Sustainable and Healthy Food – Tucson Gems
Sprouts at the Santa Cruz River Farmer’s Market – cut to order! We picked up some pea sprouts.
This was our first trip to Tucson, AZ and we were jazzed to find so many gems throughout the city (1 farmer’s market and 3 vegetarian/vegan restaurants). We were just starting our juice fast so we waited until we had 5 full days of only juice to venture out to eat. We were there for 7 days and had some great weather (days in the 70’s) and then a cold front with major wind came through. Luckily that wasn’t until our last 2 days. We kept hearing about the year-round die hard farmer’s market and had to go. There are several Tucson FM’s but this one gets most of the hype and they are open every Thursday afternoon. The Santa Cruz River Farmer’s Market is all about the people. Eating Well magazine has recognized it as one of “America’s Top 10 Farmers’ Markets. “
Santa Cruz River Farmer’s Market in Tucson
What’s great about this particular FM is that it benefits low-income and higher-income folks alike! All the different vendors are informed about the shopping system, and accept food stamp benefits as payment just the way they accept cash payments. Go Tucson!
Great selection of dried wares
They had great peppers, parsnips, turnips, salsa, garlic, greens, tomatoes, sprouts, and honey. We stocked up for juicing.
About 1/2 the vendors are inside this plaza – Salsas Rangel makes 39 types of salsa. Our favorite is serrano/banana. Yummy!
While out gallivanting, we also found 3 wonderful restaurants – Lovin’ Spoonfuls, Govinda’s Natural Buffet and the Tucson Tamale Company.
Lovin’ Spoonfuls – Great selection of vegetarian and vegan apps, breakfast, dinner, salads and desserts. We went no dairy and had polenta with spinach/mushroom gravy and lime pie – delicious.
Govinda’s Natural Buffet – Excellent vegetarian cuisine buffet style – $10 for dinner. They blend fresh vegetables, whole grains and spices to create yummy offerings. We went on Thursday night – vegan night – and had salad with cashew dressing, mock crab cakes, broccoli/almond veggies in a soy cream sauce over brown rice and curry veggies.
Tucson Tamale Company – Some of the best tamales we have EVER had – great selection of meat, vegetarian and vegan tamales. Here are the ones we had and took home 🙂
Blue – Blue corn masa, squash, tomato, corn, onion, green chile and cheese
The Tucson Tamale…Signature Tamale. Spicy! Lots and Lots of Cheese in Grilled Jalapeño Masa
Austin…Organic Spinach, Mushrooms, Spices (w/Sesame Seeds) in Blue Corn Masa
New Delhi…Organic Vegetable Medley with carrot, grean beans, potato, corn, onion, coconut milk and mild yellow curry
Boise…Sweet potatoes roasted and blended with sun dried tomatoes and all wrapped in a Yam Masa
Vegan Blue Tamale…Calabacitas (Squash, Tomatoes, Onions, Green Chile) in Organic Blue Corn Masa
On our last afternoon in Tucson we saw a beautiful rainbow:
Rainbow at Old Tucson
Shop locally – Eat locally. Thanks to Welocally for the map based widget that allows us to map the great sustainable businesses/places we visit!