Farmers Markets Back Open For Business
Now that the temperatures have dropped back down to the bearable to be outside range, local farmers markets are open for business. The display of the bounties that are provided by Arizona farmer, growers and artisans are on full display at several farmers markets aroudn the valley. Below is a list of 34 farmers markets that allow patrons to enjoy good weather, great food and great company.
Phoenix Public Market
Having opened in 2005, this open-air market transforms an urban downtown Phoenix parking lot in into a colorful bazaar. Get your fix of produce such as kale, pea shoots, potatoes, squash and cucumbers from growers that include Abby Lee Farms, Crooked Sky Farms and Horny Toad Farm. Spicy sauce from Los Muertos Salsa can also be found, along with desert wildflower honey from Absolutely Delightful Arizona Honey and cocktail mixers from Iconic Cocktail Co., made with local ingredients such as Crockett’s Honey and McClendon’s Farm Meyer lemons. Weekly cooking demonstrations also take place at Phoenix Public Market.
Details: Saturdays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. October-April. 8 a.m.-noon May-September. 721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. For more information, visit phxpublicmarket.com.
Uptown Farmers Market
This twice-a-week market has around 80 vendors on Wednesdays and over 100 on Saturdays. The offerings include easy parking, live music, cooking demonstrations and food trucks. Keep an eye out for vendors such as Double Check Ranch, The Tamale Store and organic farmer McClendon's Select.
For a small donation on Saturdays, you can get your fruits and veggies chopped, diced or sliced on location. The donations will benefit the non-profit Careers Through Culinary Arts Program.
Details: Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon May-October and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. November-April. Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. October-April and 8 a.m.-noon May-June. North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave. For more information, visit uptownmarketaz.com.
Vincent’s Saturday Market
The influence of James Beard Award-winning chef Vincent Guerithault reaches to every corner of this European-style market. Browse for buttery baked goods, imported olive oil, mustard and local produce from Duncan’s Trading Company. After perusing, dine on made-to-order omelets and crepes, pizzas, pastas and chocolate desserts. Wine and champagne are sold by the glass, bottle and case as well.
Details: Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. late-October-early May. 3930 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. For more information, visit vincentsoncamelback.com.
Roadrunner Park Market
The oldest farmers market in Arizona offers one of the largest selections of produce, in addition to fresh chickens and grass-fed lamb. Numerous vendors sell specialty foods, including cupcakes, jam, jerky, chili pies, wild salmon, tamales, green-chile stew and tortilla soup. A playground, fishing pond, ducks and geese can also be found on the market’s grounds.
Details: Saturdays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. October-May and 7-11 a.m. June-September. 3502 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix. For more information, visit arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com.
Capitol Farmers Market
Have an early celebration in advance of the weekend with a Thursday lunch while shopping for local organic produce, baked goodies, honey, coffee and more.
Details: Thursdays 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. late-November-April. 1700 W. Adams St., Phoenix. For more information, visit arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com.
Anthem Farmers Market
At this market, seasonal crops, grass-fed beef, pork and lamb are available from local farmers. Pickles, pastries, bread and cold-brew coffee, as well as vendors selling plants, seeds, compost and worm castings can also be found at this spot.
Details: Sundays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 28-May. Anthem Community (upper) Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, Phoenix. For more information, visit arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com.
Pendergast Farmers Market
After experiencing success during its debut, this market is back with the addition of more local producers offering organic and seasonal fruits, vegetables and other foods. Keep an eye out for eggs, cheeses, jams, pickles, tamales, breads and more.
Details: Sundays from 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 6-April. Pendergast Community Center, 10550 W. Mariposa St. Phoenix. For more information, visit arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com.
Farmers Market at High Street
This north Phoenix location occupies up a full block of the upscale development High Street, and transforms it into a bustling market on a weekly basis. Look for vendors selling vegetables, barbecue sauce, kettle corn, pastries, pickles, children’s clothing and home decor.
Details: Sundays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 28-April. 5415 E. High St., Phoenix. For more information, visit highstreetaz.com.
Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market
This market in Old Town Scottsdale has developed into a weekly food festival, with demonstrations showing how to utilize items being sold by the farmers in attendance. The market consists of dozens of farmers, ranchers and vendors selling coffee, vegan desserts, cheese, crostini, pasta, candy, tamales, soups, wild-caught Alaskan seafood, hummus, tomatoes, spicy pickles, grass-fed lamb, microgreens, frozen entrees, bread and more.
