Eating the World

Farmers Markets Ready for a Fall Comeback

When we first moved to Phoenix a decade ago, no one except rural transplants had ever heard of a farmers market, let alone seen one. Now it seems you can't troll the streets of Phoenix and her 'burbs on a Saturday or Sunday morning without spotting rows of farm fresh fruits and veggies under pop-up tents.

That's a good thing, of course.

A few farmers markets including the Downtown Phoenix Public Market and Roadrunner Market stayed open throughout the summer heat. Another handful (Chandler, Tempe's Thursday Night Market) have just opened for the season or will open next week. But wait... there's more! 

Here are a few of the BRAND NEW markets slated to open next week:

Tempe Farmers Market is getting ready to break out of their concrete box.


Tempe Farmers Market, the little grocery on University Dr. and Farmer, will host an outdoor market every Saturday from 2-6 p.m. beginning on October 23.

Confirmed vendors include Dr. Hummus, Carolyn's Classics, Crooked Sky Farms, Golo Family Organics, Markham Fish, Farmer John Milton and Superstition Farms. TFM will also have a pumpkin patch, hay bales and other fall accoutrements at the grand opening.

Crooked Sky Farms, Boxed Green Certified Organics, Hom's ThaiGarden and Ketterer Farms are among the vendors you'll see at CityNorth's new family-friendly market, held the third Sunday of every month on High Street in CityCenter beginning October 17. Each month brings with it a new theme. Look for autumn wreaths, pony rides and root beer floats at the kickoff event on October 17, free cookie decorating and a food drive on November 21 and carolers in December. CityNorth's market will be open from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Partners Mary Lineback and Merissa Ramos opened a small market at 9375 E. Shea Blvd. this past June with produce vendors including Hom's Thai Garden and Pinnacle Farms, and meats from Rock House Cattle Co. The market now has well over fifty vendors hawking everything from cheese curds and toffee to pet products and hand-beaded necklaces. Lineback and Ramos are adding a new South Tempe Farmers Market at 1840 E. Warner Rd. in South Tempe on Saturdays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. beginning October 23. Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman will attend the opening ceremonies.  Another new East Valley market is opening on Sunday, October 24 at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 2701 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale. This market will focus on kosher foods and local produce; the final list of vendors has yet to be confirmed.

Other upcoming farmers' market openings: 

  • The Mill Avenue Farmers Market, on Sixth St. just east of Mill Avenue in Tempe, returns October 24. Open Sundays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.


  • The Market at ASU Skysong, McDowell and Scottsdale Roads in South Scottsdale, reopens this Thursday, October 21. They've got a decent selection of produce and fruit vendors, plus you can pay for all of your purchases in a single credit card swipe. Open 2:30-6 p.m. Thursdays.


  • Scottsdale's popular Old Town Farmers' Market at Brown and 1st St. will start up on Saturday, October 23 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Expect everything from fresh eggs and organic veggies to flowers and yummy food trucks.