Thanksgiving is a time for celebration, family, friends, and good food. But for too many Arizonans, getting the food they need isn’t always easy. Luckily, several resources across the state are working to help everyone have a happy holiday.
Hay tantas clases de frutas y verduras deliciosas cosechadas a través de Arizona, pero un grupo de cultivos es extra especial: frutas y verduras indígenas! Usted puede hallar toneladas de productos que son nativos a Arizona en su mercado de agricultores favorito-nopales, vainas de frijol Mesquite, elote, frijoles, calabaza, fruta de pera espinosa, y más, todas tienen una historia rica basada en los diversos paisajes historiales de nuestro estado y su clima. El sustento en el desierto requiere tiempo y cuidado. Aprender en cuanto a estas plantas nos puede enseñar sobre nuestra cultura local, nuestro ambiente y sistemas alimentarias, y la importancia de agricultura sustentable.
There are so many kinds of delicious produce grown across Arizona, but one group of crops is extra special: indigenous fruits and vegetables! You can find tons of produce that is native to Arizona at your favorite farmers market – cactus, mesquite bean pods, corn, beans, squash, prickly pear fruit and more all have a rich history based in our state’s diverse landscape and climate. Sustenance in the desert requires time and care. Learning about these plants can teach us about our local culture, our environment and food systems, and the importance of sustainable farming.
All year round, Arizona farmers markets are filled with delicious, locally-grown produce. Since our diverse climate has such great growing potential, this is the perfect place to take advantage of the benefits of shopping and eating with seasonal foods in mind. Eating with the seasons is a wonderful way to explore your local food culture, get the freshest produce possible, and also support your local farmers.
Changes are coming to Double Up markets across the state! As it shifts from summer to fall, several markets are opening, closing, or changing their hours. Find out what’s happening with your favorite market.
Many Americans experience obstacles that make it difficult to afford and sustain a nutritious diet, and SNAP/EBT (formerly food stamps) is a resource to help people in these challenging positions do exactly that. SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is available all across the United States, and it helps increase access to healthy food for families and individuals throughout Arizona. SNAP recipients can bring home even more healthy, fresh, locally-grown produce with the Double Up Food Bucks Arizona program. If you are in need of nutrition assistance, here are a few tips to help get started:
October is National Farm to School Month, and everyone can celebrate it! Farm to School is a national movement that helps connect kids to healthy, local foods while also supporting local farmers and building communities. From taste tests in the cafeteria and nutrition education activities in the classroom, to farm visits and school garden harvest parties, more than 42,000 schools participate in Farm to School efforts. Check out the video below to learn more about Farm to School in Arizona and across the country!
Farmers markets are so much more than a place to buy food – they also help cultivate strong community bonds and provide a space for community members to stay active and engaged. Markets all over Arizona have activities, events, and resources to get your family involved! Here are a few activities coming up at local Double Up markets:
To celebrate National Farmers Market Week, we’re looking back at some of our favorite Double Up Food Bucks stories! The videos below highlight just a few of our favorite moments we’ve had at Arizona farmers markets.
Don’t let the warm weather stop you from celebrating National Picnic Month! National Picnic Month encourages you to get out and celebrate the beautiful outdoors while enjoying great food.
Double Up on fruits and veggies at your local farmers market, then get outside with your family and friends to enjoy a delicious meal and wonderful sights. Check out this graphic for tips on how to have a perfect picnic, and share your pictures with us with the #NationalPicnicMonth hashtag on Facebook and Twitter.
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