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  • Loop your way to food, crafts and more at local Farmers Markets

    Sep 08, 2021 | Read More News
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    Why jockey for a parking space in a crowded supermarket parking lot? You can grab a snack or shop for the week at five Farmers Markets conveniently located along The Chuck Huckelberry Loop

    On the Santa Cruz portion of The Loop, shop and support the Community Food Bank at the Santa Cruz River Farmers' Market at Mercado San Agustin, 221 S. Avenida del Convento. Located just west of downtown Tucson, the market is open 8 to 10 a.m. every Thursday. The market is temporarily set up as a drive-up to protect the health and safety of visitors in response to COVID-19. Bikers, walkers, and public transit riders are also welcome. 
    Farmers Market shopper
    On Fridays, the Heirloom Farmers Market runs from 8 a.m. to noon at Udall Park, 7290 E. Tanque Verde Road. Twenty vendors offer local and organic produce, farm-fresh eggs, Arizona grass-fed beef, local honey, fresh locally roasted coffee, baked goods, salsa, tortillas, freshly roasted vegetables, pet products, soaps and more. It’s easy to access this market from the Pantano portion of The Loop: turn north onto the separated bike path along Sabino Canyon Road, then turn right into Udall Park. Turn left inside the park onto Camino Valle Verde and go north toward Tanque Verde Road. You will see the vendors lined up along the north parking lot between the ball fields and Tanque Verde Road.

    On the weekends, you can ride or walk to several markets. Steam Pump Ranch in Oro Valley hosts the Heirloom Farmers Market on Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon. With easy access from the Cañada del Oro section of The Loop, shop in view of beautiful Pusch Ridge on the western end of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Vendors include fruit and vegetable growers, seafood purveyors, bakers, makers of prepare-at-home foods, and a few artisans. While you’re there, check out old ranch buildings, farming artifacts, and heritage gardens.
    Fresh produce
    On Sundays at Rillito Regional Park, 4502 N. 1st Ave., the Heirloom Farmers Market runs 8 a.m. to noon with different mix of vendors from those at Heirloom’s Udall and Steam Pump locations. Listen to music while you get your caffeine fix with fresh coffee and enjoy French or Mexican style pastries. You’ll find a typical mix of fresh produce, artisanal prepared foods, and even a few food trucks. This section of The Loop is extremely busy with walkers and cyclists going to the market, so use caution while using The Loop in this area.

    The St. Philip’s Plaza Market, 4780 N. Campbell Ave., operates on Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. to noon. The market focuses on creators, painters, photographers, jewelry makers and silversmiths, woodcrafters, and Mexican and Native American merchandise, with a few food-oriented vendors scattered beneath the Eucalyptus trees. The Plaza is also home to restaurants and boutiques.

    Please note that hours of operation may change with the seasons at Farmers Markets; hours listed in this article are good through September 30, 2021.