The local farm-to-table movement has found its way into the Valley, and more than ever, people are discovering delicious ingredients for their favorite meals that are produced right here in the valley. These ingredients arrive every week and your local farmer’s market, and regardless of where you live in the Valley, you can find one close to you!
The Arizona Community Farmer’s Market is dedicated to supporting local growers and direct producers in Arizona, the people who “get their hands in the dirt.” They also support sustainable farming, including organic compost and natural fertilizers. All of the participants in the community produce markets are required to be direct producers, family members or agents of the producers. They are typically small local growers or farmers. They could either grow in a large backyard or a few hundred acres. There are also arts and crafts available at several of the locations.
All of their markets bring seasonal produce to your neighborhood that is fresh from the farm, as well as natural pork, beef and fish. They hold farmer’s market events in Anthem, Ahwatukee, Carefree, Cave Creek, Roadrunner Park in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Mesa, and Goodyear.
Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your visit:
- Show up early for your pick of the best produce available.
- Although most markets accept credit/debit cards, bring change and small bills. It helps with purchasing directly from a vendor booth.
- Talk to the growers. Ask them what’s in season and what their favorite recipes are.
- Bring your own bags. Canvas bags are available for purchase in some places and some growers also recycle shopping bags from the grocery store.
- Especially as the weather gets warmer, it’s helpful to bring a cooler along to keep your produce fresh on the way home.
- It’s also important to wear cool clothes, a hat and sunscreen and to be sure you’re staying hydrated during the summer months.
- One of the greatest aspects of the markets are the sense of community that they foster. This is a perfect way to relax and chat with your neighbors and the farmers!
For more information and to find a market near you, go to arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com