Farmer’s markets provide the perfect opportunity to connect with community members, admire creations from local artisans, purchase fresh produce, and indulge in a number of unique homemade goodies and treats courtesy of local vendors. Best of all, they allow you to support small businesses in a fun, energetic environment. Here are five of the best farmer’s markets in Arizona.
Arrowhead Farmers Market
The Arrowhead Farmers Market is hosted every Saturday, year round—and from October through May, it takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arrowhead Towne Center, just outside of the Sears store. The event is dog-friendly (as long as they have a leash) and boasts more than 60 vendors that change almost every week. At the Arrowhead Farmers Market, families can enjoy fresh produce, concessional-style snacks, unique food vendors, activities for the kids, and creations from local artisans. For more information, visit www.getlocalarizonaevents.com/saturdaymarket.
Uptown Farmers Market
The Uptown Farmers Market takes place every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the North Phoenix Baptist Church. This market not only features local fare, artisan-made crafts, fresh produce, and unique goodies, it also features live demonstrations courtesy of top chefs from some of the Valley’s most beloved spots—like the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Provision Coffee, to name a few. For more information, visit www.uptownmarketaz.com.
Peoria Night Market
Farmer’s markets are great spaces but to connect with community members, enjoy the great outdoors and support local. But for those who prefer to reserve their weekends for relaxation and slow mornings at home, you’ll love the Peoria Night Market—which takes place every Wednesday evening from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Park West. The event features top vendors, bakeries and artisans in the West Valley, and provides a refreshingly different vibe than the typical Saturday morning farmers market. For more information, visit www.getlocalarizonaevents.com/wednesdaymarket.
Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market
Located in Old Town Scottsdale, this farmers market connects the community and local growers, food producers and community groups through a fun and interactive event every Saturday morning, from 8 a.m. to noon. Hosted from October through the end of May, the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market is in its 11th year and features more than 100 local growers and specialty food producers. For more information, visit www.arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com/old-town-scottsdale.
Downtown Chandler Market
The Downtown Chandler Market is located at AJ Chandler Park on the Green Belt, and takes place every Saturday from October through May—9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event hosts a variety of vendors every week, including both frequent booths and new sellers. Visitors can purchase everything from fresh, local, seasonal produce, herbs, flowers, fresh baked goodies, natural meats and even seafood. The family-friendly event also offers an extensive selection of local arts and crafts, so even the kiddos can look forward to this farmers market. For more information, visit www.arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com/downtown-chandler.
In other news: WNBA Champion, Bridget Pettis, Is Supporting Valley Farmer’s Markets Through Her Nonprofit, Project Roots AZ
Project Roots AZ, a Phoenix-based non-profit organization started by WNBA Champion Bridget Pettis, is set to expand its outreach this fall by selling produce at four farmer’s markets throughout the Valley. Her goal with Project Roots AZ is to provide nourishing food options for underprivileged communities, and also educate Phoenicians about the benefits of a more sustainable way of living in urban areas. Produce from Project Roots AZ can be found at Uptown Farmers Market, Spaces of Opportunity Farmers Market, Tempe 6th Street Market, and Cosmic Vegans. For more information, visit www.projectrootsaz.org.