The two farmers markets located on the St. Phillips Plaza in Tucson are in a unique setting that reminds shoppers about the mission-style architecture of Tucson before it became a populous city. The buildings and courtyard provide a backdrop for regional farmers, ranchers and artisan food producers that fill the available 50 to 60 spaces on Saturday and Sunday year round to serve the 3,000 weekly shoppers.
It is known for its regional reputation among the local farmers markets for the large number of local producers it supports, high quality and diverse farm products that are offered in an atmosphere that makes spending a morning there an inviting event. To add to the holiday feeling of a visit to the Plaza, there are also celebrations of local festivals and special events.
To find the largest selection, it is wise to arrive early as some of the fresh produce sells out quickly. Shoppers are wise to ask the vendors whether or not it is organic as there is a mixture of both, depending up the specific farmer.
For a family such as mine that has been shopping at the farmers markets at St. Philip’s Plaza for over 10 years, it has everything as even the little ones enjoy the freedom available for them to wander about as the adults fill their shopping bags with fresh products. When there are vegetables that I have never used, I can ask the vendor for suggestions as to preparation. One of the things I especially enjoy is “people watching” as shoppers come from all parts of Tucson and Pima County to spend a morning at the plaza. It is also a place to take visitors from outside of Tucson because of its unique setting. If we stay long enough for lunch, or have not already indulged in the ready-to-eat meals, there are a number of restaurants that surround the plaza.
Examples of Vendors
Aqua Linda Farm grows organic vegetables and melons on its 63 acre farm
La Oesta Garden produces naturally-grown vegetables and herbs with an emphasis on oriental vegetables such as lemon grass and bok choy.
Fire on the Mountain is a source for Southwestern Native foods such as dry beans, traditional teas, spices, herbs, cornmeal, and bake mixes.
B-X Ranch brings in pork, beef, lamb and eggs that are raised in Cochise, Arizona.
Mamma Llama’s gourmet empanadas include artichoke and spinach varieties as well as those made with chicken, beef and pork.
Dogberry Hill has dog biscuits that are all natural and organic.
The shopper who gets hunger pangs while shopping at the Plaza can get ready-to-eat food at Mamma Llama or deserts at Indulge Yourself Again or nibble on nuts at High Country Nuts.
Tucson Tamale Company offers samplings of 6 different tamales and ready-to-eat or take-and-bake.
Saturday and Sunday Farmers Markets
St. Philip’s Plaza Saturday Farmers Market is open 9 am-1 pm year round.
Tucson Farmers Market Sundays at St. Philip’s Plaza is open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Mid-Oct. to mid-April); 8 a.m.-Noon (Mid-April to Mid-Oct) year round.
The St. Philips Plaza farmers markets are located at 4380 N. Campbell, Tucson, Arizona on the Southeast corner of River Road and Campbell Avenue, across from the historic St. Phillips in the Hills Episcopalian Church.
Reference: Personal Shopping Experience
Source: The Farmers Markets at St. Philips Plaza