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Farming the market

Desire for fresh produce grows in Marana

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Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 3:00 am

Betty Covey used to drive across town to select fresh produce from farmers’ markets. Now the market has come to her.

Last Tuesday, the Marana Farmers’ Market was held for the first time at the Marana Health Center, 13395 N. Marana Main St.

“I love farmers’ markets,” said the Marana resident. “They are so much better than grocery stores, and I like supporting local businesses.”

The Marana Farmers’ Market is a joint effort of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and the Marana Health Center. Each Tuesday, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., the public is invited to attend the farmers’ market to purchase locally grown goods.

The Community Food Bank had operated the Marana Farm Stand on Mondays at the Marana Heritage Farm since 2008, but increased demand for local produce has led to this more central location in Marana.

“I like it,” said Picture Rock resident Sophia Federico, who came to the gathering of grown goods with her 7-year-old son, Christopher. “I usually go into town to go to a farmers’ market. This one is a lot closer for me, she said.”

Other locals who attended the farmers’ market for the first time on its new date and location echoed Federico’s remarks.

The Marana Farmers’ Market accepts credit and debit cards, SNAP (food stamps), cash, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Cash Value Vouchers for fruits and vegetables, and AZ Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program coupons for WIC and senior Food Plus participants.

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