October Evening Mixer: MonOrchid, Hey Bartender & Amici Catering


With our Certified Local Fall Fest nearing, it’s been quite a busy month around LFA headquarters! We were able to start off this month with a great mixer joint mixer with our Fuerza Local sister organization co-hosted by the MonOrchid, Hey Bartender and Amici Catering. It was an exciting  and beautiful venue, located in downtown Phoenix right in the heart of Roosevelt Row. We began the evening with a Membership 101 Session, which is a free crash-course overview of Local First Arizona benefits. Whether you’ve just joined or have been a member for years, these monthly sessions offer great insights about becoming more involved with Local First Arizona and the local movement. We hold these before every Phoenix Evening Mixer & also online. Click here to register for the next one!

IMG_2930Members in attendance had the opportunity to learn more about the 14,000 square foot warehouse, originally built by Del Webb in 1937. Now a mixed-used space, the building holds open exhibition space, of?ce pods, and two world-class photo cycloramas. Hey Bartender kept the libations flowing while Amici Catering provided a mouth-watering spread of appetizers. We enjoyed the opportunity to work in collaboration with not only one, but three of our members on this event!

A very special thank you goes out to Wayne & Ashton from MonOrchid, Chad from Hey Bartender and Lori from Amici Catering along with their respective teams!

Missed this one? Join us for the next Phoenix Evening Mixer at Allstate Appliances, click here to RSVP!

Thank you to all members in attendance:

Arizona Blues Company
Arizona Pavers
Arizona State Parks
ASAP Notary Services
Arizona North Chapter of ASID
AZ Trade Exchange
Blanca Erives
Bold Multi Media Inc.
Braggs Factory Diner
Caring for Canines
Carter Law Group
Children’s Museum of Phoenix
Community Tire Pros
DPR Realty
Gateway Bank
Geoff Reed Photography
Giancarlo Strata
Grasshopper Hill Design
Green Living Magazine
GreyCatDot Digital Design
Human Resource Essential, LLC
I Heart AZ
John Herrera
Marc Architecture
OnSite OilChange
Pure Chat
Recycled City
Sage Payment Solutions
Sonoran Waste Disposal
Studio ADT
Surprise AZ Web Services
T & T Documents
The Office Pile
TrueRoots Development
Valley Youth Theatre
Veronica Acosta
Wave Productivity
West Group Research
West Valley Arts Council
Western & Southern Life
Zinka Creative

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Around Arizona, Farmer’s Markets will be adjusting their hours for the winter months, which are generally between September and April. Mesa's Friday Market


With extended hours, and cooler weather, there will be plenty of time to relax, browse, shop, and mingle with business owners.


Winter is the prime season for leafy greens; take this opportunity to check out the varieties at the markets.


Below is a list of local Farmer’s Markets, and their updated hours.
Also, this winter season brings a few new markets into the communities, so be sure to check them out!


Uptown Farmers Market *NEW*uptown
Bethany Home and Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85012.
-Opens Saturday, November 1st
-October through April
-Saturdays, 9AM to 1PM



Phoenix Public Market Open Air MarketPhoenix_Public_Market_logo-e1353090264766
Phoenix Public Market, 14 E. Pierce, Phoenix, AZ
– October through April
– Saturdays 8AM to 1PM



Central Farmer’s MarketCentral-Farmers-Market
7901 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ
– October through April
– Saturdays 9AM to 1PM


Gilbert Farmer’s MarketGilbertFarmersMarketLogo
222 N. Ash Drive, Gilbert, AZ
– Saturdays 8AM-12PM



Rincon Valley Farmer’s Market & Artist’s Marketrincon-valley-218x300
12500 E Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ
– Every Saturday, 8AM to 1PM



Tempe Community Markettempecommunity
620 N. Mill Ave. Tempe, AZ
– Sundays, 9AM to 1PM



Sierra Vista Farmers MarketSierra-Vista-Farmers-Market-logo
Veterans’ Memorial Park, 3105 E Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista, AZ
– Thursdays, 10AM to 2PM


Casa Grande Farmer’s Market
Florence & 4th St., Casa Grande, AZ
– Tuesdays, 9AM-3PM, winter hours


