What's Fresh at the Uptown Farmers Market in Phoenix

Zaida Dedolph
The Uptown Market has the perfect balance of Farmers Market vendors.

Uptown Farmers Market, the newest addition to the Phoenix's Farmers Market scene, just might be our new favorite spot for local produce. The Uptown market strikes a perfect balance of fruits, veggies, and local food products, with way less of the fluffy stuff (read as: arts and crafts, random inedible things).

Here are just a few of the highlights.

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19 Farmers Markets in Metro Phoenix: A Guide to Fall Hours

Evie Carpenter
Farmers markets all over town are switching to fall hours.
Though there are a handful of farmers markets that brave the summer heat to stay open year round, the past few months still meant more work and inconvenience for diners to get their hands on fresh local produce. The good news is that fall is here -- even if it's not quite in the air just yet -- and with the changing of the season comes the return of many Valley farmers markets.

Whether you're a farmers market pro just looking to double-check your go-to market's hours or a farmers market newbie looking for nearby options our list of 19 local farmers markets should fit the bill. Unless otherwise noted, these markets are open for the season as of this weekend.

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9 Farmers Markets Staying Open for the Summer in Metro Phoenix

Evie Carpenter
Saturday Morning at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmer's Market
Just because summer is near doesn't mean you have to give up on local produce and grass fed beef. It also doesn't mean you have to go to Whole Foods to get them. There are several farmers markets around town that will stay open during the hot months and we've gone ahead and gathered up a list of their locations and hours.

Here are nine farmers markets that will stay open this summer.

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Shop Local This Holiday Season at the Phoestivus Evening Market Dec. 5 and 12

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Ryan Wolf
Last year's airing of grievances
It's Phoestivus for the rest of us at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market from 4 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, December 5 and 12. And by "the rest of us," we mean anyone who would rather support local businesses this holiday season than shop at the big box stores.

See also:
- Local Eateries Join Local Boutiques at Biltmore Fashion Park's New Hyper-Local Union Shopping Area
- Inaugural Phoenix Brewers Invitational Festival Coming December 7 and 8

The Third Annual Phoestivus Open-Air Market will feature 50+ vendors offering fantastic handcrafted gifts, fresh foods and flowers so you can be the hostess (or host) with the mostest, and a beer garden pouring The Phoenix Ale Brewery's exclusive Phoestivus Ale. And, it wouldn't be Phoestivus without the world's largest Phoestivus Pole, feats of strength, airing of grievances, holiday carolers, and . . . maybe a yeti?

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Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market is Back

Shelby Moore
Maya's Farm produce at the Old Town Farmer's Market
There are quite a few reasons we spend our weekends in Scottsdale, not the least of which would have to be the weekly Saturday morning farmers market in Old Town.

See also:
- Here's Your Fall Schedule for a Bunch of Farmers Markets in Greater Phoenix
- Old Town Scottsdale's Saturday Market

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New Farmers Market Opens in North Phoenix

Vaseo Apartments
Summertime might not be the most ideal season to introduce a new farmers market to the Valley, but the folks at Vaseo Apartments in Moon Valley think otherwise.

From 7:30 to 11 a.m. every Saturday, the new Vaseo Moon Valley Farmers Market will be ready to do business at 16220 North 7th Street (7th Street and East Greenway Parkway at the Vaseo Community Event Site at the Vaseo Apartments).

Here's what market goers can expect to find:

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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.

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Baked Stuffed Artichokes

Jennifer Woods

Lately, in the In Season series, we've taken looks at what I take home from Crooked Sky Farms each week and see what I've done with my CSA share, or part share. This week, I'm using artichokes, lemons, garlic, and onions.

I first had baked stuffed artichokes at Maggiano's in Denver for my corporate job team dinner about 10 years ago. I didn't have an Italian grandmother who used to make this when I was a kid. I ate it at a big chain restaurant, and it was completely satisfying and eye-opening. I had no idea that garlicky bread crumbs could messily be stuffed in between the leaves and could taste as good than my boiled seasoned artichokes seved hot with with cold blue-label mayo dipping sauce. I just love artichokes. We used to share one or two as a family but I think one per person is a better serving size.

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Israeli Couscous with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Preserved Lemon

Jennifer Woods
I loved biting into the sweet tart bits of chopped preserved lemon and all the little round balls of couscous. This dish has so many great flavors and textures going on.

Lately, in this In Season/Meatless Monday series, we've taken a look at what I take home from Crooked Sky Farms each week and see what I've done with my CSA share, or part share. This week, I'm using roasted sweet potatoes, but you could use anything like butternut squash, carrots, or beets.

I love that I keep hearing about our desert's similarities to the deserts near the Mediterranean Sea. We are growing similar foods like citrus and dates, and while these foods don't feel particularly southwest, they fit right at home in recipes of places like Morocco.

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The Peoria Farmers Market: Football-Size Squash, Spicy Farm-Fresh Salsa, and Much Spicier Ghost Chile Hot Sauce

Shelby Moore
Pink grapefruit at Tim's Fruits and Vegetables stand.

Shelby Moore
Try a sample of the spicy salsa made by Anderson Farms from their own farmed produce.
The Market: Since the only farmers markets west of Peoria may very well be in California, we were happy to see the Peoria Farmers Market spring up in January -- one shouldn't have to travel too far to have access to organic fruits and vegetables.

The Parking: Located at the recently expanded Osuna Park, the perimeter is lined with free parking spaces.

The Vendors: There's enough diversity in this market to replace part of the weekly grocery store run -- though not enough to be picky.
We've seen Circle Key Farms before, and in Peoria they covers all the bases for meat - pork that's ground and in a sausage casing or classic chops, grass-fed beef steaks and roasts, eggs for $5 per dozen and even select goat meat cuts.
As for vegetables, look no further than Crooked Sky Farms, whom we love for their plumply organic veggies - last saturday the squashes were larger than footballs; the beets the size of baseballs. Anderson Farms operates on a smaller scale, so come early, because they offer a great selection.

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