Archived Press Releases & Flyers

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Press Releases

August 17, 2017

“Eat Mesquite and More” – Cookbook Fundraiser – August 24, 2017

CELEBRATION AND FUNDRAISER/ COOKBOOK PRE-SALE Date:  Thursday, August 24, 2017 Time: 4:30pm–7:00pm Venue:Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market @ the Mercado San Agustín (Market is hosted by the Community Food Bank) Address: 100 S Avenida del Convento | Tucson, Arizona Join us at the SANTA CRUZ RIVER FARMERS’ MARKET for Happy Hour as we kick off our CROWD-FUNDING SITE for […]

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May 2, 2017

Desert Harvesters May–June Festivities 2016 Press Release

DESERT HARVESTERS For Immediate Release: May 3, 2016 Contacts: Jill Lorenzini: 520-268-4899 | Barbara Rose: 520-572-7221 | Brad Lancaster: 520-275-8753 | DESERT HARVESTERS ANNOUNCES SPRING/SUMMER HARVESTING EVENTS: MESQUITE AND MORE! Tucson, AZ—Though newcomers to the Sonoran Desert sometimes miss the abundant fruits, berries, mushrooms, and greens of wetter forests, one Tucson […]

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February 28, 2017

Desert Harvesters thanks the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona for its support!

Thanks to the financial support of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s Punch Woods Endowment Grant, you will soon be able to get a copy of Desert Harvesters’ new cookbook, “Eat Mesquite and More! A Sonoran Desert Living Cookbook!” In 2015, we Desert Harvesters set out to build on the energies of a growing […]

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May 6, 2015

For immediate release: Plant, Harvest, Mill, and Celebrate Wild Abundance Before the Rains Desert Harvesters is co-organizing events to plant, harvest, mill, and celebrate local wild foods in the month of June—the peak of our native bean trees’ harvest season. These events will give you the opportunity to taste and enjoy delicious desert wild foods; […]

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May 21, 2014

Harvest, Plant, and Celebrate Native Bean Tree (including mesquite) Abundance Before the Rains—Desert Harvesters is organizing events on two dates, June 19 and 22 (the peak of our native bean trees’ harvest season) to help people dramatically enhance the quality of their harvests, what they make with them, and how to better rhyme with the […]

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October 22, 2013

Desert Harvesters 11th Annual Mesquite Milling, Pancakes, and Fiesta in conjunction with the Dunbar/Spring Neighborhood Porch Fest Tucson, AZ—Mesquite pancakes are back at the annual Mesquite Milling Fiesta and Pancake Chow Down! The delicious pancakes will sell for $2 each, topped with prickly-pear syrup, and made with mesquite flour from native Velvet mesquite pods. Three […]

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October 8, 2010

DESERT HARVESTERS RELEASES NEW MESQUITE COOKBOOK AT ITS ANNUAL MESQUITE MILLING AND PANCAKE BREAKFAST FIESTA Tucson, AZ—Every year enthusiastic eaters swarm the annual Mesquite Milling Fiesta and Pancake Breakfast, to be served up the event’s famous mesquite pancake. The popular pancakes, sold for $1 each and topped with prickly-pear syrup, are made with mesquite flour […]

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October 27, 2008

Desert Harvesters and Community Food Bank announce the annnual mesquite milling dates. Join us and make delicious, nutritious flour from mesquite pods at three upcoming community mesquite bean millings from this abundant desert resource. Mesquite flour can be baked into breads, cakes and muffins and more. Mesquite flour is highly nutritious and is valued for its natural sweetness. In 2007 mesquite milling events attracted over 3,000 people.

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May 2, 2017

Community Food Bank & Desert Harvesters: Mesquite Workshop Series 2016

View/download CFB-DH Mesquite Workshop Series 2016

May 2, 2017

Community Food Bank & Desert Harvesters: Desert Harvest Series 2016

View/download CFB-DH Desert Harvest Series 2016

May 2, 2017

Desert Harvesters May–June 2016 Events Poster

View/download Desert Harvesters May–June 2016 Events Poster

April 19, 2017

15th ANNUAL MESQUITE MILLING & FIESTA (Pre-Monsoon) with Desert Harvesters and Friends at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market, June 22, 2017 — Tucson, AZ

We’re pleased to announce Desert Harvesters’


Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017
Time:4–7 pm

Venue:Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market @ the Mercado San Agustín
(Market is hosted by the Community Food Bank)
Address: 100 S Avenida del Convento | Tucson, Arizona

As always, we’re excited about this year’s event, timed to rhyme with the Sonoran Desert’s natural cycles, and hosted in conjunction with the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market—and we hope you are, too!


