Local Food Sources

Where can I

  • buy locally grown food in Tucson?
  • find sources of funding?
  • buy compost and soil nutrients?

Sources of locally grown food

Edible Baja Arizona Magazine also maintains an up-to-date list of Farmers Markets and CSAs in Southern Arizona.

Good Food Finder

Good Food Finder AZ (GFF) is an Arizona statewide, online directory of local foods. Our goal is to provide a hub where consumers and institutional food buyers alike can learn about and connect with Arizona’s local food providers in order to shorten food supply chains, improve access to local, healthy foods, and strengthen community resilience to create a healthier, sustainable food system in Arizona.

“When we start trying to make healthier choices, we discover that many of the choices that are good for our own personal health are also good for the environment, our community, and our local economy. It’s a virtuous cycle. Choosing the right food for our bodies helps the environment and farmers. There’s an incredible ripple effect way beyond just that one choice.” Anna Lappé

Our Resources pages provide complementary information about food education opportunities, food access programs, and more to come. On our Blog, we provide further information on nutrition and healthy food preparation, local foods issues, farm and local food business tours, and personal food stories. We also produce a monthly local foods newsletter, The Locavore, that features local food events and news.

Heirloom Farmers Markets

Heirloom Farmers Markets is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit operating three farmers markets in Southern Arizona. It is our mission to connect, educate, and empower our community to create a vibrant food system that supports local food producers and proprietors.

Since 1998, we’ve been dedicated to promoting local food, improving farm viability, and engaging in the food system. We’re helping to build a food system that honors producers, values good local food and enhances quality of life for Tucson and beyond. Heirloom has grown from its first year with 5 participating farms to more than 80 vendors and more than 2,000 people attending our Farmers Markets weekly.

 

Markets:

Food In Roots

We started with an idea. A pretty simple one at that: make it easier to get information about the food you buy. Whether that is a chef at a restaurant ordering ingredients for the daily special or a mother shopping for her children, everyone has questions about their food. It’s challenging enough when you visit the grocery store and you are unsure of where the food comes from. Or perhaps you would like to know something about how the food was grown, and if the farm’s practices are concurrent with the standards for organic farming. Whatever your concern, we believe the solution to your problem is simple: local. When you buy local, you have the ability to get answers about your food. Often times directly from the farmers!

Our focus begins with farmers’ markets, the ubiquitous place to shop for all things food related. We are working on building a better blueprint for a farmers’ market, to help new markets grow, and existing ones to flourish. We love the benefits it brings: providing fresher and better tasting foods, promoting health and wellness, creating sustainability in the environment, boosting the local economy, and having fun! As a community driven endeavor, there is something for everyone at a farmers’ market, and a reason to love it. Discover yours!

Markets

Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

The Food Bank manages three Farmers’ Markets which are all open to the public.

Shop Local and Support the Community Food Bank!  Find fresh, sustainably grown foods while supporting local farmers and producers.  The market offers Arizona fruits and vegetables, plants, flowers, eggs, honey, free-range meat, baked goods, bath and body products and more!

The Farmers’ Market Stand accepts cash, EBT (food stamps), AZFMNP and WIC vouchers as well as credit and debit cards. At the CFB Tucson Farmers’ Market Stand and the El Pueblo Seasonal Mobile Market we accept debit and credit cards at checkout. At the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market, visit the information booth before shopping to swipe your card and receive market tokens to use like cash throughout the market. Please note there is a $1 swipe fee at all locations.

  • Community Food Bank Farm Stand
    Tuesdays 8:00am – noon
    3003 S. Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ
  • El Pueblo Seasonal Mobile Market
    Mondays 3:00pm – 5:00pm (May through October)
    Irvington Road & South 6th Ave (in El Rio Clinic parking lot)
  • Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market
    Thursdays 4:00pm – 7:00pm (May through September) Thursdays 3:00pm – 6:00pm (October through April)
    100 S. Avenida del Convento, Tucson, AZ
  • Learn more about our innovative Abundant Harvest Cooperative program, where small farmers and home gardeners sell their produce at the markets on consignment.

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