The Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market: Grilled Breakfast Burritos, Public Market Fresca, and Calendula Flowers By The Bundle
|Plump, red radishes from the Golo Family Farms stand.|
Fresh meals can be found in the form of vendors, like the hot-off-the-grill, five dollar vegan or meat burritos from Mi Catering (we like the "chicken" with green tomatillo, beans and rice), who also carry bottles of their salsas, and quality, refreshingly sweet jamaica fruit drink for only two dollars. If it's not Mi, it's several of the food trucks like Short Leash Hot Dogs, Jamburritos, and Mojo Bowl - or, of course, there's the menu inside the Public Market.
|A table filled with green tomatoes at the Horny Toad Farm stand.|
The People: No one is in a hurry, and the only people waiting in lines are a block over at Matt's Big Breakfast. If you thought farmers markets were for hipsters, you'll be surprised to find that this market is one of the most family-friendly in town -- babies and tots significantly outnumber dogs.
|Grady himself, chatting with market shoppers and sampling out his collection of BBQ sauces.|
Best Taste: We liked the pickled mushrooms and asparagus from Pickled Perfection, but our favorites were Grady with his selection of tangy Grady's BBQ sauces, or Raimondo's killer zucchini lasagna which, once you decide you like it, is another great idea for a full, hot meal at the market.
|Raimondo's meatballs and sauce for you to take home and combine with pasta, if you wish.|
What We'd Like To See: Fresh meals are so easy to come by, we'll say things are at a saturation point. After all you can only lunch once on a Saturday, right? We'd like to see some more fresh pastries (there are only a couple - Two Frogs Bakery, Chocolate Spaniel), or more products you can fill your fridge and pantry with - like jams, mustards, oils, or a wider selection of pickled produce. Though, on the whole, between the farmers market and the Public Market, this weekly event meets all of our needs and more.
|A family enjoys AZ Pops.|
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