We are  also very proud to announce that in Fall 2017,  we will be publishing our second cookbook:

Eat Mesquite and More: A Cookbook for Sonoran Desert Foods and Living

This new book includes over 170 recipes featuring wild, native, desert foods, including mesquite, acorn, barrel cactus, chiltepin, desert chia, desert herbs and flowers, desert ironwood, hackberry, palo verde, prickly pear, saguaro, wolfberry, and wild greens. The recipes–contributed by desert dwellers, harvesters, chefs, and innovators–capture a spirit of adventure and reverence, inviting both newcomers and seasoned experts to try new foods and experiment with new flavors. The book also features stories of significant individuals, organizations, and businesses that have contributed knowledge, products, and innovation in the planting, harvesting, and use of wild, native desert foods. Additional essays reveal the poetry of the foraging life, how to plant the rain, and the medicinal uses and ethnobotanical histories of desert plants. More than a cookbook, Eat Mesquite and More also encourages a renaissance of “wild agriculture,” one that foregrounds the ethical harvesting and selection of wild foods and the re-planting of native food sources in urban and residential areas without imported water or fertilizers.

Pre-orders  and deposits for this fabulous cookbook will be taken, starting at our 15th Annual Mesquite Fiesta Milling, June 22, 2017, in the middle courtyard. Stay tuned for more details as to how to order online. You can also email us at :  to get on our list of people to notify when Eat Mesquite and More is published.


We’d love to get some more volunteers to add to the greatness! Can you help out? All those volunteering the whole event get a free Desert Harvesters t-shirt and community appreciation. If you can help please let us know in advance by emailing us at, and including your name, phone number, and times you are available to help on ThursdayWe strongly recommend that volunteers attend our Mesquite Pods 101 training on May 20.

This event made even better due to generous support from Lush Cosmetics & The Sustainable Lush Fund.

Mesquite (and carob) pods will be milled BEFORE THE SUMMER RAINS to encourage harvesting before the rains (as recommended by the Mesquite Harvest Working Group) for a higher-quality harvest, with less insect predation and far less potential for invisible molds more common in post-rain harvests.

See here for more on why pre-rain harvests are the traditional practice, and so important.

About the Milling: Bring Your Own Pods!

Pods for milling must be clean, dry, and free of mold/fungus, stones, leaves, and other debris.
Cost: $3/gallon of whole pods, with a minimum of $10.

One gallon of whole mesquite pods mills into about one pound of flour, so the price averages $3 per pound of flour—a bargain considering that the flour usually sells for $14–$20 per pound. After pod inspection and prepayment, you may leave your pods in sealed food-grade containers (preferably 5-gallon plastic buckets with lids), with owner’s name and phone number written on each container. Flour will be ready within a week and must be picked up. No refunds.

Mesquite flour is a naturally sweet, nutritious, and delicious addition to recipes for cakes, cookies, pizza, bread, tortillas, granola, dog biscuits—you name it! And like many other native foods, gluten-free mesquite is great for people with hypoglycemia and diabetes as it regulates blood-glucose levels.

We will also offer at the Fiesta:

  • Mesquite-pod tastings so you can experience the diverse array of flavors from different mesquite trees. This will help you enhance your awareness of different trees’ pod characteristics, thereby improving the quality of your harvest.
  • Barbara Rose of Bean Tree Farm will again be offering Bean-Tree Processing Demonstrations from 4–7 pm. Barbara, a seasoned desert-foods farmer/fermenter/cook, will show you how to process milled or whole desert ironwood seeds, palo verde seeds, and mesquite pods into numerous tasty dishes ranging from sprouts to edamame to desert peanuts to atole to sauces and beyond. (These demonstrations are part of the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market’s ongoing Desert Harvest Series designed to teach the public how to identify, process, and use native foods.)
  • Mesquite Cold Brew Coffee by EXO Roast Co
  • Southwest-Solar will be on hand with a Solar-Powered Evaporative Cooler
  • Aravaipa Heirlooms’ Jeau Allen will have her famous Prickly Pops
  • Hands-on native bean-tree propagation with the Pima County Public Library Seed Library staff. You get to go home with a newspaper pot planted with your chosen seed from a food-producing native bean tree.
  • Iskashitaa with locally made, reusable cloth harvest bags for sale .
  • Additional contributions will be listed as they are confirmed, so check back for updates…

See for more information.

BEFORE YOU COME, BE SURE TO read the pod-harvesting and -preparation guidelines online at: and

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Questions about any of the above? Email Desert Harvesters.

May 19, 2015

Desert Harvesters’ Pre-Monsoon Wild-Foods-Harvesting, -Processing, & -Celebrating Events, June 2015

View/download Desert Harvesters June 2015 Events Poster

June 4, 2014

Desert Harvesters’ Pre-Monsoon Mesquite-Harvesting and -Processing Events, June 2014

View/download Desert Harvesters’ June 2014 event flyer (PDF).

November 7, 2013

Desert Harvesters’ 11th Annual Mesquite Milling, Pancakes, & Fiesta, November 24, 2013 — Tucson AZ

2013 Mesquite Fiesta Flyer

November 4, 2012

Desert Harvesters 2012 Fiesta Flyer

Desert Harvetsers 2012 Fiesta Half-Sized Flyer

November 5, 2010

Desert Harvesters’ 8th Annual Mesquite Pancake Breakfast & Mesquite Milling

Click to download the Desert Harvesters Flyer 2010 (PDF).

October 27, 2008

Tucson’s 2008 Mesquite Bean Millings

You can download the flyer for this event by clicking here.