Spending the day at your local farmers’ market is arguably one of the most fun, rewarding, and delicious ways to pass the time. These days, farmers’ markets aren’t just for farmers; local food artisans are dispersed throughout each market, waiting to sell you a bottle of carefully crafted kombucha, a jar of secret recipe salsa, or a bag of freshly roasted green chiles. Their artisan goods might make the perfect addition to the local grown veggies in your reusable bag—here’s why.
Kris Young spends his weekend churning fresh produce in a fiery hot chili roaster. Find everything from fire-roasted Hatch Green Chiles (when they’re in season) to eggplant and garlic at Red’s Roasters’ farmers’ market stand each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Heirloom Farmers Markets.
Bajo Tierra (which translates to “below the earth”) Kitchen sells fermented favorites, like Sonoran kimchi and sauerkraut made from locally grown produce. Find their artisanal goods at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market every Thursday, and at the Rillito Park Farmers’ Market every Sunday.
Big Skye Bakers owner Bodie Robins mills local and heritage grains to make a variety of mouthwatering cupcakes, pies, tarts, and cookies. We tend to agree with Robins when he says, “There’s no greater love than a pie.” Find Big Skye Bakers and their sweet treats at the Sierra Vista Farmers’ Market every Thursday, and at the Rillito Park Farmers’ Market every Sunday.
Dreamflower Garden’s Lorien Tersey has been gardening for almost all of her life. When the recession hit, she decided to turn her hobby into a business by cultivating the acre of land around her Tucson home. Find Dreamflower Garden’s rainbow of flowers, garden starts, and herbs at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market every Thursday.
Fermented Tea Company is giving local kombucha fans something to smile about. The family owned business sells a variety of probiotic-rich kombucha (or fermented tea) flavors that range from chai to a locally inspired prickly pear flavor. Find Fermented Tea Company at the Rillito Park Farmers’ Market every Sunday.
Owned and run by two plant-loving kids (with a little help from their parents, of course), Desert Edibles is making gardening easier than ever. Their garden starter kits, called “V’eggs”, make it easy to start your first—or fiftieth—garden from seeds. Get your Desert Edibles garden started at the Rillito Park Farmers’ Market every Sunday.
Luckily for Tucsonans, Turmerico now has a brick-and-mortar restaurant on 6th Street. However, Tumerico’s incredible plant-based food can still be found at local farmers’ markets, serving as the perfect fuel for a day of local shopping in the sun. Find their booth at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market every Thursday, and at the Rillito Park Farmers’ Market every Sunday.
If you haven’t quite mastered your homemade salsa recipe, don’t worry—Adela Durazo has, and she’s happy to share her spicy creations with you. Friends and customers call her The Salsa Lady, and there’s no question why. After 19 years in the business, Durazo has perfected salsa recipes that will make you forget about making your own. Find Poco Loco Specialty Salsas every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Heirloom Farmers’ Markets.