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Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014 12:00 pm

Eating well can be hard to do — but not because of a lack of options. Farmers markets make finding fresh-picked produce (and a variety of locally made specialty foods and products, like hummus and bath soaps) convenient in and around the East Valley.

Sunday

Ahwatukee Farmers Market

A varying selection of seasonal produce, herbs, flowers, jams, jellies, salsas, breads, pork, beef, fish, and arts and crafts abound at this neighborhood market. Occasionally, adorable baby goats can be spotted at the Double Blessing’s Goat’s Milk Lotions & Soaps booth.

DETAILS >> 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at Ahwatukee Community Swim Center, 4700 E. Warner Road, Phoenix. Free admission and parking. ArizonaCommunityFarmersMarkets.com.

Tempe Community Market

Expect a smattering of agricultural vendors, local artisans and crafters, and cottage foods makers at this market positioned under the shade of an overpass.

DETAILS >> 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays mid-October through mid-May, 8 a.m. to noon Sundays mid-May through mid-October. Under the overpass at the south end of the Marquee Theatre parking lot at 620 N. Mill Ave. Free admission.(480) 350-5893 or Facebook.com/tempemarket.

Tuesday

ASU Tempe Farmers Market

Though it’s geared toward university students, faculty and staff, the public is encouraged to visit this market with fresh produce from Arizona farmers and the ASU Community Garden, plus other local food and craft products. A recent vendor, Tucson’s Peppermint Jim, whose family started growing peppermint and spearmint in 1912 for Wrigley’s gum, offers aromatic oils for headaches, colds, canker sores, allergies, upset stomachs and other ailments.

DETAILS >> 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 25 and April 8 and 22. On Cady Mall north of Lemon Street on the ASU Tempe Campus. Free admission. Consult https://campus.asu.edu/tempe/ for parking information. ArizonaCommunityFarmersMarkets.com.

Wednesday

Agritopia Farmers Market

A subdivision built on the acreage of a longtime Gilbert family farm, Agritopia grows its own food in a community garden and orchards. Organically grown fruits and veggies are offered at a twice-weekly market; during off-times, you can find produce at the 24-hour, self-service Farm Stand at Agritopia.

DETAILS >> 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The Farm Stand (adjacent to The Coffee Shop and Joe’s Farm Grill) at Agritopia, 3000 E. Ray Road, Gilbert. Free admission and parking. (480) 988-1238 or TheFarmAtAgritopia.com.

Power Ranch Marketplace

Produce, baked goods, gelato, salsa, hummus, jams, pickled veggies, olive oils, soaps and crafts are among the varying selections at this market, where food trucks also show up to provide dinner. Leashed dogs are welcome.

DETAILS >> 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. The Barn at Power Ranch, 3685 E. Autumn Drive, Gilbert. Free admission and parking. (480) 988-0960 or RaysMarket.net.

Thursday

Chickabee Gardens Farmers Market

This hobby farm produces certified naturally grown salad greens, heirloom veggies, herbs, eggs and raw honey. Look for the big red barn and enter via the sunflower gate on the east side of the property.

DETAILS >> 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays and 7:30 a.m. to noon Fridays. Chickabee Gardens, 17346 E. Melody Lane, Gilbert. Free admission and parking. (480) 276-2052 or ChickabeeGardens.com.

Downtown Chandler Farmers Market

Find fresh produce, bread, tamales, salsa, bakery items, bath goods and more at this longtime market. Every first Thursday of the month a Craft Market with uniquely handmade goods is featured, and special events, from seed exchanges and pumpkin decorating to live music, are scheduled all the time. The market officially runs October through May, but Willcox farmer Jeff Scott — who’s anchored the market for years — continues at the same time, same place every week through the summer to sell produce.

DETAILS >> 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays October through May. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. Free admission and parking. (480) 855-3539 or ChandlerFarmersMarket.com.

SuperFarm Market

A local grocery store pops up every Thursday night at Mesa family dairy Superstition Farm. Goodies for purchase include local produce, cheese, milk, butter and eggs, grass-fed beef, chicken and fresh-baked breads. And there’s more to do than shop: The farm’s food truck fires up its grill for dinner orders, and there’s a free petting zoo. Kids can take hayrides or feed the animals for $1-$3 per turn.

DETAILS >> 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Superstion Farm, 3440 S. Hawes Road, Mesa. Free admission and parking. (602) 432-5600 or SuperstitionFarm.com.

Friday

Mesa Community Farmers Market

Serving downtown Mesa since 1995, this well-loved yearround market offers fresh produce (and sometimes meat and seafood) that varies by season, plus a rotating assortment of baked goods, jams and jellies, salsas, spices, craft products, lotions and soaps.

DETAILS >> 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays October through May and 9 a.m. to noon Fridays June through September. Rendezvous Green outside Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St. Free admission. (602) 290-5067 or ArizonaCommunityFarmersMarkets.com.

Saturday

Las Sendas

Farmers Market

Vendors at this bi-weekly market in east Mesa include Red Mountain Cattle Co., Davy Jones Seafood and The Dipping Well olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Look for fresh flowers, pet treats, gluten-free products, salad dressings, veggies, homemade pasta and fresh-baked pies, too.

DETAILS >> 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 8 and 22, and April 5 and 19. In the back parking lot at Las Sendas Trailhead Athletic Club, 7900 E. Eagle Crest Drive, Mesa. Free. (480) 357-8780 or info@thetrailhead.org.

Gilbert Farmers Market

This yearround market features local, chemical free, organic produce from farmers, along with eggs, meat, cheese, bread, sweets, coffee and tea, sauces, seasonings and other locally made products. In warm months, plan an after-shopping stop at the nearby splash pad with the kids. Leashed, well-behaved pets are welcome, too; water bowls are set out for them.

DETAILS >> 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays November through March. Hours change to 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. April through October. Near the water tower at 222 N. Ash St. in downtown Gilbert. Free admission and parking. GilbertMarket.com.

Daily

Tempe Farmers Market

It’s not a traditional farmers market, but this shop in downtown Tempe carries many of the same items you’ll find at local farmers markets, such as seasonal, locally grown produce and cheeses, breads, snacks, desserts and dog treats from local food purveyors.

DETAILS >> 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. 805 S. Farmer Ave. Free admission and parking. (480) 557-9970 or TempeFarmersMarket.com.

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