Market Scene: Phoenix Public Market

[Photograph: Erin Jackson]

The Phoenix Public Market is a great spot for a Saturday morning (or Wednesday evening) stroll in search of fresh produce like tomatoes on the vine, miniature watermelons, root vegetables, baby artichokes, and big bags of mixed greens... but you're more likely to end up with lots of sweets, ranging from fudge and cookies to gourmet caramels and flavored popcorn. Vendors selling all sorts of tempting treats vastly outnumber those selling vegetables.

Besides the plethora of sweets, there is also a good variety of arts and crafts goods, pretty potted succulents, and handmade soaps. You can also pick up a pretty bouquet of purple petals from Maya's farm or ready to plant flowers, herbs, fruit plants, and tomatoes from Abby Lee Farms.



The busiest booth by far was Mi Burro, a food vendor selling grilled burritos stuffed with breakfast fixings, chicken, chorizo, or veggies. The fat, 5-inch "burros" were just $5.

Grilled Burros

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The Phoenix Public Market is located at 721 N Central Ave in downtown Phoenix (map); it's open on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (May-September) and 8 a.m. 1 p.m. (October-April)