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21 Greater Phoenix Farmers’ Markets Open for Fall and Winter 2020

Selections from Peoria Night Market.
Selections from Peoria Night Market. Peoria Night Market
Ah, Phoenix-area farmers’ markets in the fall. Fresh produce, locally made goods, hot food, entertainment … and masks, sanitizer stations, and signs reminding you to please stay six feet from others. Our farmers’ markets might look a little different this fall — many are also taking orders in advance for curbside pickup — but they’re open for (socially distanced) strolling and shopping.

Ahwatukee Farmers’ Market

4700 East Warner Road
Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sundays

The bounty of produce displayed across the tables in the parking lot of the Ahwatukee Community Swim & Tennis Center during the Ahwatukee Farmers’ Market never fails to impress. Beets, bell peppers, heirloom purple sweet potatoes, and kale neighbor lobster mushrooms and locally made jams with foraged ingredients. Frequent vendors include Prickly Pear Tea Co., YoBro Foods, Copper State Bread, and Oasis Gardens Farms. Need a knife sharpened? Stop by the Sharp ‘N’ It booth.

click to enlarge Big Red's Hot Sauce is always a huge hit at Anthem Farmers' Market thanks to samples. - JACOB TYLER DUNN
Big Red's Hot Sauce is always a huge hit at Anthem Farmers' Market thanks to samples.
Jacob Tyler Dunn

Anthem Farmers’ Market

41703 North Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem
Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays
The setting for the Anthem Farmers’ Market is the lush Anthem Community Park, which is well-known for its veterans' memorial monument and fishing pond. Arizona vendors including JH Beef, Big Red’s Hot Sauce, Los Muertos Salsa, Pork on a Fork, Desert Willow Botanicals, Pasta Pasta, and Mama’s Cold Brew often set up shop. Visitors can always find plenty of seasonal produce, along with less ubiquitous items like apricots, Asian pears, garlic, and l’itoi onions.

click to enlarge Selections from the Carefree Farmers' Market. - JIM LOUVAU
Selections from the Carefree Farmers' Market.
Jim Louvau

Carefree Farmers’ Market

101 Easy Street, Carefree
Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays

Situated at the Sundial in Carefree, the Carefree Farmers’ Market is known for being really cheesy — in the most literal and best possible way. Local purveyors (usually Arizona farms) offer sheep’s milk cheese, goat’s milk cheese, and a cornucopia of garlic-and-something cheese curds (including garlic and dill and garlic and black pepper). Seasonal produce sits alongside goods from local vendors like Carol’s Delectables (homegrown and homemade jams), The Brownie Baker, Flavors of France, and Claudine’s Kitchen.


click to enlarge The dip and hummus options at Doctor Hummus are available at Chandler Farmers' Market. - AUDREY KRUSE
The dip and hummus options at Doctor Hummus are available at Chandler Farmers' Market.
Audrey Kruse

Chandler Farmers’ Market

3 South Arizona Avenue, Chandler
Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays

Five growers help supply the Chandler Farmers’ Market at Chandler Park with fresh fruits and vegetables: Black Orchard Farms, Community Exchange Table, Kelly Farms, Oasis Gardens Farms, and TigerMountain Foundation. They join a long list of local vendors which includes Southwest Mushrooms, Doctor Hummus, Twin Suns Coffee, Almond Flour Baking Co., Nana’s Homemade Tortillas, Sun Valley Bees, The Juice Kitchen, and Bad Dog Salsa. So yeah, a little bit of everything.

click to enlarge Produce from Project Roots is available at Cosmic Vegans. - PROJECT ROOTS
Produce from Project Roots is available at Cosmic Vegans.
Project Roots

Cosmic Vegans

7145 North 58th Drive, Glendale
Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays

All vegan things are possible at Cosmic Vegans marketplace and restaurant: nachos, BLTs, tuna melts, barbecue, hot wings, and even vegan birria. These are dished out by various Valley food trucks and restaurants, including Trash Panda Vegan, Papi’s Latin Cuisine, and AZ Tacos Veganos. There’s huge diversity among products and vendors, and Cosmic Vegans has become a community hub for many local black-owned businesses, including Projects Roots AZ community gardens. A DJ and dance battles level up the atmosphere.

click to enlarge Kouign-amann from La Belle Vie on a Saturday at Gilbert Farmers' Market. - CHRIS MALLOY
Kouign-amann from La Belle Vie on a Saturday at Gilbert Farmers' Market.
Chris Malloy

Gilbert Farmers Market

222 North Ash Street, Gilbert
Hours: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays

More than 100 vendors fill downtown Gilbert in the fall for the Gilbert Farmers’ Market, where shoppers graze over Arizona goods and produce beneath the town’s iconic water tower and listen to local bands strum along. Frequent farmers and ranchers include Rhiba Farms, Blue Sky Organic Farm, and Double Check Ranch, while a mass of vendors offers everything from beer to waffles. What's more, a fleet of food trucks is usually parked nearby.

