Local Farmers Markets

Farmers MarketLocal producers of organic and seasonal crops gather at farmers markets every week to offer high quality products. Farmers markets showcase the bounty afforded us by Arizona farmers, growers and artisans. Here are some of my favorite markets in the North Valley.

This market takes place at Wet ‘n’ Wild water park. Shop for vegetables from Taste of Paradise farm and then grab salsa from Los Muertos, tamales from the Tamale Store, beef jerky from Santana’s and honey from Sun Tan Honey Farm.
Details: Saturdays from 8am-1pm September through May. Wet ‘n’ Wild, 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Glendale. 602-465-1343, facebook.com/pinnaclepeakfarmersmarket.

Farmers truck in freshly harvested vegetables and food vendors sell relishes, cupcakes, Alaskan seafood, granola, breads, olives, honey, jams, jellies and organic beef.
Details: 4th Saturday of the month from 10am-1pm October-April. Vistancia, 27980 N. Trilogy Blvd., Peoria. azfarmersmarkets.us.

This market draws more than 100 vendors to Park West every Saturday, selling fresh produce, natural meats, wild fish, fresh-baked goods, fresh eggs, raw honey, local dairy and handmade goods and gifts. Food trucks and kids activities such as face painting are also featured.
Details: Saturdays from 9am-2pm. Park West, 9744 W. Northern Ave., Peoria. shopparkwest.com.

Farmers sell seasonal crops, grass-fed beef, pork and lamb at this market. You’ll also find pickles, pastries, bread and cold-brew coffee, as well as vendors selling plants, seeds, compost and worm castings.
Details: Sundays from 10am-1pm October-May. Anthem Community Park, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, Phoenix. arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com.

This monthly market is held next to the Estrella community lake. In addition to fresh-from-the-farm produce, look for vendors selling pies, pasta, empanadas, crab soup, cookies, salsa and knitted items for babies.
Details: 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am-1pm October-April. 10300 S. Estrella Parkway, Goodyear. estrella.com.

This market offers local produce, baked goods, eggs, honey, breads, olive oils, jams, salsas, grass-fed beef and crafts from local artisans.
Details: Saturdays from 8am-noon October-May. 3151 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. arizonacommunityfarmersmarkets.com.

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Get Fit In 2019

Most of us start a new year with resolutions for success or personal growth or to get fit.  If increasing your fitness level is your 2019 New Year’s Resolution list, you don’t have to be stuck in a gym on a treadmill.  Get out and get motivated with some fun outdoor events.  Arizona has perfect winter/spring weather so take advantage!    Glendale has some fun events to get you started:

The annual Luke Youth Programs Color Run at Fowler Park will be held January 19th, 2019. This 2 mile “fun run” for all ages and abilities will be  held at Glendale’s Fowler Park (Litchfield Rd & Glendale Ave). So gather your family and friends and form a team to run, walk or volunteer at this year’s Youth Programs Color Run. Check-in is from 9:00am-9:45am, and the run starts at 10am. Click here to registrar for the Color Run.

White Tantric Yoga And Meditation will be holding a 1-day workshop at the Glendale Civic Center (5750 West Glenn Dr, Glendale, 85301) on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019. White Tantric Yoga is done in pairs as a group meditation. You sit facing a partner and follow instructions for meditation given on video by the Mahan Tantric, Yogi Bhajan. A representative of the Mahan Tantric will be present to facilitate White Tantric Yoga. Each workshop consists of between six and eight kriyas. A kriya is a meditation incorporating one or all of the following: a yoga posture (asana), a breathing technique (pranayam), a mental focus (mantra) and a hand position (mudra). Beginners are welcome, as there are no prerequisites for participating in White Tantric Yoga. More advanced meditation practitioners will deepen their experience and make new inroads to their spiritual awareness. Click here for more information and to sign up for the White Tantric Yoga And Meditation workshop.

Join the 3rd Annual Dobie Dash 5K to help support Desert Harbor Doberman Rescue on Saturday, February 16th, 2019 at 8am. This event is fun for the whole family. Run or walk this scenic course starting at Skunk Creek Linear Park (59th Ave and Union Hills near the skate park). Each participant will receive a swag bag loaded with goodies, official Dobie Dash shirt, commemorative run bib, cool after party with food, music and vendor raffle. Socialized dogs of all breeds are welcome to participate. Click here to registrar for the Dobie Dash 5K.

I hope your 2019 if off to a great start, and if a new home is on your resolution list, give me a call!  602.329.7782