The market is located at the corner of Bethany Home Road and Central Avenue in the sprawling parking lot of the North Phoenix Baptist Church in central Phoenix. The market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from October through April. From May through September, the market runs 8 a.m. to noon.
Shoppers can find Arizona-grown fruits and veggies, homemade baked goods, cookware, art prints and other handcrafted goods. Although the merchant line-up varies slightly from week to week, the market features at least 60 vendors on any given Saturday.
The Uptown Farmers Market in central Phoenix features more than 60 local vendors — Photo courtesy of Uptown Farmers Market
Along with fresh veggies and fruit, shoppers can find locally made food products like artisanal cheeses, homemade bread, gourmet coffees, olive oils, hot sauce, fudge, specialty soaps and natural beauty products, dressings, kettle corn, jerky, organic teas and more. Pet owners will even find made-from-scratch dog treats for sale.
Regular merchants include McClendon's Select, Double Check Ranch, Arizona Microgreens, Horny Toad Farm, Hayden Flour Mills, Alaskan Pride Seafoods, John's Amish Country, Noble Bread, Superstition Farms and Taste of Summer.
Organizers hope the market will become a gathering spot for locals, visiting foodies and families. To that end, the market offers live entertainment, cooking demonstrations and educational presentations to help shoppers learn how to prepare and cook various ingredients.
The family-friendly market has plenty of attractions to keep kids entertained, too. There's a free bounce house, balloon animals, face painting and relay races.
The Uptown Farmers Market isn't just a shopping destination: it's also a great place to grab breakfast and lunch from an eclectic range of independently owned eateries and food trucks.
Local food trucks on hand include SuperFood SuperTruck and Bistro on Wheels. Other food vendors include The Tamale Store, selling gourmet varieties of tamales. Chef Sergio's Catering Kitchen is on hand selling breakfast burritos and quesadillas.
More hot and cold foods and refreshments can be found at the North Phoenix Baptist Church Cafe, located inside the church.
So far, the market has proved to be a popular gathering spot for foodies. In fact, starting in February 2015, the market will be open for business every Wednesday night throughout the spring.
Vendors at the farmers market accept cash and credit cards.