Finally hit the Old Town Farmer's Market today. Super, super stoked!
We have been going to the Phoenix Downtown Market on Saturdays for a year + now & love it. It's just a bit of a hike for us. We also participated in Maya's Farm's CSA the last go around & have been missing our market visits.
Well I'd stopped by The Old Town Farmer's Market just after it finished a couple weeks ago & saw that McClendon Farms was there. Was psyched about this as we've always wanted to get down to Town & Country on Wednesdays but had never been able to - little kids & all. Well that day they'd packed up already so I didn't see what they had but I could tell they had a pretty large spread.
Today went back to OTFM & brought the family.
Man were we pleasantly surprised.
First of all, McClendon Farms spread was quite large (they said about the same size as they do at T&C) & the produce looked absolutely gorgeous. We are regulars here from now on.
Now the market is still small & there aren't a ton of vendors there but what was there was awesome (for us anyway).
So bonus on the produce. My other favorite thing about Farmer's Markets is getting good food to eat there. OFTM had a TON of that.
Here are some of the highlights for me:
-Chrysa Kaufman & Rancho Pinot are there showcasing McClendon produce - Kale today. They have samples of the daily product & also use it sandwiches, etc.
-Payton Curry & Pavle Milic of Digestif were there & had some dishes. We tried the chili & it was absolutely rocking. Also had a good looking frittata. Payton said that they do a Farmer's Market menu on Saturday evenings as well. They come up with a special menu every Saturday to highlight ingredients they get from the market. Sounds cool!
-Tracey Dempsey (desert queen of assorted Kasperski spots) was there had some beautiful gingerbread houses, her wonderful brittle & a yummy spicy hot cider. Alas no persimmon & goat cheese desert (which is still probably the favorite desert of my life).
So for me, it's already a win. I absolutely love that the chefs of some of the great local independent spots were there chatting & interacting with the community. Think it's a great move (for me anyway) as it makes me want to doubly patronize their restaurants.
-The tamale folks from Downtown Market are there but they were already sold out of a lot by the time we got there. We love their tamales (especially their chicken/mole - probably a bad idea to mention this now that I think about it) so we're psyched they're there.
-There was a hot dog stand using Vienna Beef & doing Chicago style dogs with sport peppers, celery salt & all. As of last week (our first Chicago food visit), we're huge fans so we're itching to try.
-There was also an interesting looking huge BBQ smoker - will definitely be back to try that. Heard it was great from some folks we talked to.
-Maya's Farm was there. Produce looked great.
-There was an interesting vegan desert stall which was quite yummy that we'll be checking out more closely as well (dairy/egg allergic kids).
-Several artisan bread stalls...
And throughout the day, there was a great guitar/mandolin player (Walt Pitts) giving a great vibe to it all.
Was bummed we didn't see Tortillas Rosario there as I did the first time I swung by.
I believe Seacat Gardens will also be having a presence as well.
Still did not see any eggs there. That is one thing that definitely seems to be missing.
Could also use DePoca Foods & their Mexican shrimp cocktails to expand there as well. : )
NOTE: Many of the vendors said they would not be there next week so I'd skip or go with that in mind & alter your expectations.
Regardless, we will definitely be heading back and are so psyched to have something so great so close.
Farmer's markets just give me a good vibe. Though Scottsdale is small, it definitely still did the trick!