Saturday, February 5, 2011

Want a Great Market Experience, Try Roadrunner Park Farmers Market!

Often the cost of a vacation is far more than the price of an airline ticket or a vacation rental. Usually that cost is the time it takes to play catch-up and get back into a normal routine. Why am I saying this, well I’m about three blog posts behind after another trip to Costa Rica. I know, excuses excuses! Ok, so the real reason I haven’t posted is I ran into a slight case of writers block, and I couldn’t think of a topic, usually not a problem but after a wonderful trip to the tropics I was having a hard time getting back to earth long enough to focus. Well I’m back and as I was checking my blog stats I saw and suddenly remembered that Roadrunner Park Farmers Market in Phoenix is one of my followers, and that it was on my list to pay them a visit.  So I put it on my calendar to show up this Saturday, and I am so glad I did.

The market, which is open every Saturday except Christmas, has been in existence since 1990. Hours are 8am to 1pm October-May and 7am to 11am June-September. Admission and parking are free although get there early as the spots fill up quickly. Of course  if you want to sleep in, there is extra parking on 36th St adjacent to the park. I rather enjoyed the short, scenic walk to the market (Yep, you guessed it, I slept in). Roadrunner FM accepts Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers and also makes shopping with a credit cards simple by allowing you to pay for all of your purchases with one swipe.

Roadrunner Park, named so because it is actually located in a Public park of the same name, is in a idyllic setting. Here you can walk the dogs, take the kids to the playground, and buy groceries all at once. Even with record cold temperatures all week in Phoenix, the market was well attended. The crowd was vibrant and the vendors were extremely friendly and helpful. I spent about an hour and a half here and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I was able to spend a few minutes with seven of the vendors and was even invited to tour some of their farms and facilities which of course I will blog about. They are as follows:

Horney Toad Farm which grows pesticide free organic fruits and veggies. They have invited me to tour their farm which is amazingly right in the middle of the city.

Prescott Valley Farms, producers of steroid free, hormone free, antibiotic free poultry, pork, and lamb. The also carry a line of buffalo and elk meat and have a store in Phoenix which I will visit in the near future.

Double Blessings Lotion and cosmetics who specialize in lotions and cosmetics made from goats milk. I bought some just out of curiosity and I AM SOLD; A great product at a great price.

Lewis Hen House and Veggie Farm who are growers and producers of Organic vegetables, fruit, and poultry.

What’s Your Grind Coffee Roasting who are local roasters and purveyors of a wide variety of coffee and tea.

Life Energy Awakenings owned by Leanne Phillips who is a Feng Shui designer and teacher and who also creates edible gardens.

I also ran into my old friends from A Pickled Perfection and I got to sample their new creations, pickled celery and pickled mushrooms both of which live up to the Pickled Perfection Name.

An Idyllic Park Setting Lends
To The Charm of The Market

The Horny Toad Farm Banner,
Great People, Great Products.

A Very Relaxing Way
To Shop

Lewis Hen House and Veggie Farm Has An
Attractive Selection of Fruits and Veggies.

The Lewis Farm Banner

Even The Littlest Shoppers Enjoy
The Roadrunner Market

Homemade Cheese Anyone?

Nothing Like Fresh Honey

Even On A Chilly Day, The Market
Draws A Crowd

The What's Your Grind Booth,
A Great Place For A
Cup-A-Joe on a Chilly Morning

All in all I found my Roadrunner Park Market experience very enjoyable and refreshing. The atmosphere there is very energetic, and it really got my creative juices flowing. I enjoyed talking to many of the vendors who, even though were very busy, took the time to answer my questions and tell me about their enterprises. I was also very impressed with the gals at the info booth who were very helpful in answering my questions about the market in general. I hope to interview the market organizer in the near future who is, by the way, a follower of this blog. I highly recommend a visit to the Roadrunner Park Farmers Market; I think you will be pleased as well. For more info, visit them at their website:

Until the next time, Happy Gardening!

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