Bear Canyon Open Air Market Saturdaybearcanyon
8987 E Tanque Verde 309-303, Tucson, AZ
– September through May 9AM to 2PM




Heirloom Farmers Market
(multiple locations)heirloom-farmers-market-logo

Jesse Owens Park
400 S. Sarnoff Drive, Tucson, AZ
– October through March, 9AM to 1PM
– Fridays

Oro Valley
10901 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ
– October through March, 9AM to 1PM
– Saturdays

Rillito Park *NEW*
4502 N 1st Ave Tucson, AZ
– October through March, 9AM to 1PM
– Sundays


Arizona Community Farmers Marketaz-community-fm
(Multiple locations see below)

Ahwatukee Farmers Market
4700 E Warner Rd, Phoenix, AZ
– Sundays 9AM to 1PM

Tatum Ranch Farmers Market *NEW*
28230 N. Tatum Blvd. Cave Creek, AZ
– Sundays 9AM to 1PM

Anthem Farmers Market
41703 N Gavilan Pkwy, Anthem, AZ
– Sundays 9AM to 1PM

Gilbert Town Square Twilight Farmers Market *NEW*
1040 South Gilbert Rd Gilbert, AZ
– Wednesdays 3:30PM to 7PM

Sun City Farmers Market
16829 N 99th Ave, Sun City, AZ
– Thursdays 9AM to 1PM

Goodyear Community Farmers’ Market
3151 N Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ
– Saturdays 9AM to 1PM

Mesa Community Farmers Market
263 N Center St, Mesa, AZ
– Fridays 9AM to 1PM

Carefree Farmers Market
Easy St. & Ho Hum Dr., Carefree, AZ
– Fridays 9AM to 1PM

Roadrunner Park Farmers Market
3502 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ
– Saturdays 8AM to 1PM

Scottsdale Old Town Farmers’ Market
Brown Ave & 1st St., Scottsdale, AZ
– Saturdays 8AM to 1PM

Farmer’s Market at ASU
Caddy Mall, ASU Tempe Campus Tempe, AZ
– Alternate Tuesdays, 9AM to 2PM


Unfortunately, this Farmer’s Market is CLOSED for the winter season:

Payson Farmers Marketpayson-fm-logo-300x300
816 S. Beeline Hwy, behind Chili’s Restaurant
– Follow them on Facebook for updates on their re-opening!
– Usual hours: Saturdays, 8AM to 12PM, May through September


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10th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival Beverage Garden

Grab your friends and family and join Local First Arizona for our 10th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival next Saturday, November 8th from 10 AM – 4 PM at Portland Park (10 W Portland St, Phoenix, 85003, across from the Central & Roosevelt Light Rail stop).  It’s going to be a fun-filled day celebrating all things local with over 100 local businesses, live music and activities for the whole family  – you won’t want to miss out!

This year’s all-local Beverage Garden has 18 sponsors, coming in from all over the state, sampling some of the best beer, wine and spirits Arizona has to offer. Stop by to meet the brewers/vintners/distillers themselves–and sample away!

Thank you to our incredible sponsors for their support:

Accurate Chemical Services

Arizona Distilling Company

Arizona Stronghold Vineyards

Caduceus Cellars

Chateau Tumbleweed

Desert Diamond Distillery

Dos Cabezas Wine Works

Four Eight Wineworks

Four Peaks Brewing Company

The Grand Canyon Winery

Hensley Beverage Company

Historic Brewing Company

Page Springs Cellars

The Phoenix Ale Brewery

Postino Winecafe

Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine Tequila

SanTan Brewing Company

Sun Up Brewing Company

THAT Brewing Company


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What You Need to Know About Benefit Legislation

legislation-map-aug2014Local First Arizona is thrilled that Arizona recently passed legislation authorizing benefit corporations, a new class of corporation for all businesses that seek to create a positive impact on society, as well as a positive return for investors. If your business is thinking of structuring as a benefit corporation, or if you want to learn if its the right fit, we encourage you to take part in our free webinar with Holly Ensign Barstow, Policy Associate at B Lab and Yvonne Moss and Mackenzie Woods, both of Phoenix based Carter Law Group. Holly will be giving a review of what B Lab does and why they developed the new corporate form. Yvonne and Mackenzie will be going over how Arizona businesses can register as a benefit corporation, how benefit legislation differs from conventional corporations and how doing so will effect you. Join us and get involved in this growing movement to redefine success in business!

