A weekly farmers’ market is coming to downtown Nogales starting this Friday.
The “Nogales Mercado” will be held every Friday from 3-6 p.m. at the Little Mercado on Morley Avenue as part of the Cosechando Bienestar (Harvesting Wellbeing) Initiative coordinated by Mariposa Community Health Center (MCHC).
Cosechando Bienestar aims to “connect local residents with local food producers to increase the consumption of fresh, healthy foods,” said Susan Kunz, chief of the Health and Wellness Department at MCHC.
“The initiative promotes development of a local food system as something key to both health and economic development,” she said.
Nogales Community Development (NCD) will take the lead in managing the Nogales Mercado, and the organization will soon begin recruiting community members to train as volunteer market managers.
Also as part of Cosechando Bienestar, a group of five Nogales residents has begun a 13-week Garden Leader Apprenticeship Program at Avalon Organic Gardens and Farm in Tumacacori to learn everything from soil preparation and composting, to planting and harvesting in a high desert climate.
Other backyard gardeners meet weekly with the Nogales Garden Club, facilitated by Matthew Fornoff, MCHC’s food system coordinator.
“These garden leaders will share their knowledge with neighbors and friends, helping others with their gardening goals,” Fornoff said. “The garden leaders will also assist Avalon staff in the delivery of public gardening workshops to be offered in Nogales.”
Other Cosechando Bienestar partners include the Somos la Semilla Network and the University of Arizona Prevention Research Center.
To learn more or get involved with Cosechando Bienestar, contact Fornoff at (520) 287-3330.
Fresh food for sale
What: The Nogales Mercado farmers’ market
Where: Little Mercado, Morley Avenue
When: Every Friday, 3-6 p.m.