The Mesa farmers market is a local legend happening at Pioneer Park at 526 E. Main St. every Saturday from 7 AM until 11 AM. You might not think that that’s too long, but when it gets hot out here, our fruits and veggies just don’t like it so make sure you get up, get out early, and stock up for the week. Here’s where to find at the Mesa farmers market.
Right now, the market is working with reduced hours from 7 AM until 11 AM. They want to make sure that everyone is doing their part at staying safe but yet we still need to serve the community. Obviously, you want to stay about 6 feet away from as many people as possible and wear masks when you’re in close proximity with folks. However, there are plenty of great vendors and booths open and this is a great way to support your local community. While big-box stores and large department stores are doing a bang-up job during this unique time, a lot of the small farmers and small markets are really struggling, so, now is a great time to get out to the local farmers market and support farmers one on one.
About the market
This market is also a flea market and is open year-round. It’s designed to help Arizona small businesses and create a fun and inviting environment for folks to sell in and folks to browse. It’s located at the newly renovated Pioneer Park, which is a great setting for outdoor shopping, playing, eating, and lounging on the lawn. We often have live music to entertain you while you shop or grab a bite to eat and sit on the grass to enjoy it. There’s a 9000 square-foot playground, basketball courts, and of course the historic locomotive engine in the center.
The farmers market has ample parking or folks can use the park and ride lot just west of Pioneer Park. The park is located on the northeast corner of Main Street and Mesa Drive just east of the park and ride directly across from the Mesa Arizona Temple. The farmers market is open to pets as long as dogs are kept on a short leash, under control, and are friendly with other dogs and people.
There is a lot of great vendors such as Board Baker Pizza Maker, Citizen Home Decor, Curbside Crates, Lab Notes Coffee, Sonoran Desert Olive Oil, and many others. Of course, you can pick up bread, veggies, meats, cheeses, and anything to make up a great menu for the week. Here’s one of my favorite farmer’s market recipes.
Baked Garlicky Mushrooms
with sweet cherry tomatoes and cheddar cheese
4 cloves of garlic
½ a bunch of fresh sage
2-3 cups ripe mixed-color cherry tomatoes
4 large portobello mushrooms
1 cup Cheddar cheese
Preheat the oven to 400ºF
Peel and very finely slice the garlic. Pick the sage leaves. Halve the cherry tomatoes.
Peel the mushrooms, reserving the peel. Place it all (peel included) in a large roasting tray and drizzle with 1 tablespoon each of olive oil and red wine vinegar. Add a pinch of sea salt and black pepper and toss together.
Pick out 12 perfect garlic slices and sage leaves for later, and sit the mushrooms stalk side up on the top. Bake for 10 minutes.
Remove the tray from the oven, crumble the cheese into the mushroom cups and sprinkle over the reserved garlic and sage.
Return to the oven for 15 more minutes, or until the cheese is melted and everything’s golden, then dish up. – [Source]
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