A customer picks out produce at the Santa Cruz River Farmers Market. 

The Santa Cruz River Farmers Market, run by the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, is one of the 10 best in the country, according to the folks who publish the venerable Farmers' Almanac.

It’s a nice shout-out for Tucson in a web article titled "10 Farmers Markets You Need To Visit.” So I hate to nitpick but:

  • They misspelled our name in the headline as Tuscon. Sigh.
  • The writer seemed surprised that we actually grow food in the desert. I know that’s a common misconception, even here in the Old Pueblo. Double sigh. I really hope we backyard gardeners — and all of our local farmers markets — can someday change that perception.

Here's an excerpt from the article:

"At first glance, one might not think a desert city would have plentiful produce to offer. But the Santa Cruz River Farmers Market delivers. Truly a local favorite, it serves up the best of its farmers’ fare. ... The market feels more like a block party than a place to buy green things. Live music and cooking demos, seed exchanges and gardening classes engage the community with all things ultimately edible. …

"It’s not the biggest, fanciest market in town, but it has won the hearts of its community, as well as ours."

I’m not disagreeing, of course — it’s one of my favorite markets and a wonderful asset to the west side and beyond. The food bank deserves a lot of credit for its success.

So cheers to Tuscon!

The views expressed here are my own. I welcome comments and questions at onesnowpea@tucson.com or 573-4163.