The Spot: Singh Family Farmer's Market , open Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
See Also: - Arcadia Farmer's Market: What We Bought, What We Skipped and What We're Still Lusting Over - Arizona Farmer+Chef Connection Conference on June 10 at Desert Botanical Garden - Six Spots to Get Fresh Local Produce All Summer Long
What We Bought: Singh Farms' weekly market is usually a great stop to load up on farm-fresh veggies and get away from urban burnout without really leaving the city. The whimsical little flora-filled farm off of Loop 101 at Thomas Road feels like a step into another time and place. This weekend, some of our favorite grabs were seasonal artichokes, which were 50 cents apiece or $8 for marinated chokes. We also had to get some oranges, which were $10 for 10, and a loaf of gorgeous fresh-baked marble rye bread for $5.
Greens, such as kale, spinach, chard and arugula, were a steal at $2 per bunch, and no farmers market that we've seen offers cheaper eggs than $3 per dozen, which is what Singh offers. Finally, we grabbed some super-huge bunches of fennel and leeks, which were also only $2. In terms of value, ambiance and quality, Singh Farms has got to easily be one of the top markets in Phoenix -- plus they're open through the summer!
What We Skipped: Nothing. Seriously. This market is amazing. It's like a vacation mixed with a grocery store. The passion and excitement of the staff is infectious, and it's spread to the produce. We can't wait to go back.
What We're Still Lusting Over: We tried to keep our purchase limited to the produce this week, which means we left behind some great locally made olive oil ($25), lemongrass onion butter ($7), honey ($15 per pint), tepary beans ($5) and even dried ghost chiles. We also left behind the pastry table, which was covered in flaky, buttery, perfectly golden-brown croissants. We'll definitely be back to grab those next time.
Although we managed to get a cup of lentil soup with celery jam and an artichoke bruschetta side ($5) this week, we're still craving the complex spicy flavor of the soup. We wish we had another bowl. We also wish it was cheap artichoke day every time at Singh because we've pretty much cooked ours already.
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