Summer at the Farmers Markets

June is here and that means summer is upon us! Expect to see summer veggies popping up including ripe tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, summer squash, and juicy stone fruit! Summer in the Sonoran Desert means a rise in temps and finding new ways to shop and stay cool at the markets is crucial to an enjoyable experience. The Heirloom Farmers Market staff have become professional “summer farmers market survivalists” over the years, and we’d love to help you keep cool while navigating the markets. We hope you find our tips helpful!

BEAT THE HEAT | Shop early to “beat the heat”. We’ve transitioned to our summer hours of 8 am to 12 pm to accommodate shoppers and vendors. We recommend shopping early before temps reach 100 degrees. Remember, staying cool and hydrated is very important. So when you are packing your car to venture to the market, make sure you bring the following:

  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Plenty of drinking water
  • Sunscreen
  • Neck cooler or wet bandana
  • Reusable totes, insulated bags are a bonus!
  • Cooler with ice for your produce
  • Cash for hassle-free and quick shopping

SHOP EFFICIENTLY | Before you head out for the market, check www.heirloomfm.org and scroll down on the homepage for a list of produce that is currently fresh at the market, and browse the array of deliciously seasonal recipes. You can also pick up the free Eat the Rainbow Recipe Book at the market info booth to get recipe ideas for every color of the rainbow. Eating the Rainbow is an easy way to remember to eat a variety of different fruits and vegetables, each of which can provide you with unique phytonutrients and hydration your body needs. Then, make a list of what you need for the week. Using your list for guidance will ensure that you don’t forget anything.

PRE-ORDER AND PICK-UP | If you can’t make it to the market, you can shop from home by visiting the “Deliveries, Pre-orders and Pickups” page on the Heirloom Farmers Market website, https://www.heirloomfm.org/stories/directory/and finding the vendor you would like to place an order with for pick-up or delivery. You can also sign-up for a summer CSA farm share for quick and easy pickup. Shopping the markets has never been more convenient!

SUPPORT LOCAL | The farmers, ranchers, backyard growers, and small businesses will continue to provide Tucson with the freshest locally grown produce even in 100-degree heat, so please shop local and support these amazing hardworking people. And don’t worry, there are plenty of ice-cold drinks to quench your thirst while you shop! Let’s keep this community thriving all summer long!