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Camelback Esplanade Farmers Market in Phoenix: What We Bought, What We Skipped, and What We're Still Lusting Over

Fresh flowers, gelato and a green sea of Tuscan kale at the Esplanade farmers market.
Fresh flowers, gelato and a green sea of Tuscan kale at the Esplanade farmers market.
Heather Hoch

The Spot: Camelback Esplanade Farmers Market, open Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Sweets galore -- a must-get list from this week's farmers market.
Sweets galore -- a must-get list from this week's farmers market.
Heather Hoch

What We Bought: The Camelback Esplanade Farmers Market is full of irresistible sweets and, well, we couldn't resist. Thanks to Gelato 64, we had a sweet breakfast of salted caramel and grapefruit gelatos. The smallest size is $4, but since it's so rich and creamy, you won't need much more than that to get a sugar rush. Urban Table impressed us yet again with their sriracha peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. Though they cost $12 for a small pack, we think the flavor explosion is worth the financial splurge.

Not quite what most would consider sweet, we also picked up spring onions from TJ Farms' stand, which were $1 a pound. Their delicate, light flavor makes them a perfect addition to any spring salad recipe. Plus you don't get awful onion breath from these little beauties.  

Moo didn't make it themselves, so we didn't buy it.
Moo didn't make it themselves, so we didn't buy it.
Heather Hoch

What We Skipped: We hate singling one product out every week, but it's nothing personal. This week, Moo's yogurt didn't make the cut. While the yogurt and lemon curd combo ($6) was delicious, the Moo man informed us that they don't actually make their yogurt. Basically they make the curd and add it to pre-made yogurt, which just isn't local enough for our farmers market snobbery.  

PB and micro-greens . . . well, not together.
PB and micro-greens . . . well, not together.
Heather Hoch

What We're Still Lusting Over: There's something strangely alluring about cure-all produce and micro-greens promise a lot. Supposedly, they can clean out your insides and give you almost any vitamin and mineral you could need. They even have cancer-fighting properties. Though we're not sold on them, we're willing to try them.

We also left behind Peanut Butter Americano's cinnamon honey peanut butter. It was delicious and a total mistake to not buy a jar ($5 for a small jar, $8 for a big jar).

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Camelback Esplanade

2425 & 2525 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016

602-346-5004

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