Whether leaving the market with a bag packed full of fresh produce or just a single loaf of bread, you are making more than just your stomach happy. Shopping local has more benefits than you could count on two hands, but we have narrowed it down to just a few of the reasons you should support small business
It’s Economical: Shopping local puts three times as much money in your local economy.
It Fosters A Sense of Community: Local businesses are run by community members, for community members.
It Creates Jobs: Contributing to a local business helps create high quality, unique jobs for members of your community.
It’s Farm to Table Fresh: Getting your fresh produce through a local farmer allows you to get the fruits and vegetables at their peak freshness because they did not have to travel hundreds of miles to get to you.
Did you know our market has over 75 local vendors every week? Visiting every Saturday and shopping with these small businesses is not only fun, but has an impact in more ways than one. If you are interested in more ways to help our local businesses, watch the video above or become a Localist. See you Saturday!
Take the pledge this holiday season and let everyone know “Phoenix Shops Local”
Did you know.. The Open Air Market at the Phoenix Public Market is a program of Community Food Connections (CFC), a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our mission as a non-profit is to create a downtown community gathering place by supporting small farmers and businesses that strengthen sustainable food systems and produce healthy products for the local community.
Will you help support our mission by taking the pledge and showing the world that #PhxShopsLocal From the ingredients to cook your holiday meals to the gifts you buy friends and family take the pledge to shop local!
Why Shop Local?
Enrich Our Community: Nobody wants to live in a neighborhood that lacks a farmers market and small business culture. With an every changing and growing downtown community, it is more important than ever before to show that we take pride in shopping local and supporting our small businesses. We all know that small businesses provide an undeniable vibrancy and sentiment vital to community life.
Original, Fresh and Handmade: If you like to give original, handmade gifts, you can’t beat shopping at a locally owned business. Business owners take pride in high craftsmanship and originality of their products. When it comes to food – you can taste the flavors of fresh local ingredients.
Personalized Experience: Shopping at small local businesses always offers a personal and sincere customer-owner interaction, impossible to replicate with large-scale vendors. Small business shop owners are interested in their clients, know their wants and needs, and are willing to give their customer personal attention to answer questions about their products. Furthermore, a small business owner is passionately and inextricably linked to the success of his or her business, which means they are experts on the product that they create and sell
Hailed as one of the top innovative Chefs of the Valley, Executive Chef Danielle Leoni has lived up to that distinction with an avant-garde approach to blending local farm-fresh ingredients with tropical traditions. Under her stewardship, The Breadfruit and Rum Bar has introduced an entirely new cuisine to the Valley, while redefining perceptions of tropical dining. Chef Leoni and her acclaimed restaurant have received numerous awards including 5 gold medals from the Devoured Culinary Classic and a long standing recognition as a top 10 restaurant in downtown Phoenix. Her work in strengthening and promoting the local dining scene has given her national and local recognition. She is passionate about local, organic and sustainable foods and an ardent supporter of the farming community.
Don’t miss her Cooking Demonstration at the market this Saturday at 10am.
We are so thrilled to host Michael Babcock, local restaurateurs of Welcome Diner and Welcome Chicken + Donuts this Saturday at the Market for a cooking demo at 10am. Inspired by soul food and driven to create a place to satisfy comfort food cravings, his team has built more than just a great place to eat. Babcock has built relationships with everyone from the community who comes to dine to the local purveyors he purchases from for his restaurants. A frequent farmers market shopper, Babcock’s menus always reflect what’s in season. Don’t miss his Chef Demo featuring his favorite farmers market finds this weekend at 10am.
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
Our Market accepts cash, all major credit cards, EBT, WIC CVVs & FMNP Checks. Double Up Food Bucks available.