Grandma’s Farm

8888 South 19th Avenue
Hours: 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays

Grandma’s Farm is a 15-acre sustainable farm focused on 100-percent organic produce and free-range eggs. Its egg selection includes duck and goose eggs while its chicken egg selection has included white, brown, and even green varieties. Seasonal produce for fall lists 43 different fruits, vegetables, and herbs — from arugula to turnip greens. Honey (regular and raw) and various gourds, seeds, and feathers round out the family farm’s vast offerings.

Greenhouse Gardens

13013 East Chandler Heights Road, Chandler
Hours: 9 a.m. to noon Sundays

The pesticide- and chemical-free crops from Greenhouse Gardens come in a rainbow of colors as bright as the Arizona sun: golden sunflowers, deep-purple eggplant, bright-green zucchini, soft-pink radishes, ruby-red tomatoes, and orange habanero peppers packing heat. Lists of available produce are posted every week on the Greenhouse Gardens Facebook page, along with photos and announcements of non-food vendors.

click to enlarge The Farmers' Market on High Street is open for fall. - FARMERS MARKET ON HIGH STREET
The Farmers' Market on High Street is open for fall.
Farmers Market on High Street

Farmers’ Market on High Street

Loop 101 and 56th Street, Scottsdale
Hours: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sundays

The Farmers’ Market on High Street is kind of like a mini block party wrapped into a micro-market. More than 100 food vendors, goods merchants, and entertainers wrap around the block near Loop 101 and 56th Street in north Scottsdale. Find things like essential oils, small-batch chocolates, pasta sauces, and handmade charcuterie boards.

Mesa Farmers’ Market

526 East Main Street, Mesa
Hours: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays

The 18-acre Pioneer Park plays host to the Mesa Farmers’ Market every weekend, entertaining hundreds of visitors perusing a bevy of produce from Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek. There's also hot food from places like What the Cluck, Chilte Tacos, and The Nile vegan café. Pop-up vendors have included artisans like Salt River Rock Design. Pioneer Park’s picnic areas and innovative playgrounds invite families to make it a day at the market.

click to enlarge Mark Fratu at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers' Market. - BAHAR ANOOSHAHR
Mark Fratu at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers' Market.
Bahar Anooshahr

Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market

3806 North Brown Avenue, Scottsdale
Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays

Now in its 11th year, the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market brings more than 100 local vendors to the grassy, sculptured lawns near the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art to enjoy freshly baked bread, local citrus, and free-range eggs and beef. Free underground parking is available nearby on Second Street.

click to enlarge The Peoria Night Market takes over Park West on Wednesdays. - PEORIA NIGHT MARKET
The Peoria Night Market takes over Park West on Wednesdays.
Peoria Night Market

Peoria Night Market

9744 West Northern Avenue
Hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays

Park West now hosts the weekly Peoria Night Market, a new opportunity for outdoor produce shopping open since early October. Food vendors will include TJ Farms, Cormany Farms, Gary’s Greens, Heart to Home Elderberry, Squarz Pies, Brother’s Jerky, Los Muertos Salsa, and more. Food trucks are also around, including Raimondo’s Catering and Lulu’s Sorbetto.

Power Road Farmers’ Market

4011 South Power Road, Mesa
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays

In operation for more than 50 years, the Power Road Farmers’ Market has developed strong relationships with local vendors to stock its shelves and bins with the freshest seasonal produce. Think homemade candy, jams, and sauces, and honey.

click to enlarge A Saturday morning at Roadrunner Park Farmers’ Market. - LAUREN CUSIMANO
A Saturday morning at Roadrunner Park Farmers’ Market.
Lauren Cusimano

