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A Guide to 20 Metro Phoenix Farmers Markets for Fall 2017

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The Phoenix Open Air Farmers Market is a great way to get outdoors during the cool months.
While a brave few metro Phoenix farmers markets operate year-round, fall is when market season goes into full swing. The Valley has seen many markets come and go over the last few years, but there remain plenty of options from Gilbert to Sun City, Tempe to Fountain Hills. No matter where you live in the metro area, chances are, you have a farmers market nearby for a leisurely autumn stroll through rows of produce, an al fresco lunch from a local vendor, and handmade soaps and artisan hot sauces galore. 

Ahwatukee Farmers Market
4700 East Warner Road
Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
*Open year-round, winter hours (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) began October 1

Open since 2004, the Ahwatukee Farmers Market is one of the longer-running markets in metro Phoenix. Though they are open year-round, the fall season sees extended hours and more vendor participation. Local favorites include heirloom tomatoes from Abby Lee Farms and fresh loaves from Proof bakery, along with farm-fresh produce, herbs, flowers, free-range meats, seafood, and a rotating lineup of food carts.

Anthem Farmers Market
41703 North Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem
Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
*Open for the season on October 29 (through August)


In addition to your classic array of produce-hawking vendors, artisan condiment stands, local eggs, cheeses, butters, and grass-fed meat, this pet-friendly market has the added benefit of being located in Anthem Community Park, which provides the perfect setting for enjoying your lunch from the likes of La PupuSarita while the kids enjoy the playground, mini-railroad, and splash pad.

Carefree Farmers Market
1 East Sundial Circle, Carefree
Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
*Open year-round, winter hours (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) begin October 6

Carefree hosts an all-season farmers market in the heart of its downtown area, near the sundial (the largest in the United States, if you care to know). The market comes to life during the fall and winter months, with vendors ranging from an African coffee stand to holistic medicines, local honey, and, of course, plenty of produce. October also features an enchanted pumpkin garden of hand-carved pumpkin sculptures.

Chandler Farmers Market
3 South Arizona Avenue, Chandler
Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
*Open year-round for produce-only, full market opens for the season on October 5

Hosted in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, this farmers market features over 30 vendors, including local Jeff Scott Farms and One Windmill Farms, which are on site year-round. During the peak season, which starts in October, vendors like  The Tamale Store, Doctor Hummus, Big Reds Hot Sauce, and Eli's French Bakery will join the farms along with a host of activities, from yoga to chef demonstrations to live music.
 
click to enlarge The Fresh and Local market at ASU brings gorgeous produce to the Tempe campus. - FACEBOOK/FRESH AND LOCAL AT ASU
The Fresh and Local market at ASU brings gorgeous produce to the Tempe campus.
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Fresh and Local at ASU (Soon to be Centerpoint Farmers Market)
600 South College Avenue, Tempe
Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through November 16
*Market will shift to Centerpoint Farmers Market (660 South Mill Avenue), held on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., after November 16th

During the semester, ASU hosts a weekly Fresh and Local Market where students and community members can shop for fresh produce, artisan clothes and beauty products, and prepared foods from local businesses at the College Avenue Commons Pavilion Area. The Centerpoint Farmers Market is scheduled to return to South Mill Avenue and Seventh Street later this fall, at which point the Fresh and Local vendors will shift to the larger, weekly 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday market.

Gilbert Farmers Market
222 North Ash Drive, Gilbert
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
*Open year-round, winter hour (8 a.m. to 12 p.m.) begins October 7

Located across the street from the iconic water tower, the Gilbert Farmers Market is one of the larger markets during the winter season, welcoming 84 vendors selling the likes of Blue Sky Organic Farms produce and eggs, bio-intensive Steadfast Farm's citrus, and Mangalitsa Pork from AZ Fine Swine, as well as nine food trucks, including Cousins Maine Lobster and Flying Saucer Pizza Truck.

Goodyear Community Farmers Market
3151 North Litchfield Road, Goodyear
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
*Open for the season October 7

The Goodyear Community Farmers Market is held in Goodyear Community Park, where it welcomes local ranchers, farmers, jam and honey makers, bakers, and craftsmen. Pick up some Mama Chelos chips and salsa, fresh-cut flowers from Jim's, and a requisite head of kale before picking up a Guam-style lunch at Barbeskews.

Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market
Brown and First Street, Scottsdale
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
*Open for the season on October 7

Shop for your organic veggies at McClendon's, pick up some brisket from Bootlegger's, grab a loaf from Noble, some Fiscalini cheese, and grass-fed beef from Double Check Ranch. The market is dog-friendly, and there is even a vendor selling natural dog treats. The market also hosts a range of classes as well, which have included how-to fermented foods and herb planting 101. Parking is available in the city lot at Brown and First.

Phoenix Public Market Open Air Farmers Market
721 North Central Avenue
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
*Open year-round, rain or shine

This urban farmers market is located in the heart of downtown in the Phoenix Public Market Cafe parking lot. It is one of the few die-hard markets that operate year-round, with local farms, artisan food producers, artists, and bakers filling the space each week. In addition to prepared foods, spices, condiments, artisan goods, and organic veggies, the market also hosts weekly classes on topics ranging from starting your own vertical garden to composting for beginners.

Roadrunner Park Farmers Market
3502 East Cactus Road, Paradise Valley
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
*Open year-round, winter hours (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.) run October to May

This Paradise Valley farmers' market stretches the length of Roadrunner Park. Try a Mason jar of prickly pear juice from Sunflower Farms, pick up hand-painted cards and fresh cut roses from Simran's Garden, and stock up on locally grown micro-greens at this popular weekly market.