Are you interested in visiting the Flagstaff Farmers Market, but not exactly sure of the details? We’ve got you covered, so let’s get started.
One of the best ways to explore a local community is by visiting their farmers market. They are always a unique offering of locally sourced food, direct from the creator artwork, and so much more. Whether you are a local or a visitor, visiting a farmers market is a must and summer in Flagstaff would not be complete without our check out our very own unique community market.
The Flagstaff Farmers Market has been in operation since 2000 and over the course of these last two decades it has grown from just a couple vendors to over eighty. It is a weekly affair that is worth the stop for locally grown produce, regional meat and dairy products, the best honey in the southwest, prepared foods like salsa, breads, pastas, sauces, and various sweets, and various plants and flowers. You can also browse the offerings of artisans and many, many, other vendors.
There are two major weekly locations for the market as well as a sister event called the Urban Flea Market which runs every second Saturday from June to October from 9am to 2pm. Check out this market for more local artisans.
The first and largest of the three markets runs every Sunday from 8am to noon from early May until late October.
If you are looking to shop for fresh vegetables or flowers it is recommended that you show up early to get the best pick, although there is usually a good selection available throughout the morning. This market is primarily centered around local food products supplemented by a selection non food items. The market is located at 211 W Aspen St in the City Hall Parking Lot.
Parking is available all along the street in the area, and many of the spaces require $1 per hour to park, however, the market has started offering $1 tokens to redeem at any of the vendor booths. To pay for parking you can do so at the ParkFlag kiosks or by downloading the app. Keep in mind the app charges an additional fee.
NOTE THAT DOGS ARE NO LONGER ALLOWED AT THE MARKET EXCEPT IN THE VERY EARLY MORNINGS.
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The second market is also mainly local food products, but is a bit smaller in general than the Sunday market. It is located on the corner of 4th street and 7th avenue, and runs from 2:30 to 6:30 on Wednesday evenings.
Parking is free at the Sunnyside Community Market and is abundant in the adjacent parking lot.
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A Bonus To Shop and Eat Local
As an additional bonus, you don’t have to wait for the community markets to get access to local food. The Flagstaff CSA (which stands for community supported agriculture) has a store available at 116 W Cottage Ave. It is open year round, but has short hours. At the CSA store you can either purchase just a couple items as you need them, or if you live in Flagstaff consider purchasing a seasonal share and get access to local products on a regular basis.
And, don’t forget to eat at one of our area restaurants that serve either exclusively or primarily local sourced products!!
While visiting, some vendors will accept major credit cards but some are still only able to accept cash, so be sure the bring along a few bucks.
So what’s next? Well, get your butt out and enjoy the local flavor of Flagstaff by visiting one of our local farmers markets. Then, of course, if you like this article please share with your friends and family.
Until next time keep exploring!