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
Now through May, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Reopens Saturdays, starting October 20
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.
Downtown Phoenix Open Air Market
When: Each Wednesday, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. (May thru September), and Saturday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (October thru April)
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.
When: Thursdays from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
This is a real live dairy farm. Stock up on fresh meats and seafood, straight-from-the-farm eggs, milk, cheese, butter, locally made breads and sweets, and delicious gluten-free, lard-free tamales from Tamal le Cuisine. Hayrides and a petting zoo are in full effect for the kiddos, and if you don’t feel like cooking, you can always grab dinner on the farm from Chef Matt or one of the visiting food trucks.
Farmers Market at ASU
Re-opens September 25, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every other Tuesday of the month
Not just for ASU students, the market features about 20 vendors with fresh produce grown by local Arizona farmers and other local products, plus natural pork, beef and fish. Engrained, a learning-living ASU restaurant committed to locally grown food and environmentally responsible practices, also will participate in the farmers market by selling healthy, prepared food items. Tempe campus grown produce also will be available.