Downtown Phoenix Farmers’ Market moves to new location

After seventeen years in the same place, the popular Downtown Phoenix Farmer’s Market found a new home: a large parking lot at 720 North Fifth Street, a few blocks from its current space. The move is scheduled for Saturday, May 7.

The market will take up half of the new space for now, with plans to expand as it grows.

What precipitated the movement was twofold. The current space was owned by the City of Phoenix and Kurt Schneider, a private landlord and self-proclaimed “culturally interested developer” who has hosted the market since 2005. Schneider retired and sold his portion of the property at the end of Last year.

“We also recognized the need to expand in order to serve the population of downtown Phoenix,” says Tanya Chakravarty, executive director of the nonprofit organization. The new site will open in partnership with the city.

For their last day at the current location – Saturday April 30 – the organizers have planned a number of activities including live music (Will from Brazil), a cooking demonstration by Shad from the Culinary Medicine program at the ‘University of Arizona, face paint and giveaways. Some of the donated items were taken down as staff prepared for the move.

“While going through the storage, I found some interesting items,” says Chakravarty. “For example, we have a vegetable peeler with the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market logo on it. I thought we should let people know about it.”

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The grand opening ceremony for the new location will take place on May 7, with new vendors, pop-ups and musical guests. A plan of the space will be available after April 30 on the market’s website. For the opening, Chakravarty is reaching out to some of the vendors who started out with the marketplace but have since opened physical stores to pop up. One of these sellers, Pachamamawill be there to sell his vegan mexican cuisine.

Other pop-ups, which can become permanent installations, include Yo! donutoffering vegan and gluten-free donuts; Hoyo’s kitchen, Somali food suppliers; and Aaron Michael Grantswhich specializes in Southern-inspired seafood and chicken dishes.

“We have developed a very unique culture at the downtown market,” notes Chakravarty. “We have a number of immigrants and a number of IRC sponsored vendors [the International Rescue Committee, which supports refugees in Phoenix]we therefore attract people who thrive in this environment of diversity.

“We may change venues,” she adds, “but what’s important is that the vibe, the diverse group of vendors we have, and the diverse attendees remain the same.”

The new market will open during summer hours: 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Saturday. Free parking is available at the northeast corner of Fifth Street and McKinley, and the market also validates parking at the Fillmore Parking Garage (555 East Fillmore).

“It’ll be fun and relaxing, and it’s the place to go on a Saturday morning,” Chakravarty concludes.

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