Roadrunner Park Farmers’ Market

3502 East Cactus Road
Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays

There’s always ample free parking and a lot of activity around the Roadrunner Park Farmers’ Market. The park’s duck pond and huge grassy lawns attract plenty of people and pups, as the farmers’ market is canine-friendly. Starting in 1989, this is one of the oldest neighborhood markets in the Valley, and while there’s rarely room for new vendors, there always seems to be something new at the 100-percent local booths.

click to enlarge This market has magnetism inside Singh Meadows. - JACKIE MERCANDETTI
This market has magnetism inside Singh Meadows.
Jackie Mercandetti

Singh Meadows

1490 East Weber Drive, Tempe
Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

All the products at Singh Meadows are grown or made in Arizona. Singh Meadows’ honey is usually the star, but recently the farm’s been selling oyster and chanterelle mushrooms to rave reviews. Fresh watercress, broccoli, kale, lettuce, gold potatoes, collard greens, red onions, and apples are just a few of the other organic offerings at this indoor market.

click to enlarge Project Roots participates in a farmers' market every Saturday evening at Spaces of Opportunity. - PROJECT ROOTS
Project Roots participates in a farmers' market every Saturday evening at Spaces of Opportunity.
Project Roots

Spaces of Opportunity

1200 West Vineyard Road
Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays

Spaces of Opportunity is a community and urban incubator farm that is a growing presence in one of Phoenix’s former food-desert neighborhoods. Its farmers’ market offers all homemade goods and locally grown produce from small vendors and micro-farmers, including Nana’s Cookies, Project Roots AZ, Busy Bees Raw Wildflower Honey, Desert Marigold, and Anna’s Flowers of Arizona.

Superstition Ranch Farmers’ Market

4755 East Main Street, Mesa
7 North 114th Street, Apache Junction

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sundays
The Superstition Ranch Farmers’ Market indoor market (and something of a grocery store) have been selling locally grown produce for more than 50 years. The contents of its modest produce sections depend on what’s in season and local but have included pomegranates, cantaloupe, watermelon, three kinds of squash, lettuce, green onions, cucumbers, and apples.

click to enlarge A tray of assorted vegan goodness from Indulge Irresponsibly, a frequent vendor at Tempe 6th Street Market. - INDULGE IRRESPONSIBLY
A tray of assorted vegan goodness from Indulge Irresponsibly, a frequent vendor at Tempe 6th Street Market.
Indulge Irresponsibly

Tempe 6th Street Market

24 East Sixth Street, Tempe
Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays

Launched in 2016, the Tempe 6th Street Market serves as a showcase for local artisans and food vendors. Visitors can feast on goods from Indulge Irresponsibly vegan bakery, Jones Family Kitchen, and YUM Allergy-Friendly Bakery, or try samples from Precious Sauces and Artisan Treats. Visitors can also snag takeout dishes from Constantino’s Kitchen, Guac Girl, Maui Wowi Hawaiian, and Pura Vida Grinds.

click to enlarge The Tempe Farmers Market is packed with local products. - LAUREN CUSIMANO
The Tempe Farmers Market is packed with local products.
Lauren Cusimano

Tempe Farmers’ Market

805 South Farmer Avenue, Tempe
Hours: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily

Though known for its coffee bar and smoothies, Tempe Farmers’ Market also has a small selection of local produce and mostly Arizona products via its indoor market. Thinks hot sauces, teas and coffee, and snacks. Plus, there's a vegan deli boasting burritos, pastas, and salads.

click to enlarge Italian sauces and oils at the Uptown Farmers' Market in Phoenix. - JIM LOUVAU
Italian sauces and oils at the Uptown Farmers' Market in Phoenix.
Jim Louvau

Uptown Farmers’ Market

5757 North Central Avenue
Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays

Twice a week, the parking lot at North Phoenix Baptist Church is transformed into the Uptown Farmers’ Market. The spread hosts more than 60 booths and some of the state’s biggest farms, including McClendon’s Select, Superstition Farm, Double Check Ranch, and TigerMountain Foundation. Some of Phoenix's best-known artisan food makers are often on hand, like Noble Bread, The Tamale Store, Peanut Butter Americano, Doctor Hummus, and Big Red’s Hot Sauce.

Verrado Community Farmers’ Market

West Main Street and North Market Place, Buckeye
Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays

Sundays in the fall at Verrado Town Square mean it’s time for the Verrado Community Farmers’ Market. The smells of coffee and popcorn kick off a walkabout of vendors offering artisanal bread, fresh seafood, locally grown produce, teas, chocolate, and more.
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