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Yuma, Ariz. — A fresh twist on a farmers market is sprouting up in Yuma County on Nov. 3. Visit Yuma is creating six markets that blend fresh farm foods with local art and artists. Called the Ag to Art Market: Feeding the Body and Soul, this new market will be held on the first Sunday of the month, November through April, and it is free to the public.
"This was the year to start our new market, because this year Visit Yuma has a special focus on the arts in Yuma," said Executive Director Linda Morgan. "Yuma is becoming known as a regional center for the arts in the Southwest. Our new market brings together the freshest foods from the farm alongside artists selling what they have created. Traditionally, Yuma has been known for its agriculture and winter vegetables; now we're showcasing both ag and art." She continued, "Our vision is to bring the market to different parts of Yuma County to showcase our neighbors and their unique art, entertainment and culinary offerings."
The first market will take place on Nov. 3 at Tractor Supply Company in the Foothills, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Among the farm foods and products, Brockett Farms is bringing many of their fresh offerings including Medjool dates, local honey and locally crafted chocolates, and caramel apples. Mama Bella Hot Sauce will have locally made jars of hot sauces and pepper jellies, among other delicious treats. Fresh eggs, homemade bread, herbs, and homemade soap will also be on hand. Naked Dates will be on site with their modified Volkswagen which serves to display their dates and products. Gypsy Girl Henna by Drea will blend both ag and art at the market, with henna tattoos as well as organic lemons and home-grown succulent plants for sale. Local artists include Lynnette Weise who works in pen and ink or alcohol and ink, Judy Phillips who makes fused glass creations and Sun Dust Minerals, that solder minerals into necklace pendants as well as making other forms of jewelry. Weld Like a Girl will bring unique items, too.
There will be music and entertainment provided by BMC Productions. Each market may feature cooking demonstrations, taste-tests, interactive displays, or other lively and fun activities. The market could offer short classes or sessions for yoga or musical lessons, for example, during the hours it is open. Mr. G's food truck will be on hand to sell tasty Mexican food, and there will be a children's area as well. At each market, there will be children's activities that are ag-related and art-related. At the Nov. 3 market, the "ag" project is a Pot-A-Plant, where each child can pot up their own plant to take home and care for. The Yuma Art Center will be on hand with a fun art project for the kids.
Next markets will take place on Dec. 1 at Butterfield Park in Wellton, Jan. 5 at Colorado River State Historic Park, Feb. 2 at Sanguinetti Park in Somerton, Mar. 1 at the Pacific Avenue Athletic Complex, and Apr. 5 at Sanguinetti House Museum and Gardens. In each location, the Ag to Art Market: Feeding the Body and Soul, will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lots to do. Each market will be unique, educational and fun.
Interested vendors can call 928-376-0100 or email Communications@VisitYuma.com for more information.
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