As a program of Community Food Connections, a 501c3 non-profit organization, the Open Air Markets at the Phoenix Public Market take place on Saturday mornings. Open since February 2005, our Open-Air Market is a natural gathering place that celebrates neighborhoods and the neighbors.
It was a dream envisioned by Cindy Gentry, an urban center-point where farmers and local businesses who did not have stores or big contracts could bring their products to the people of Arizona. The idea was to create a non-profit market that champions Arizona products made by people who wanted to build their own business. After much hard work by Cindy and other passionate community players, that dream began on a rainy Saturday in February 2005. About 14 vendors and a few more customers showed up the first day, along with then Mayor Phil Gordon and Councilman Michael Johnson, two of the earliest supporters, who rang the bell to get the day started.
Not only did it rain that first day, but the second day as well. However, Cindy with all the vendors and volunteers kept the faith and just kept plugging along. That faith and perseverance shown by everyone involved led to the ongoing growth in customers, vendors and sales. Today we host over 80 vendors each market. The Phoenix Public Market has become a bedrock in Downtown Phoenix for people who come from the surrounding neighborhoods and often more than 20 miles away.
We accept Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Diners Club, JCB, American Express, SNAP (EBT/Foods Stamps), AZ FMNP and WIC cash value vouchers, Double Up Food Bucks, Wholesome Wave Healthy Bucks. Stop by the information booth at the Saturday Market if you have any questions.
We are open rain or shine, year-round!
Open Air Market
721 N Central Avenue (Central and McKinley)
Saturdays (May-Sep): 8 am to Noon
Saturdays (Oct-Apr): 8 am to 1 pm
Getting to the Farmers Market We are located only three blocks south of the Roosevelt/Central Light Rail Station in downtown Phoenix. Easily accessible from Mesa and Tempe.
Parking You can find plenty of both free and pay-to-park spaces surrounding the Market. The Market offers three free parking lots on our north side off Mckinley Street between 1st Street and Central. Pay-to-park lots and metered parking spots are on the East and South ends of the Market. Looking to park your bike? We have plenty of bike parking off Pierce Street. Grid Riders can stop at the station at 1st Street and Pierce.
COMMUNITY FOOD CONNECTIONS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Aaron Chamberlin, Phoenix Public Market Cafe
Barbara Loutos – Loutos Consulting
Bill Coward – Wells Fargo
Brian Hines, The Proper Beast
Eleanor Dziuk, Absolutely Delightful Local Arizona Honey
Megan Sheldon – City of Glendale
Michele Jeffery – Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Samantha Jackson, Downtown Phoenix Partnership
Executive Director: Sara Matlin
Market Manager: Amanda Wilson
We are privileged to recognize those who have provided resources of time, expertise, and materials to help establish the Phoenix Public Market.
Kurt Schneider, L.D. Schneider & Associates
Dan Hoffman, Studio Ma and Arizona State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Design/Construction Team Leader