Farmers’ Market Finder

Written by Leah LeMoine Category: Lifestyle Issue: November 2014
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Autumn is finally here, and while we may not have crisp breezes and piles of crackly umber leaves underfoot, we do have a fun season-marker of our own: the return of farmers’ markets in full force, blanketing every corner of the Valley in their locally-grown, hand-picked, homespun bounty. To find the market nearest you and its fall-spring hours, consult this handy guide.

Phoenix
Town & Country Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
2021 E. Camelback Rd.
Highlights: Great shopping and restaurants for pre- or post-market fun.

Open Air Market at Phoenix Public Market
Wednesdays: 5-8 p.m.; Saturdays: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.;
Food Truck Fridays: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
721 N. Central Ave., phxpublicmarket.com/openair/
Highlights: Big Orange quail eggs, Psychedelic Succulents, nourishment from PPM Café or a cadre of food trucks.

Roadrunner Park Farmers’ Market
Saturdays: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
3502 E. Cactus Rd.
Highlights: Farmers’ market staples in a sprawling park mean fun for the whole family, including pets.

Scottsdale
Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 7-11 a.m.
3815 N. Brown Ave.
Highlights: Apple cider, Amish friendship bread, craft items and proximity to Old Town’s shopping and art galleries.

Singh Farmers’ Market
Saturdays: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
8900 E. Thomas Rd.
Highlights: High-quality compost and vegetables; hardcore farm cred.

East Valley
Agritopia Farmers’ Market and Farm Stand
Wednesdays: 4-8 p.m. (farmers’ market); 24 hours a day, seven days a week (farm stand)
3000 E. Ray Rd., Gilbert
agritopia.com/farmers-market/
Highlights: The farm stand has refrigerated produce available around the clock and operates on the honor system: Take what you need and leave whatever amount of money you feel is right in a pay slot. Agritopia also participates in the Gilbert Farmers’ Market.

Gilbert Farmers’ Market (pictured)
Saturdays: 8 a.m.-noon
222 N. Ash Dr., Gilbert
gilbertmarket.com
Highlights: Social media savvy and idyllic atmosphere – like the 1950s, but with food trucks.

West Valley
Goodyear Community Farmers’ Market
Saturdays: 7:30-11 a.m.
3151 N. Litchfield Rd., Goodyear
Highlights: M&N Foods kale chips and gluten-free cake balls.

Peoria Farmers’ Market at Park West
Saturdays: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
9744 W. Northern Ave., Peoria
Highlights: Occasional chef demonstrations and special expos; see a movie at the nearby Harkins Theatre.

Sun City Farmers’ Market
Thursdays: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
16829 N. 99th Ave.,
Sun City
Highlights: Less packed than its weekend counterparts.

Farmers’ Market Pro Tips: Bring your own bags – some vendors don’t supply them. Bring money for cash-only vendors, but ask about credit cards. You could group your purchases into one transaction.