Just because summer is near doesn't mean you have to give up on local produce and grass fed beef. It also doesn't mean you have to go to Whole Foods to get them. There are several farmers markets around town that will stay open during the hot months and we've gone ahead and gathered up a list of their locations and hours.
Here are nine farmers markets that will stay open this summer.
Old Town Scottsdale Farmer's Market
During summer the Old Town Scottsdale market will switch to earlier hours, open from 7 to 11 a.m. every Saturday. Located at approximately 3815 N. Brown Ave -- in the parking lot at the corner of Brown and 1st Street In the Old Town Scottsdale -- this market is definitely one of the biggest and best in the Valley.
Downtown Phoenix Open Air Markets
The Downtown Phoenix open-air markets, held on Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings, will remain open during the entire summer. The hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. After September the market will stay open until 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more information visit the Phoenix Public Market website.
Town and Country Farmers Market
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. all year, you can find vendors including McClendon's Select Produce, JH Grass Fed Beef, Great Harvest Bread, and more at Town and Country shopping center in Phoenix. For the entire list of vendors check the Town and Country website.
Gilbert Farmers Market
The Gilbert Farmers Market will continue to be open from 7 to 11 a.m. on Saturday mornings throughout the summer. The market is located at 222 N. Ash Drive, just west of the Gilbert Water Tower. During winter the market is open from 8 a.m. to noon. For a list of vendors and a map check the Gilbert Farmers Market website.
Tempe Community Market
The new Tempe Community Market, located at 620 North Mill Avenue, under the Mill Avenue bridge, will continue to run on Sunday mornings throughout the summer. During the hot months the market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. In the fall the hours will be extended to 1 p.m.
Central Farmer's Market
From May to September the Central Farmer's Market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday mornings. Located at CrossRoads United Methodist Church, 7901 N. Central Ave, this market offers indoor vendors with air conditioning, live music, and breakfast. For more information check the Central Farmer's Market website.
Mesa Community Farmers Market
From June to September the Mesa Community Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m. to noon at 260 N. Center Road in donwtown Mesa.
Roadrunner Park Farmers Market
The Roadrunner Park Farmer Market will remain open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday mornings throughout the summer. The market is located at 3502 E. Cactus Road. For vendor information visit the Roadrunner Park Farmers Market website.
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Citadelle Plaza Farmers Market
This Glendale Farmers Market, located at 19420 N 59th Avenue, will be open year round with summer hours from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday nights. Vendors include Pickled Perfection, Olive Leaf Tea Company, The Tamale Store and more. For more information check the Twilight Farmers' Market of Glendale, AZ Facebook.