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Six Farmers' Markets to Check Out in Metro Phoenix

Here's a little tip: If you're looking to get the most bang for your buck make sure you're actually buying local. Just because someone is selling produce out of a stall does not mean they didn't ship their cantaloupes in from California and are passing those costs on to you.

Find our six favorite Phoenix-area farmers' markets after the jump.

6. Avondale Farmers' Market
Okay, so maybe this one isn't exactly in "metro" Phoenix -- but if you happen to live half way to California, this could be your new Saturday spot.

The brand new Avondale Market at Friendship Park starts this Saturday (that's tomorrow). No word yet on who is actually going to be selling at the new market, but it wouldn't hurt to get out of the house on a beautiful Saturday morning and check it out. Your pooch would probably love a visit to the park! Just like with any new market, you guys actually have to go to make it successful. 

Opens November 5
Saturdays: 8 AM - 1 PM
12325 W McDowell Rd, Avondale

5. Tempe Farmers' Market It's easy to drive right past this market so keep your eyes peeled for the truck/sign in the gravel parking lot. This market is an odd bird because it is not a series of stalls so much as it is a regular market stocked by the local community. The produce is provided by local growers, as are some of the meats and dairy products. That's all standard fare but here are a few other items you can buy here: various flavors of incense, fancy teas, golf balls by the dozen and an impressive selection of salsa.
Sunday - Thursday: 8 AM to 11 PM
Friday: 8 AM to Midnight
Saturday: 8 AM to 1 PM
805 S Farmer Ave, Tempe

4. Ahwatukee Farmers' Market
Arrive early, this market is popular with the Ahwatukee folks; it can get downright claustrophobic. The best of the best bring their goods to those of you in the southern-most stretch of Phoenix, including our favorite hummus from Dr. Hummus, fresh fish and grass-fed beef from FishHuggers, and produce from Big Happy Farms in Mesa. We also heard that Anderson Farms might have a sweet potato or two just in time for Thanksgiving.
Sundays: 9 AM - 1 PM
4700 E. Warner, Phoenix

3. Gilbert Farmers' Market
All the way on the east side of town is the Gilbert's Saturday Farmer's Market, which just celebrated their first birthday this past weekend. Congratulations, Gilbert! Located In downtown Gilbert, next to the water tower, you can find sweet treats from Nuts4Brittle, grass fed beef from Double Check Ranch, fresh Arizona grown produce from Desert Roots Farm, and tons more stuff from local vendors. Get their early and grab breakfast from the SuperFood SuperTruck. You know there is nothing better than pancakes on a Saturday morning.
Saturday 8 AM to 1 PM
222 N Ash St. Gilbert

2. Phoenix Public Market
This market is extra-awesome because it is a full market even when the vendors aren't hanging out in the parking lot. Looking for some local cheese or organic beef? They consistently stock those items as well as a good selection of seasonal produce. During the Saturday market there's a good mix between craft sellers, produce and every prepared food from tamales to pickles.
Food Truck Fridays can generate mammoth lines for the trucks so arrive early or be prepared to wait.
Wednesday: 4 PM to 8 PM
Food Truck Friday: 11 AM to 1 PM
Saturday: 8 AM to 1 PM
721 N Central, Phoenix

1. Old Town Farmers' Market
Located smack dab in the middle of old town Scottsdale on the corner of Brown and 1st street, the Old Town Market finally reopened this past Saturday. The Scottsdale market is one of two markets in the Valley where you can pick up fresh McClendon's Farm produce and you can always find Pillsbury Wine Company sampling their handcrafted wines. Don't forget to hunt down the Alaskan Pride Seafood for fresh caught salmon, cod, and, currently at the market, spot prawns. Bonus -- If you know what a Wolf range is and would like to see a professional chef cook on a stovetop that reaches a significant fraction of the surface temperature of the sun, this is the place.
Saturdays: 8 AM - 1 PM
E 1st St & N Brown Ave, Scottsdale

For even more markets check here and here!

Shannon Armour contributed to this post.

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