Local farmers markets open for winter season this Saturday

Photo by Max Efrein.

The Prescott Farmers Market (PFM) will welcome customers for its fourth winter season on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Since 1997, PFM has operated markets of various sizes in several locations. This year’s Prescott winter market will be held at Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s Pendleton Center at 930 Division St. The opening bell will ring at 10 a.m. and vendors will sell until 1 p.m.

“The market is more than just a place to buy groceries,” said PFM Executive Director, Kathleen Yetman. “It’s a gathering space where you can see your community, meet the people who grow your food and support more than 20 local businesses all in one place. When we shop at the market, we help boost our local economy.”

PFM will be open every Saturday morning through April, except Dec. 23. The Prescott Valley Farmers Market will also be open this winter every Tuesday (except Dec. 26) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Harkins Theatres parking lot, at the corner of Glassford Hill Rd. and Park Ave.

During opening week at the market, customers can find a variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, baked goods, eggs, nuts, grass-fed beef, pork and poultry. Local farmers grow a variety of cold-hardy vegetables, including leeks, potatoes, beets, radishes, carrots, salad mix, parsnips, spinach and kale.

Thanksgiving raffle tickets will be on sale Nov. 11, Nov. 14 and Nov. 18. Tickets are $5 each. The winner of dinner for four people, including a heritage turkey and all the fixings, will be drawn at noon on Nov. 18. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the market on Saturday, Dec. 9. Take a selfie with Santa for $5. PFM staff will take professional photos for your family for $10 each.

Customers can swipe their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or electronic balance transfer (EBT) debit or credit cards to receive tokens at the information booth. The Double Up Food Bucks Arizona program allows customers to double their SNAP benefits at the market, up to $20 per market visit. All vendors accept cash. Participants of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infancts and Children (WIC) should redeem Cash Value Vouchers directly with approved growers.

For more information, visit www.prescottfarmersmarket.org or call 928-713-1227.