Farmers markets are a true win-win for both producers and buyers. They allow local vendors to more easily sell their produce and other homegrown products, and shoppers can benefit from buying their food straight from the source.
In Phoenix, they’re an especially big deal. Arizona’s climate allows farmers to plant and harvest almost every month of the year, which means you can find a variety of produce year-round across the Valley.
If the prospect of fresh produce and local products excites you, read on to learn where you can find them.
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1. Arizona Community Farmers Markets
A true network of farmers markets, the Arizona Community Farmers Markets appears in Ahwatukee, Anthem, Carefree, Goodyear, Phoenix, Sun City and Scottsdale. Each market offers seasonal produce, natural meat and dairy products, local foods, and more edibles and ingredients. There are bath and beauty products available at some of the markets as well.
Locations: Ahwatukee, Anthem, Buckeye, Carefree, Goodyear, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sun City
Hours: Dates and times vary
More info: www.arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com
2. Phoenix Public Market
A program of Community Food Connections, this centrally located community gathering place supports “small farmers and businesses that strengthen sustainable food systems and produce healthy products for the local community.”
Location: 721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
May-Sept: Saturday, 8 a.m. to Noon
Oct-April: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
3. Gilbert Farmers Market
Gilbert Farmers Market boasts almost 100 vendors and offers a wide variety of locally grown produce and foods. The market emphasizes public education about local food, which includes opportunities to meet area farmers and producers in person. In addition, you’ll find arts and crafts, food trucks and live entertainment every week.
Location: 222 N. Ash St., Gilbert
April-Sept: Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Oct-March: Saturdays from 8 a.m. to Noon
4. Momma’s Organic Market
A West Valley favorite, Momma’s Organic Market features fresh produce and other food items, food trucks, gift ideas, and fun activities for the kids. The organization also hosts Food Truck Fridays (at a different location) and a weekly Community Supported Agriculture program that allows shoppers to pre-pay for produce in advance at a discounted price.
Location: 9744 W. Northern Ave., Peoria
Hours: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
5. The Power Ranch Farmers Market
The Power Ranch Farmers Market offers a great mid-week stop for items from a variety of fresh food vendors, food trucks, and local artisans. According to the market’s website, “Ray’s Market believes people need to have a relationship with the people who provide [food], not just food products, but the total family fun environment,” .
Location: 3685 E. Autumn Dr., Gilbert
Hours: Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
6. The Camelback Farmers Market
Designed to exude a “European feel,” the Camelback Market features some of the freshest local produce, plus you’ll find imported fruits and vegetables. Also, expect to discover a variety of foods, drinks and gifts imported from the south of France.
Location: 3930 East Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Late Oct-Early May: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Late May-Early Oct.: Closed
7. The Farm at Agritopia
The Farm at Agritopia describes itself as a “certified organic urban farm in the heart of Agritopia, growing produce for our local community.” The farm produces organic herbs, vegetables, fruits and grains that are available for purchase through either the Gilbert Farmers Market (number 3 on this list) or the on-site Agritopia Farm Stand.
Location: 3000 E. Ray Rd., Gilbert
Hours: Daily 24 hours
8. Fountain Hills Farmers Market
More than 20 vendors offer a variety of locally grown produce weekly at the Fountain Hills Farmers Market. Uniquely, it’s held in conjunction with Art on the Avenue, which features art from more than 30 local artists, making for a one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive experience.
9. Clark Park Farmers Market
Hosted by the Tempe Community Action Agency and Tempe neighborhoods, this weekly market features local produce and a variety of other foods alongside arts and crafts. Proceeds benefit the Clark Park Garden.
Location: 1780 S Roosevelt St., Tempe
Hours: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
10. Chandler Farmers Market
Situated at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park West, this weekly farmers market offers more than 30 vendors that sell local organic and natural produce, plus live entertainment. The primary suppliers are Jeff Scott Farms and One Windmill Farms. Note that even through the market officially closes for summer, Jeff Scott Farms shows up at the location below year-round.
Location: 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler
Oct-April: Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
– Michelle Talsma Everson, Phoenix.org