March 13, 2017
For Arizona State University students, faculty and staff, fresh, local food is now easy to eat on the go. Each Thursday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., five to nine local vendors sell locally grown, harvested and produced organic products on the Tempe campus.
“The Fresh and Local market encourages people to think about where food comes from,” said Susan Norton, ASU Sustainability Practices program manager. “The market provides an easy opportunity to purchase and enjoy the fruits of local businesses.”
Fresh, local and organic produce sold every Thursday on the Tempe campus in front of the Sun Devil Fitness Complex. The Fresh and Local Market replaces the old farmer's market at ASU.
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The market is located at the intersection of Lemon Mall and Palm Walk, right outside the Tempe Sun Devil Fitness Complex main entrance. All vendors accept cash and cards, and items at the market sell from $5 to $20.
The following vendors participate in the market, and some provide free samples.
- Bakers Bees sells honey from Chandler, Arizona.
- Dr. Hummus sells 10 different varieties of hummus and homemade pita chips.
- Kelpies Chips sells chipotle- or pizza-flavored seaweed chips.
- Simple Blossoms sells small-batch fresh lotions, scrubs and soap not tested on animals with no petroleum ingredients.
- Squarz Pies sells savory baked croissants and pies.
ASU alumnus Nick Baker, a biologist and beekeeper at Baker’s Bees, sells local honey at the Fresh and Local Market. He also recommends purchasing the produce, especially the dates.
“I pollinate crops like almonds, citrus, cotton, alfalfa and pumpkins. I produce delicious Arizona honey with a distinct taste from our beautiful desert flowers,” he said. “The produce does not look like the grocery store, but they make up in the fantastic flavors they hold.”
Popular vendors include Dr. Hummus and Bakers Bees, which sells about 30 jars of honey each week.
Additional ASU participating organizations include the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Mail Services, Parking and Transit, Sun Devil Dining and ASU Wellness.