Six Spots to Get Fresh Local Produce All Summer Long
Shelby Moore The plump radishes at the Golo Family Organic Farms stand at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market
You might be under the assumption that when the summer heat arrives, the farmers markets shut down. You'd only be partially right. Some crazy folks keep the veggies coming all summer long. Lucky us. Here are six spots in the Valley. Know of others? Please leave word in the comments section.
North Scottsdale Farmers Market
Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There are a lot of familiar products at the North Scottsdale Farmers Market, from the meats at Circle Key Farms to Doctor Hummus' chips and spreads, or Torched Goodness -- which will rival the summer heat by firing up some creme brulee on the spot. You'll also find Sharon Flaherty's selection of whoopie pies -- ranging from the classic Maine to salted caramel to peanut butter chocolate.
As for your produce, you can pick from the small selection of great veggies at On The Farm, or you can find nearly anything in-season from the Backyard Farmer, who has an especially nice collection of citrus.
Downtown Phoenix Public Market
8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays
4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays
Urban Grocery is sadly a thing of the past, but the Wednesday and Saturday market continue. And this market is going strong. It might be one of the largest in the Valley, and that's because not only are there several produce vendors, but an arts and crafts section and even a couple of food trucks. Maya Farms brings much of what they've got, including some of the most vibrant veggies around. There are plenty of carrots and other produce at Crooked Sky Farms, and a compact selection, including beautiful radish, at the Golo Family Organic Farms stand.
Shelby Moore The Maya's Farm stand at the Old Town Farmers Market
Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market
Saturdays thru May 26: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
Beginning June 2: 7 to 11 a.m.
There's something for everyone at this market, which has as many great produce stands as it does vendors serving freshly prepared food, such as Orange Table pancakes or Eddie's House soups. The produce selection is unrivaled, because whatever you can't find in the shade at McClendon Farms' stand, we bet you'll see at the Blue Sky Farms Stand. Between those guys and Maya Farms, this market has produce covered.