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Tips for Shopping at the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market

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It’s 7:30am on almost every Saturday morning, you know where I am! I’m at the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market, let me show you around!

Hi, I’m DeDe Forwood, Phoenix area Realtor with Homesmart helping you with not only where you live, but how you live! We have such a vibrant lifestyle living in Central and downtown Phoenix and I strive to spotlight it!
Welcome to the Downtown Phoenix Farmer’s market who offers Organically grown fun every week.
Deeply Rooted in Our Farms and Our City, Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market is committed to seasonally grown, local foods, and products. They take immense pride in their weekly, urban event where residents and visitors can shop community farmers and small businesses year-round. Open, rain or shine! Summer hours, 7:30 am – 11:30 am. Winter hours are 8am-2pm.

The market is located at 720 N 5th Street Phoenix, AZ 85004 at 5th Avenue and McKinley.

You may ask yourself how do I get there? Well Bike Parking is always celebrated, and located at the southern entrance on Pierce St, and NE corner of 5th St and McKinley.

But DeDe I Drove! Okay car Parking – Free and metered street parking, but some only take quarters. They have 1-hour validation for parking at the Fillmore Parking Garage located at 555 E. Fillmore; just stop by our info booth before you leave. Paid parking directly north of the market ($4/hr). Please note that 4th Street is one way northbound. There are no gravel lots to park in at this location.

What about the Light Rail? – The market is a Half-mile walking distance from Roosevelt and Central Ave station.
City Bus –Fillmore St & 5th St, this stop serves route 7 both north and southbound. Stop ID 5636, NextRide #10605.
Their website (downtownphoenixfarmersmarket.org) offers a map weekly of vendor locations and the week’s special guest vendor.
Here’s some tips and tricks for coming to the Downtown Phoenix Farmer’s Market:

  • Exact change is encouraged when paying with cash. However, bank debit/credit cards are accepted and can be used with all vendors.
  • Shop early for the best selection.
  • The produce is seasonal so buy it when you see it. Ask the farmer how much longer it will be available.
  • Ask questions about the produce/meat/products – know your food roots.
  • Get to know the vendors – they’ll teach you how to use produce that is unfamiliar and offer recipe suggestions.
  • Ask about pre-orders as many vendors allow you to pre-order things like eggs, meat, or artisan items.
  • Bring a cooler with ice or a cold pack during the hot months. All meats are sold frozen.
  • Bring your own grocery and produce bags, cart, or basket. Let’s reduce the number of new bags we consume.
  • Bring reusable containers, jars, cups, and straws if you plan to buy prepared food.
  • Bring your own water! During the warmer months, they do have a hydration station that provides cool, filtered water. You must have your own bottle though.
  • Shop and dine on-site! Find the shaded dining area in the NE corner of the market.

Enjoy shopping local and seasonal, and be inspired by market-fresh recipes on the Downtownphoenixfarmersmarket.org website. Community Food Connections (CFC) is the 501c3 non-profit organization which runs the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market. As a vital resource to our local food system, CFC is dedicated to making quality, nutritious food more accessible through the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market and community projects.

They no longer have an online store for ordering food. However, they do have an online store through the Shop Local First platform. They currently sell market bucks online, which act as a form of gift cards for the market (they make great gifts). Any vendor at the market can accept them!
What about onsite dining? The market has a healthy and diverse selection of vendors who prepare food on-site. Bring your appetite and chill with family/friends in the shaded dining area in the northeast corner of the market!
Recycling and composting options are available.
Can I bring my 4-legged best friend? Pets are allowed. Though, they should be kept on a short leash and by your side. Always come prepared with doggy bags in case they can’t hold it! Please avoid bringing them in the summer to reduce exposure to hot asphalt and excessive heat. DTPHX farmers market recommends covering their paws if you bring them in the later hours. They have a water bowl (cool water) that is refilled every hour near the information booth.

What is in season?
Summer: Amaranth, Apples, Beets, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Figs, Garlic, Green beans, Herbs, Leeks, Limes, Melons, Nectarines, Okra, Onions, Peaches, Plums, Potatoes, Squash (summer + winter), Sweet Onions, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Yams, Zucchini, Zucchini Blossoms

Fall: Apples, Arugula, Basil, Black-eyed peas, Chiles, Corn, Cucumbers, Figs, Green beans, Herbs, Okra, Pears, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Shelling Beans, Squash (summer), Squash (winter), Sweet Peppers, Tomatoes, Zucchini, Zucchini Blossoms

Winter: Arugula, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Broccoli raab, Brussel sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Celeriac/celery root, Clementines, Grapefruit, Green onion/scallions, Greens, Herbs, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lemons, Lettuce, Oranges, Parsnips, Radishes, Rutabagas, Spinach, Sweet potatoes, Tangerines, Turnips

Spring: Artichoke, Arugula, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Broccoli raab, Brussel sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Celeriac/celery root, Clementines, Garlic, Grapefruit, Green onion/scallions, Greens, Herbs, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lemons, Lettuce, Mulberries, Oranges, Parsnips, Radishes, Rutabagas, Spinach, Strawberries, Sweet potatoes, Tangerines, Turnips.

Thank you for watching my video/reading my blog and I hope to see you at the DTPHX farmers market every Saturday!

Downtown Phoenix offers a vibrant lifestyle of restaurants, shops and the arts and this is just one piece of it. If you want to live here, go to DeDeForwood.com/DTPHX and I’ll show you what’s available. It’s not all condo and high-rise living, there’s so much more!

I love Phoenix and the vibrant lifestyle it provides, so if you have a video suggestion, comment here or dm me on social media. As a REALTOR, I concentrate on both where you live and how you live!
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This is DeDe Forwood Phoenix REALTOR reminding you to spay and neuter your pets, water your fruit trees, volunteer if you can, see live music or attend a festival or event, live long and prosper and may the force be with you!

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