Spring is around the corner and the Farmer’s Markets are in full force! Now that we have cooler weather, it is a great time to go outside and explore your local farmers markets. We’ve provided a list of over a dozen farmers markets around the Valley that are practically in your backyard.
Anthem Farmers Market
Sundays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Anthem Community Park, 41703 N Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem
This second-year market hosts a handful of farmers and local food makers selling salsas, breads, desserts and tamales. Arizona ranchers peddle their grass-fed beef. arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com
Carefree Farmers Market
Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
1 Sundial Circle, Carefree
Market may include fresh, local, seasonal produce, herbs and flowers, locally made jams, jellies and salsas, and fresh baked breads. arizonafarmersmarkets.com
Roadrunner Farmers Market
Saturdays, (Oct-May): 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; (June-Sept): 7 a.m.-11 a.m.
3502 E Cactus Road, Phoenix
The state’s oldest farmers market offers one of the largest selections of produce, including locally grown Asian produce, heirloom tomatoes and organic basil, as well as fresh chickens and grass-fed lamb. About 55 vendors sell specialty foods, including cupcakes, jam, jerky, chili pies, wild salmon, tamales, green-chile stew and tortilla soup. The market also has nursery stock and worms for gardeners. arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com
Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-11 a.m.
3806 N Brown Avenue, Scottsdale
Find a wide variety of organic and pesticide-free produce, seasonal specialties such as cider and apples, flowers, natural pork, beef, fish, free range eggs, local cheeses, freshly baked artisan breads, Amish friendship breads, jam, and tamales. arizonafarmersmarkets.com
Phoenix Public Market
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thursdays 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
721 N Central Avenue, Phoenix
The market showcases seasonal produce from top local growers and artisan foods including grass-fed beef, quail eggs, cheese curds, all-natural horseradish, homemade caramels, shrimp ceviche, vegan and gluten-free foods, cheeses, French breads, pastries, pasta, garlic pickles, local pork, salsas and relishes. Artisans also sell wares as diverse as goat-milk soap and watercolors. phoenixpublicmarket.com.
Uptown Farmers Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
5757 N Central Avenue, Phoenix
Expect locally harvested flour, fresh picked kale, baked goods, goat cheese, salsas and more. The Saturday and Wednesday market includes produce grown by prolific organic farmer Bob McClendon of McClendon’s Select. Other vendors include Noble Bread, Arizona Microgreens, Horny Toad Farm and John’s Amish Country. The market also includes cooking demonstrations, food trucks and live music. uptownmarketaz.com
Desert Ridge Farmers Market
Second Sunday of the month, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cashman Park, 2222 N 44th Street, Phoenix
Shop for Polish goodies, ceviche, avocado and olive oils, barbecue sauces, local honey, fresh produce, cupcakes, dried fruits, pasta sauces, nuts, coffee, mustard, homemade horseradish and vegan drinks. Bring your dull chef knife to the market’s knife sharpener. azfarmersmarkets.us.
Arrowhead Hospital Farmers Market
Fourth Tuesday of the month, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
18701 N 67th Avenue, Phoenix
Farmers sell fresh picked vegetables and fruits while food makers sell cupcakes, candies, Polish specialties, salsas, dried fruits, nuts, salsas and more. The market also hosts a knife sharpener. azfarmersmarkets.us
Peoria Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Through April)
ParkWest, 9744 W. Northern Avenue, Peoria
This market draws 60 to 100 vendors every Saturday, selling fresh produce, natural meats, wild fish, fresh- baked goods, fresh eggs, raw honey, local dairy and handmade goods and gifts. Food trucks and kids’ activities also featured. mommasorganicmarket.com/saturdaymarket
Sun City Market
Thursdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
16820 N. 99th Avenue, Sun City
Shop for fresh-picked produce from area farms and Arizona-raised beef. Local artisans also sell fresh-baked breads, salsas, jams and jellies. Neighborhood craft artisans sell their wares. arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com
Corte Bella Market
Second Wednesdays of each month, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
22135 N. Mission Drive, Sun City West
Moreno Farms sells in-season produce while local food makers peddle homemade, all-natural jerky, pickles, olives, biscotti, hemp and chia seeds, herbs, frozen fish, grass-fed beef, pasta sauces and packaged soup mixes. azfarmersmarkets.us
Sun City Grand Market
Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
19726 N. Remington Drive, Surprise
Stock up on homegrown tomatoes and other seasonal vegetables. Local food makers sell pasta sauces, free-range eggs, hydroponic tomatoes, flowers, jelly, desert honey, biscotti, Italian breads, desserts and spicy homemade pickles. azfarmersmarkets.us
Trilogy at Vistancia Country Club Market
Fourth Saturday of the month, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
27980 N. Trilogy Blvd., Peoria
Farmers truck in freshly harvested vegetables, and food vendors sell relishes, cupcakes, Alaskan seafood, granola, breads, olives, honey, jams, jellies and organic beef. www.azfarmersmarkets.us
Farmers Market at ASU
Alternate Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cady Mall North of Lemon Street, Tempe
Nearly 20 food vendors will be selling fresh produce grown on campus and by local farmers, as well as natural pork, beef and fish. Engrained, an Arizona State University cafe committed to locally grown food and environmentally responsible practices, offers healthy, prepared food items.
Old Town Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Brown Road and First Street, Scottsdale
This market has evolved into a weekly food festival, with top Valley chefs demonstrating ways to prepare what farmers grow. It draws nearly 80 food makers and farmers, including Bob McClendon and his organic produce. Find Arizona wines, coffee, vegan desserts, cheese, crostini, pasta, candy, tamales, homemade soups, hummus, tomatoes, spicy pickles, grass-fed lamb, microgreens, frozen entrees and bread. arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com
Singh Farms Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
8900 E. Thomas Road (at Loop 101), Scottsdale
This open-air market sells everything the Singhs grow on their farm. Along with produce, the market’s juice bar sells freshly made vegetable and fruit drinks from the farm harvest. The Singhs also offer fresh-baked pizzas with their farm produce toppings. And you can buy honey and compost from the farm, as well as food made by local artisans. facebook.com/singhfarms
Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
1 Sundial Circle, Carefree
Shop for local produce, herbs, flowers, local jam, Alaskan salmon, local pork, breads, apples, grass-fed beef, organic tomatoes, pickles, olives, honey, dog biscuits and cheeses. arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com.
Fountain Hills Farmers Market and Art on the Avenue
Thursdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
On the median at Avenue of the Fountains, Fountain Hills
More than 50 vendors sell fresh produce, cheese, sea salt, tortillas, tamales, olive oils, breads and grass-fed beef. A companion artist market showcases photographs, jewelry, paintings, crafts and handmade gifts. fhfarmersmarket.com
DC Ranch Market
Second Saturday of the month, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
18600 N. 98th St., Scottsdale
Local farmers sell fresh-picked vegetables. Dine on homemade Mexican food while shopping for kettle corn, fresh apple juice, tamales, fresh-baked bread, all-natural jerky, apple butter, baked goods and tapenade. azfarmersmarkets.us.
Plaza Fountainside Market
Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
12645 N. Saguaro Blvd, Fountain Hills
Double Play Produce sells organic produce, fruits and herbs from the farm. Food makers offer homemade hummus, hot sauces, peanut brittle, prickly pear cactus jelly and avocado sauces, horseradish, popcorn, olive oil and high-protein vegan meal replacements and breads. Other merchants sell cooking utensils, aprons, homemade goat soap and lotions. plazafountainside.com