Oro Valley Farmers Market
Summer Hours (April-October) – 8 am until noon Winter Hours (October- April) – 9 am until 1 pm
The Oro Valley Farmer’s Market is now (as of October 5th, 2013) located at Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road, north of the Home Depot Retail Center in Oro Valley, Arizona. On a recent visit I was floored by the selection and the great vendors. From great Kansas City BBQ to some of the FRESHEST produce I have ever seen, homemade salsa to tamales, fresh baked breads and pastries, coffees and teas, prickly pears ( and free recipes on what to do with them), homemade dried fruits and veggie snacks, soaps and other bath products, eggs to empanadas- you are sure to come home with goodies from the Oro Valley Farmers market! Some notable favorites the day I visited –
Incredible Snacks (you can find them on Facebook)- 120 varieties of dried fruits and veges, as well as flavored nuts. My personal fave had to be the glazed pecans- YUM.
David from Diablo Forge creates stunning forged art, furniture, mirrors and more, many times using recycled materials. David is not only super talented and creative, but he really took the time to teach me about his craft. On this particular day I purchased 4 napkin rings that he created using pieces of steel leftover from his “Moonflowers” project at the Oro Valley marketplace. He was quick to give credit to the artist for the project, and the lighting company that also played a part in the finished creation, and others that assisted in the project- which made me feel just really good about him in general! I think it is so cool to have something in my usable and beautiful in my home that was created using leftover materials from permanent art on display in the OV and I will definitely treasure them forever. Check out his website here- diablo-forge.com
I also had in my bag some tangerines, peppers, two kinds of jam and from the Village Bakehouse- a divine raspberry filled croissant that disappeared well before dinner that evening. My favorite jam of the day was from Grammy’s farm. George (Grammy’s son) walked me through all the jams available, but it was the “End of Day” jam that intrigued me the most. When I asked him about it, George replied that every “End of Jam” jam was different- at the end of every jam making day they take the leftover fruits and create an “End of Day” jam- so there are a ton of different combinations. George puts it simply- “If the final product tastes great it becomes a new batch of “End of Day” jam- if not, it’s pig feed.” The jar that I took home and have been eating is absolutely delicious- and I do mean DELICIOUS. Do your tastes buds a favor and pick up a jar of any of Grammy’s jams when you go to the market- and they make great little gifts, too. You can find Grammy and George here on Facebook.
Long story short- make it a fun morning with friends, family on just on your own and get over to the Oro Valley Farmers Market. You can also visit this great page with lots of information, including a list of vendors. (Thanks, Roxanne!)