5 Phoenix Farmers Markets to Experience This Fall

Cooler temperatures in the desert offer a perfect opportunity to visit local farmers markets in the Phoenix area. Walk down the aisles of various markets and discover fresh herbs, fruits, vegetables and speciality goods. Shopping local is a great way to support your city's economy and provide your family with nourishing options. Here are 5 Phoenix and local area farmers markets you can experience this fall.

Phoenix Public Market

For urban dwellers, the Phoenix Public Market is an ideal place to grocery shop. Choose from locally grown produce and a variety of artisanal foods - everything from bread, pastries, grass-fed beef, cheese curds, pastries, breads, pastas and salsas. Whether you're craving a fancy meal at home or a quick sandwich, this marketplace will cater to most tastes. Hours range from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays.

Roadrunner Park Market

Local farmers from several parts of the city gather at the Roadrunner Park Market to offer herbs, vegetables and fruit. Area vendors also gather to entice customers with items like chile pies, jams, cupcakes and other speciality goods. Come early, bring your own bags and ask sellers whether they have new recipes for their seasonal products. Check out the market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Singh Farms

Kids will love walking the trails and pointing out chickens, horses and peacocks at Singh Farms. Part yoga center, mini-zoo and local marketplace, the entire family will enjoy spending the morning relaxing and eating in this one-of-a-kind farmers market. Established in 2003, it's a popular spot among locals. Visit 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Uptown Farmer's Market

Even though Uptown Farmer's Market is relatively new, over 60 farmers gather to sell harvested flour, goat cheese, pickled kale and other local seasonal goodies. In the heart of the city, this farmers market adds a modern twist to shopping - patrons can enjoy live music, food trucks and cooking demonstrations. Come experience what it is all about from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Vincent's Saturday Market

Want to experience France in the middle of Phoenix? Vincent's Saturday Market not only offers local produce, but shoppers can indulge in croissants, pastries, ready-to-made omelets and crepes. Wine and champagne are also served in the market. See what is in store 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays .

Rudri Bhatt Patel is a lawyer turned freelance writer and essayist. Her essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Brain, Child Magazine, Raising Arizona Kids, The Huffington Post and elsewhere. Connect with Rudri on her blog, Being Rudri, Twitter or Facebook.