Yes, believe it or not, Phoenix has ten farmers' markets. Actually, we have way more than ten, and we love them all, but the markets on this list really stand out from the rest.
So here's our list of ten favorites -- in no particular order.
10. Gilbert Farmers' Market -- Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., downtown Gilbert is buzzing with the locals shopping for their weekly bounty of locally grown produce, handcrafted cheeses, pastas, and baked treats from a good selection of vendors. Score veggies from One Windmill and Love Grows Farms, meats from Double Check Ranch, seafood from Davy Jones Seafood (when available), and pick up a couple jars of sweet mesquite honey from honey purveyor Made by Bees. The Gilbert Market has a rotating selection of food trucks that set up their rigs each Saturday, just in case you get hungry and don't want to fight the line at Liberty. And, if you go, don't forget to pet the rescue puppies or better yet, take one home!
9. The Market at The Wigwam Resort -- The front lawn of The Wigwam Resort is transformed into a local goods haven every Sunday from October through April from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. Pick up natural rubs and spices from Dust, certified organic veggies from Duncan Family Farms, cheese and butter from Rainbow Farms, and even pretty cupcakes and baked goods from Classic Cakes. It may be a drive for most of you, but it's worth checking out.
8. Roadrunner Park Farmers' Market -- This year-round Saturday market at Roadrunner park has been going strong with a variety of vendors for the last 22 years. You can find everything from tangy Crows Farm goat cheese to healthy herbs & teas from Southwest Herb to beautiful locally grown veggies from the Horny Toad Farm all on the spacious grounds of the well kept North Phoenix park. If you're interested in starting your own little garden be sure to check out seedling vendor Vilardi Gardens and put your hunger in check with delicious Saturday market eats from Gina Homemade.
7. Carefree Farmers' Market -- Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. across the street from Carefree's visitor center at Sundial Circle, local vendors bring a bounty of local goods to the beautiful town of Carefree. Enjoy the slow burn of Rising Hy's habanero olive oil and hot sauce, grab a croissant or two from Tempe favorite Essence, and stock up on pretty produce from Sweet Corn Organics. If you're lucky, you can catch Prescott's Valley View Farms and score chicken breast and whole fryers straight from the farm. We really like this market because it gives us a chance to slow down and take the scenic drive out to lovely Carefree.
6. Singh Farms -- Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., owners Lee and Ken Singh open up their sustainable farm for the locally grown produce loving public. Gorgeous shades of orange, yellow, green, and red veggies grace the tables alongside cartons of fresh eggs, pretty pickled radishes, and Singh farms-made apple butter, chili oil and other canned delights. The Singhs import a couple items from around town like MJ's fresh baked breads, flour and dry grains from The Hayden Flour Mill, and apple cider from Wilcox. If you get hungry, the farm cooks up a special lunch every week which is available for around $5. In the fall months, the farm even puts their very best compost up for sale.
5. Super Farm Market at Superstition Farms -- It's indoors, it's on a real live dairy farm, and there's a petting zoo. A PETTING ZOO! Every Thursday evening from 4 til 7 p.m., stock up on fresh produce, natural grass fed beef, sustainable seafood, honey galore, and fresh baked breads. Aside from the cute animals and the great farmers' market finds, we also don't mind the trek to Mesa because we know there is ice cream at the end of the road -- Udder Delights ice cream and butter and farmers cheese. Yum!
4. The Camelback Market at Vincents -- Saturday mornings are hopping in the front parking lot of Vincents on Camelback. This farmers' market is small in size but fierce in flavor. The vendors may be limited but their offerings are unique and include gulten free baked goods, an Irish mustard maker, and beautiful produce from Duncan's Trading Co. But the main attraction at this market is the fresh made sandwiches, the savory crepes, the wood fired pizzas and the boozy mimosas.
3. Ahwatukee Farmers' Market -- For just over seven years, local merchants have been setting up shop in the parking lot of the Ahwatukee Community Center every Sunday bright and early at 8 a.m. Fresh cut flowers, brightly colored produce, fresh breads, pretty plants -- all the staples and then some. Come hungry, you're not going to want to miss out on all the great eats. Biscuits & Gravy from Southern Boy Soups & Such, fresh made tea from The Tea Side Express, smoked sausages from Polish Goodies -- is it Sunday yet? We're getting hungry!
2. Old Town Scottsdale Farmers' Market -- Blue Sky Farms, Maya Farm, McClendon Select -- only the best of the best will do for the Saturday Old Town Market crowd. Here you can find exotic fruits and veggies, decadent sweets from Essence, and fragrant fresh breads from the Arizona Bread Company. This market is a little more expensive then the rest but the quality of the products offered can't be beat. Be sure to bring your well behaved pooch out for a stroll around the market. There are always plenty of new doogie friends for him to meet and most of the vendors will spoil him rotten with treats.
1. Downtown Phoenix Open Air Market -- If this farmers' market gets any bigger, they are going to have to be classified as a swap meet! The locals pack the parking lot of the Phoenix Public Market every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning. This is your one-stop local shopping destination with more veggies than any other market, cupcakes, breads, chocolates, BBQ sauces, jewelry, clothing, pickles, coffee, tortillas, hummus -- and more. Try not to fill up on samples to quick -- food trucks like Pizza People, Hey Joe, and Torched Goodness park their rigs here regularly on market nights.
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