When: Monday, November 17 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. There will be time for Q&A.
Where: Online webinar
Cost: Free!
Register here: http://bit.ly/1p3zq90

We’d love to see a strong showing of Arizona businesses who become benefit corporations on January 2, 2015 as this poses an opportunity for us to highlight the Arizona mission-driven business community. Please email Helene@localfirstaz.com if your business is going to make the change to a benefit corporation so that we can be sure to highlight you.

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Local Arizona Dia de los Muertos Events Calendar 2014

disneyland-dia-de-los-muertosWith all of the Halloween festivals going on, don’t forget about another very special celebration Dia de los Muertos!This Mexican holiday is a three day tradition that will be celebrated across Arizona! Join the Local First Arizona members as they prey and remember their ancestors who have past.


Select your region:
Tucson & Southern AZ | Northern & Greater AZ | Phoenix Metro Area

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Total Transit Introduces Arizona’s Only Legal RideShare Service

Total TransitTotal Transit1, parent company of Discount Cab and a proud, sustaining Local First Arizona member, has introduced Arizona’s first and only fully-insured legal RideShare service accessible through the Total Transit App.

Available only through the app, RideShare vehicles are personally owned and operated, fully commercially insured and legal, with experienced drivers who have passed verified background checks, as well as drug and alcohol screenings. This program allows drivers to utilize their personal vehicles to provide legal RideShare.

“Our new RideShare service supports the sharing economy while adhering to Arizona’s regulation in for-hire transportation,” said Mike Pinckard, Total Transit president. “We have figured out a way to offer RideShare the right way—by making it fully insured, legal and compliant with state law—and look to other ride-share providers to do the same.”

Total Transit App

Screenshot of the Total Transit app.

“We have always said we try to make it easy for companies to do business here in Arizona, as long as they align with the public and passenger safety requirements that are in place,” said Shawn Marquez, acting director of the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures. “Total Transit is doing just that, and we are happy to support them in their new legal RideShare offering. We would do the same for any company that complies with the law. Public safety is paramount and cannot be compromised, and we support any ridesharing effort as long as it does not put the drivers, passengers and the general public at risk.”

Users of the Total Transit App will also be able to choose from a variety of additional vehicle options: Discount Cab, black car and SUV; vans and wheelchair-accessible vans will be available in the coming weeks as well. “We’ve listened to our customers and have added more vehicle options to our fleet in order to meet their needs,” Pinckard said.

The Total Transit App provides a convenient, safe and secure way to request a ride. Features include real-time location of available vehicles, a list of vehicle categories and prices, and current estimated wait times for each category. Passengers can enter a destination for a fare estimate prior to pick-up. Passengers can also see vehicle movement as they wait for the driver, along with the driver’s photo, name and vehicle description. They also have the ability to call their driver through a safety measure that keeps both the customer and driver phone numbers hidden. Customers can store one or more credit cards in the system and choose a card for payment at the time of booking. When the ride is over, payment is automatic. For fares with passenger-determined tip, the customer has up to an hour to change the amount of the tip from the default amount.

The app is available for free download in the iTunes Store and Google Play. Those who currently have the Discount Cab app can simply update it in their Settings; current app users will be prompted to create a new account and add additional personal information to make their account current.

Total Transit App users can receive 25 percent off their first ride by entering the promo code ARIZONA.

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Member Spotlight: Burning Tree Cellars

This is a northern Arizona member spotlight for Burning Tree Cellars in Cottonwood

326986_271511596201179_1803386438_oSituated in Old Town Cottonwood since 2012, Burning Tree Cellars is a small boutique winery committed to producing and serving wine of the highest quality. They take pride in utilizing the finest available fruit sources, quality oak and patience to establish a wine menu featuring an array of options for customers to enjoy. Rather than pushing their wines through chain supermarkets, this company delights in using their expertise in winemaking to remind the community that they are all part of something special. Since joining the Cottonwood community, the owners of Burning Tree Cellars continue to fulfill their mission of serving each other, their families and their friends.

