BUY LOCAL: 12 GO-TO FARMERS MARKETS IN PHOENIX

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CHELSEA GOBSTER

APR 18, 2019

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IMAGE VIA ANTHEM FARMERS MARKET

Good weather and farmers markets go together like peas and carrots (ones that are locally and organically grown, of course). That’s why we’re able to have lush and abundant farmers markets year-round in Phoenix. We know what you’re thinking — yes, some of these even brave the hot summer months.

So bust out your favorite cloth tote and get pumped for the best farmers markets Phoenix has to offer!

This year-round market in the heart of Downtown Gilbert is no joke. Peruse the 60+ vendors and pick up veggies from Blue Sky Organic Farms, seafood from Dry Bay Fish Company, and honey from Sun Valley Bees. Did we mention the puppies? Stop by to pet the rescue dogs and maybe even take one home! Saturdays, 8am to 12, October to March; 7am to 11am, April to September.

Market-goers, meet Phoenix’s Open Air Market, the farmers market of your dreams. Set up in Downtown Phoenix, this year-round urban market is open rain or shine every Saturday morning. Participate in yoga, eat from local food trucks (Torched Goodness, Hey Joe, and Pizza People are known to make appearances), and order pick up fresh fruit, veggies, and produce from the local farm vendors. Take it from us — you don’t want to miss out. Saturdays, 8am to 12pm, May to September; 8am to 1pm, October to April.

Farmers markets aren’t just for the weekends, friends! The Capitol market is your local lunchtime spot. That’s right — every Thursday, get your fix on the corner of 17th Ave. and Adams St. It’s the perfect way to restock on fresh produce mid-week (or supplement the lunch you already ate before 10:30am…). Thursdays, 10:30am to 1:30pm, fall to April.

The Ahwatukee market has a little bit of everything. Local merchants set up shop in the parking lot of the Ahwatukee Community Center with Polish goods, biscuits and gravy, and all the tea varieties. If you’re in the area (or even if you’re not), you’ll want to stop by. Sundays, 8am to 11am, June to September; 9am to 1pm, October to May.

If you haven’t been to Paradise Valley’s Roadrunner Park, then it should be at the top of your list! It wins for the longest-running market with the largest selection of produce. Since 1990, it has provided some of our favs like tamales, green-chili stew, and tortilla soup. There’s something for everyone, too with nearby playgrounds, a fishing pond, a swimming pool, and soccer fields. Saturdays, 7am to 11am, June to September; 8am to 1pm, October to May.

This one is for you, chefs! If cooking demos are your thing, make your way to Brown and 1st in the Old Town Scottsdale area each Saturday. This farmers market could easily pass as a weekly food festival. And with nearly 80 vendors, it’s a foodie’s paradise! We’re talking vegan desserts, Arizona wines, tamales, spicy pickles, and the list goes on. Saturdays, 7am to 12pm, October to May.

This European-esque market will transport you from the desert to the streets of France. In the front parking lot of Vincent’s on Camelback, you’ll find a variety of European goods. Your mouth will water from buttery croissants, imported olive oil, crepes, and pastas. Find other unique goods from the Irish mustard maker and lavender soaps from France. Saturdays, 9am to 1pm, October to May.

There’s something special about heading out of town and into the desert — it’s carefree! Enjoy the scenic drive and join the folks at the Carefree Farmers Market. This is the go-to for organic honey, gluten-free eats, and fresh herbs. Fridays, 7am to 1pm, year-round.

Head out to Anthem for an opportunity to meet the farmers that grow your food. Vendors sell grass-fed beef, local eggs, cheese, and bread. Plus, this new market is great for anyone looking to start their own garden. You can purchase plants, seeds, compost, and worm castings. Sundays, 9am to 1pm, October to May; 8am to 11am, June to August.

Support this sustainable farm by purchasing straight from the Singh’s at this Scottsdale market. Along with produce, they sell fruit and vegetable juice from the farm harvest. Also, pizza. That’s right — they make fresh-baked pizzas with toppings from the farm. We’ll see you there! Weekends, 8am to 2pm, September to May.

Having a market in the middle of summer may sound crazy to most Phoenicians. That’s why there are markets like Uptown on Central and Bethany Home. They move inside when the temperature rises. But you can still enjoy goodies from over 100 vendors in the cool A/C. Come for the fresh produce but stay for the cooking demonstrations, food trucks, and live music! Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8am to 12pm, year-round.

You may want to bring your extra large tote for this one, the Farmers Market on High Street has more than 90 vendors (and counting). You can pick up olive oil, seafood, homemade hummus and sauces, locally-sourced honey, home decor, and so much more. If all that shopping has you exhausted, refuel at one of the many food trucks serving up delicious eats that are sure to hit the spot. And go ahead and bring your best friend, your dog, that is. They are more than welcome at this market. Every third Sunday, 10am to 1pm, October to April.

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