Anyone Interested In A New Farmers Market?

It sounds like there’s a pretty good chance that we’ll be seeing a new farmers market in South Tempe.

A survey went out from the people at the Tempe Public Market Cafe this morning asking questions about interest in a farmers market. They asked things like where we shop, what kinds of foods / products would be of interest, what is important to us in a farmers market, what days would be good, etc.

The email also says to contact them at hello@tempepublicmarket.com if you would like to share your thoughts.

South Tempe farmers market

That Didn’t Take Long:

South Tempe marketIt has been just two Fridays since they started having a peach truck / mini farmers market at the Cafe. If you were at the first weekend, you saw long lines and you found that they nearly sold out of all of their goods. To say that people were interested in having something like this in the area might be an understatement. I bought some of the honey from the peach truck and it was REALLY good!

 

To be clear, these guys (and gals) know a thing or two about running a farmers market as they have been doing it for years in Phoenix. The tweet below shows some of the items they have in Phoenix. There’s a good variety and people seem to LOVE this market.

A Community Effort:

Things like this can be a really good fit for communities. While they have been successful in Downtown Phoenix, we have also seen the success of the Clark Park Farmers Market that the Tempe Community Action Agency helps put on at Clark Park. Who knows, maybe they can work together and develop some great ideas to make this market something really amazing for the area! I might just know a few people at the Cafe and at the TCAA in case they are interested. 🙂

So, what do you think? Is there a need for a farmers market at Rural and Warner? Let us know!

Peach Truck Coming To South Tempe

A peach truck? Yeah, there’s a peach truck coming to South Tempe…

Here’s the deal.

The Tempe Public Market Cafe will soon begin hosting the Amadio Ranch Peach Truck on Fridays from 3:30-6:30pm.

Amadio Ranch is a family-owned and operated farm in Laveen where they grow organic fruits and vegetables. Beginning June 29th, 2018, they’ll be selling their produce, fresh eggs, local honey, homemade pies and more at the Cafe. Being a fan of locally owned goodness, Chef Aaron Chamberlain tells us that he is excited to be able to bring more local foods to the South Tempe ‘hood!

Sounds good to me, too!

Amadio Ranch Peach Truck Tempe

Amadio Ranch Peach Truck is a healthy Food Truck traveling to various parts of Phoenix selling fresh fruits and veggies grown at Amadio Ranch. – via the Amadio Ranch Facebook page

More Than A Peach Truck:

So, why in the heck is there a peach truck coming to South Tempe? Yeah, that’s what I asked myself, too. Once I found out that it is more of a mini rolling Farmer’s Market, it started to make more sense. Sure, I like peaches, but I’m glad to hear that we’ll have other options, as well. 🙂

Here’s some more information we found on their Facebook Events page:

The Amadio Ranch peach farm now has their mobile peach trucks in south Tempe! Join us every Friday afternoon from 3:30-6:30pm and grab one of our famous made from scratch farm pies, a jar or two of local raw honeys, or some jams/pickles. And of course the best of our seasonal organic produce grown right here on our south mountain farm.”

**Added bonus: Happy Hour is from 4-6pm at the Cafe. AND, they have one of the best kids menus on the planet! Come check all of it out!

Remember how much so many of us enjoyed the Farmer’s Market at McClintock and Warner a couple of years ago? I was bummed when that closed. Maybe this new addition to the neighborhood will be a catalyst for more to come? Either way, I hope to see you there. Come on out and welcome Amadio Ranch to the neighborhood!

 

South Tempe Style

Redefining The Greatest Show On Grass

You have all heard of the greatest show on grass, right? Some say it is a golf tournament happening this week at the TPC, but I might argue that it happened this past weekend at Ed and Heidi Baker’s home in Tempe, AZ.

Their 9th annual charity Bocce Ball Tournament raised more than $14,000 for the Tempe Community Action Agency on Saturday, bringing the total amount raised at this private backyard event to over $57,000 in the past 9 years!

Ed and Heidi’s Charity Bocce Tournament is a private fundraiser held annually on the last Saturday in January to benefit Tempe Community Action Agency.

Greatest show on grass

See the photo below? It is a group shot that was taken by Agnes Art & Photo just before the first round of the bocce ball tournament began. 64 teams and more than 130 people gathered together for the chance to be called the 2018 TCAA Bocce Ball Champions. From there, some pretty amazing things happened. New friendships were made, old friendships were celebrated, people ate food together, drank beer, wine, coffee, and soda together, talked to strangers, had fun and were happy to be sharing the common goal of helping the TCAA do more great things in our community.

You know what was noticeably missing from most of the day? People staring at their phones and scrolling through random crap while not being in the moment. It was as if we actually went back to a time where being nice to strangers was ok. It was an awesome few hours. Want to talk about the greatest show on grass? This was it for a Saturday afternoon in Tempe, AZ.

greatest show on grass Tempe AZ

Photo by Agnes Art & Photo

Proud to be one of many winners of the day:

This was the first year that my friend Jack and I attended Ed’s TCAA bocce tournament. Of course we had heard of the the event in the past, so when the opportunity arose for us to be able to attend, we gladly and quickly registered to do so. (The event quickly “sells out” each year.)

Once I had us registered and our spots secure, I remember jokingly telling Jack that we “might as well go win this thing!”

When we got to the event, Jack and I talked about the real possibility of being beat in the first round as we had never played the game. Our thought process was to enjoy the day, have fun with some friends and just go with the flow. We did succeed at having fun, but, as LUCK would have it, we kept winning. We ended up playing people who were having as much (maybe even more?) fun than we were, and we even played a couple of people that seemed to take this thing pretty seriously. Miraculously, at the end of the tournament, two rookies were the last ones standing. And miraculously, those two rookies took home the 2018 #bocce9 tournament trophy! We will proudly hold on to the trophy until next year, when we return to try to keep the cup!

While I’ll never know what it’s like to win a Green Jacket or to help win the Territorial Cup, I’m pretty sure I’ll always remember the day when two jokers beat some really long odds to come home with the trophy for the 9th edition of the annual Bocce Ball Tournament benefiting the Tempe Community Action Agency. For us, it really was our own version of the greatest show on grass…

 

**Like many great events, this wouldn’t be nearly as successful without volunteers, community partners and event sponsors. BIG thanks to Even Stevens for bringing sandwiches and salads, as well as D’Electables Cupcakes, Doc’s Artisan Ice Creams, Cartel Coffee, Action Wine, Flagstaff Extreme Adventure and more!