Burning Tree Cellars offers an incredible range of quality wines to choose from. A list of currently available wines, along with detailed background information on each wine, can be found here. However, the owners like to entertain their guests with more than just delicious wines. Every weekend on Friday and Saturday nights, customers can enjoy live music while winetasting in a relaxed ambience.

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The Burning Tree Cellars tasting room is located at 1040 N. Main Street in Old Town Cottonwood. They invite you to join them at their winery Sunday through Thursday from 12 to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 12 to 10 p.m. For more information on currently available wines and upcoming events, please contact them at (928) 649-8733 or visit their website at www.burningtreecellars.com.


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It’s the Time of the Season

20140907_103808Finally, that time of the year that makes living in Arizona so enjoyable. Get out of hibernation mode and spend a Sunday morning at the newly formed, year-round Tempe Community Market – purchase fresh produce direct from local farmers, sample locally made food items, enjoy breakfast or lunch at the market, or get a kick start on your gift-giving list by visiting stalls filled with artisan craft items.

20140907_095349With the change in the weather, a new season is about to begin at the Tempe Community Market. The Market features new hours, operating each Sunday from 9am to 1pm, new vendors, and will showcase new varieties of produce to kick off the fall season.

20140907_083024Greens such as arugula, bok choy, chard, herbs, various lettuces, greens, and spinach, as well as root vegetables like beets, carrots, onions, radishes and turnips are set to hit the stands when the Market kicks off on November 2nd. Winter squashes will soon be available as well!

20140907_101249Bring your family and friends for some good outdoor fun  –  kids’ activities and live music are featured every Sunday as well as a great group of vendors. Community activities such as a book exchange and a Community Exchange co-op table, where backyard gardeners can bring their excess harvest, makes this new addition to the East Valley even more special.

20140907_090659The Market is located at 620 N. Mill, in the Marquee Theatre parking lot under the 202 bridge. Market-goers can take light rail, exiting at Center Parkway and walk 20 yards east.

Oh, and be sure to bring this $2 off coupon  – a special gift from everyone at Tempe Community Market to all of you! Find more information on their website or Facebook page.

Tempe Community Market

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Local First Members Crowned Phoenix New Times Best of 2014


Local First Arizona is very proud to announce that many of their members have received an award for being voted for Phoenix New Times Best of 2014!
Thank you for voting for your local businesses!
Click here to check out the winners and more information.

Best Art Gallery:
Phoenix Art Museum

Best Blues/Jazz Radio Station:
KJZZ 91.5

Best Lesbian Bar:
Bliss Rebar

Best Music Festival:
McDowell Mountain Music Festival

Best Nightclub:
Crescent Ballroom

Best Venue for Local Artists:
Crescent Ballroom

Best Venue for National Acts:
Crescent Ballroom

Best Bakery:

Best Brewery:
Four Peaks Brewing Co.

Best Chef:
Silvana Salcido Esparza (Barrio Café)

Best Coffee House:
Lux Coffee Bar

Best Downtown Lunch:
Phoenix Public Market Café

Best Farmers Market:
Downtown Phoenix Public Market

Best Food Truck:
Short Leash

Best Gluten-Free bakery:
Jewel’s Bakery and Café

Best Local Beer:
San Tan’s Mr. Pineapple

Best Seasonal Beer:
Four Peaks’ Pumpkin Porter

Best Cocktail:
Pitcha of Primm’s at Windsor

Best Country Radio Station:
KSWG 96.3 FM

Best Club Show:
The Phoenix Rock Lottery at Crescent Ballroom

Best Hip-Hop Series:
Blunt Club at Yucca Tap Room

Best Weekly Dance Night:
Kismet, Saturdays in Crescent Ballroom Lounge

Best Jewish Deli:

Best Food Truck:

Best Thai Restaurant:

Best Vegan Restaurant:

Best Upscale Mexican Restaurant:
Barrio Café

Best Gluten-Free Bakery
Jewel’s Bakery and Café

Best Cupcake:
Urban Cookies

Best Guacamole:
Barrio Café

Best Culinary Festival:
Devoured Food + Wine Clasic

Best Place for First Date:

