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Sales, Menus & Recipes: National Farmer's Market Week

08 August 2018  

This week is National Farmer’s Market Week

Have you been to the Prescott Farmer’s Market lately? If not you may have missed some new products and some old standards. Brand new is Desert Sweet shrimp. Pond raised in Arizona near Apache Junction, these shrimp are raised in clean mineral rich water free of pathogens and contaminants. This system is environmentally friendly without wasted water or use of antibiotics or insecticides.

Other new products are home-made popsicles, fresh salsa and mushroom logs.

Returning favorites include coffee beans from El Salvador, Grass Fed local beef, sprouts, breads and pastries, samosas, tamales, cacti, flowers, mushroom logs, fresh salsa, and of course a wide variety of fresh picked vegetables.

Prescott Farmer’s Market happens every Saturday morning from 7:30am to noon at the top of the Yavapai College main parking lot.

There are Farmer’s Markets in Chino and in Prescott Valley too. 

Chino Farmer’s Market, 3pm to 6pm Thursdays at Olson’s Grain, 344 Hwy 89

Prescott Valley stages Pop-Up Markets at various locations , dates and times, check the website up to date Information. 

Abundant in the stores this week are grapes, blueberries, peaches, nectarines, and corn.

Special Sales

Fry’s—Buy 5 Get $5 off (must buy in multiples of 5), and Back to School supplies
Safeway—$5 Friday, Augustust 10 only and more Anniversary Sale items
Sprouts—Frozen Frenzy, if it’s FROZEN it’s 20% off, all departments. 

National Days This Week 

August 8 - Sneak some zucchini into your neighbor’s porch day
August 9 - Rice Pudding Day
August 10 - S’mores Day
August 11 - National Panini Day
August 12 - National Julienne Fries Day
August.13 - Filet Mignon day
August.14 - Creamsicle day 


Day 1

Crispy Salmon
Squash Dish
Green Salad
Fruit Plate


Crispy Salmon with Red Potatoes

Items On Sale 

Salmon Fillets—$7.99/lb @Safeway AND Sprouts,    $9.99/lb @Fry’s
Red Potatoes—$2.50/5lb bag @Safeway
Summer Squash—None of the major stores have squash on special, but the prices at the Farmer’s Market are pretty reasonable
Lettuce and Greens—$3/bag @Safeway,Taylor Farms Chopped
Tomatoes—$.88/lb @Sprouts, vine ripe, $2.50/box @Safeway, Cherubs minis
Cucumbers—$.50/each @Safeway
Avocados—$.98/each @Sprouts, $1/each @Safeway, Fri only,
Mini Peppers—$5/2lb bag @Safeway
Watermelon—$2/each @Sprouts, mini seedless, $5/each @Safeway. whole seedless
Cantaloupe—$.75/each @Safeway
Pineapple—$2.50/each @Safeway

Day 2

Chicken Salad with Grapes
French Bread
Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding)


Chicken Salad with Grapes
As a dinner Salad for 4, multiply ingredients by 3

Citrus Vinaigrette 


Kheer, Indian Rice Pudding
Instead of plain Jane rice pudding try this. It’s really good cold.

 Recipe: Squash Dish

You will need a large skillet or chicken fryer with a lid.

Several strips bacon, cooked, 2 Tablespoons grease reserved (optional), if you’re not serving any vegetarians it’s a good way to start.
2 Tablespoons oil (olive or other.) Use oil if bacon is not appropriate.
2 medium onions sliced thin
2-3 cloves of garlic, finely minced, grated, or crushed in a press
2 Tablespoons white wine or Sherry (optional)
6 cups mixed summer squash, diced
1/2 to 1 cup green beans, cut into 2-3 inch pieces
3 Roma tomatoes rough chopped, or other tomatoes to equal 2 cups
1/3 cup roughly torn basil leaves, plus other fresh herbs at your whim
salt and pepper to taste
Grated Parmesan cheese (optional) 

If using optional bacon, cook that first, reserving 2 T grease and breaking the strips into large pieces (not “bits”).

Heat oil/grease over medium low heat. Add onions and about 1/4 teaspoon salt, stir well, cover, cook on medium/low heat until soft and translucent, stirring frequently.

While cooking onions prepare the rest of the ingredients. Squash should be halved or quartered lengthwise, then sliced evenly. 

When onions are done, push them to the side, add garlic, let cook a while (maybe 3-4 minutes) until the garlic is fragrant. Now stir onions and garlic together, add wine (if using), cook, stirring, till wine is mostly cooked away.

Add squash, green beans and tomatoes. Increase heat to med/high. Stir well. Cover and cook until squash is near your desired state of doneness. Keep stirring from time to time.

Now uncover, raise heat to high, and cook stirring constantly until most of the liquid is gone. There should be a little sauce, but it must not be soupy.

