Sierra Vista Farmers Market
Open Year-round!
Thursdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Every 1st Thursday of the month:
Cochise County Master Gardeners bring gardening advice.

Every 2nd Thursday of the month:

The Sierra Vista Community Garden brings info about their garden plots
Every 3rd Thursday of the month:
Free blood pressures and sugars provided by Chiricahua Community Health Services, Inc.

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - Earth Day at the Market

The Sierra Vista Farmers Market’s annual Earth Day Celebration will be held during regular market hours on Thursday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Veterans’ Memorial Park. Earth Day, a time to promote awareness of the Earth’s environment, is now observed all over the world. For thirteen years, the Sierra Vista Farmers Market has celebrated Earth Day with an expanded market which features the usual fresh foods that can be found every Thursday, as well as special exhibits and attractions.

Education is an important component of Earth Day and there will be much to learn at this year’s event. Solar observing will be provided by The Huachuca Astronomy Association. Sunspots and solar prominences (gas explosions on the sun’s surface) can be seen through the club’s telescopes with special filters. Representatives can answer questions about astronomy or telescopes.

See how simple it is to cook with the solar ovens on display by Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture (BASA). Solar cooking requires no power except for the clean, renewable energy created by the sun. Volunteers will have information about harvesting and milling mesquite pods as well. 

Gardening is an earth-friendly activity. The Sierra Vista Area Gardeners Club will hold their spring plant sale fundraiser, with a large selection of bedding plants, vegetables, herbs, annuals, perennials, houseplants, cactus, and succulents. If you like to garden but don’t have an outdoor space, find out how to obtain a plot at the Sierra Vista Community Garden’s booth. Cochise County Master Gardeners will be set up to help you with any gardening questions.

Community members can participate in “Goat Yoga,” a fitness trend that has been sweeping the nation over the past two years. It is a standard yoga class performed in the company of adorable baby goats (provided by market vendor Udderly Natural Goatmilk Products). The purpose is to combine the healing aspects of nature, animals, and yoga. The free class will be held from noon to 1 p.m. All that’s needed is a yoga mat and comfortable clothing.

Live alpacas, a llama, and a sheep will be featured, courtesy of Thunder Mountain Alpaca Ranch. Learn about how the alpaca’s superior fleece is used as a fiber in clothing and other products. A spinning and weaving demonstration by the Bisbee Fiber Arts Guild will also show how the fleece is turned into yarn and made into fabrics.

The Sierra Vista City Council will hold a “Meet and Greet” to get input from citizens about our community.

Fort Huachuca’s Environmental Dept. and Archeology Dept. will bring historical artifacts, brochures about archaeology, maps, photos, and information about local wildlife.

Other participating organizations include: the Amerind Foundation, Ft. Huachuca Water Wise and Energy Smart Programs, U of a Cooperative Extension Water Wise, Chiricahua Community Health Services, US Forest Service, the Bisbee Fiber Arts Guild, U of a Cochise Extension Oral Health Dept., and the Arizona Dept. of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).

Community members can relax at tables under the trees while enjoying lunch from a large selection of menu items from market food trucks, including hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, egg rolls and other Asian food, Mexican foods, miner’s pasties, and Hawaiian shave ice.  

Shoppers are encouraged to bring a cooler for food purchases so they don’t have to hurry home, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the exhibits and listen to live music provided by the Simmons Family Band.


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