We love embracing a sustainable, organic & locavore lifestyle! Our Saturday mornings are always spent roaming around the Old Town Farmers Market in search of local eats and fresh produce. So you can imagine our heartache to hear that the Old Town Farmers Market season is coming to a close at the end of May. We are already going through tearful withdrawal at the thought of waiting until fall. For us the highlight of going to the Farmer’s Market is the feeling of community, a home away from home. Listening to live music and meeting with local growers, mom and pop stands and some of our favorite artisan’s & specialty vendors face to face is always a joy ( no middleman here!).
When we arrive at the Farmers Market we immediately walk around and explore & converse with the various vendors before filling our BYOB. The farmers are eager to show off their harvest. As we peruse the produce tables our minds begins to race a thousand miles per hour. What to buy? What to cook? and importantly How to cook it? Lucky for us we had the opportunity to attend, sit in and taste a few dishes at Old Town Farmer’s Market Farm Session. We were thrilled to hear that local chefs would be putting on their chef hats and preparing a signature dish with some of our favorite farm fresh local ingredients during a Farm Session cooking demo. The Farm Session is a unique “farm to table” outdoor experience where renowned local chefs lead a seasonal cooking class with local ingredients and help average cooks like us in the kitchen. The Farm Sessions are a great way to get inspired by the bountiful array of vibrant seasonal produce and specialty foods available locally.
What is exciting about each Farm Session is that the chef’s begin their culinary session with a farmer’s market shopping excursion for ingredients . There is one catch…in order to pay tribute to Arizona’s wonderful diverse set of farmers, ranchers and food purveyors participating chefs can ONLY use locally sourced ingredients from the farmers market or Arizona. It is not hard to get inspired being surrounded by the Farmers markets tastiest, freshest, and intoxicating aroma of fruits, herbs and vegetables lovingly grown by farmers who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. We have been tempted many times to nibble on a carrot or bite into a juicy tomato on the spot (some restraint was needed!). Cheese, homemade pasta’s, pastries, artisan ice cream and fresh baked bread beg to be devoured (we can’t help ourselves). No avid foodie or hungry passerbyer’s can resist the smell of good things pulled from the earth or out of the oven. Not to mention the opportunity to support passionate local farmers & food artisans.