Mesquite Milling at Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market

posted Thursday, November 3, 2011        

Many in Tucson are familiar with the shady mesquite trees that fill our neighborhoods, but few may know that these native trees also provide us with an excellent source of food. Mesquite pods are a versatile food that may be ground up into a nutritious flour or processed to make sweeteners. Unfortunately, mesquite seeds are difficult to open using home methods.  On Nov. 17th, the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market will partner with Desert Harvesters to provide an easier way to process these abundant seeds.  For 5$, those wishing to grind their clean and dry mesquite pods, can bring them to the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market to be milled into flour they can take home and bake with.

The mesquite milling is open to the public and runs from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Shoppers will also be able to enjoy children’s activities, free bike tune ups and live music.   All of the Community Food Bank farmers’ markets accept SNAP (food stamps), WIC checks, Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition vouchers, cash, credit and debit cards.  Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM at El Mercado San Agustin, located at 100. S. Avenida del Convento, west of 1-10, near the corner of Congress and Grande. For more information call: 520-882-3304.

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