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Tucson: Heirloom Farmers Market Permanent Fixture at Rillito Park

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This is a real coup for the Heirloom Farmers Market. Way to go!

from the press release

TUCSON, AZ – October 8, 2014 – The Pima County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a three-year contract with Heirloom Farmers Markets on Tuesday to conduct year-round markets at Rillito Park. This pivotal vote allows Heirloom to move forward with revitalization plans for the local food economy.

Heirloom has partnered with Pima County to open Tucson’s first permanent farmers market pavilion at Rillito Park this November. Designed to be an anchor destination in the community, the pavilion will showcase the bounty of food in the region and dramatically enhance the economic vitality of the local food system.

Construction of the pavilion is already underway in the southeast corner of the park, just off The Loop path. When complete, the pavilion will measure the length of one city block. Shoppers will enjoy a 12-foot-wide paved path and shade provided by three 110-foot-long ramadas. Vendors will set up in gravel areas along the paved walkway.

“It’s over 600 feet of flavor,” remarked Heirloom co-executive director, Manish Shah. “You will get to taste the best of the best of local food.”

Heirloom Farmers Markets has been serving Baja Arizona for more than a decade, and operates the largest farmers market system in Southern Arizona. Heirloom’s Sunday market gained notoriety at St. Philip’s Plaza and has continued to grow since moving to an interim Rillito Park location in early July. More than 70 vendors and 1500 shoppers currently participate in the Sunday market, and numbers are expected to climb by 20 percent and 35 percent respectively when the pavilion opens. Heirloom will also open a Saturday market at the pavilion in November.

On Sunday, November 16, from 9am to 5pm, Heirloom is hosting its signature Viva La Local Food Festival on the East Field at Rillito Park. This Tucson favorite is a celebration of the joyous local flavors of Baja Arizona, with more than 30 of Tucson’s top restaurants, 80+ farmers market vendors, local breweries and wineries, and live music. Proceeds benefit Heirloom Farmers Markets’ initiatives.

Heirloom Farmers Markets is a newly minted 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been serving the greater Tucson area for more than a decade by creating a vibrant food system that supports local food producers and proprietors. Heirloom operates four urban, green markets that are open 52 weeks a year. These markets provide a direct connection to more than 90 vendors with deep roots in Baja Arizona, including farms, ranches, nurseries, bakeries, and specialty foods producers. The markets are open from 9 am to 1 pm October through May, and 8 am to 12 pm April through September. For more information visit the website.

Friday Market – Jesse Owens Park 400 S. Sarnoff, Tucson, AZ 85710
Saturday Market – Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road, Oro Valley, AZ 85737
Saturday Market – Rillito Park, 4502 N. 1st Ave., Tucson, AZ 85718
Sunday Market – Rillito Park, 4502 N. 1st Ave., Tucson, AZ 85718


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