot behind the Chamber of Commerce and the post office in downtown Prescott. A handful of farmers and backyard gardeners attended the market the first year. At that time, the market was run by a single seasonal, part-time market manager with support from many volunteers.

In 1998 the market moved to Goodwin Street, then Cortez, and in 2005 relocated to Yavapai College. In 2007, the Prescott Farmers Market opened two new markets in Chino Valley and Prescott Valley to increase access to local food in those communities. In 2014, it expanded to become a year-round market in response to local farmers’ ability to grow food even in the dead of winter.

Today, the Prescott Farmers Market is a nonprofit organization running two year-round markets in Prescott and Prescott Valley and a summer market in Chino Valley. The market employs four part-time staffers. At the peak of the summer season, the market hosts more than 50 vendors with a large variety of locally grown crops. The Prescott market has been recognized nationally as one of the 100 best farmers markets in the country.

“As a nonprofit, our staff do more than what customers see on Saturdays,” said Executive Director Kathleen Yetman. “We teach gardening and nutrition to kids in local schools, educate customers about food at the market and provide professional development for our local farmers and ranchers.”

For more information about the Prescott Farmers Market, including hours, visit PrescottFarmersMarket.org.

Information provided by Prescott Farmers Market