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 seven 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 1 p.m. at Arrowhead Towne Center, just outside of the Dillard’s 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. Plus, admission is completely free. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/arrowheadfarmersmarket.
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 boasts 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. The market acts as a gathering space for more than 200 local vendors. Plus, even if you aren’t able to make the in-person market, you can shop for goodies from frequent vendors online too. For more information, visit www.uptownmarketaz.com.
Gilbert Farmers Market
Taking place year-round (with the exception of a few dates around the holidays) just west of the iconic Water Tower is the Gilbert Farmers Market. The open-air market hosts more than 100 local vendors during the fall and spring on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon. In addition to farm-fresh goods, guests can also enjoy food trucks, entertainment and games for the whole family. For more information, visit gilbertmarket.com.
Sun City Farmers Market
Farmer’s markets are great spaces but to connect with community members, enjoy the great outdoors and support local. And the Sun City Farmers Market boasts all of that and so much more! This market takes place every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Recreation Center of Sun City. 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.arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com/sun-city-farmers-market.
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 1 p.m. Hosted from October through the end of May, the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market is in its 13th year and features more than 100 local growers and specialty food producers—along with can’t-miss seasonal goodies like cider and apples. 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 downtownchandler.org/events/farmers-market.
Verrado Farmers Market
While this community farmers market doesn’t kick off until November 21st, once open, it’s one of the most special spectacles in the Valley. Verrado Farmers Market takes place every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Verrado Town Square. Beyond staple farmers market finds, the event also boasts goodies from local producers of organic and seasonal crops, plants and seeds. Opt for a trip to the Verrado Farmers Market rather than the neighborhood grocery store on your next outing! For more information, visit www.arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com/verrado-farmers-market.