As Arizona is such a melting pot of people from throughout the country, its culinary scene is decidedly diverse. From beloved concepts like La Grande Orange and Fox Restaurants to elegant resort dining to hole-in-the-wall eateries serving authentic and ethnic cuisines, our state packs a lot of punch when it comes to local flavor.
Arizona is also brimming with an abundance of locally grown produce and handmade artisan products, many of which can be found at Farmers’ Markets throughout the state. I’ve only recently discovered the true value of these local Farmers’ Markets—after being diagnosed with both Celiac disease and lactose intolerance—and all the wonderfully fresh food that they provide. You can find almost anything there—from garden staples and seasonal produce to milk, eggs and meat to pantry products like honey and jam, all with the reassuring guarantee of being made right here in Arizona. Not only are these markets great for finding fresh fare, but they also provide a fun and festive atmosphere for the day, with colorful stands lined with vibrant foods and equally colorful locals eager to answer any and all questions you may have about their products. I’ve also learned that these markets are great spots for gleaning healthy and creative recipes to make at home—something I have become very thankful for in the wake of my newfound dietary restrictions—and share with family and friends.
For the February “Food” Issue of the magazine, we have rounded up a host of local places eager to share their delicious recipes and culinary tips, along with some mouth-watering photos sure to create a feast for your eyes. Partake in nature’s bounty with sumptuous seasonal recipes from local CSA farms, learn how to create the perfect pizza with advice from the pie experts and indulge your sweet tooth with decadent chocolate desserts perfect for Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!
Until Next Month,