New farmers market coming to Maynards Market
October 9, 2011
By Teya Vitu
One day a week, Maynards Market essentially is adding a fresh produce section in the form of Tucson’s newest farmers market.
The Farmers’ Market at Maynards started Oct. 15 and is gathering each Saturday from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. on the patio on the railroad side outside Maynards.
Pumpkins, gourds (melons, cucumber, squash and the such) and pomegranates are especially in season right now, and tomatoes are still looking mighty good, said Tom Hickey, market manager at Maynards.
Holdover produce will be available at Maynards Market on Sunday, possibly into Mondays. Vendors will also have merchandise such as honey, jam, plants and cacti.
This farmers market has the benefit of a host with the full name of Maynards Market & Kitchen, 400 N. Toole Ave. in the Historic Depot. The restaurant’s pastry chef will supply croissants, black & white cookies, éclairs and other treats for the farmers market crowd.
Maynards hooked up with St. Philip’s Farmers Market, among the highest regarded of Tucson’s two-dozen some farmers market.
The farmers market was on Maynards co-owner Shana Oseran’s mind long before Maynards opened in early 2009.
“Shana Oseran has been working on this project for five years,” Hickey said. “We wanted a good group to come Downtown. This is the particular group Shana had her eye on. We finally convinced them to come this way.”
He said the farmers market should give a spark to Maynards Market, which had slumped in recent times.
“When I was here a couple years ago, we had more meet-the-vendors and meet-the-artists. A lot of that disappeared,” Hickey said.
The farmers market is an effort to restore that interactive element for Maynards. Hickey also plans to start art classes and canning classes separate from the farmers market.
And it makes Maynards a more complete neighborhood market, for one day a week, at least.
“It will add an element of fresh fruit and vegetables, the element that is lacking in here right now,” Hickey said.
The farmers market targets the dozen on so Downtown neighborhoods and the University of Arizona area, but anybody all around the city can check out the farmers market – and Maynards Market, too.
Both the indoor and outdoor markets have one thing in common: merchandise predominantly produced by locals.
Gradually, farmers market merchandise will start appearing on the Market shelves.
“While shopping and socializing in the shade of the mesquite trees at Maynards on Saturday morning sounds perfectly heavenly, what if you can’t make it every weekend? Not to worry – Maynards Market will now be carrying even more of your favorite Farmers’ Market vendor goods, including fresh produce, flowers, organic meats, local cheeses, gift items, an expanded wine and beer selection, and so much more all week long!” a Maynards promotional statement stated.
The first farmers market on Oct. 15 also features the Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Association, which will talk about organic produce, and Martha Burgess, who will cook some cholla buds and tepary beans.
“Every Saturday there will be a rotation of artists, nonprofits and vendors,” Hickey said.