You might say Doug Biggers is returning to his roots.

On Saturday the founder of the Tucson Weekly - he sold the publication in 2000 - is debuting Edible Baja Arizona, a magazine celebrating local farmers, chefs and beverage and food artisans in Southern Arizona and northern Sonora, Mexico.

The first issue of the bi-monthly publication is 76 pages. It's part of the Edible Communities Inc. publishing group, made up of 70 Edible magazines in the United States and Canada, including Edible Seattle and Edible Vancouver.

Edible Baja Arizona editor and publisher Biggers founded and directed the nonprofit Rialto Theatre Foundation for eight years after selling the Weekly, and was part of an effort to launch the Bisbee Royale nightclub; he ended up bowing out of that venture.

"I'm 53 and I feel like I have another media project in me that speaks to my core values," he said. "The local-foods movement is something I have been keenly interested in and involved with from its beginning."

Contributors to the first issue include Gary Paul Nabhan, author of dozens of books including "Coming Home to Eat," co-founder of Tucson's Native Seeds/SEARCH and chairman of the Edible Baja Arizona editorial advisory board; Dr. Andrew Weil, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona; Barbara Kingsolver, former Tucsonan and award-winning author of "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle," among other bestsellers; and Carolyn Niethammer, a local food writer.

The magazine's staff also includes associate publisher Jared McKinley and managing editor Megan Kimble.

Jeff Smith and Steven Meckler are among the Tucson-based contributing photographers.

"We will create top-of-the-line journalism that illuminates and exposes the food system here," Biggers said.

Chef and restaurateur Janos Wilder, owner of Tucson's Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails, is an early supporter and sponsor. Wilder said he hopes the publication "sheds more light on the unique agriculture grown in Southern Arizona."

The magazine will have a circulation of 25,000 and be distributed free at more than 300 restaurants, book stores and farmers markets. It's also available by subscription.

Email Biggers at for more information.

If you go

• What: Launch party for Edible Baja Arizona featuring local food trucks, drinks from Borderlands Brewing Company and Cabezas WineWorks, and live music by Vox Urbana and DJ Matt McCoy.

• When: 7-9 p.m. Saturday.

• Where: MOCA Tucson, 265 S. Church Ave.

• Cost: Free to attend; food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Contact reporter Henry Barajas at or 573-4203.