Summer Season of Prescott Farmers Markets begins!

The Prescott Farmers Market (PFM) welcomed customers for its 24th summer season last Saturday May 1st. Every Saturday through October 30th, the market will be open from 7:30 am to noon at 900 Iron Springs Road at the Dignity Health, YRMC overflow parking lot.

In addition to the weekly Saturday market at Dignity Health-YRMC, PFM welcomes customers to a NEW Monthly Downtown Wednesday Market at the Tour Prescott lot at 119 W. Goodwin Street, at the corner of Goodwin and Montezuma. The market will take place the FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm beginning May 5 through October 6, 2021.

PFM is also hosting a MONTHLY market in Chino Valley at Olsen’s Grain, 344 AZ-89. The market will take place the THIRD THURSDAY of the month from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm beginning May 20 through October 21!

Prescott Farmers Market operates producer-only farmers markets, 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, grass-fed beef, chicken, eggs, and pork, small food businesses sell ready-to-eat foods like sourdough bread, bagels, baked goods, 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 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 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 all market locations as well.

“The farmers market is one of my favorite community social events. We’ve been part of the market for over twenty years and because of the market my wife and I have seen our health improve. We’ve come to know some of the farmers and are glad to call them friends,” said PFM Board President David Hernandez. “As a nonprofit organization, PFM reaches beyond the market on Saturday, feeding those in need and connecting people to resources in Yavapai County.”

PFM hosts special events on a regular basis including a Mother’s Day photo shoot on May 8, a quarterly community seed exchange on May 15 and a cookbook exchange on June 5. PFM also serves as a food scrap drop site for the Prescott Community Compost Program. Citizens can deposit fruit and vegetable kitchen scraps to be composted. Pets are not allowed at the market. Service animals are welcome. PFM encourages customers to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible.

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 www.prescottfarmersmarket.org or call 928-713-1227.

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

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.

 

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