Earlier this year my niece Alex and I spent a few days together in Phoenix. We enjoyed visiting the OdySea Aquarium and checking out some of South Mountain Park. We also enjoyed great meal at Comedor Guadalajara. However, our trip wouldn’t have been complete without a visit to the Phoenix Public Market – aka the Open Air Market.
The Open Air Market is in downtown Phoenix and is gathering place of small farmers and businesses that strengthen sustainable food systems and produce healthy products for the local community. They are open rain or shine, year-round! However hours do very during the summer months. Saturdays (May-Sep): 8 am to Noon and Saturdays (Oct-Apr): 8 am to 1 pm.
We had a great time walking around and talking to some of the many vendors. Just like me visit to the Farmers Market at the Hyatt Regency in Waikiki, there were many vendors selling fruit and veggies. However this one had a lot of vendors selling breads. The two that I remember the most were the Jeruslem Bakery and the Arizona Bread Company.
A few other vendors I enjoyed checking out were also sort of related to bread. They were DeCio Pasta and Doctor Hummus. DeCio Pasta sells handmade pasta using Durum Semolina wheat flour. Their pasta is all natural, no cholesterol, low in sodium and fat. Doctor Dummus sells locally made hummus, pestos, pita chips and more.
We also enjoyed watching a man with Clay Madness making some amazing pottery. It was intruding just watching him mold and shape the clay. I mentioned the movie Ghost to Alex and she just looked at me. Guess I showed my age, lol.
Sadly we couldn’t buy much as we were heading to the airport a few hours later. I didn’t want to have to check a bag. However, I couldn’t resist the spies at Carefree Spice Company. They all smelled wonderful and we love trying different flavors in our food. We have enjoyed them several times since my trip.
We had a great time and enjoyed a few samples and talking to some of the locals about where they were located, etc. I got a few cards and will check them out the next time we are in the area. I definitely look forward to having lunch at the Arizona Bread Company one day. The other thing I enjoyed was seeing all the dogs. Since it’s an open air market dogs were allowed as long as they are on leashes. Not sure if this has changed, but that’s how it was when we were there. Please let me know as we plan to drive there in the future and I would love to walk around with our fur babies. Thanks in advance. Here is a link to their website which includes a list of vendors. Happy shopping.
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