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Top 5 of our Favorite Farmers’ Markets in the USA

There are so many reasons why one should visit a farmers’ market. What we love most is all the freshly picked produce of course, and the rare opportunity to chat to the farmer directly – you might learn about new ways to store and prepare your favourite foods! Every trip to a farmers’ market ignites a new story. All these markets are charming, in beautiful settings and have their own unique personality.

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1. Santa Fe Farmers’ Market, New Mexico

Located at the historic Santa Fe Railyard in Santa Fe, New Mexico, this market is one of the best around that features local agriculture of Northern New Mexico as well as a variety of chilies, foods and an abundance of sauces made from recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.

More than just a farmers’ market, you’re in for a truly unique experience. Added bonuses include health screenings, food demonstrations, samples of healthy, affordable meals and even the occasional exercise class.

Location: 1607 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Hours: Tuesdays and Saturdays 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Wednesdays 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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Wheatgrass shot, Maui Farmers Market, Hawaii, Healthy Eating
Picture by Steven Depolo via Flickr

2. Upcountry Farmers’ Market, Maui, Hawaii

Operating for more than 40 years, this is a magical market has an abundance of organic vegetables (you almost have to go out of your way to find a conventional vegetable on Maui). There are many community chefs that make a variety of vegetarian, vegan and raw foods sold at this market. Apart from fresh, locally grown organic produce you’ll find coconuts, macadamia nuts, fresh fish, tropical flowers, plants and trees, Maui-grown coffee, Lilikoi butter, plus a bunch of new offerings weekly. Check out HawaiiOnTv’s coverage of the Farmers’ Market.

Location: 55 Kiopaa St, Makawao, Maui
Hours: Saturdays 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

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3. Palm Springs Farmers’ Market, California

Our very own Palm Springs Farmers’ Market is part of a seasonal trio of markets called the Coachella Valley Certified Farmers’ Markets. It is open year-round the other two in the valley close for the hot summer season. Although Zebra Organics and Palm Springs are situated in the Sonoran Desert, we are surrounded by a profound variety of very nearby climates that provide the perfect growing conditions for a diverse range of produce. Although this market is smaller than those in larger cities, the quality of produce is outstanding – it will make you want to get out your blender and food processor and whip up your favourite dish.

Location: Palm Springs Pavilion, California
Hours: Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Plus a new Summer Market at Westfield Palm Desert, California
Hours: Sundays, 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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  4. The Union Square Greenmarket, New York City

Featuring more than 140 regional farmers, fishers and bakers in peak season, this world famous market is open a few days a week and is always a special treat. It is an oasis in the city that provides an escape from the hustle bustle of urban life. It’s known for its fresh fruits and vegetables, heritage meats, award-winning farmstead cheeses, artisan breads, jams, pickles, fresh-cut flowers and plants, wine, ciders, maple syrup and more.

You can’t beat the electric atmosphere in one of New York’s greatest public spaces. As many as sixty thousand people a day flock to the market, from shoppers that come to chat with farmers, to students of all ages that come to learn about seasonality. Since its debut in 1976 with just a few farmers, this market has grown exponentially. Keep your eyes peeled for cooking demonstrations by some of New York’s most popular local chefs.

Location: Union Square, E 17th St & Broadway, New York City, NY
Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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Picture by Foodlander via Flickr

5. Santa Monica Wednesday Market

Welcome to the largest grower-only certified organic market in Southern California. Spread out over four city blocks, Santa Monica’s Wednesday market showcases 75 farmers and a vast selection of goods. Three growers have set up shop here since 1981 when the market first opened; Flying Disc Ranch in Thermal, Mike and Sons Egg Ranch in Ontario and Scotts Farms in Dinuba. Chefs from across Los Angeles gather at the market for the first fresh pick of goods. The quantity and quality of produce is astounding!

Location: Arizona Avenue, between 4th & Ocean, Santa Monica
Time: Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The Importance of Choosing Raw Honey Over Cooked Honey

Special announcement –
Healthy Living Event Series
SkyIsland Organics and Zebra Organics present this series at our combined
facilities in Palm Springs, California, which includes the wellness &
teaching center, manufacturing kitchens, packaging facility, distribution
warehouse, and product showroom. The events are free and everyone is welcome.
take place at:
Zebra Organics / Sky Island Organics
870 E Research Drive, Units 5 & 6
Palm Springs, CA 92262
off Ferrell Drive)
Friday, November 14th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Raw Lifestyle Food Preparation

Special guest Joan Jackson, raw lifestyle consultant & chef, will join us
this Friday. Joan will teach us how to make healthier eating simple,
demonstrate how to make delicious health food and we’ll get to taste her
amazing food at the event. Joan will also sign her book, which is describes an
effective system for making the raw food lifestyle simple, satisfying and

We hope to see you there.

Raw Honey is Medicine, Cooked Honey is Poison
We’re all familiar with honey and its
sweet taste. You may have used it as a substitute for sugar in tea or recipes.
But apart from considering it a healthier alternative to sugar, you may be unaware of just how nutritional this natural resource is.
Containing an enzyme that prevents the
growth of certain bacteria, honey has a long history as a antibacterial
treatment for wounds and illnesses. Ancient Chinese medicine uses honey to
neutralize toxins in the body, relieve pain and assist in treating stomach
According to the
traditional medicine of Ayurveda that is native to India, honey is the nectar of
life. Ayurvedic medicine suggests that raw honey is medicine and cooked honey is
poison. Rich in minerals, vitamins, amino acids, enzymes and carbohydrates,
honey in its natural form is full of nutritional value. 

Once honey is processed it creates cellular toxicity in the body and is stripped of its
nutritional value. It becomes a mucous-like texture and
can clogs subtle energy channels and arteries.
Uses for Honey in Natural Remedies
  • Improves digestion, as it does not ferment in the stomach
  • Relieves nausea 
  • Helps fight of acne – you can try warming half a teaspoon of honey in your hands and spreading it lightly on your face and leaving it for ten minutes before washing it off.
  • Helps restore sleep – try adding a tablespoon of raw honey to warm milk to increase melatonin production, which helps regulate sleep.
“Raw” or “unpasteurized”
honey is what you should be looking for in stores. Since it’s not processed, it
may appear a little cloudy due to its pollen and nutritional content. Raw honey contains bee pollen that is rich in antioxidants and antimicrobial agents.
Zebra Organics offers several types of raw honey:
A special rare product:
White Himalayan Raw Honey
Heavenly Organics originates from
the isolated valleys high in the Himalayan Mountains near the source of the
Ganges River. Most of this pristine region, famous for its wild-crafted
health-promoting plants and flowers, is well beyond the reach of pollution and
modern agricultural chemicals.
Great for use in cooking or as a
beauty mask for your skin:

Avocado Honey
is a rare gourmet 100% pure raw honey. Made in the avocado
groves of Ventura County, California, Bloom’s Avocado honey has a rich, nutty
flavor with hints of avocado. Nectar from the superfood California Avocado is
high in antioxidants and vitamins & minerals.
Mesquite Honey
has an ivory white color and distinctive sweet taste. This
rugged desert honey from the Sonoran Desert in Southern Arizona has long been
used for its medicinal properties. It is 100% pure and raw – a healthy gourmet
treat for honey lovers.
Fun fact: honeybees
had to fly over 55,000 miles to make just one jar of Bloom Honey.
Some great ways to incorporate honey into raw food is in yogurt, tea or spread on bread or toast.