I was thrilled to hear about a new farmer's market in North Glendale in my NW Valley neighborhood and, even better, late hours. It's held at Citadelle Plaza at 59th and Utopia, from 6-9 pm on Wednesdays, June through July.
I went tonight for the first time and met ArizonaGirl and her husband, and my friend Natalie from Edible Phoenix and her sister. In addition to live music (and salsa lessons!) and children's entertainment, there was a nice selection of vendors, including produce, seafood (from coolers - wild caught Alaskan salmon, halibut, black cod), pork and bacon, and grass fed beef from JH in Cave Creek (order for delivery or next week's pickup), pastries, and ice cream. I picked up lots of great items for the week - heirloom tomatoes, a variety of peppers, fingerling potatoes, honey, fig-vanilla balsamic vinegar, fresh salted butter from Butter Divine in Phoenix, pita chips and baba ghanoush from Dr. Hummus in Gilbert, and half a dozen tamales (pork and green chile, cream cheese and salsa, and mushroom) from the Tamale Store.
A real highlight was Seacat Gardens and YAY they had pimientos de Padrón in Glendale! I was tempted to buy the whole basket, but on this visit just bought enough for a dinner of tapas tomorrow. I've always had to order these addictive seasonal peppers online, so I'm happy to have a local source now. I also had a chance to chat with cheerful Carl Seacat. Such beautiful produce, I know this is the vendor I'll be frequenting the most this summer. I'm already regretting that I didn't buy some of the celery root, squash, and gorgeous lilac-striped eggplant.
Glendale/Citadelle Plaza Farmer's Market info:
Previous post on tamales from the Tamale Store:
(How I cook Padrón peppers):