New: Tucson Local & Heritage Foods Directory Availableby Karyn Zoldan on Aug. 05, 2009, under A Tisket, A Tasket, Desert Locavore, Farmers Markets, Life, Specialty Food Market
As part of its goal to promote local and place-based foods, the Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance published a guide to the local food producers and vendors in the Santa Cruz Valley and southeastern Arizona. The guide, titled Local & Heritage Foods Directory: A guide to producers, grocers, restaurants and farmers’ markets throughout the Santa Cruz Valley and southeastern Arizona, is now available.
The directory is the first of its kind for southern Arizona and will connect all levels of the local food supply chain, from farmers to restaurants to food enthusiasts, making it easier to buy and sell diverse, fresh foods. Also included in the directory is background information about local heritage foods, such as mesquite meal, prickly pear and tepary beans; locations and schedules of regional farmers markets and a seasonal availability chart for the Santa Cruz Valley .
“The heritage foodways, farming and ranching practices of the Santa Cruz Valley are eclectic, building on many cultural influences and improvisations pioneered by innovators here in our midst,” says Gary Paul Nabhan, Ph.D., co-founder of Tucson-based Native Seeds/SEARCH and Research Social Scientist with the Southwest Center at the University of Arizona . “The goal of the Heritage Alliance is not to freeze them in time, label and license them, but to let them live, breathe and mutate through time in response to human needs and ecological necessities.”
The directory is available for free online or may be purchased for $5 through the Heritage Alliance. Soon a print copy of the directory will be available at Maynards Market but it’s not there yet. You can also stop by the Tucson office located in the Historic “Y” on the corner of 5th Avenue @ University; please call 520.429.1394 first to ensure that someone is available.
Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance members will receive a free directory. Membership information is also available on the Heritage Alliance website.
The directory was made possible by a generous grant from the Tohono O’odham Nation, and is a project of the proposed Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area.
(Please note: The online directory uses .swf (shockwave flash) and I was unable to turn the pages. I may need to install a more recent flash app. Sigh. Let me know if it works for you. I’m going to buy a print directory so I can have as a reference and keep it in my glove compartment.)