Are you ready for an adventure? Come along with us for a two-week journey on our Vendor's Voyage as we introduce you to some of our vendors around the country!
We will be featuring a different farmers’ market vendor every two weeks to give you a more personal look at the people vending pasta behind our booths. First stop on the expedition is in Tucson, Arizona to visit our friend Erin!
Erin is an active vendor of ours for the last three years living and working in the hot heat of Tucson. You can find her selling pasta and interacting with local market shoppers at any of these five markets:
Heirloom Farmers’ Market (Oro Valley and Tucson)
Heirloom Trail Dust Farmers’ Market (Tucson)
Food in Root (Tucson)
Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market (Tucson)
She recommends you to try the Hatch Green Chile Pappardelle, her favorite pasta, or her next favorite, Goan Curry Angel Hair.
Q. Why did you originally decide to become a Pappardelle’s vendor?
A. I saw a Pappardelle’s Pasta booth at the Cherry Creek Farmers’ Market in Denver while I was traveling almost 13 years ago. While making a purchase, the man gave me a flyer and on the back it said, “Want to sell our pasta?” Well, I saved that flyer for 10 years and after leaving corporate retail, I decided to apply to your farmer’s market program.
Q. What is the first pasta you ever tried?
A. The Sweet Potato Pappardelle and Dark Chocolate Linguine
Ask her about her favorite Pappardelle’s meal and she will tell you it’s the Hatch Green Chile Pappardelle with a variation of the recipe from the Chipotle Black Bean Tagliatelle - Tequila Lime Cream Sauce using roasted green chiles from the market instead of jalapenos…yum!
A few fun facts about Erin…
- She loves Mexican-inspired food but hates celery
- She is one of eight siblings but is an only child
- She grew up on a farm for eight years in Kansas
Q. What do you enjoy most about your farmers’ markets and local community?
A. Being around all of the farmers, growers, ranchers, makers, and producers of quality food. They really are some of the hardest working people I’ve ever been around and they all love what they do.
Q. What are some of your favorite hobbies?
A. I am a photographer in my free time. I have been photographing since 1999 and have captured images of everything from babies to weddings. Right now, my favorite is high fashion and something called “trash-the-dress” where a bride will dress up in their gown, or someone will wear a formal gown for a photo shoot in an unconventional location, not necessarily to ruin their dress, but to get some really great images that are different from the normal. My website is www.ekahd.com.