Farmers markets: delicious options in the Valley

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Farmers markets: delicious options in the Valley

Kara Barberich works at PB Americano, which sells at various farmers markets around the Valley.

Kara Barberich works at PB Americano, which sells at various farmers markets around the Valley.

courtesy of Kara Barberich

Kara Barberich works at PB Americano, which sells at various farmers markets around the Valley.

courtesy of Kara Barberich

courtesy of Kara Barberich

Kara Barberich works at PB Americano, which sells at various farmers markets around the Valley.

Skylar Smith, Writer

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From fresh zucchini to goat milk soap, farmers markets have plenty of items that consumers are eager to buy each week. Typically, farmers markets are held on Saturday and Sunday mornings at a public place that is easily seen.

Farmers and other local vendors arrive from all over Arizona to sell their home-or family-made products. Most vendors pride themselves on using the freshest and highest quality ingredients, such as Theresa Alberico, the owner of Baked with Love, a homemade baked goods company. “We use the best ingredients, like Ghiradelli chocolate, and no preservatives in our food,” says Alberico, who started the business a few years ago.

Likewise, the owners of Arizona Cheese Company produce their delicious cheese with the freshest Arizona milk and a specialized technique of Wisconsin cheese-making. “After the 2008 financial crisis, I had to start over. And here I am,” says an employee of the cheese company. Stories like this are not a rarity at farmers markets, since vendors are local and offer products from their own backyard.

If you’re looking to eat healthy, many vendors offer products with no preservatives, vegan or gluten-free and low cholesterol. Make sure to arrive early, as most customers are already waiting for the vendors early in the morning. The vendors usually run out of most vegetables and eggs less than an hour after opening. If you arrive later in the day, there will still be plenty of jewelry, bath products and crafts available for purchase. These tents are the perfect place to find gifts for loved ones or yourself.

After attending a farmers market for the first time, some people will find themselves frequenting them multiple times each month. They are just that good.

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