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Mesa, AZ Fresh Produce Market

Sherri | Jan 12, 200706:32 PM     13

There's always a lot of lip service paid to "seasonal and local" produce but it is unrealistic in many parts of the country now, January, to expect much in the way of "seasonal or local". Arizona has a leg up because some of great stuff is just coming into harvest. This morning's trip to Mesa's Centennial Center Friday Market (Center Street, south of University) proved a treasure trove of winter vegetables.

I have been out of town for two weeks and am in need of complete replenishment. Growers from Windmill Farms and Hacienda Produce provided some excellent winter vegetables for the delicious week ahead.
NOTE: the "chicken lady" says it is too cold for her hens so there were no eggs. What was in abundance were greens of every description (spinach, rapini, Red Russian kale, arugula, mustard, etc), fresh herbs (that sell out quickly) fingerling potatoes, leeks, shallots, butternut squash, citrus, cabbages of all descriptions, and much much more. I returned home with four large bags full of goodness & freshness for the coming week.

If we're to talk about supporting local agriculture, it is important to really support it - with our dollars. I know there are other markets in town but since this is closest (???) to me, it is the one I support every Friday.

Please be aware that the Mesa Saturday Market is a different beast filled with vendors of arts & crafts instead of fresh food.

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