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The Santa Cruz River Farmers Market will celebrate its move to a new location with live Peruvian music and cooking demonstrations on Thursday.

The event will be held from 4-7 p.m. at 100 S. Avenida del Convento, near West Congress Street and South Grande Avenue, west of Interstate 10, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona said in a press release.

While the live music plays, customers can learn about the uses of Arizona's native prickly pears along with other seasonal foods at two cooking demonstrations.

Customers will also be able to shop from a variety of fresh summer fruits and vegetables such as watermelons, tomatoes, peaches and chili peppers that have been harvested locally.

Speakers from West Side neighborhoods will help celebrate the new location of the market, which features a grass courtyard, the Food Bank said.

All Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona farmers markets, including the Santa Cruz market, accept food stamps, cash, credit, debit, WIC checks and Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition vouchers, the press release said.

The Santa Cruz Farmers Market is open from 4-7 p.m. every Thursday.

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