Looking for a way to beat the heat with your family this summer? How about a visit to your closest local farmers market! The Phoenix metro area offers countless opportunities to participate in the local food market during the fall, winter, and spring months, but 8 especially resilient markets stay open throughout the summer for your enjoyment and to provide fresh, seasonal, local foods and produce. Foods available are seasonally rotated to accommodate growing and harvesting seasons––meaning you might see a different selection of fresh produce than you’re most familiar with. But when you shop at the market, every fruit or veggie offered is grown under the Arizona summer sun! Each item offered is grown or produced locally, which ensures that at least 52 cents of every dollar spent on these local products stay in our local economy! So come out, enjoy some great food and shopping, and support your local farmers and business owners!
Ahwatukee Farmers Market
This outdoor market is conveniently located at the Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center, and is open June-September on Sundays from 8am-11am. Vendor offerings include fresh, local, and seasonal produce, locally-made jams, jellies, and salsas, fresh baked breads, herbs, flowers, natural meats, and several arts and crafts made by local artists. Bring your family and your dog to this pleasant market offering free admission, free parking, and various payment options including credit card, AZ FMNP, WIC, SNAP, and EBT. Located at 4700 E. Warner Road. Find more information on the Ahwatukee Farmers Market at http://www.arizonafarmersmarkets.com/pageAhwatukee/ahwatukee.htm or on Facebook/AhwatukeeFarmersMarket.
Gilbert Farmer’s Market
Located at the heart of Gilbert across from the Water Tower Plaza, around 60 vendors set up temporary tables every Saturday morning May-September from 7am-11am. A wide variety of seasonal produces and nuts, herbs, eggs, baked goods, botanicals and soaps, and flowers are offered alongside ready-to-eat foods, drinks, and locally-made crafts. Face-painting is also available to entertain the young – and the young at heart! Other convenient features of this market include a pet-friendly atmosphere, public restrooms, and free parking availability. Located at 222 N. Ash Street. Find more information on the Gilbert Farmer’s Market at http://gilbertmarket.com, or visit their social media pages on Facebook/GilbertMarket, Instagram @GilbertMarket, or Twitter @GilbertMarket.
Maryvale IRC New Roots Farm Stand
Serving fresh foods that are “good from the ground up”! Open on Tuesdays in the summer from 8am-noon at Mountain Park Health Center West in Phoenix. Located at 6601 W. Thomas Road #4. SNAP, WIC/FMNP/Senior FMNP accepted, as well as cash, credit, and debit. Learn more about New Roots at http://goodfoodfinderaz.com/find-good-food/new-roots-phoenix-urban-farm/.
Orchard Community Learning Center Farm
The Orchard is a 6-acre citrus grove and 1-acre urban garden open to the public every Saturday 8am-noon. Schools, organizations, and families are able to visit, learn, meet the farmers, help out, and get their hands dirty! Foods harvested are also offered at the weekly Ahwatukee Farmers Market, weekly Phoenix Public Market, and Mondays 8am-noon at the Mountain Park Health Clinic. Even better, sign up with their CSA to get fresh, chemical-free, seasonal produce delivered right to you! Located at 911 W. Baseline Road near South Mountain Village. Visit http://www.orchardlearningcenter.org/farm-to-table-.html or on Facebook/TheOrchardCommunityLearningCenter to learn more about the awesome programs offered by the Orchard Community Learning Center.
Phoenix Public Market
This amazing market has been open since 2005, providing quality local foods and products to its customers every Saturday 8am-noon (May-September hours). Sign up for their Loyal Local Summer Rewards Program and be entered to win products from featured vendors each week! Besides Food Truck Fridays, this market also offers events to keep you engaged in the community! Come out on June 17 at 9am for a special workshop on ‘monsoon gardening’ or on June 24 at 9am for the next installment of their summer gardening series. Free street parking is available, or take the lightrail to the Roosevelt/Central station. Conveniently accepts cash, credit, SNAP, EBT, food stamps, AZ FMNP, and WIC. Located at 721 N. Central Avenue next to the Phoenix Public Market Cafe. Visit www.phxpublicmarket.com/openair for a full list of vendors and to check out their blog! Also on Facebook/PhoenixPublicMarket ,Twitter @phxpublicmarket, and Instagram @phxpublicmarket.
Roadrunner Park Farmers Market
Roadrunner Park houses a Farmers Market every Saturday May-September from 7am-11am offering a variety of meats, breads, cheeses, eggs, breads, jams, and prepared foods to customers. The park itself also offers a children’s playground, fishing pond, swimming pool, soccer field, and wild birds to watch. Free admission and free parking. Accepts AZ FMNP, SNAP, EBT, and all major credit cards. Located at 3502 E. Cactus Road; the Farmers Market is at the south end of the park. Find out more at http://www.arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com/FM_Roadrunner.html, Facebook/RoadrunnerParkFarmersMarket, or Twitter @roadrunnerpark.
Uptown Farmers Market
This farmers market is special because it is indoors! Every Saturday 8am-noon (May-September hours), come out to shop 100+ vendors offering everything from aromas to aprons, deli meats to dairy, teas to tamales, and pastas to pies. Be sure to keep track of their events because they often feature chef demonstrations, music, or other entertainment series. This dog-friendly market also has a shaded children’s play area, so you can comfortably shop with your whole family. AZ FMNP, WIC, EBT, and food stamps are accepted at many vendors. Located at 5757 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix; conveniently 2 blocks north of the Central/Camelback stop for light rail and bus. Visit uptownmarketaz.com, Facebook/UptownMarketAZ, Twitter @uptownmarketaz, or Instagram @uptownmarketaz to keep track of all their latest news and events.