How Arizona Farmers' Markets Rank Nationally
Years ago, the serious “Foodie” might not have ranked Arizona as high on the quality and quantity of Farmers Markets in Arizona. But that’s changed.
Nationally, farmers markets have almost doubled from 4,685 in 2008 to 7,864 in 2012. 2013 is expected to reflect the continuing growth of farmers markets throughout the United States.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), “Farmers markets are an integral part of the urban/farm linkage and have continued to rise in popularity, mostly due to the growing consumer interest in obtaining fresh products directly from the farm. Farmers markets allow consumers to have access to locally grown,
“Local” is the
Since 2007, we’ve maintained a listing of our state’s farmers markets. Soon, we’ll be able to roll out on our www.fillyourplate.org website a searchable directory of Arizona’s
At last count, Arizona Farm Bureau’s listing had close to 100 farmers markets. And while this number in no way represents all the
Farmers Markets Phoenix: They’re here to Stay
The Arizona Farm Bureau list of Farmers Markets in Arizona lists several farmers markets in Phoenix. One referenced often is the Downtown Phoenix Market.
Another great Farmers Market in Phoenix is Town and Country Farmers’ Market
Phoenix farmers markets in some ways can claim to have set the gold standard for Farmers Markets in Arizona.
Farmers Markets Scottsdale: Plenty to See here too!
Farmers Markets in Scottsdale include the Borgata of Scottsdale Market, Old Town Farmers’ Market and Valley of the Sun Farmers’ Market
Farmers Markets Tucson: You’ll find one to Your Liking
Tucson has a variety of Farmers Markets and its best to check Arizona Farm Bureau’s Farmers Market Arizona listing for a variety of choices.
How Our Arizona Farmers Markets Rank
While we couldn’t find a source that gives us thumbs up or thumbs down on how our Arizona Farmers Markets rank, Arizona Farm Bureau can tell you lots about ours. And, in our eyes (and tummies) they rank at the top.
Arizona Farm Bureau staff and other Farm Bureau members regularly visit our Farmers markets throughout the state and have uncovered a vast variety of wonderful produce and local meats. Additionally, some special artisan foods can be found at our
What you’ll come to love about Arizona Farmers Markets is the year-around variety that is not common in most other states (with the exception of California and Florida). Our Arizona climate lets on plant and harvest every month of the year. So in Arizona, you can attend an open-air farmers market in January where a vast array of winter vegetables can be found.
Says one Farm Bureau member, “I love our
Visit a farmers market near you and decide for yourself how the market ranks. Arizona Farm Bureau members can often enjoy a 5 to 10% discount with certain farmers. So if you’re a member, don’t hesitate to ask the farmer at the market whether he honors Farm Bureau membership discounts.