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The Open Air Market in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona


In March of last year my niece Alex and I spent a few days together in Phoenix. We enjoyed visiting the OdySea Aquarium and checking out some of South Mountain Park. We also enjoyed a great meal at Comedor Guadalajara. However, our trip wouldn’t have been complete without a visit to the Phoenix Public Market – aka the Open Air Market.

OAM-2The Open Air Market is in downtown Phoenix and is a gathering place of small farmers and businesses that strengthen sustainable food systems and produce healthy products for the local community. They are open rain or shine, year-round! However hours do vary during the summer months. Saturdays (May-Sep): 8 am to Noon and Saturdays (Oct-Apr): 8 am to 1 pm.

OAM-3We had a great time walking around and talking to some of the many vendors. Just like my visit to the Farmers Market at the Hyatt Regency in Waikiki, there were many vendors selling fruit and veggies. However this one had a lot of vendors selling bread. The two that I remember the most were the Jerusalem Bakery and the Arizona Bread Company.

OAM-4A few other vendors I enjoyed checking out were also sort of related to bread. They were DeCio Pasta and Doctor Hummus.  DeCio Pasta sells handmade pasta using Durum Semolina wheat flour. Their pasta is all-natural, no cholesterol, low in sodium and fat. Doctor Hummus sells locally made hummus, pestos, pita chips and more.

Update - Apparently DeCio Pasta is closed for the time being. They are looking into a new facility. I Will update once I learn more.

OAM-5We also enjoyed watching a man with Clay Madness making some amazing pottery. It was intruding just watching him mold and shape the clay. I mentioned the movie Ghost to Alex and she just looked at me. Guess I showed my age, lol.

OAM-6Sadly we couldn't buy much as we were heading to the airport a few hours later. I didn’t want to have to check a bag. However, I couldn’t resist the spices at Carefree Spice Company. They all smelled wonderful and we love trying different flavors in our food. We have enjoyed them several times since my trip.

OAM-7We had a great time and enjoyed a few samples and talking to some of the locals about where they were located, etc. I got a few cards and will check them out the next time we are in the area. I definitely look forward to having lunch at the Arizona Bread Company one day.

The other thing I enjoyed was seeing all the dogs. Since it's an open-air market dogs were allowed as long as they are on leashes. Not sure if this has changed, but that's how it was when we were there. Please let me know as we plan to drive there in the future and I would love to walk around with our fur babies. Thanks in advance. Here is a link to their website which includes a list of vendors. Happy shopping.


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