10 Best Farmers Market in Arizona

Thank you for acknowledging our market as one of the 10 Best Farmers Markets in Arizona!

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June 4, 2017 Movie: What the Health?

Check out this eye opening movie shown as part of the upcoming Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona on Sunday, June 4th at the Sedona Performing Arts Center:

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 Documentary Feature  SPAC Black Box  Sunday, Jun 4, 1:00 pm

The film follows filmmaker Kip Andersen (Cowspiracy) as he uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases — and investigates why the nation’s leading health organizations don’t want us to know about it. The film reveals possibly the largest cover-up of our time. With the help of medical doctors, researchers, and consumer advocates, Anderson exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that are costing us trillions of healthcare dollars — and keeping us sick. Join Kip as he tracks down the leading and most trusted American health nonprofits to find out why these groups are staying silent, despite a growing body of evidence. Audiences will be shocked to learn the insidious roles played by pharmaceutical companies, agribusiness, and processed animal food companies in the nation’s health, especially in the most vulnerable communities. We will cheer at the transformation and recovery of those who took their lives into their own hands.  For trailer, please click here.

Film sponsored by: Climate Healers

A Q&A with director Keegan Kuhn and Co-Executive Producer Sailesh Rao follows.

Jan 20 – 21, 2018 Sedona VegFest

This annual festival celebrates the benefits to individual and planet health through following a plant-based diet.  Check back for updates and video links to this year’s speakers and presentations by clicking here and watch for news for the upcoming Sedona VegFest 2018.

High Nutrients in Mushrooms

Check out our new vendor, Sun Valley Harvest, offering a variety of mushrooms which are nutritious as well as medicinal. Harvested on site and 8 varieties to choose from. Shiitake mushrooms, for example, contain niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6 and D, riboflavin, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, copper, zinc, potassium, magnesium and Iron. Here are 8 Benefits:
1. Fight Obesity
2. Support Immune Function
3. Destroy Cancer Cells
4. Support Cardiovascular Health
5. Contain Antimicrobial Properties
6. Boost Energy and Brain Function
7. Provide Vitamin D
8. Promote Skin Health

Good News for Farm to Table in Yavapai County


Healthy Gut with Herbologist Dan Sapienza

Cabbage ImageIt’s the simplest booth at the market: no colorful displays of products, no fancy packaging or enticing piles of fresh veggies, just a plain white tent and a few classic clear glass jars. And one intriguing bottle of something pale green in an unspecified liquid. Danny Sapienza, trained in herbology, has devoted the past 50 years of his life to using foods as medicine. His company, Super Foods Rejuvenative Medicine, reflects his conviction that the “flora” in our guts requires regular attention in order to maintain a healthy, happy body. Danny is a strong believer in raw, fermented vegetables as a way to improve digestion, support immune systems, and contribute to reducing toxins and revitalizing cells in the body. His “Rejuvenation Fermentation Kit” is designed to create foods extremely high in probiotics and comes with easy to follow instructions on how to make fermented vegetables in your home. In addition to his long standing participation at the Sedona Community Farmers Market, Danny regularly teaches the fermenting process through OLLIE classes. You can also find his products at the Chocolate Tree in Sedona, Hot Yoga in Cottonwood and the Desert Oasis in Cornville. What’s in the jar? Fermented cabbage and caraway seeds. It’s great as base for potato salad. Try some. You’ll like it!

Lucky B Acres Ranch, Paulden AZ

Lucky B Acres PicklesGrandma Moses, the renowned American Folk Artist, once said “If I hadn’t started painting, I would have raised chickens.”  Have you fantasized about giving up your day job for the simple pleasures of country life and a dozen or so Rhode Island Reds? Diane Schimke-Barnes raises all kinds of animals on the Lucky B Acres Ranch in Paulden, Arizona but her life is anything but laid back! Here’s the schedule: up at 4:30 A.M., feed the horses, goats, quail, geese, ducks, all 700 chickens; and then there’s Sonny & Cher, Roy & Dale, Fred & Ginger, Lucy & Desi, not children, but members of a herd of 23 emus. Time for a cup of coffee? Maybe, but then it’s on to cleaning and filling water buckets, raking manure, working the compost pile, doing a few repairs on farm equipment or fences not to mention the worms raised for soil improvement —then repeat it all again, 7 days a week.

Lucky B AcresIn her spare time Diane, with the help of husband Russ, is in the kitchen pickling her popular specialty of quail eggs! Diane’s parting words: “Gotta do the chores!” Diane grew up on a farm family in Minnesota and North Dakota and says you must have a “love of labor”  to be a successful farmer. She’s been bringing her eggs to Farmers Markets for the past ten years.  We’re very excited she’s joined us this summer at Tlaquepaque.  Her animals are fed organic feed.

Story by Laura Cox

Medical Curriculum to include Health Impact of Food

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How our Market is Different

FullSizeRender-3The market aims to support local sustainable agricultural activity and increase the supply of locally grown food. Local food is not only fresher, it also preserves genetic diversity, promotes energy conservation, supports local farm families, builds community and preserves open space.

On site farm inspection happen twice per season. We do not allow re-selling or undocumented selling for a neighbor.   All growers bring only what they grow. We do allow a grower to sell for their neighbor or family member with the appropriate documentation and with prior approval of the market manager. Sedona Community Farmers Market (SCFM) has initiated food safety education programs for growers in Northern Arizona in collaboration with University of Arizona Extension Office of Yuma and Yavapai Counties based on USDA’s Good Handling and Good Agricultural Practices known as GHP/GAP. All growers attending SCFM have a Certificate of Completion for USDA’s GHP/GAP food safety seminar.  All of this is very important to maintain a quality product.

There are many new farmers markets popping up every year.  Markets ideally need to work together on timing and prevent duplication of vendors to really help the producer scale up.  Unfortunately, multiple markets are not always conducive to helping vendors but instead can dilute carefully crafted momentum.  Duplication and poorly planned expansion can lead to vendors having to work 2 extra days for the same amount of money. This is counter productive, especially in a small community like ours.

As a customer, please be aware that every market is set up differently with different degrees of checks and balances.  Some markets, unfortunately, operate completely without farm inspection or soil management accountability, for example.

Please ask the grower or market management how they manage product quality to keep everyone accountable.  What feed is used for chickens?  What is put in the soil?  Do they grow cover crops during the winter?  Is the produce offered exclusively from the growers garden?

There are many growers in larger metropolitan areas, for example, who do not grow what they offer to the public, sometimes they import from Mexico or CA during seasonal changes or crop failure.   Sometimes you see these types of venues in smaller areas too.   We do not allow undocumented re-selling at SCFM.

There are 2 markets in our area now that do not have this type of accountability.  There is one grower who buys all over Camp Verde and offers it under his farm’s name. Over the years we have found several growers who have done this locally and they are no longer permitted to sell at our market, Flagstaff Community Market or Prescott Farmers Market where the same philosophy on traceability or  “no re-reselling” of produce is shared.

Has the grower submitted the appropriate documentation to sell for a neighbor?  If not, the grower cannot sell at the market.

Where does our food come from?  We take this question seriously.  You can check our vetting process by reading our application requirements here.

For more information, please contact us at sedonamarket@gmail.com.