In our book, luxury is synonymous with quality, which is why we can’t resist shopping for high-quality eats at our local farmers’ markets. Plus, they’re a chance to enjoy the great outdoors and some entertainment, too. The Valley is teeming with farmers’ markets, but these six picks stand out from the bunch. From a “veggie valet” service to yoga classes, here’s what to love about our local markets.
Hosted in the parking lot of Phoenix Public Market, the Downtown Open Air Market is one of the only nonprofit markets in the Valley. It’s also open year-round and hosts more than 80 vendors per week, focusing on local farmers and small businesses.
Why we love it: Special events like yoga classes and monthly knife sharpening make this market an interactive gem.
Pop by for produce and stay for breakfast at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market. Now in its ninth year, this dog-friendly market features live music and roughly 100 vendors with plenty of freshly-baked breads, Arizona wines, jams, cheese, sweets and more.
Why we love it: Once a month, the Scottsdale Library sets up a booth to encourage patrons to take home and share books. They also have morning cooking classes to inspire your fresh finds.
Wednesday and Saturday mornings, local vendors gather in the parking lot of the North Phoenix Baptist Church for the Uptown Farmer’s Market. You can stock up on everything from fresh fruits and vegetables, to handcrafted soaps and pottery. There’s entertainment for the kiddos, too, with bounce houses and children’s activities.
Why we love it: “Veggie Valet” is where it’s at! After purchasing your greens, just take them to this booth where C-CAP students (Careers through Culinary Arts) will chop while you shop. Students will cut carrot sticks for kids, rough-chop kale for smoothies, julienne peppers, and chop and mix entire salads. The service is free, but donations are welcome.
Art meets produce at the Farm N’ Art Market in North Scottsdale. Shoppers can purchase an array of fresh foods including honey, fresh pastries, bread, and stuffed olives while shopping for handmade artisan goods and crafts.
Why we love it: One of the vendors, Wicked Fish, has quite the array of protein for purchase! Some of the high-quality meats and seafood include venison, wagyu, water buffalo, bison, wild boar, alligator tail meat, squid, and more.
The focal point of The Camelback Farmers’ Market? All things European. Visitors can sip Champagne and enjoy fresh-off-the-griddle crepes and buttery, flaky croissants while they search for fresh and local produce. Additional highlights here include imported cheeses and French goods like honey, olive, and soaps.
Why we love it: If you’re a fan of Vincent’s on Camelback, you’ll love being able to grab some fresh pasta or their signature dressings while there.
Momma’s Organic Market features 60 to 100 vendors who are selling fresh produce, meat, fish, and local products. Families will especially love this place. The market features a weekly bounce house, henna and glitter tattoos, barrel train rides, and a face painter.
Why we love it: The specialty services offered here are wide-ranging. Take a personal defense class from Damsels in Defense or get your dog groomed at Poshy Paws, among other offerings, at this Peoria market.