All seasons, but especially in summer, you will find an abundance of farmers’ markets in Tucson.
Some operate in the morning and some in the evening to take advantage of the coolest parts of the day, although, on many days you’d be hard pressed to find the coolest part. Take a spray bottle of water, wear a hat and lots of sun screen and go out and find fabulous locally grown fruits and vegetables,
desert honey, baked goods and chile ristras (a ristra is an arrangement of drying chili pepper pods used for cooking or as a decorative item).You can find a market any day of the week but here are some of the better known ones.
Tucson Farmers’ Market at Maynards, 400 N. Toole Ave.- Located behind the restaurant, Maynard’s Market & Kitchen at the Old Train Station across the street from the Congress Hotel. Among the veggies & fruits you’ll also find locally made tortillas, tamales, baked goods, cheese, coffee, tea, salsa and many other goodies.Open Saturdays, April through October, 8 a.m. to Noon.
Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market at Mercado San Agustin – 100 S. Avenida del Convento. This the last stop on the trolley line and boasts a bakery (try their doughnuts), several shops, a commercial kitchen, some yummy Mexican food and a lovely restaurant, Agustin Kitchen. You’ll find a big selection here too, along with honey, nuts, plants & flowers. Open evening hours, 4-7 p.m. Thurdays. Phone 622-0525, ext 7262.
El Pueblo Farmers Market – El Rio Health center parking lot, 101 W Irvington Rd.Their offerings include eggs, herbs, vegetables and honey. Open Mondays, 3-5 p.m., phone 520-882-3313 for information.
Friday Farmers’ Market at Broadway Village – 2836 E.Broadway. featuring all of the above plus seafood (we don’t know where this might come from but it’s different). Open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
St. Philip’s Plaza Farmers’ Market 4280 N. Campbell Ave. Voted Best of Tucson, 2014 (Tucson Weekly) and for good reason. It’s one of the biggestmarkets in Southwestern Arizona and supports a
diverse group of local farmers. It’s surrounded by an early Tucson shopping area featuring many fabulous shops in a beautiful setting. This one is about eight minutes north on Campbell from Sam Hughes Inn bed & breakfast. Open Saturdays & Sundays, 8 a.m. – Noon.