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Sep 10, 2008 11:27 AM

Selection at the Wednesday downtown farmers market? (PHX)

I was wondering if anyone has been to the Wednesday evening farmers market in downtown Phx lately, and if so, what the produce selection has been like. In the past I have gone only on Saturdays, so I don't have a feel for which vendors typically show up for the midweek installment.

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  1. hi there :)

    i haven't been since about may, since my schedule's all wonky.

    i know thats not very current, but i do know one windmill and maya's farms are both there...maybe a bit abbreviated in quantity but they are there

    hope that helps

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    1. re: winedubar

      Hmm...One Windmill's site doesn't have the Wednesday market listed as one of their locations, but maybe they're just behind on updating that page.

      Maya's and One Windmill are both usual stops for me, so it would be great if they were there. Maybe I'll just take one for the team and check it out today. ;-)


      1. re: hohokam

        cool - let me know how it turned out :D

        1. re: winedubar

          I went about one month ago and was very disappointed noone is there?? wouldn't bother.

          1. re: winedubar

            There were 13 food vendors there today, 4 of whom were selling fresh produce. The 4 produce vendors there were One Windmill, Crooked Sky, the canned tuna people (they had a few monsoon-season veggies), and an older African-American gentleman whom I didn't recognize from the Saturday market.

            Even though the selection was not quite what it would be on a Saturday, I actually enjoyed not having to fight the weekend crowds. All in all, I'd say it was worth the trip for me.

            1. re: hohokam

              I wonder if it's the same guy who was at the T&C market this summer? I bought some okra and tomatoes from him a few times.

              1. re: azhotdish

                Could be. I've never made it to that market, so I don't know who the regulars are there.

                He had a fairly wide variety of stuff (eggplants, bell peppers, okra, jalapeños, Anaheims, chiles güeros, lemon cucumbers, watermelons), especially considering the small size of his booth. Some stuff was wilted and/or obviously from heat-stressed plants, but I managed to find enough decent Japanese eggplants to make a couple of servings.

                If I see him again, I'll try to ask him where and when he usually sells his produce.

                1. re: hohokam

                  Sounds like him - my okra were a little wrinkly, not that it effected the taste. I haven't been to T&C in a while - I went a few weeks ago and no Bob McClendon, so I left immediately.

                  1. re: azhotdish

                    Bob McLendon will be back at the Town and Country on the first of October. Cannot wait, since I am not thrilled with much of the produce at the downtown market, but I am glad there is a market there.

                    1. re: tfitzphx

                      Thanks for the info - looking forward to it. The fingerling potatoes at Sprouts cannot compare to Bob's!

                  2. re: hohokam

                    hi there - did he have a sign? there's a new vendor that meets that description who's been at the saturday market a couple of times - they are the arizona refugee farmers association. its a non-profit run by literally, refugee farmers relocated to arizona. i'm not sure who sponsors/works with them, but its a good cause. what can i say, im a big ole softie ;)

                    their sign says something like 'arizona refugee farmers association' or something

                    1. re: winedubar

                      I looked for a sign, but he didn't have one up.

                2. re: hohokam

                  That's "Horny Toad" farms... They aren't a full-scale self-sufficient agricultural operation yet. I think they have a sharecropping lease or something like that-- Stella and Anthony? (or some other name that starts with an "A") are the people who man the booth...

                  Some good stuff; almost exclusively local, which I like, though they seem to be drifting toward resale as well... something which is all too common in the Phx farmers' markets (despite what the true believers say).