We have numerous Farmers’ Markets around Baja Arizona. Here you will find a lot more than just farm-fresh fruits & vegetables.
The list of goodies ranges widely from market to market, but I know you can find free-range, grass-fed Angus beef (Walking J Farm, San Rafael Valley Beef, tons of local spices (Arizona Rub), organic French breads & pastries (Frogs), exceptional prepared foods (Anna’s Kitchen), & the best tamales anywhere (Tucson Tamale Company).
You’ll also find a variety of local elixirs, oils, soaps, & lotions. And then there’s the delicious jams, jellies, syrups, sauces, including prickly pear and mesquite products (We B’ Jamin Farm). And let’s not forget the specialty desserts (Sweetie Pies).
Downtown Tucson. Maynard’s: Saturdays 9AM-1PM
400 E. Toole Avenue west of 4th Avenue.
This is still a young farmers’ market (May 2012) located at the Tucson Train Depot. What it lacks in the number of vendors it makes up for in location.
The depot hosts a museum that almost no one know about, the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum and ol’ # 1673, a steam locomotive right out of Southern Arizona’s Wild West days.
Near the locomotive is a life-size statue of Wyatt Earp & Doc Holliday. If you don’t already know why Wyatt & Doc are here, I won’t spoil the experience for you. The adjacent plaque explains.
Everyone knows about the Gunfight at the OK Corral. Hardly anyone knows about the Earp Vendetta Ride, which is why I wrote a short article about the aftermath of at famous gunfight. When you understand this little-known piece of history, and what happened on this site, you’ll understand why the men are portrayed heavily armed.
And, of course, there’s Maynard’s Market & Kitchen, a highly recommended restaurant, and a store selling locally made products and great sandwiches and pizza.
Central Tucson. St. Philip’s Plaza: Sundays 9AM-1PM
4300 N. Campbell Avenue (corner of Campbell & River)
This is a big one. You can easily spend 2 hours here and get some great buys.
Oro Valley: Saturdays 9AM-1PM
11000 N. La Canada Blvd. (SE corner of La Canada & Naranja Rd.)
East Tucson. Jesse Owens Park: 9AM-1PM
400 S. Sarnoff Dr. south of Broadway.
West Tucson. Mercado San Agustin: Thursdays 3PM-6PM
100 S Avenida Del Convento, (Off Congress west of the I-10 Freeway)
More to come when I have visited farmers’ markets in other areas of Southern Arizona. I’ve heard Bisbee has a great one on Saturday mornings at Vista Park. Maybe see you there.