Posts in Seasonal Produce
CELEBRATE ST. PATTY’S DAY WITH IN-SEASON GREENS!

St. Patrick's Day is this weekend, and Double Up Arizona is celebrating with some of our favorite in-season greens! It’s the perfect time of year to explore different types of greens like spinach, Swiss chard, kale and much more. Look for these delicious and nutritious greens at your neighborhood farmers market, and Double Up on your favorite ones for an extra special St. Patty’s Day! 

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DOUBLE UP TIPS: STRETCHING YOUR MONTHLY FOOD BUDGET

Stretching your food budget from month to month can be a challenge. Double Up Food Bucks is here to provide you with some tips and tricks on how to make your SNAP/EBT last longer, and how get more out of the money you’re spending. Time, budget and more can affect how long monthly SNAP/EBT benefits can last. On average, people get about $125 dollars per month in SNAP/EBT, and sometimes this amount can be as little as $15 dollars or less. With such a wide range of budgets, these tips can be adjusted accordingly. Take a look and see what works best for you!

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INDIGENOUS FOODS: CONNECTING WITH YOUR LOCAL CULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT

There are so many kinds of delicious produce grown across Arizona, but one group of crops is extra special: indigenous fruits and vegetables! You can find tons of produce that is native to Arizona at your favorite farmers market – cactus, mesquite bean pods, corn, beans, squash, prickly pear fruit and more all have a rich history based in our state’s diverse landscape and climate. Sustenance in the desert requires time and care. Learning about these plants can teach us about our local culture, our environment and food systems, and the importance of sustainable farming.

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DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS TIPS: EATING WITH THE SEASONS

All year round, Arizona farmers markets are filled with delicious, locally-grown produce. Since our diverse climate has such great growing potential, this is the perfect place to take advantage of the benefits of shopping and eating with seasonal foods in mind. Eating with the seasons is a wonderful way to explore your local food culture, get the freshest produce possible, and also support your local farmers.

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STRETCH YOUR FOOD DOLLARS: FREEZING TIPS AND TRICKS

Double Up Food Bucks makes it easy to stock up on your favorite fruits and vegetables, but sometimes it can be a challenge to use all of your market finds before it’s too late. Freezing food is a great way to save money, make mealtimes more convenient, and get the most potential out of your Double Up Food Bucks. Here are some tips on how to utilize your freezer in a way that will benefit you, your wallet and the whole family!

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4 STEPS FOR A FLOURISHING FALL GARDEN

If you followed our summer gardening tips, growing your garden into the fall and preparing for the next planting season can be a breeze. Since the weather is still relatively warm and the first frost is in the distant future, fall gardens thrive in Arizona. This is also a great time to prepare your garden for winter fruits and vegetables. Here is some advice and guidance on advancing your fall garden to get the most out of your hard work:

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL BREEZE: EASY AND HEALTHY SNACKS AND MEALS

Heading back to school can be hectic for the whole family. You’ll want to be prepared, whether it’s shopping for school supplies or preparing easy, no-fuss recipes to get through the week. Stop by your local farmers market to double up on in-season produce and try out some of these simple recipes that will ease your transition into the new school year.

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CELEBRATE NATIONAL PICNIC MONTH WITH DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS

Don’t let the warm weather stop you from celebrating National Picnic Month! National Picnic Month encourages you to get out and celebrate the beautiful outdoors while enjoying great food.

Double Up on fruits and veggies at your local farmers market, then get outside with your family and friends to enjoy a delicious meal and wonderful sights. Check out this graphic for tips on how to have a perfect picnic, and share your pictures with us with the #NationalPicnicMonth hashtag on Facebook and Twitter.

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SUMMER SENSATIONS: ARIZONA’S IN-SEASON PRODUCE

Temperatures have warmed up across the state, and that means there are new in-season fruits and vegetables you can bring home from your favorite farmers markets. Buying in-season produce is a great way to get the most bang for your buck -- it often costs less than other produce because farmers have abundance of it, and it’s also at the peak of its ripeness and flavor. ​

​Check out this graphic to see what’s in season now. Keep an eye out for these summer finds, and don’t forget to Double Up on them at a participating farmers market near you!

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