Details: Saturdays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 6-May. 3806 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale. For more information, visit arizonafarmersmarkets.com.
Browse the tiny, delicious microgreens from Arizona Microgreens and beautiful, full-grown produce from On the Vine Farms at this Friday market. Homemade baklava, dried pichuberries, marmalade, cosmetics, bracelets and drinkable herbal remedies can also be found here.
Details: Fridays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Carefree Sundial, 1 Sundial Circle. For more information, visit arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com
Farmers Market at the Mercado
Abby Lee Farms, Blue Sky Organic Farms, Relish This, Sun Valley Bees honey and Big Red’s hot sauce are just some of the vendors that can be found at this market located at the Mercado del Lago shopping center at McCormick Ranch.
Details: Sundays from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. November-February and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March-May. Mercado del Lago, 8300 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale. For more information, visit arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com.
Fountain Hills Farmers Market
Beef steaks, hard-to-find seasonings from Go Lb. Salt, jam from Grandma Patti’s Kitchen and gourmet popcorn from Gypsy Jane’s are some of the items available for purchase at this festival in Fountain Hills. Eat while you shop and visit vendors making grilled cheese and other dishes. The weekly event is held in conjunction with artist showcase Art on the Avenue.
Details: Thursdays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. late October-mid April. 16858 Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills. For more information, visit fhfarmersmarket.com.
Farmers Market North Scottsdale
Hosted at the Pinnacle Peak General Store, this farmers market offers produce, baked goods, sauces, cheese, canned goods, jewelry, home decor and more. Food trucks, live music and treats for pets are also to be enjoyed.
Details: Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 6-May. 8711 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale. For more information, visit farmersmarketnorthscottsdale.com.
Sixth Street Market
Over two dozen food makers and artisans collaborate for this weekly market at Sixth Street Park near City Hall in downtown Tempe. You’ll see edible offerings from Fluffy Vegans and Iconic Cocktail Co. alongside crafters selling wall art, jewelry and more.
Details: Sundays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 14-April. Sixth Street Park, 24 E. Sixth St., Tempe. For more information, visit downtowntempe.com.
Gilbert Farmers Market
Experience Arizona’s plentiful bounty at this year-round market in downtown Gilbert, just west of the water tower. Find produce from Crooked Sky Farms, sustainable beef from Double Check Ranch, hot sauce from Cutino Sauce Co., artisan chocolates from M&J Chocolate Couture and Old World breads from Noble Bread.
Details: Saturdays from 8 a.m-noon October-March and 7-11 a.m. April-September. 222 N. Ash St., Gilbert. For more information, visit gilbertmarket.com.
Ahwatukee Farmers Market
Having opened in 2004, this market consists of a variety of locally grown produce. Patrons can also fill their bags with fresh flowers, bread, local cheeses, grass-fed beef, Alaskan salmon, frozen green chiles, frozen Italian and Southwestern entrees, organic eggs, apples, dog treats and crafts.
Details: Sundays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. October-May and 8-11 a.m. June-September. Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center, 4700 E. Warner Road, Phoenix. For more information, visit arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com.
Clark Park Farmers Market
Formerly a weekend event, this market now takes place Tuesday evening and is tied to the Clark Park Community Garden near Broadway Road and Roosevelt Street in Tempe. Look for freshly harvested vegetables along with bread, kale chips, raw honey, flavored popcorn, eggs, coffee and ice cream. Also featured at the is yoga classes, live music and food trucks.
Details: Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 2-April. 1730 S. Roosevelt St., Tempe. For more information, visit clarkparkfarmersmarket.com.
Chandler Farmers Market
This ever-expanding Market bears in-season harvests from in-state growers such as Jeff Scott Farms and One Windmill Farms. Great Harvest Bread Co. and Paletas Betty are among over two dozen vendors selling tea, breads, tamales, barbecue sauces, paletas, hummus, pet treats and more. Local musicians also frequent this market.
Details: Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. November-May. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. For more information, visit downtownchandler.org.
Tempe Meadows Farmers Market
Formerly known as the Singh Meadows Farmers Market, discover a variety of organic fruits and veggies at this weekend market. Pastries, bread and coffee also are for sale.
Details: Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 1490 E. Weber Drive, Tempe. For more information, visit tempemeadows.com.