Best Wine Bar:

Best Independent Movie Theater:

Best Place to be Seen:
Phoenix Art Museum on First Friday

Best Place to Take an Out-of-Towner:
The Farm at South Mountain

Best Place to Take a Scenester:
Crescent Ballroom

Best News Radio Station:
KJZZ 91.5 FM

Best Farmers Market:
Old Town Farmers Market

Best Head Shop:
Bud’s Glass Joint

Best Nursery:
Harper’s Nursery

Best Spa:
VH Spa at Hotel Valley Ho

Best Record Store for CDs:

Best Bookstore:
Changing Hands

Best Used Bookstore:
Bookmans Entertainment Exchange

Best Comic Book Shop:
All About Books and Comics

Best Magazine Rack:
Bookmans Entertainment Exchange

Best Adult Clothing Resale:
Buffalo Exchange

Best Boutique:

Best Art Supply Store:
Arizona Art Supply

Best Shopping on Mill Avenue:
Brand X

Best Tourist Attraction:
Desert Botanical Garden

Best Rock Climbing Gym:
AZ on the Rocks

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Fall Festival Raffle Tickets On Sale Online

The weeks leading up to the Certified Local Fall Festival have the excitement of Christmas in the LFA office. It’s the time when donations for our raffle and silent auction start showing up and we get a first-hand look at all the amazing products and services that locally owned businesses across the state have donated. This year we are selling raffle tickets online as well as at the festival, giving you more chances to get in the drawing for some really cool prizes valued between $25 – $100.

How does the raffle work? We start drawing at 10:30 a.m. on November 8th at the Fall Festival, and will do a total of six drawings throughout the day. If you don’t win in the first drawing, your ticket stays in the bowl so that you have a chance to win in future drawings. Online sales end on November 7th so that we will have time to add your tickets into the fishbowl. You don’t need to be present at the Festival to be a winner! We’ll call or email you if you are a winner during the week of November 10th!

Here is a sampling of the over 100 items that are in this year’s raffle. All funds raised go to support Local First Arizona and help us build better programs, reach out to more communities in the state and spread the word about all the amazing locally owned businesses throughout Arizona.  Purchase tickets by clicking here. Good luck!

chnaging handsGift cards from Changing Hands Bookstore

Gift certificate from Coiffeurs Salon

Gift cards to the Vig

Gift basket from truce

Coffee from Café Esperanza

Gift cards from Daily Dose

Gift certificate from Let It Roll Bowl

Gift certificate from frances boutique

Massage and yoga gift certificates from Desert Song Yoga

Gift cards from Fox Restaurant Concepts

Gift cards from Bookmans

Necklace from Tumblestone

Gift certificate, growler & pint glasses from Sun Up Brewing Company

Gift certificates from Tonto Bar & Grill & Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch house

Brownie combos from Fairytale Brownies

DBGFamily passes from Desert Botanical Garden

Gift cards from Flanny’s Bar & Grill

Gift cards from Chompies

Gift certificate from Terroir Wine Pub

Passes to the Pueblo Grande Museum

Goodie bag from Scottsdale Cat Clinic

Gift basket from H2E Aromatherapy

Gift certificate to Pizza People Pub

Goodies from Samuari Comics

Lunch for two from TexAZ Grill

Gift card from Clothes Minded

Gift cards to Hava JavaHava-Java-coffee1

Gift certificate from Arizona Sunrays

Tickets to the Great American BBQ & Beer Festival

Local j am & honey from Cheri’s Desert Harvest

Gift basket from Scramble

Gift basket from Souvia Tea

Gift bag from Armadilla Wax Works

Passes to the Heard Museum

Gift certificate to Mane Attraction Salon

Gift card to Puff & Fluff Dog Grooming

Gift certificate to Sole Sports Running Zone

Gift certificate to Tammie Coe Cakes

Gift certificate to Phoenix Rock Gym

maizies foodGift cards to Maizie’s Café & Bistro

Gift certificate to SLATHERlotions

Seatbelt purse from Community Tire Pros

Gift basket from China Mist

Coaster set from Pop-Cycle

Engraved pie plate from Striking Stone

Gift certificate from Desert Roots Kitchen

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