This Saturday, the Farmer's Market welcomes back a favorite market musician now living in Willcox, Amy Ross, with her delightful voice, charming and unusual tunes and great keyboard playing.
Other Bisbee Fiber Arts Guild members will demonstrate how the wool gets transformed into thread and then woven.
Britta Meissner, (Condalia Alpacas & Fashion Boutique), raises alpacas in Tucson and will bring alpaca fiber in all forms, (raw, roving, dyed, carded and spun yarn) from her animals as well as kits for needle felting and knitting with beautiful dyed yarns and numerous knitting patterns.
Angel Produce will offer lettuce mix and baby spinach. Owner and backyard grower, Keith
Parker, is the chef for the new Bistro at the Market.
The Bisbee Food Co-op's Market Bistro will serve lots of high quality (mostly organic and locally-grown) food for breakfast and lunch at its new shady outdoor café at the market.
Elfrida Community Garden will bring fresh produce including greens (spinach, arugala, chard and turnip), lettuce (romaine heads and loose), green onions, carrots and beets as well as fresh and potted herbs, seeds and seedlings (even asparagus, strawberries, Brussels sprouts, sunflowers & sugar cane) and gourds.
Emma Montoya will harvest fresh prickly pear pads "nopales" as well as lettuce, garlic and green onions.
Local shelled pecans will be offered by Chuck Hallsted along with the colorful pottery handmade by his son.
Lots of baked creations: giant cookies from the Cookie Lady , English style pasties, Bonne de Blas's signature Rocky Road fudge as well as a dazzling array of breads and sweets by Pat Day of Willcox.
Sierra Vista Farmers Market
Garden of Eat'n still has lots of spring produce including three flavors (red, yellow and white) of young sweet green onions, sugar snap, shelling and snow peas, young beets with greens, Picacho watermelon and breads from Buzz Breads (9 Grain, Sourdough, and sweet banana, zucchini etc.) Also sold at Bisbee Farmers Market.
Grammy's Garden will bring vine-ripened tomatoes as well as green beans, onions, cucumbers, summer and spaghetti squash, garlic, colored bell peppers, avocados, oranges, grapefruit, watermelon, mangos, pinto beans from Willcox's Bonita Bean Company and DeCio pasta (Schezuan Orange Spice, Chile Cilantro and Lemon Pepper varieties.) Take home a copy of Grammy Sue's new newsletter to find out what's happening on their farm in Cochise and recipes for things they sell.
Grower John Swanson of Fiesta Growers in Tucson, will offer a huge variety of herb and vegetable plants. Basil (Lemon, Lime, Cinnamon, Sweet Genovese and Thai), Sage (Garden, Pineapple, Tricolor ), Stevia, Mint (Apple, Chocolate, Grapefruit, Pineapple, Spearmint), Dill, Chives (Onion, Garlic), Epazote, Yerba Buena and Lemon Grass for Thai cooking, Thyme (Lemon, Orange, Creeping, Silver Lemon), Oregano (Spicy, Variegated, & Wild) and Haifa Rosemary, French Tarragon and English Lavender. He will also bring lots of vegetable seedlings (Tomatoes (Brandywine, Early Girl, Celerity, Yellow Pear, Roma and Sweet 100, New Zealand Spinach, Arugala, parsleys, 2 varieties of Bush Beans, Peppers (Bell, Red Blush, Anaheim, Italian Sweet, Bright Lights Swiss Chard, Summer Squash (Cousa, Yellow Crook Neck & Straight Neck), Butternut Winter Squash, Cucumbers (Lemon and Armenian) and Eggplant (Ichiban and Black Beauty.) This is a great opportunity to find rare and aromatic herbs for your garden and to spice up your cuisine.
Desert honeys will be available from local beekeeper Ray Simmons of Douglas whose family also does home-style canning including fresh rhubarb jam and rhubarb strawberry jam made with locally grown rhubarb as well as their popular jalapeno and prickly pear jellies, no-sugar jams, and pickled garlic, okra, sweet pickles and relishes.
San Ysidro Farm that produces grass-fed lamb and beef as well as natural pork has a new product, Green Chile Pork Chorizo, which I tried last week. It was great in the "nopalito" or cactus omelet I made. (Also at Bisbee Farmers Market.)
Charlie Lewis, Bisbee's Pie man, has come up with a new creation, a Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie. He will only make a few of these so ask for them at the start of the market. He will also have rhubarb strawberry pies and rhubarb pies as well as his famous Bisbeeberry, other fruit and cream pies. (His pies are also sold by the Just Coffee vendor at the Bisbee Farmers Market.)
A new vendor Cindy Whitehead will bring free range eggs, cherry trees (Naeking & Choke), Arizona Cypress and Afghan pines that she raises in McNeal. She will also have a few bales of chemical-free alfalfa hay she grows and can take orders for more. (She hand weeds the hay so doesn't have to use pesticides.)