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May 23, 2024 5:34 PM
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Summer Season of Prescott Farmers Market begins on Saturday, April 1

Photo: Whipstone Farms’ tulips

The Prescott Farmers Market (PFM) welcomes customers for its 26th summer season on Saturday, April 1. The market will be open from 7:30am to noon at 900 Iron Springs Road at the Dignity Health-YRMC overflow parking lot.

Prescott Farmers Market operates a producer-only farmers market, meaning every item sold is either grown or produced by the seller using Arizona-grown ingredients. The majority of products come from farmers and ranchers in Yavapai County. In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, grass-fed beef, pork, chicken and eggs, small food businesses sell ready-to-eat foods like sourdough bread, bagels, baked goods, quiche, tamales, street tacos, samosas, soups and Lebanese cuisine. Customers can also find an assortment of soaps, lotions and other body care products. Last but not least, during the month of May, farmers have plant starts for sale including herbs, tomatoes, peppers, squash and eggplant varieties that grow well in Yavapai County’s climate.

Customers can swipe their debit, credit or SNAP/EBT/P-EBT cards to receive tokens at the Information Booth. The Double Up Food Bucks Arizona program allows customers to DOUBLE their SNAP/P-EBT benefits at the market for fresh fruits and vegetables and garden starts. All vendors accept cash. Participants of the WIC and CSFP programs are eligible to receive Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons for immediate use at PFM.

“I always look forward to the Saturday farmers market where I not only get the chance to pick up great fresh, local produce, but I also get the chance to catch up with friends and neighbors,” said Earl Duque, a long-time PFM customer and newly-elected board member.

PFM hosts FREE special events on a regular basis including a Cookbook Exchange on April 1, a Mother’s Day photo booth on May 13, Chef in Action once per month, and seasonal Seed Exchanges and Kids Education Booths. All PFM events, including a vendor roster for each market day (subject to change), are listed on the event calendar. PFM also serves as a drop site for the Prescott Community Compost Program, where citizens can deposit fruit and vegetable kitchen scraps to be composted. Pets are not allowed at the market. ADA service animals specifically trained to aid a person with a disability are welcome.

As a vital part of the economy, the mission of Prescott Farmers Market is to support and expand local agriculture, cultivate a healthy community and increase access to affordable local food.

For more information, visit https://prescottfarmersmarket.org/ or call 928-713-1227.

PFM is a 501(c)(3) Qualifying Charitable Organization. Your donation in any amount keeps PFM thriving and expanding to meet the growing needs of our community. Get your donation back when you file your AZ taxes!

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