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Farm fresh produce

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.

Biltmore Union Farmers’ Market
Biltmore Fashion Park
2502 E. Camelback Road
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays
www.shopbiltmore.com
Enjoy local fresh baked breads, pesticide-free produce, all natural meats gluten-free products, pasta, sauces, jams and much more! Union Farmers’ Market will be located on the east side of property, adjacent to Stingray Sushi.

Central Farmers’ Market
Crossroads United Methodist Church
7901 N. Central Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
www.centralfarmersmarket.com
Local residents will enjoy buying fresh Arizona produce, natural meats, artisan cheeses, homemade breads, 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.

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.

Friday Market at the Esplanade
2425 E. Camelback Road
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays, starting Oct. 25
www.arizonafarmersmarkets.com
The Arizona Community Farmers Markets will present works of local culinary artisans and farmers. It is a specialty farmers market featuring seasonal organic produce, grass-fed beef and pork, natural cheeses and butters, artisan bakery goods, tamales, pickles, salsas and other foods from local artisans.

Phoenix Camelback Market
Vincent’s On Camelback
3930 E. Camelback Road
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., starting Oct. 19
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
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
www.townandcountryshops.com/farmers-market/
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.

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