One of the best things about Arizona is a climate that makes it possible to have year-round farmers markets. Even in winter, you can find fresh food at one of these nearby locations.
Downtown Chandler Farmers Market
This hub of the Chandler food scene is open every Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM. Regular vendors include Kelly Farms, Oasis Garden Farms, and Black Orchard Farms. You’ll also find local businesses like DNA Chocolate, Dr. Hummus, Pasta Pasta, Mama Mitchell’s Pound Cake, and Mediterra Bakery. Whether you’re looking for a fun treat on a winter afternoon or need to pick up the week’s groceries, this is the perfect one-stop market.
Ahwatukee Farmers Market
Kale, kohlrabi, cucumbers, apples, onions, sweet potatoes, mushrooms… This market, located in nearby Phoenix, has everything you need, all from local farms. It’s a casual, open-air market featuring the widest varieties of vegetables in the region. They even sponsor a regular yoga in the park event that coincides with their market. You can get your flow on and then grab your weekly groceries as soon as you roll up your mat!
Gilbert Farmers Market
Just 10 miles away, you’ll find this booming market, which averages about 60 vendors – far more in spring and fall. It runs from 8 AM to 12 PM every Saturday, featuring locally grown produce, food trucks, and games. Just look for the water tower in downtown Gilbert and you’ll find this little gem.
Tempe Farmers Market
A short 20-minute drive will get you to this beautiful farmers market. It’s well known in the area as the most sophisticated hub for local food producers. They offer gourmet coffees, breads, salsas, jams, hummus, and baked goods as well as local meats and cheeses. Have lunch while you’re there and treat yourself to a vegan donut or organic smoothie. You’ll definitely want to come back for more – and they make that easy, opening daily at 8 AM.
Before you head to the farmers market, check out Martha Stewart’s tips on how to choose good produce. For more tips on living a full life in Chandler, visit the Vive blog.