September brings big changes for Prescott Farmers Market (PFM). On Wednesday, September 2, 2020, PFM will kick off a new weekly market in Downtown Prescott at 119 W. Goodwin Street, the Tour Prescott lot at the corner of Goodwin and Montezuma Streets. The market will take place from 2:30PM to 5:30PM every Wednesday from September 2 to December 30. This market will be held in addition to the year-round market held on Saturdays.
Beginning Saturday, September 5, 2020, the Prescott Farmers Market (PFM) will move from Yavapai College to its new location in the parking lot at Yavapai Regional Medical Center at 900 Iron Springs Road, at the corner of Iron Springs and Miller Valley Roads. PFM Saturday hours will remain the same from 7:30AM to noon.
Due to the continued risk associated with COVID-19, PFM has implemented safety measures to help protect the health of customers and vendors, including hand-washing stations and booths spaced to allow for physical distancing. PFM requires its staff and vendors to wear face coverings and requests that customers to do so as well. As always, no pets are allowed in the market.
September is an exciting season in northern Arizona. Customers can find a variety of fresh summer vegetables, grass-fed beef, eggs, flowers, baked goods, ice cream, coffee, and prepared foods like burritos, tamales, and samosas, and other local goods. All markets run by PFM are producer-only farmers markets, meaning every item sold is either grown or produced by the seller here in Arizona. The majority of goods come from within a 30-mile radius of Prescott, though some vendors do travel from other parts of Yavapai County and Maricopa County.
PFM also operates a monthly market in Chino Valley on the third Thursday of the month from 3:00PM to 6:00PM at Olsen’s Grain, 344 S State Route 89. The remaining Chino Valley Farmers Market dates are September 17, and October 15.
At all market locations, customers can swipe their SNAP/EBT, debit or credit cards to receive tokens at the information booth. Double Up Food Bucks are unlimited for the time being. This means that families can double any amount of SNAP benefits when purchasing fresh vegetables and fruits at PFM markets. All vendors accept cash. Participants of the WIC and CSFP programs are able to receive Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks for immediate use at all market locations as well.
As a vital part of the economy, the mission of PFM is to support and expand local agriculture, cultivate a healthy community and increase access to affordable local food.
For more information, visit www.prescottfarmersmarket.org or call 928-713-1227.