Farmers Markets


I love this time of the year.
The days are getting longer and there is more time for our morning (or evening) walks, BBQ’s and eating on the patio and so many great activities around the Valley to check out. Although waking in the morning is often something I’d rather put off for a bit the return of the sound of birds singing as the sun rises and the promise of a great day as I wake sure helps get me out of bed. At least a little! And the weather…can we just say beautiful? There is no doubt that we are blessed with some of the best spring weather… anywhere.

As the days warm and we are all taking to the outdoors again I thought I would share a few great Farmers Markets that you may want to visit. These markets aren’t just for produce anymore…you will find a little bit of everything and have the added benefit of supporting some of our local businesses and artists. Most markets are best visited on Saturday mornings but a few have offerings on Wednesdays too. Visit their websites for full details.

Be sure to let us know your favorite Farmer Markets and your “not to be missed” local goodies…I guarantee to give them a try! Enjoy.

Uptown Farmers’ Market
Central Avenue and Bethany Home Road
Located in central Phoenix this is one of my favorites and although it isn’t Pikes Marketplace from our rainy days in Seattle…it sure is a good Arizona tradition.
On the corner of Central Ave and Bethany Home Rd. this large market offers you the very freshest options for fruits and veggies, organic selections, a “veggie valet” where you can have your newly purchased produce sliced and diced to your liking while you wait. There is a lot to see and take in including food, coffees, crafts and so much more. In the warmer months they move indoors which we can all appreciate. This market is named one of the country’s best and should not be missed!

Scottsdale Old Town Farmers’ Market
Brown Avenue in Old Town Scottsdale
Featuring local growers and specialty food producers. You’ll notice a large array of organic and pesticide free produce and you’ll smell the local fresh-baked breads almost immediately. Be sure to grab some local jams and jellies and just enjoy the Old Town Scottsdale atmosphere. Do not leave without a tamale- you can thank me later. Go for the market and stay and enjoy the downtown revival of great shops and restaurants.

Open Air Market at the Phoenix Public Market
721 N. Central Ave, Phoenix

Why not visit downtown Phoenix for more than a sporting event or meeting? This market promises a great morning of local cuisine and shopping featuring local produce, crafts and food of all kinds. There’s often yoga, gardening classes, chef demonstrations and if that isn’t enough… it is right next door to the Phoenix Public Market Café (created by the same people who brought us the St. Francis) where they highlight many of the vendors fresh ingredients and products.