Locavores rejoice, the Payson Farmers Market will open May 29 for the summer with double the vendors in its new location at Sawmill Crossing.
New this year, Arizona’s only olive farm, Queen Creek Olive Mill, will sell olives, oils and tapenade, and an expanded produce selection by mid-season will include four non-certified organic produce vendors.
Also, a dairy farmer from Phoenix will sell fresh butter, cheese, eggs, and cheese gnocchi.
“We’re very, very excited,” said market organizer Lorian Roethlein. The market runs from 8 a.m. to noon.
Another addition possible because of the added space, Rim Country artists will sell their work. The market will also offer a booth free to local community groups for fund-raising.
Food shoppers can find Arizona grown fruits and vegetables, free range beef, goat’s milk, cheese and fudge, honey and jelly, baked goods, natural dog treats, natural soaps and skin care produces, salsa from a family-owned company and organic coffee.
Live music will again add ambience to the market, every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon until Oct. 16. A sitting area will allow people to rest and chat, and eat the breakfast burritos available, as well as the other baked goods.
Also this year, women certified under the federal Women, Infant and Children program can purchase nutritious food from select vendors.