Native ingredients including tepary beans are on the menu at Saturday’s Desert Foods Festival, where participants can taste dishes and learn how to cook with traditional foods such as nopales (prickly pear pads).
Cassie Burruel, left, with the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, joins program coordinator Cheralyn Schmidt ahead of Saturday's opening of The Garden Kitchen. Outdoor vegetable gardens are among the offerings at the new community center.
Instructional specialist Louisa O'Meara, left, tests a recipe for pumpkin pancakes at The Garden Kitchen. The facility, which is a partnership with Pima County and the UA Cooperative Extension, hosts its second annual desert foods fest Saturday.