Here are two words, two magic words, that will guarantee you a shopping trip with no crying, no “stay in the cart” battles, and great deals on fresh produce: farmer’s market.
Farmer’s markets are a must-try for you, busy Mom, for so many reasons.
One, freshly grown produce. This means tomatoes that taste – yes, like tomatoes!
Two, great prices. Buying directly from the growers saves you money, and supports these small businesses.
Three, the kids will love it. There are so many interesting products and people, plus it is all outdoors (let’s hear it for using our outside voices)!
Four, it’s educational. Farmer’s markets are a great opportunity for you to teach your kids about how food is grown, and about what kinds of food are grown in our community.
Five, dinner and dessert. Enlist the help of your kids and make a traditional vegetable soup (need a good recipe? Just email me, I’ve got a great one!), a tasty salad, and a fruit pie for dessert.
Six, it’s just the best kind of fun. Shopping outdoors with your kids in our gorgeous November weather for freshly grown produce -- What could be better?
Wishing you fun with your kids and fresh food to cook with,
Active Moms Events Calendar
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays
Scottsdale Seville Shopping Center, 7001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
This outdoor market features the fresh fruits and vegetables of two farmers, homemade pies and breads, jams and spices, fresh Alaskan salmon, and live music.
3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays
Downtown Chandler, Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, Commonwealth and San Marcos St., 480-782-3045
Come check out locally grown produce, arts and crafts and more.
Mesa Community Farmer's Market
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays
Sidewalk in front of the Rendezvous Center, 263 North Center St., Mesa,
Locally grown produce, whole grain bread, jams, pies, salsas, tamales, fresh eggs and arts and crafts.
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fridays
Scottsdale Promenade Shopping Center, 7000 E. Shea, Scottsdale,
Organic produce, arts, and chef's demonstrations.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays
The Farm at South Mountain, 6101 S. 32nd St., Phoenix
Come visit the “Happy Dirt Veggie Patch,” and choose from the wide variety of of freshly grown vegetables.
10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays
Casa Paloma Shopping Center in Chandler, SE Corner of Ray & 54th St.