Northern AZ Summer Markets: Feeding our Local Economy

Do you want to eat a tomato that actually tastes like a tomato? The summer market season is well underway in Northern Arizona and there are plenty of options for finding that perfectly ripe, red, juicy, tomato right off the vine (or maybe still on it). 

Who knew supporting the economy would taste so good? Farmers markets are a fun and easy way to appease your taste buds, meet your community, and sustain Northern Arizona's leading industry: agriculture. Supporting local farmers, ranchers, and food entrepreneurs is crucial in fostering food-based economic development and expanding access to affordable, fresh, and local food to all Arizonans.

 

A Week Full of Farmers' Markets in Northern Arizona

With an abundance of fresh produce, meat, eggs, fresh breads, dairy products and even handmade soaps and elixirs, you can find all that you need for healthy living (and a strong economy). Check out your local market or venture to nearby towns for a full tour of Northern Arizona produce.

 Sunnyside Community Farmers Market, Flagstaff, AZ

Sunnyside Community Farmers Market, Flagstaff, AZ

Wednesdays

Flagstaff - Sunnyside Farmers Market

2:30 PM - 6:30 PM, May – October
On the corner of 7th Ave & 4th Street (2532 East 7th Ave)

In partnership with the Market of Dreams, the Sunnyside Farmers Market features fresh produce, baked goods, refreshments, live entertainment, and food vendors. www.facebook.com/sunnysidecommunitymarket

 Fun, music and vendors at the  Old Town Music and the Market  in Cottonwood, Arizona

Fun, music and vendors at the Old Town Music and the Market in Cottonwood, Arizona

Thursdays

 

Chino Valley - Summer Market

3 PM - 6 PM, June – October
Olsen's Grain (344 Highway 89)

Starting June 7th, the Chino Valley Farmers Market is open every Thursday through October 27th from 3 to 6 pm in the parking lot at Olsen’s Chino store.  Chino Valley Farmers Markets support and foster local agriculture by providing a direct market for producers, providing consumers an opportunity to purchase locally produced agricultural goods, and educating the community about the importance of local agriculture. www.prescottfarmersmarket.org

 

Cottonwood - Old Town Music & The Market

5 PM - Dark, May - June, & September
Activity Park (150 S 6th Street)

Shop locally grown fruits & vegetables, homemade items and more while listening to fabulous regional musicians. This Market takes place every Thursday evening in May, June and September,  from 5pm until dark. Due to the monsoon season, the Market is not open in July and August. www.oldtownfarmersmarket.org

 

 Locally grown tomatoes at the  Sedona Community Farmers Market

Locally grown tomatoes at the Sedona Community Farmers Market

Fridays

 

Sedona - Sedona Community Farmers Market

8 AM to 11:30 AM, May - October
Tlaquepaque (336 Highway 179, Sedona AZ 86336)

Market offerings include a long list of seasonal produce, breakfast items, sauces, dips, herbs condiments, fruits, nuts, legumes, breads, meat, eggs, dairy and so much more. www.sedona-farmers-market.com

The market aims to support local sustainable agricultural activity and increase the supply of locally grown food. Local food is not only fresher, it also preserves genetic diversity, promotes energy conservation, supports local farm families, builds community and preserves open space.
— Sedona Farmer's Market, founding director, Katrin Themlitz.
 A Market shopper at the  Prescott Farmers Market

A Market shopper at the Prescott Farmers Market

Saturdays

 

Prescott - Prescott Summer Farmers Market

7:30 AM - 12 PM, May – October
Yavapai College, Parking Lot D (1100 E. Sheldon St.)

As a vital part of the economy, the Prescott Farmers Market supports and expands local agriculture, cultivates a healthy community and increases access to affordable local food. www.prescottfarmersmarket.org

 

Camp Verde - Verde Valley Farmers' Market

8 AM - 12 PM, May - October
Ramada next to Ft. Verde State Park (Hollamon St and Main St)

The Verde Valley Farmers Market (VVFM) supports local growers and provides the community and visitors with a source of locally grown products.  All fresh seasonal produce is grown within a 50 mile radius of Camp Verde. Tomatoes, corn, peppers, beans, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, lettuce , squash, herbs, honey, eggs, nuts, fruit , jelly, breads, beef, flowers, and more. Crafts and music compliment the farmers each market day. www.facebook.com/verdevalleyfarmersmarket

 

Payson - Payson Farmers Market

Saturdays from 8 AM - 12 PM, May - September
Sawmill Crossing Plaza (816 S. Beeline Hwy)

Now in their 10th season, the Payson Farmers Market has created a gathering place in Payson where people meet their friends, and have access to fresh local food in the community. The Payson Farmers Market is a Locavore style market where all food comes from within 100 miles and is sold directly from the farm or food maker to you. www.paysonfarmersmarket.com

 

 Tomatoes at the  Flagstaff Community Market

Sundays

 

Flagstaff - Flagstaff Community Market

8 AM - 12 PM, May - October
City Hall Parking Lot (211 W Aspen Ave)

Now in it's 18th year, the Flagstaff Community Market supports small and medium sized independent growers and producers and provides consumers with local alternatives to corporate and globalized food production.  www.flagstaffmarket.com


More Local Food Options

 Produce at the  Payson Farmers Market

Produce at the Payson Farmers Market

Spirit Wind Farms Store & Community Market: Spirit Wind Farms is passionate about Local Agriculture and Local Farms. Focusing on indigenous food products and life ways, this market in Sedona carries native and southwestern products, including Mesquite Flour from the Tohono O' Odham Tribe, Hopi Blue Corn, Supai Parched Corn, Cholla Buds and Nopalitos. 

Prescott Valley Pop-up Markets! Subscribe to their newsletter for dates and locations.

Verde Valley CSA: Every Monday, from May through October, our team of growers and volunteers decide what crops will be harvested and included in shareholders’ weekly baskets. On Tuesday and Wednesday, crops are harvested. On Wednesday, crops are delivered to our three pickup locations, in Cornville, Camp Verde, and Sedona. Shareholders pick up their produce on Wednesday between 4-6pm and enjoy the fruits of our local farmers’ labor. www.verdevalleycsa.com

Flagstaff CSA and Local Market: The Flagstaff CSA is part of a bigger movement across the nation. Over the past twenty years, Community Supported Agriculture has sown its seeds in the United States, growing to over 1700 CSAs nation wide. The Flagstaff CSA began in 2002 as a social enterprise on Northern Arizona University’s campus. Now located at 116 West Cottage Avenue, the market works to grow and better the northern Arizona food hub. www.flagcsa.com