The Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market is getting ready to move to its new home next month outside of the Phoenix Bioscience Core, just a few blocks away from the market’s former location on Central Ave and McKinley. The popular Farmers Market in partnership with the City of Phoenix and managed by non-profit organization Community Food Connections will open at its new location at 720 N. Fifth St. starting Saturday, May 7, operating from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
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“As Downtown Phoenix evolves and grows, the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market stays strong and essential,” said Tanya Chakravarty, executive director of the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market. “Our farmers, food vendors and artists set up early every Saturday morning to serve our community delicious, fresh, healthy food and amazing breakfast burritos. We are very excited about the partnership with the Phoenix Bioscience Core and how that will build our ability to serve our community.”
A staple in the Valley since 2005, the market’s move to a larger location will bring expansion opportunities with the ability to add more vendors in the coming months. With more than 80 farmers and vendors selling fresh Arizona-grown produce, ready to enjoy food, arts and more, this outdoor event brings over 3,000 shoppers from across the Valley every Saturday to buy locally grown produce and unique products while enjoying live music and entertainment in the eclectic and diverse vibe of Downtown Phoenix.
“While our vendors and the community they serve have prospered much over the years at 721 N. Central Ave, it’s time to begin a new journey of development within the Phoenix Bioscience Core,” said Colin Dueker, manager of the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market. “Our farmers, food-makers, artists, and musicians will continue to prosper and nurture a diverse community downtown. The new space shall serve as a proper catalyst in establishing our long-term future and success in Downtown Phoenix!”
Located in the south parking lot on the Phoenix Bioscience Core, the new location will have plenty of free public parking available on the northeast corner of 5th Street and McKinley, free and metered street parking and limited time parking validation at the Filmore Parking Garage. In addition, the market provides community building resources including a free seed library, cooking classes, health and wellness information, partnerships with the neighborhood associations, Downtown Phoenix Inc and Local First Arizona, among other community-based organizations.
For more information on the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market and its upcoming markets, visit www.downtownphoenixfarmersmarket.org or follow them on social media @dtphxfarmersmarket.