A Guide to 20 Metro Phoenix Farmers Markets for Fall 2017

The Phoenix Open Air Farmers Market is a great way to get outdoors during the cool months.
The Phoenix Open Air Farmers Market is a great way to get outdoors during the cool months. Downtown Phoenix/Facebook

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Singh Farms moved their winter market from the farm to an expanded location in Tempe called Singh Meadows.
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Singh Meadows
1490 East Weber Drive, Tempe
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m .
*Opens for the season October 31

The owner of Singh Farms, Lee Singh, offers vegetables, fruit, herbs, and homemade prepared foods from his Scottsdale farm online and for pickup throughout the year. During the winter months, you can buy your goat's milk cheese, infused honey, potato-stuffed chile rellenos, and fresh produce directly from him and other vendors at the farm's weekly market in Tempe.

Sun City Farmers Market
16820 North 99th Avenue, Sun City
Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
*Opens for the season October 5

The Sun City Farmers Market is a convenient option for those living in the northwest Valley, welcoming a good showing of farmers selling fresh produce, artisan food producers selling the likes of spicy pickled asparagus, chocolate, and fresh baked bread, as well as food trucks, handmade clothing, and pet accessories.

Uptown Farmers Market
5757 North Central Avenue
Saturdays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to noon (until November)
*Year-round market shifts outside in October; extended winter hours (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) begin November 4

This posh market moves to indoor digs during the summer, but the real draw remains the sprawling fall and winter outdoor market, which features perks like "veggie valets" who will clean and chop your produce for you, and a token booth, where you can swipe your credit card in exchange for tokens accepted by vendors, for those times when you forget to bring cash. The vendors include fishermen, local dairy producers, ranchers, farmers, pasta makers, and picklers.

Verrado Community Farmers Market
Main Street and North Verrado Way, Buckeye
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
*Open for the season on November 5 (through May)

Hosted at the Verrado Commons, this farmers market brings together farmers, ranchers, and craftsmen to offer locally produced dates, sausage, bread, herbs, fruits, veggies, and prepared foods like Middle Eastern sheesh tawook chicken sandwiches. The relatively new market is a popular choice for those living on the west side of the Valley.

Vincent's Saturday Market
3930 East Camelback Road
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
*Open for the season in late October

This small market, attached to the French restaurant Vincent on Camelback, has a more imported focus than the other, local-centric markets on our list. Here you will find imported olive oil alongside local honey and fresh-baked croissants. Buy a glass of wine to sip as you browse the selection of French soaps and textiles, and purchase a bottle to take home along with your pantry items and fresh pasta. Prepared foods keep with the European theme, offering crepes, paella, and panini.

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Vendors selling fresh pasta.
Momma's Organic Market
Peoria Farmer's Market at Park West (Momma's Organic Market)
9744 West Northern Avenue, Peoria
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
*Open for the season on September 16 (through April)

Held in Peoria's Park West, this large market hosts close to 100 vendors each week. Get your cream and flavored butter from Udder Delights, pick up veg from TJ Farms, buy proteins from Wile E. Coyote, then stock your pantry with staples like cold brew, salsa, spices, and even locally made baby food from the dozens of onsite vendors. Face-painting and a bouncy house should keep the kids entertained, buying you a few extra minutes to peruse quilts, candles, and a book exchange tent.

Clark Park Farmers Market
1730 South Roosevelt Street, Tempe
Saturday at 8 a.m. to noon.
*Open for the season October 7th (through April)

This public pool-turned-community garden sells their own bounty alongside offerings from larger area farms, like Tiger Mountain, during their annual winter market season. Stands are filled with goods from other local vendors selling Syrian sweets, Argentinian empanadas, and essential oils. Free yoga and tai chi classes are offered on the adjacent lawn starting at 8 a.m.

Power Ranch Farmers Market
3685 East Autumn Dr, Gilbert
Wednesdays, 4 to 8 p.m.
*Open for the season on September 13

Held lakeside at The Barn at Power Ranch in South Gilbert, near Queen Creek, all the organic produce at this market is provided by Ray's Market, which also sells local honey, candy, and pies. Other vendors lining the lake sell handcrafted home goods, clothes, and jewelry, with a handful of small-batch food producers and a lineup of food trucks rounding out the offerings.

Rays Market at The Islands
825 South Islands Drive West, Gilbert
Thursdays, 4:30 to 8 p.m.
*Open for the season on September 21

A new farmers market has opened in the Islands Community in Gilbert. The Thursday evening market will feature produce vendors, food trucks, and handicrafts in a park-like setting perfect for having evening picnics courtesy of trucks like Island Style BBQ and Burgers Amore on cool fall nights. 

Fountain Hills Farmers Market
Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills
Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
*Opens for the season on October 26

This combination art fair and farmers market draws a crowd on Thursdays, as those who somehow don't have to be at work spend the afternoon browsing the 50 stalls selling fresh produce, cheese, specialty sea salts, infused olive oils, fresh breads and tortillas, and free-range, grass-fed meats. The art fair showcases the work of photographers, jewelry-makers, painters, and other craftsmen.

John Chakravarty and Felicia Campbell contributed to this list.
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