We have numerous Farmers’ Markets in Tucson and 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
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 knows 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: Broadway Village Farmer’s Market
Fridays 10am – 2pm
2926 E. Broadway Blvd.
Central Tucson: St. Philip’s Plaza
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.
Central Tucson South: Allen’s Organic Farmers Market
Fridays 4-8pm and Sundays 11-3pm
741 S. Campbell (just north of Aviation Blvd 210)
The newest addition. Has the advantage of being organic.
Oro Valley: Oro Valley Farmers’ Market
Now located at Steam Pump Ranch, 11015 N. Oracle
East Tucson: Jesse Owens Park
400 S. Sarnoff Dr. south of Broadway.
Heirloom Farmer’s Markets
West Tucson: Mercado San Agustin
100 S Avenida Del Convento, (Off Congress west of the I-10 Freeway)
A large market, with local, fresh fruits and veggies, lunch and entertainment. Located at the Veterans’ Memorial Park. 3105 E. Fry Blvd.
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.