The Desert Harvester series, which offers free workshops, cooking demonstrations and informational activities on native foods and plants, kicks off March 6 and runs through Dec. 5 at the Santa Cruz River Farmers' Market.

The market is located in the Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida de Convento.

Workshop dates and topics are as follows:

March 6: 3 to 6 p.m. – Wild Winter Edible Greens with Jill Lorenzini.

April 3: 3 to 6 p.m. – Cholla Buds with Desert Harvester’s Amy Valdés Schwemm.

May 15: 4 to 7 p.m. – Nopalitos with Desert Harvester’s Amy Valdés Schwemm.

June 5: 4 to 7 p.m. – Mesquite Harvesting with Aravaipa Heirloom’s Jeau Allen.

June 19: 4 to 7 p.m. – Bean Trees with Bean Tree Farm’s Barbara Rose.

July 17: 4 to 7 p.m. – Verdolagas with Sara Jones from Tucson Community Supported Agriculture.

August 14: 4 to 7 p.m. – Prickly Pear Fruit with Desert Harvester’s Amy Valdés Schwemm.

November 20: 3 to 6 p.m. – Annual Mesquite Milling with the Las Milpitas Farm and Bean Tree Farm’s Barbara Rose.

December 4: 3 to 6 p.m. – Barrel Cactus Fruit with Jill Lorenzini.

The Santa Cruz River Farmers' Market is a program of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and accepts SNAP, WIC vouchers, Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition vouchers, cash and debit and credit cards. 

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