Sept. 19, 2016
New Market Season, New Reasons to Visit
Chandler, Ariz. – Returning to downtown Chandler this October is the Chandler Farmers Market. This community market has been running for over 6 years in the historic square and offers live music, fresh, local produce, and locally made and grown products on Thursdays, 3-7 p.m., from Oct.-Apr. This upcoming season, the managers of the market, Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, are evolving the market by gaining new vendors and planning new, free activities for farmers market guests.
Among those additions, the market team is bringing more family-friendly activities to their weekly market. “We knew that the locals loved the reading time provided by the Chandler Library every month,” says Deanne Fenton, Chandler Farmers Market Manager. “We noticed that a lot of moms and small children frequented our market during that week of the month. With this in mind, we had the goal to have multiple family-friendly activities during the new season so moms and dads can bring their little ones along and kill two birds with one stone; stock your pantry and provide your kiddo with something to do during the week,” says Fenton.
New family focused additions to the market include a monthly 30 minute all ages (yes, even kids) yoga class provided by local yoga studio, Vibetality, on the second Thursday of each month. Guests will need to bring their own mats. In addition, monthly kids’ craft stations and special workshops have been added this year, along with the returning library reading time.
The growth didn’t stop there. “Our other goal for this new season was to bring new vendors out to the market. Our marketing research made it clear that the community was looking for more produce and local products options when shopping the market,” Fenton says. The marketing team’s efforts have already produced 10 new vendors for the 2016-2017 vendor line up, and they are continuing to add to that list. New vendors include Mama’s Cold Brew, DeCio Pasta, and The Sweetest Season, among others. “And of course, customers will still find their favorite vendors from last season like Proof Bread, The Tamale Store and Jeff Scott Farms,” Fenton says. In addition, the market is working with The Community Exchange Table, a group that facilitates community driven produce tables at farmers markets across the valley, to gather backyard gardeners to sell their produce. Interested gardeners are asked to contact them for further information.
Whether you’re looking for a vegetable or fruit for a recipe, hankering for some local honey, handmade tamales or Indian food, wanting to pamper yourself with a bath bomb or piece of art, or treating yourself to something sweet; you’ll find it at the market, along with live music and family-friendly activities. “This market grows according to the community, the more people who come out, the more vendors we’ll get, resulting in more options for you guys; the consumers. So please, support your local market and visit us Thursdays, from 3-7 p.m. starting October 6,” Fenton says.