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Local farmers markets open for summer

New vendors, products available this year

Various types of peppers are sold at the Prescott Farmers Market. (Prescott Farmers Market/Courtesy)

Various types of peppers are sold at the Prescott Farmers Market. (Prescott Farmers Market/Courtesy)

The Prescott Farmers Market (PFM) will welcome customers for its 21st summer season each Saturday, beginning May 5, at Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott.

May 5 is also the last Saturday for the winter market, held at Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s (YRMC) Pendleton Center, 930 Division St., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A blood drive, hosted by United Blood Services, will also be held there that day, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on the northwest side of the market.

Although the winter market at YRMC has grown two-fold in recent years, the summer market at Yavapai College is even larger and will have even more vendors, including several new booths.

The official summer season for the farmers market will begin on Saturday, May 12, from 7:30 a.m. to noon. New products will include kombucha, mushrooms, popcorn and wood-fired pizza.

The market on May 12 will celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with a donation-based photo booth from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. sponsored by Christine Berea Photography and One Hundred Chairs.

“A farmers market is a unique place,” said PFM Market Manager JB Del Campo. “It’s so much more than your regular grocery store. It’s a gathering place for delicious food grown, harvested and cooked by our neighbors. When you buy foods at the market, you can trust that you’re buying it from the person who grew or made it. It’s great to know that my food comes from the same amazing place I like to call home.”

Each 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 vegetables throughout the season, including leeks, potatoes, beets, radishes, carrots, salad mix, squash, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and melons.

There are also several food vendors who serve breakfast, brunch or lunch. Some of the regular options include tamales, tacos, quiche, breakfast muffins, samosas, grass-fed burgers and baked goods, as well as fresh-brewed coffee.

The Chino Valley Farmers Market — hosted this year at Olsen’s Grain, 344 S AZ-89, in Chino Valley — will also be open this summer from 3 to 6 p.m. every Thursday, beginning June 7, and continuing through Oct. I

Customers can swipe their SNAP/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 when they shop at farmers’ markets, up to $20 per market visit.

All vendors always accept cash, too.

The Prescott Farmer’s Market is a producer-only farmers market, meaning every item sold is either grown or produced by the seller, using Arizona-grown ingredients.

PFM’s annual Farm to Table Dinner will take place this year at the Holiday Courtyard on Sunday, Aug. 19, with a pop-up market on Montezuma St. Tickets to the fundraiser will be available via their website starting Monday, May 7.

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