Phoenix Area Farmers Markets: Find Fresh and Local Foods

Arizona Farmers Markets

 Arizona Community Farmers Markets

There was a time when the purpose of a farmers market might have been to sell produce directly to people in an economically challenged area in an effort to be socially responsible and stem hunger. Today farmers' markets are thriving in all areas and are a great way for smaller farmers to be able to get their produce and products to consumers.

Typically one can find vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, bread, jams, cheeses, juices, local specialty foods and crafts. Hey, you can get those things at the grocery store! So why do people go to a farmers market? Here are just some of the reasons:

  • to obtain fresh produce, directly from the farm
  • to obtain organic and pesticide-free produce
  • to support local farmers
  • to support the local economy

Sometimes the prices at a farmers' market are cheaper than at typical stores, but not always. Although the participants are exempt from Arizona sales tax and eliminate some middlemen by selling direct to consumers at the market, their expenses in producing high quality produce in a small farm environment are high. In any case, the farmers' market experience, for many consumers, isn't just about buying fruits and vegetables. It is also about being able to chat with the growers in a friendly and pleasant environment.

In the ​Phoenix area, it seems that one or two more farmers' markets open every year, making them more accessible to more people. Some are open year-round, and some are seasonal.

Farmers used to think of the markets as an adjunct to their business -- a weekend activity to supplement the farm income. Not anymore. Farmers' markets are no longer a place for large corporate growers to dump excess produce. It is much more about smaller farmers having found a way to compete in an increasingly difficult and very competitive business. Small-scale producers are using these markets as a way to develop their products and marketing skills in order to eliminate the costs of being a wholesale producer. Retailing directly to consumers has given some small farmers a new outlook while bringing communities closer. In this way, small farmers can also play a significant role in the economic revitalization of the areas that they serve.

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Sunday Farmers Markets in Greater Phoenix

Here is a listing of farmers markets in the greater Phoenix area that are open on Sundays. The growers are mostly organic and pesticide free, are local and the produce is vine-ripe and highly nutritious. In addition to produce, the farmers markets often feature value-added locally made food items such as jams & jellies, salsas, dips, baked goods of all kinds, herbs, and handicrafts. Sometimes there are chef demonstrations and entertainment.

Be aware that farmers markets are not like retailers where you might typically shop. Some vendors may only accept cash. You might want to bring your own bags. You might have to be flexible -- farmers markets come and go or just change schedules based on weather, holidays or levels of business.

Anthem: Anthem Farmers Market
41703 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy.
8 a.m. to noon (May through July); 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (November through April)
Season: closed Aug., Sept., Oct.
602-919-9094

Litchfield Park: Wigwam Farmers Market
300 East Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park
9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Season: November through mid-April
623-694-6172

Peoria: Second Sundays Farmer's Market at Westbrook Village
The Lakes Recreation Center, 19251 N. Westbrook Parkway
9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2nd Sunday of the month
Season: October through April
623-297-1002

Phoenix: Ahwatukee Farmers Market
4700 E. Warner Rd., Phoenix
8 a.m. to 11 a.m. (May-Sept); 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Oct - April)
Season: ongoing
602-919-9094

Phoenix: Creative Living Fellowship
6530 N. 7th St., Phoenix
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 2nd Sunday of the month
Season: October through April except holidays
602-703-7154

Phoenix: Desert Ridge Farmers Market at Cashman Park
22066 North 44th Street, Phoenix (Tatum, north of Loop 101)
10 a.m. to 1 p.m, 2nd Sunday of the month
Season: October through April except for holidays

Scottsdale: Uncommon Markets
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Season: January - March
480-448-9959

Tempe: Tempe Farmers Market
805 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe
8 a.m. to 11 p.m., later on Fridays and Saturdays
Season: Ongoing (indoors)
480-557-9970

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Monday Farmers' Markets in Greater Phoenix

The Tempe Farmers Market is open daily, so if you are looking for a farmers market on a Monday, you can head there!

Tempe: Tempe Farmers Market
805 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe
8 a.m. to 11 p.m., later on Fridays and Saturdays
Season: Ongoing (indoors)
480-557-9970

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Tuesday Farmers Markets in Greater Phoenix

You can find several options on a Tuesday:

Glendale: Arrowhead Hospital
18701 N 67th Avenue, Glendale
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 4th Tuesday of the month
Season: ongoing

Tempe: Tempe Farmers Market
805 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe
8 a.m. to 11 p.m., later on Fridays and Saturdays
Season: Ongoing (indoors)
480-557-9970

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Wednesday Farmers Markets in Greater Phoenix

Phoenix Public Market
Photo credit: Linda Felde, provided courtesy of Phoenix Public Market

Gilbert: Rays Market
3685 E Autumn Dr. at Ranch House Pkwy
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Season: Ongoing
602-214-1653
Website

Sun City West: Corte Bella Farmers Market
22135 N. Mission Drive – Sun City West
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2nd Wednesday of the month
Season: early October through April

Tempe: Tempe Farmers Market
805 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe
8 a.m. to 11 p.m., later on Fridays and Saturdays
Season: Ongoing (indoors)
480-557-9970

