Best Valley Farmers’ Markets

Christina April 11, 2012 0

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Imagine knowing for a fact you’re consuming the freshest, pesticide-free foods that have been planted and tended under expert care, direct from the source.

According to the Arizona Farm Bureau, Arizona agriculture is a $10.3 billion industry.

The Valley offers numerous farmers markets that offer up almost anything you can think of; vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, breads, jams, cheeses, juices, local specialty foods and crafts.

Instead of rushing to the grocery store, soak up some sun and shop from organic homegrown foodstuffs, while also supporting the local economy and community farmers, at these Valley farmers’ markets:

The Camelback Market at Vincents
When: Saturdays, Now through May 12, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Wander through stalls filled with a mix of fresh local produce and exotic imported fruits and vegetables. Warm, crusty brads, buttery croissants, homemade jams, mustards and imported cheeses, among other goodies await. If you can’t wait to get your hands on your groceries, guests can purchase wines by the glass, enjoy omelets and crêpes made to order as well as Vincent’s grilled panini sandwiches, on-site.

Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market
When: Saturdays, Now through May, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

This lively market features local growers and specialty food producers offering up a wide variety of organic, and pesticide-free produce. Freshly baked artisan breads, Amish friendship breads, Jams, piccadillies and tamales, are just some of the great local foods you’ll find here. Well known vendors Blue Sky Farms, Maya Farm and McClendon Select are staples.

Wigwam Farmers’ Market
When: Every Sunday through April, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Enjoy breakfast while shopping for organically produced food for home on the front lawn of the Wigwam Resort. Pick up natural rubs and spices from Dust, certified organic veggies from Duncan Family Farms, cheese and butter from Rainbow Farms, and cupcakes and baked goods from Classic Cakes.

Downtown Phoenix Open Air Market
When: Each Wednesday, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

All within the parking lot of the Phoenix Public Market is your one-stop shop for everything local; from fruits and veggies to jewelry and clothing. No need to go hungry, there’s lots of samples to go ‘round, while vendors like Pizza People, Hey Joe and Torched Goodness serve up food to go.

Carefree Farmers’ Market
When: Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

By now, you can expect farm-fresh fruit and veggies. What makes this market different is its demonstrations by chefs from Valley restaurants. Note product favorites habanero olive oil and hot sauce from Rising Hy, baked goods from Tempe’s Essence Bakery and produce from Sweet Corn Organics. Located across the street from Carefree’s visitor center at Sundial Circle.

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