Downtown's been sprouting new buildings like a garden that grows new fall bounty. Right in the middle of this construction bumper crop is the Downtown Phoenix Public Market, which recently augmented its Saturday-morning hours with a new shopping night for you locavores (a.k.a. a person who exclusively eats food harvested within a 100-mile radius). Can't make it to the weekend without some of Seacat Gardens' gorgeous haricots verts, tasty tomatoes from One Windmill Farm, or Maya's Farms' fantastic field greens? No problem. Swing by any Wednesday and fill up on local produce, cheese, farm-fresh eggs, baked goods, and more on your way home from work. Don't feel like cooking? Then pick up some brats, soups, salads, posole, or enchiladas and chill out under the stars to live music while you wait for rush-hour traffic to disappear.
As someone who lives downtown, I LOVE the public market for the simple fact that I can walk over there for almost anything I need in a quick grocery trip. Fresh out of bread? Walk to the Public Market. Need produce to go with a recipe? (Because let's face it - fresh produce is the first thing we all run out of, right?) Public Market has me covered. My only complaint USED to be their limited hours (I'm not good at planning ahead), but now those have changed - the indoor Urban Grocery & Wine Bar is now open Monday-Saturday from 10 to 7 (Wednesdays til 8), along with the open-air market every Wednesday and Saturday!
And of course, I like to swing by on days when I don't feel like cooking, like a snack on Food Truck Friday or a sandwich from the cafe inside. The veggie is a delicious vegan-friendly option, and good for non-vegans like myself too!