I like my squash al dente, but the person who taught me this dish, in North Carolina, liked the squash soft. She devised the dish to use some of the abundance of squash and tomatoes in her garden, and varied the ingredients depending on the garden harvest. She had never bothered to write it down—it was just “the squash dish.” If you are using a vegetable that will take longer to cook than squash, either put it in first or pre cook it.

Taste for salt and pepper.

Garnish with bacon, parmesan cheese, toasted nuts, or whatever else strikes your fancy. 

Items On Sale

Chicken—Cooked $5.99/each @Safeway, Deli Roasted
Chicken—B/S Breasts, $1.99 @Safeway, Butcher Block,    Tenders $3.99/lb @Sprouts
Grapes—$.69/lb @Sprouts, red  $.77/lb @Fry’s, red, green, black  $.77/lb @Safeway,red,green
French Bread—$1.50/each @Sprouts   $2.49/dz @Safeway, Bolillo Rolls
Summer Squash—None of the major stores have squash on special, but the prices at the Farmer’s Market are pretty reasonable
Onions, Sweet—$.88/lb @Sprouts
Green Beans—$.88/lb @Sprouts
Tomatoes—$.88/lb @Sprouts, vine ripe, $2.50/box @Safeway, Cherubs minis

Day 3

Open Faced Sandwiches
Relish Tray
S’mores Pie


Open Face Sandwiches


S’mores Pie 

Items On Sale

Bread—$2.99/each @Safeway, Artisano    $2.49/each @Fry’s, Pepperidge Farm, Buy 5
Cheese slices—$2.49/12-16 oz @Fry’s, Kroger,    $1.25/6-8oz @Safeway, Lucerne, Fri only
Mini Tomatoes— $2.50/box @Safeway, Cherubs minis
Onions, Sweet—$.88/lb @Sprouts
Deli Meat, sliced—$8.99/lb @Sprouts, Beef or Pastrami  $5.99/lb @Safeway, Ham or Turkey, in Deli
Chips—$1.99/bag @Fry’s, Lays fam size, buy 5, $2.50/bag @Safeway, Lays fam size, $3/bag @Sprouts, Boulder Canyon

Day 4

Slow Cooker Sausage, Peppers and Onions
Green Salad
Ice Cream


Slow Cooker Sausages, peppers and onions


Items On Sale

Dinner Sausages—$2.99/pkg, 5, @Fry’s Kroger, $8/pkg 10 @Fry’s, Denmark
Lettuce and Greens—$3/bag @Safeway,Taylor Farms Chopped
Tomatoes—$.88/lb @Sprouts, vine ripe, $2.50/box @Safeway, Cherubs minis
Cucumbers—$.50/each @Safeway
Avocados—$.98/each @Sprouts, $1/each @Safeway, Fri only,
Mini Peppers—$5/2lb bag @Safeway
Ice Cream—25% off all brands @Sprouts, $2.99/48 oz @Fry’s, Breyer’s, buy 5, $2.50/48 oz @Safeway, Blue Bunny 

Day 5

Pork Back Ribs Barbecue
Baked Beans
Grapefruit and Avocado Salad
Peach Cobbler


Pork Ribs, Grill or Oven 

Grapefruit and Avocado Salad
Good garnished with finely chopped sweet onion, a few torn leaves of mint and cilantro 


Fresh Peach Cobbler 

Items On Sale

Pork Ribs—$2.47/lb @Sprouts, fresh  $2.99/lb @Safeway, Frozen in bag
Avocados—$.98/each @Sprouts, $1/each @Safeway, Fri only,
Peaches—$.88/lb @Sprouts,     $1.99/lb @Safeway 

Day 6

Grilled Filet Mignon
Herb Roasted Potatoes
Pan Grilled Asparagus
Baby Tomatoes in Vinaigrette




The Filet must be rare, If you overcook, you’ve wasted a lot of money
If asparagus is not available at a reasonable cost, cook some green beans lightly, fresh basil would be good 

For desert maybe Peach Upside-down Cake

Items On Sale

Baby Tomatoes—$2.50/box @Safeway, Cherubs minis
Green Beans—$.88/lb @Sprouts
Peaches—$.88/lb @Sprouts,     $1.99/lb @Safeway

Bonus Recipes

On Sale This Week Grapes—$.69/lb @Sprouts, red  $.77/lb @Fry’s, red, green, black  $.77/lb @Safeway,red,green 

Things to do with grapes:

Sparkly Grapes

Roasted Grapes—You Betcha 

Sausages and Grapes 


Extra Bonus Recipe 

Homemade Creamsicles  


Items On Sale

Milk—$.99/half Gallon @Fry’s
Seedless Mandarin Oranges—$3.77/3lb bag @Fry’s
Ice Cream—25% off all brands @Sprouts, $2.99/48 oz @Fry’s, Breyer’s, buy 5, $2.50/48 oz @Safeway, Blue Bunny


Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder and Editor of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She asks a lot of questions! In her spare time, she loves photography, cooking and hanging out with her family.