Recently, I rode my bike from our Bed & Breakfast lodging in Tucson, Arizona to a place where all kinds of surprise treasures can be found on Saturdays, Rincon Valley Farmers & Artisans Market. It’s just 5 minutes away by car and 15 minutes if one is an average bicyclist and must ride a road bike on our dirt road lane to get to Old Spanish Trail. Wouldn’t you know, there is a very long hill going down to the Market and I didn’t have the strength to get back up that hill so my husband had to come to the Market to rescue me when I was done shopping.
The market offers much more than just produce and the work of Artisans. This week there was a portable rock climbing tower that was in place for active youth to enjoy. Several food vendors were also selling hot sandwiches and hot dogs. Several times a month there’s also a local swap meet on some land in back of the barn although when I visited during May’s hot temperatures, not as many sellers were there.
I visited the produce section to purchase some organically grown vegetables and was attracted to some yummy home made salsa we were able to sample at checkout. On any given Saturday, there could be freshly baked sticky buns or pies, homemade tomales, or burros.
Our Bed & Breakfast guests visited the market and purchased an artistic ironwood statute and some different custom mixed spices. Even if you’re not in buying mode, it’s just fun to see the work of all the talented artisans.