The Barn at Power Ranch
Local produce from Taste of Paradise is sold at this community market. Select artisan food makers sell pickled vegetables, hummus, salsa, olive oils, breads, jams and salsa.
Details: Wednesdays from 4-8 p.m. 3685 E. Autumn Drive, Gilbert. For more information, visit raysmarket.net.
This market features farm-fresh produce, artisan breads, baked goods, barbecue sauces, jerky, salsas, pickles and crafts.
Details: Second Friday of the month from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. November-April. 36460 N. Encanterra Drive, San Tan Valley. For more information, visit azfarmersmarkets.us
Power Road Farmers Market
Located near Power and Warner roads, this daily market stocks produce such as apples, cucumbers, squash, broccoli and pomegranates. You’ll also come across local honey, roasted chiles, tortillas and hot sauces.
Details: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 4011 S. Power Road, Mesa. For more information, visit powerrdfarmersmarket.com
Estrella Lakeside Farmers Market
This monthly market is located next to the Estrella community lake. In addition to fresh-from-the-farm produce, keep an eye out for vendors selling pies, pasta, empanadas, crab soup, cookies, salsa and knitted items for babies.
Details: Third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. October-April. 10300 S. Estrella Parkway, Goodyear. For more information, visit estrella.com.
Goodyear Farmers Market
This market offers local produce, baked goods, eggs, honey, breads, olive oils, jams, salsas, grass-fed beef and crafts from local artisans.
Details: Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon October-May. 3151 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. For more information, visit arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com.
Verrado Community Farmers Market
This Sunday market takes place at Verrado Town Square. Be prepared to find produce, meat, seafood, baked goods, honey, pickles, breads, olive oils, jerky, jams and crafts.
Details: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays, late Oct. 28-May. Verrado, 4239 N. Village St., Buckeye. For more information, visit arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com.
Pinnacle Peak Farmers Market
This new market is located at Wet ‘n’ Wild water park. Shop for vegetables from Taste of Paradise farm and then grab salsa from Los Muertos, tamales from the Tamale Store, beef jerky from Santana’s and honey from Sun Tan Honey Farm.
Details: Saturdays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. through May. Wet ‘n’ Wild, 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Glendale. For more information, visit facebook.com/pinnaclepeakfarmersmarket.
Trilogy at Vistancia Country Club Market
Farmers truck in freshly harvested vegetables and food vendors sell relishes, cupcakes, Alaskan seafood, granola, breads, olives, honey, jams, jellies and organic beef to this monthly market.
Details: Fourth Saturday of the month from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. October-April. Vistancia, 27980 N. Trilogy Blvd., Peoria. For more information, visit azfarmersmarkets.us.
Corte Bella Market
Seasonal produce available for purchase while local food makers peddle items such as all-natural jerky, pickles, olives, herbs, frozen fish, beef, pasta sauces and packaged soup mixes. The market is held outside the Anacapa Restaurant.
Details: Second Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. October-April. Corte Bella Country Club, 22135 N. Mission Drive, Sun City West. For more information, visit azfarmersmarkets.us.
Sun City Market
Shop for Arizona-raised beef and produce from area farms. Local artisans also sell fresh-baked breads, salsas, jams and jellies. Neighborhood craft artisans sell their wares.
Details: Thursdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 4-May. 16820 N. 99th Ave., Sun City. arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com.
Sun City Grand Market
Stock up on homegrown tomatoes and other seasonal vegetables. Pasta sauces, free-range eggs, flowers, Italian breads, desserts and spicy homemade pickles will be available for purchase courtesy of local food makers.
Details: First Saturday of the month from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 19726 N. Remington Drive, Surprise. For more information, visit azfarmersmarkets.us.
Care 1st Farmers Market
Located in the Care 1st Avondale Resource Center, this market offers local produce and seasonal items like peaches, plums, watermelons, cantaloupe, onions, garlic, cucumbers and vegetables. Bread, honey and coffee will also be available.
Details: Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to noon July-October. Care1st Avondale Resource Center, 328 W. Western Ave. For more information, visit arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com.
Momma’s Organic Market
This market attracts over 100 vendors to Park West every Saturday, selling fresh produce, natural meats, wild fish, fresh-baked goods, fresh eggs, raw honey, local dairy and handmade goods and gifts. Also featured are food trucks and kids activities such as face painting.
Details: Saturdays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Park West, 9744 W. Northern Ave., Peoria. For more information, visit shopparkwest.com.