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Farm fresh produce livens up fall dishes

Fall and winter are the ripening season for some of Arizona’s wonderful locally grown crops, like squash, peppers, carrots and sweet corn.

Want to know where to find them fresh out of the garden? Check out some of the Farmers Markets located in convenient proximity to the North Central community, listed below.

Among the list you’ll notice a brand-new market, which opened Nov. 1 in the North Central community. The Uptown Farmers Market will take place 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at North Phoenix Baptist Church, located at the southeast corner of Central Avenue and Bethany Home Road.

This is a food-based farmers market and gathering place dedicated to inspiring and educating home cooks through Arizona local produce, handmade foods and handcrafted goods.

Look for popular food vendors, including: Taste of Paradise, McClendon’s Select, John’s Amish Country, Chile Acres Farm, Horny Toad Farms, Arizona Microgreens, Noble Bread, Superstition Farm Dairy, Udder Delights, Mediterra Bakehouse, Great Harvest Bread Co, Cake Pops by Sal, Holistic Earth Remedies, Jan’s Baked Goods, Absolutely Delightful Honey, Chef Sergio’s Catering Kitchen, Sierra Bonita Catering, Classico Italiano, DeCio Pasta, Don’s Cutting Edge and more.

Learn more about this new market at www.uptownmarketaz.com. Send questions to bo@uptownmarketaz.com or jen@uptownmarketaz.com.

FALL FARMERS MARKETS

Arcadia Farmers Market
SUSD Parking Lot
3811 N. 44th St.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays
A mix of local ranchers and farmers, along with packed foods, baked goods, bath & beauty products, prepared foods, and specialty items like dog treats and footwear. For a complete list of vendors, visit www.arcadiafarmersmarkets.com.

Central Farmers’ Market
Crossroads United Methodist Church
7901 N. Central Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Info: www.centralfarmersmarket.com
Local residents will enjoy buying fresh Arizona produce, natural meats, artisan cheeses, homemade breads, gluten-free items, and much more. Ample parking available and public rest rooms. Food trucks also are present, and there is usually live music inside the hall. Stop by for a cup of coffee after a walk on the Murphy Bridle Path. Debit cards accepted. Sign up on the website to receive weekly e-mails about new vendors, new events, etc.

Downtown Phoenix Public Market
721 N. Central Ave.
(SE corner of Central Ave. and McKinley St.)
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesdays, 5-8 p.m.
http://www.phoenixpublicmarket.com
A program of Community Food Connections. Everything offered for sale is grown or made by the person selling it. A limited amount of produce will be brought by the farmer from other Arizona farms—feel free to talk to them about where their produce comes from and their growing practices. You’ll also find free-range eggs, baked goods, jams, honey, crafts, flowers, and more, all while enjoying live music and food from a variety of local food trucks. Visa and MasterCard accepted.

Phoenix Camelback Market
Vincent’s On Camelback
3930 E. Camelback Road
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
www.vincentsoncamelback.com
Designed to have a truly European flare. Explore stalls filled with the freshest local produce available, plus imported exotic fruits and vegetables. You’ll also find warm, crusty breads, croissants, homemade jams, exotic mustards, imported cheeses, fresh pasta and pestos, and more. Patrons can enjoy omelets and crêpes made to order as well as Vincent’s grilled panini sandwiches and thin-crust pizzas from a wood-fired pizza oven. It’s also a terrific place to find gifts imported directly from the south of France, like honey, olive oil, and French soaps.

Roadrunner Park Farmers Market
3502 E. Cactus Road
(just east of Hwy 51)
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., October-May
Info: www.arizonafarmersmarkets.com
Local farm produce including fresh vegetables & fruit, baked goods, honey, jams and jellies, and natural pork, beef and fish. Roadrunner Park includes a large children’s playground with play equipment, a fishing pond, ducks and geese on premises, soccer fields, and more. Canine “Good Citizens” are welcome. Free admission, free parking. One credit card charge can pay for all your purchases from the vendors; find out more at the information booth.

Town & Country Market
Town & Country Shopping Center
2021 E. Camelback Road
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., year-round
Info: www.townandcountryshops.com/farmers-market/
602-710-2122
Held under the eaves in the center’s walkways, north of Trader Joe’s, the market features locally grown produce from McClendon’s Select Produce and Pinnacle Farms, as well as fine and organic produce from growers across the state. Artisan breads, cheeses, oils and chocolates also can be found, along with prepared meals to enjoy at home. If looking for gifts, browse the many artists creating one-of-a-kind jewelry, crafts and art. CLOSED Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.

Uptown Farmers’ Market
North Phoenix Baptist Church
5757 N. Central Ave.
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct.-April, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. May-Sept.
www.uptownmarketaz.com
This is a food-based farmers market and gathering place dedicated to inspiring and educating home cooks through Arizona local produce, handmade foods and handcrafted goods. This market will showcase local farmers and artisans in Arizona. There is ample space to park and grass for children to play. There will be an abundance and variety of fresh foods, as well as plenty of room for educational, family-friendly events. CLOSED for parade staging, Dec. 6 and Dec. 27.

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