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Thursday Farmers' Markets in Greater Phoenix

Chandler: Downtown Chandler Farmers Market
Boston and Arizona Avenue at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, Chandler
3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Season: October to mid-May
480-855-3539

Fountain Hills: Fountain Hills Farmers Market & Art on the Avenue
Avenue of the Fountains between Sahauro Boulevard and La Montana Drive
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Season: end-October through end-April (except Thursdays before Fountain Hills Arts & Crafts Festival and The Great Fair)
602-888-MRKT

Mesa: Super Farm Market
3440 S. Hawes Rd, Mesa
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Season: ongoing
602-432-6865

Sun City: Sun City Farmers Market
16820 N 99th Ave.
Season: October through May
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
623-848-1234

Tempe: Tempe Farmers Market
805 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe
8 a.m. to 11 p.m., later on Fridays and Saturdays
Season: Ongoing (indoors)
480-557-9970

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Friday Farmers' Markets in Greater Phoenix

Mesa Community Farmers Market
Arizona Community Farmers Markets

Carefree: Carefree Farmers Market
Carefree Sundial Gardens in Downtown Carefree
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Season: October through May
623-848-1234

Mesa: Mesa Community Farmers Market
263 N. Center Street, Mesa
9 a.m. to noon (May - Sept.); 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Oct. - April)
Season: Ongoing
602-290-5067  

Tempe: Tempe Farmers Market
805 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe
8 a.m. to 11 p.m., later on Fridays and Saturdays
Season: Ongoing (indoors)
480-557-9970

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Saturday Farmers' Markets in Greater Phoenix

Gilbert: Gilbert Farmers Market
222 N. Ash Street in downtown Gilbert
8 a.m. to noon October through April; 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. May through September
Season: Ongoing

Goodyear: Estrella Lakeside Market
10300 S Estrella Parkway, Goodyear
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 3rd Saturday of the month
Season: mid-October through April

Goodyear: Goodyear Community Farmers Market
Goodyear Community Park, 3151 N. Litchfield Rd.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Season: mid-October through May
602-753-7374

Maricopa: 2nd Saturday Maricopa market
Sequoia Pathway Academy 19265 N Porter Rd Maricopa, AZ
8 a.m. to noon
Season: October through May
520-316-6960

Peoria: Trilogy at Vistancia Country Club Farmers Market
27980 N. Trilogy Blvd, Peoria
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4th Saturday of the month
Season: October through May

Phoenix: Roadrunner Park Farmers Market
3502 E. Cactus Rd.
Season: Ongoing
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. October – May; 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. June - September
602-290-5067

Phoenix: Downtown Phoenix Public Market
721 N. Central / 14 E. Pierce St., Phoenix
Season: Ongoing
8 a.m. to noon May through September; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. October through April
602-625-6736

Phoenix: Vincent's Camelback Market
3930 E. Camelback, Phoenix
Season: late October through early May, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
602-224-0225

Phoenix: Uptown Farmers Market
5757 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, (Central & Bethany Home Rd.)
Season: Ongoing. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. - April, 8 a.m. to noon May-Sept.
602-859-5648

Scottsdale: Scottsdale Old Town Farmers Market
Brown and 1st Street, Scottsdale
7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Season: mid-October through May
602-753-7374

Scottsdale: Singh Farms
8900 E. Thomas Road, Scottsdale
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
480-225-7199

Scottsdale: DC Ranch Homestead Community Center 
18600 N. 98th St., Scottsdale
9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2nd Saturday of the month
Season: November through April

Scottsdale: Uncommon Markets 
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Season: January - March
480-448-9959

Sun City Grand: Sun City Grand Farmers Market
19726 North Remington Drive, Surprise
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 1st Saturday of the month
Season: October through April

Tempe: Tempe Farmers Market
805 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe
8 a.m. to 11 p.m., later on Fridays and Saturdays
Season: Ongoing (indoors)
480-557-9970

Tempe: Rays Market at McClintock Fountains
1840 E. Warner, Tempe
8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Season: Ongoing
602-214-1653

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Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

ASU Farmers market
ASU Farmers' Market at the Tempe campus © Global Institute of Sustainability/ASU

Some Arizona farmers' markets participate in a program that allows certain people to receive vouchers to purchase fruits and vegetables at approved farmers markets. In 2003 the Arizona Legislature approved the Arizona Farmers' Market Nutrition Program, also known by the acronym "AZ FMNP." The objective of Arizona Farmers' Market Nutrition Program is to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables eaten by women and children participating in the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and senior clients in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. WIC participants from both the Arizona WIC Program and the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. WIC program participants receive booklets of checks. These checks will enable those people to go to an approved farmers' market in Arizona and buy $30 of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables.

This is clearly a win-win situation in our communities. It helps people who need the nutritional support, it helps local growers when people shop with them at farmers markets, it helps keep the money in the communities where the people live and work, and it helps the farmers markets themselves. Maybe I should call that a win-win-win-win situation!

To get more information about this program, and to find out how a farmers market can be approved for the program, visit the Arizona Department of Health Services.

All program details and offerings are subject to change without notice.

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