Food in Arizona is like no other place. The warm weather means that produce is fresh almost year round, and Farmers’ Markets are in nearly every community. Locally grown and recently harvested, these foods put your recipes on a whole different playing field. For outdoor lovers looking for things to do in Arizona, Farmers’ Markets are also a great place to shop, socialize, and support your community’s economy. Here are our top picks for Farmers’ Markets you shouldn’t miss.
1. Arizona Grown / North Scottsdale Farmers’ Market, 8740 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ, 85260.
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This is a rather unique market, as the focus isn’t just about providing you with the freshest produce while keeping your funds in the community. You can also consider this one of the fun things to do in Arizona. Entertainment and education are also part of the event, with mini-lectures on water conservation, creative gardening as a lifestyle, delicious recipes, and even cheerleading exhibitions. You never know what fun you’ll find at this market, plus you can handle your grocery shopping and any gifts needed to complete your task list. Jewelry, fragrance, baked goods, children’s accessories, and candles are just some of the items you can browse with your whole family and even your leashed dog.
2. The Market on High Street, 5415 High St, Phoenix, AZ 85054.
Every Third Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from October to April
Hurry over for the last month of this spectacular market, featuring live performances, pet adoptions, contests and drawings for amazing prizes, sampling and specials from the local businesses. You will find the best in produce and baked treats plus a fabulous array of clothing, accessories, specialty items, and gourmet delights. For those who wish to further help organizations and foundations in your local area, many will be on hand to enhance your awareness of important issues and gain your support. If you can’t find some great things to do in Arizona by visiting this market you are not looking very hard!
3. Scottsdale Old Town Farmers’ Market, E 1st St & N Brown Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Not only will you find delicious produce at this great market, but great sources of meat and dairy, plus some truly amazing artisans. Naturally raised beef, pork, and fish, free-range eggs, friendship breads, jams and jellies, local cheeses, and practically picked of the vine and jarred salsas are waiting to tempt your taste buds and provide you with a healthy, preservative free food experience. Vegans and vegetarians will be delighted to find friendly desserts and animal-free products aplenty. You’ll find beautiful pottery, jewelry, plants, accessories, and more at this wonderful meet.
4. Carefree Farmers’ Market, Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy Street, Carefree, AZ 85377
Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For lovers of gourmet, Southwest, Italian, and Mediterranean food, the Carefree Farmers’ Market is your place to be! Delicious olives, fresh salsas, whole grain breads, sustainably raised fish and range-fed beef are just a sampling of the tempting treasures that await you. This market is also rich in organic and pesticide free fruits and vegetables, so your family can be healthy and happy.
The valley is full of the most wonderful things to do in Arizona, and this is one of the best times of year. These Farmers’ Markets deliver on their promise of delicious, natural foods that will give your family the gift of health and well being.