There's a new Saturday morning farmers' market perfect for the North Central Phoenix post-soccer family crowd. It's called the Central Farmers' Market and it's weekly on Saturday mornings (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.) at the CrossRoads United Methodist Church on the SE corner of Central and Northern.
Bo Mostow, the market organizer, is also a nutritionist and a North Central mom of 3. She's been designing and planning this market for the last few years. It's finally here. She says it's "predominantly a food market, but will feature 2-3 local artists/craft vendors weekly (we are calling them our Guest Artists). We have a full indoor patio for eating. As we grow larger we will have a walk-in dairy room where customers can buy Superstition Farm ice cream, milk -- everything."
There are some pretty stellar features at this market. Indoor bathrooms, plenty of parking, lots of shade, indoor dining rooms, a growing food truck area, early market lawn yoga this Saturday (9 a.m. - 10 a.m. - bring your own mat and $5) and they've only been open since October 1st.
You'll find the market regulars like Double Check Ranch, Superstition Farms Dairy, Horny Toad Farms, Alaskan Pride Seafoods, and Molly's Tamales. Fossil Creek Creamery plans to make their debut in November. Check out the vendor list from their website.
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We are fond of all the market vendors but were particularly happy last Saturday with the the empanadas from The Corn Flower. We tried the apple and adored the chewy flaky crust. We were told by Executive Chef Cecy Solano and her partner Fernando Solano to come back for the ground meat with red wine sauce -- it was sold out by the time we came back to do just that.
As the weather cools, you might think you were in California with all the grass and palm trees. This is a solid market with a huge early following. If you're in the area, you should stop by (the best variety will be there right at 9, before the first of the Saturday soccer game families can get there).
Full disclosure: Jennifer Woods works for one of the produce vendors at this market, Crooked Sky Farms.