We accept EBT/Food Stamps, Double Up Bucks, and WIC
Ajo Plaza, Highway 85, Ajo, AZ 85321
October – March: Thursdays 4 to 7 pm & Saturdays 9 to noon
April – June: Thursdays 5 to 7 pm
(Closed July through September)
If you have any questions or for more information, please contact us.
Please download more details abut the Farmers Market or visit the Authentically Ajo Farmers Market Facebook page:
Do you have a SNAP Quest card?
If so, you qualify for our Double Up Food Bucks program. Watch the informative video below to see how it works.
¿Tienes una tarjeta SNAP Quest?
Si es así, usted califica para nuestro programa Double Up Food Bucks. Mire el video informativo a continuación para ver cómo funciona.
Take a look and see what creative items we have at Market.
Arnold attributes his ego to his start in papermaking. Having always been a nature photographer, he was once doing art shows in the Los Angeles area, but saw that his sales weren’t doing very well. He determined it wasn’t his photography that was the problem but rather the paper he was printing his photos on. So, with that in mind, Arnold went looking for paper with “personality”. Unfortunately, he searched to no avail. Then one day he received a birthday card in the mail from the wife of an Army buddy of his in Alaska. Not only was the card handmade, but so was the envelope. He knew immediately that this was what he needed. He dropped everything and brought a ticket on the first thing smoking for Alaska, where he soon met with his buddy’s wife and she taught him everything she knew. He later returned home to the Los Angeles area and started to read up on papermaking and took a seminar in Oakland on the Tibetan papermaking style, and the rest was history. Fast forward to today and Arnold makes paper for a living; but not just any kind of paper. All of Arnold’s paper is made of part recycled cotton rags that were originally socks, blouses, etc. and hemp fibers for strength. When available, he mixes in some recycled sugar cane waste – the left-overs of the production of sugar. The inclusions – anything he mixes in the pulp – such as flower parts, pieces of branches, etc., are all locally sourced in and around Ajo. He also sometimes adds nature themed haiku poetry inside his greeting cards for uniqueness. Arnold couldn’t find paper with “personality”, so he took it upon himself to make paper with his own personal touch. Be sure to come visit Arnold at our next Farmers Market for your paper-craft needs.
Jane is a local grower, seed-saver, founding ARFP member and has led the Ajo Community Garden for almost a decade. Dirt and water are her favorite modes of self-therapy. Jane finds joy and delight in the exquisiteness of our Sonoran Desert Community.
Jane is a backyard gardener, and runs her own business; Jane’s Home Garden. She brings vegetables and herbs, tie-dye, sea glass ornaments, dried flowers and organic surprises! Chicken and Duck eggs are on the way.
She is authorized through the Arizona Department of Health Services in the Home Baked and Confectionary Goods Program and specializes in healthy sweets alternatives.
Josie has always been around art. She has fond memories of her father’s Picasso-like artistry as a child but never really grew to appreciate her own artistic ability until adulthood. She decided to take a few ceramics classes in Ajo, and then eventually she received an invitation from a friend to attend a stained-glass class. Reluctant and initially uninterested, Josie end up accepting her friend’s invitation. She loved it, and George, the instructor with Pima County, was so impressed with her love for glass art that he asked to train her to take his place as beginner’s stained-glass class instructor. He started training Josie to teach beginners stained art classes, and then eventually mosaic and stepping stone classes. Later Josie would meet Bea, who taught her fused glass — now her passion. Through teaching art classes, Josie formed many cherished friendships with members of the community. One friendship in particular would forever change how she lived her life, and that was her friendship with Ana. Josie described Ana, the Pima County Coordinator, as her motivator and inspiration. Ana was an amazing artist and had great plans for retirement. Unfortunately, Ana passed away suddenly. Heartbroken by the death of her friend, Josie promised herself that she would stop putting things off. She decided that she would live life to the fullest every day doing the things she loved most. And to this day, Josie has kept that promise to herself. Not only does she teach, but Josie enjoys making her own original pieces for her business De Colores by Fina. She hand-makes fused glass jewelry, recycled art, stained glass pieces, and mosaics. Josie enjoys working with her husband, Fernando, who makes mesquite coasters & builds all her unique displays. De Colores by Fina offers creative pieces for any budget, and no two items are ever the same. Come visit Josie at our next Farmers Market, and be sure to check out the fabulous jewelry she’s wearing; chances are, it’s one of her original pieces.
Karen is the creator of the stuffed, colorful javelina pillows curating across our fine village (which she also sells in Tucson and Tubac).
With the success of the Authentically Ajo Farmers’ Market, Karen has enjoyed being much more creative and involved in brining art to people of all ages. Most recently, she was the art teacher for the Ajo Summer Fun Camp. Prior to that, she and partner, Mike Henrichs, participated in the Sonoran Cultural Exchange in Puerto Penasco, Mexico.
In her spare time, Karen manages the Clay Studio at the Curley School. She and partner, Bona Jordan, will open The Curley School Gallery this fall with art from all of their neighbors at the Curley School Artisan Complex.
Her most recent success came unexpectedly during the 2017 summer when a museum in Colorado Springs recognized her and Mike’s ceramic pieces. “Our art has come full circle. My co-founder of LunarStar Pottery was trained at Van Briggle Art Pottery in Colorado Springs. The Pioneer’s Museum in downtown Colorado Springs has a huge, important collection of Van Briggle and now LunarStar Pottery is offered right alongside it. I am really honored.”
Despite the dystopian futures that haunt our storytelling, I believe that Earth’s best years are still ahead of us.
In 2005 I moved to the small town of Ajo, AZ for its dark night skies. As I look at the stars at night I always wonder which ones are the suns of planets peopled with creatures not unlike us. I wondered so much that in 2009, on a crisp autumn Ajo night, a planet was born in my imagination, a planet I named Luratia.
Ajo inspired the village of Bree–remote and isolated from the advanced technology sweeping the big cities of my peopled planet. My Lin of Luratia fiction trilogy explores what happens when small town values meets the promises and perils of advancing technology. My Cri of Egli young adult adventure trilogy takes a chilling look at how ubiquitous surveillance techniques will soon permeate our lives, for better and for worse. Much of what I write about is based on research conducted by the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University. I also write non-fiction articles on nanotechnology for science magazines.
You can learn about the world I am building by visiting www.Luratia.com.
At Sissybear’s, we create enticing baked goods to enchant the jaded palate. Our regular offerings include blissful Biscotti, scrumptious Scones, wonderful Muffins and Sweet Breads, and maybe Cookies; plus, featured Surprise Treats of the day… You never know what you’ll find to tempt your taste buds!
Please come by and visit us and take home some Ajo – Baked goodness You can find us at the Ajo Saturday Farmers Market.
Interested in becoming a vendor?
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