Just because school's out, traffic is calm, and the temps are high doesn't mean the Valley doesn't need fresh produce, unique gifts, and something to do on a Saturday morning.
We're talking about farmers markets, and while some of them close up shop for the hotter months, here are five farmers markets in town that will stay open all of the summer.
Open Air Market
721 North Central Avenue
Set up in the parking lot of the Phoenix Public Market Café, the Open Air Market
operates on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon through September. The market delivers live music, workshops, and chef demonstrations all summer, and vendors include Crooked Sky Farms, Doctor Hummus, Peppermint Jim, Lotus & Lava, and way more – plus a handful of food trucks every week.
Ahwatukee Farmers Market
4700 East Warner Road
Good news, Sunday shoppers. The Ahwatukee Farmers Market
is operating June through September from 8 to 11 a.m. Vendors include One Windmill Farm, Bagel Bandit, and Crosby Mint Farms, plus knife-sharpening services at the Sharp 'N' It booth. Starting its fifth season in the southeast Valley, the market can be found in the Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center parking lot with free parking and entry.
Mesa Community Farmers Market
20 East Main Street, Mesa
The free Mesa Community Farmers Market
is open Friday mornings from June through September from 9 a.m. to noon at the City Hall Plaza. Established in 1995, this downtown Mesa market offers fresh produce and ready-to-eat vendors including Nonna's Sauces, Herbs 2 U, Made By Bees, and many more.
Roadrunner Park Farmers Market
3502 East Cactus Road
Founded in 1989, the Roadrunner Park Farmers Market
is open June through September on Saturdays from 7 to 11 a.m. This north Valley farmers market is located near Paradise Valley, and offers free parking and entry. You can cool off with a fresh frozen treat from AZ Pops or take home some fresh produce, locally made salsa, and hand pies from AZ Food Crafters. Roadrunner Park is also dog friendly and includes an expansive play area – with a playground, pond, and ducks – for kids.
Uptown Farmers Market
5757 North Central Avenue
Uptown Farmers Market
scales back from its twice-a-week schedule during the summer, but you can still catch the event on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon May through September. There are 60 vendors inside the air-conditioned farmers market and 60 outside in the grassy courtyard for those who can take the heat. The family-friendly market also offers checkers, face painting, and a bounce house for kids, plus a Summer Chef Series and a Vendor Education Series.