Live music, laughter, and small-town conversation. Bright flowers, colorful produce, and honey that glows in the natural light. The Verde Valley Farmers’ Market is more than shopping. It’s an experience—and an education. What better place for a Farmers’ Market than a farming and ranching community? Everything is grown or produced within 50 miles.

Pair Plowing Ahead Ranch grass-fed beef or Tres Brisas organic Beef with Dad’s Seasoning from The Hoppy Goat Farm, fresh-milled Wingfield Bread, and veggies from local farmers. For dessert, grab homemade pies from Udderly Divine or soft, salted caramels from the Hoppy Goat Farm. Pick out fresh cut flowers for your table or a native plant for your garden.

Marshal with Sunnyside Farm brings celebrity chicken, made famous on the Food Channel by Guy Fieri. Add a variety of exceptionally nutritious microgreens from Blue Meets Greens- Organic Microgreens and Love to Grow Family Farm to any meal for an extra punch of flavor. Select your favorite jams, apple butter, salsa, pecans, fresh eggs, natural products, handmade gifts, and more from local vendors like Fasteen FarmsCowboy Honey Company By Prepared Sciences, Willowbrook Farm, Payne Gulch Honey, Sanders Farm, Art by Kat, Verde Gardener Natural Products, and the Crazy Goat Lady.

Recharge with breakfast or lunch from Hot Diggity Dawg. Darrah serves up dogs, breakfast burritos, and other tasty options. More of a pastry person? Kids of all ages love the fresh ground, whole wheat donuts and cinnamon rolls from Wingfield Bread Company. Delicious with a cup of coffee, cold brew, or latte from Sedona Red Rock Coffee. Roasting Coffee is Beth and Maria’s passion. Sample their collection and stock up on freshly roasted coffee beans.

Buying local promotes optimal freshness, quality, nutrition, and flavor while reducing your carbon footprint and supporting farms and small businesses. Find the Verde Valley Farmer’s Market Saturday mornings under the shade of the Camp Verde Ramada on Hollaman Street, across from Fort Verde State Historic Park. The 2018 summer market season runs through October 6 (8am-noon), followed by the Fall Market October 20 through November 17, 9am-noon.

Celebrating 15 Years of Farmers’ Markets

On the 15-year anniversary of the Verde Valley Farmer’s Market, we recognize the women behind it all. Celebrate founders Denise Gould and Diane Scantlebury, along with Market Manager Jane Davie in a short ceremony on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 9am with cake, cupcakes, and free totes while supply lasts. Denise and Diane started the market to bring local farmers and Verde Valley consumers together to exchange healthy, locally grown food, support the local economy, and help encourage better health through fresh vegetables and fruits.

They are also committed to creating a healthier planet. The summer of 2018 saw over 500 free, reusable grocery totes distributed, with 200 more bags soon to follow. Every year around the world, 500 billion plastic bags are used, and 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans. 300 years later, those plastic bags will finally photodegrade. Be sure to bring your reusable grocery bags when you shop. If you have extra totes you no longer need, you may contribute them to the Bag Station where shoppers can take a tote. The Verde Valley Farmers’ Market hopes to become the first plastic free farmers’ market in Arizona!

Jane Davie, long-time grower, vendor, and Market Manager does everything from arranging musicians and organizing vendors to ringing the Opening Bell each week. Congratulations to Jane for being named as one of 2018’s Women of the Year by the nonprofit organization, The Sisterhood Connection!

“The Verde Valley Farmers’ Market has been called the Mayberry Market of Arizona,” said Jane. “And for a good reason. It is rare to find a place where growers and producers will so enthusiastically tell you about their products with such pride and passion. We love what we do when we believe we are changing the world one clove of garlic at a time.”

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