The Estrella Lakeside Farmers Market: a fresh, fun way to enjoy a Saturday

Monday, October 12, 2015

Farmers markets. We all love them. Being outside. Having access to fresh, local produce. The ambiance of the farmers market is all around pleasant. Combined with Arizona’s beautiful weather, they have become a fall and winter weekend staple.

And they’re only growing in popularity. In a recent USDA survey, farmers market managers say they continue to see year-over-year growth in customer traffic and sales. Other than the obvious reasons, why do people love them so much?

For starters, buying local is great for a number of reasons. It not only supports local economies, but also the environment. When produce doesn’t have to travel as far from farm to table, carbon emissions are significantly reduced.  With support for sustainability and environmental preservation top of mind in recent years, buying local at farmers markets is a simple change people can make in their everyday lives to make a difference. 

On that token, the popularity of organic and clean eating has also been on the rise recently. Buying from a farmers market makes it easier to ensure that the food people are putting on their families’ tables is all-natural, as well as pesticide, GMO and antibiotic free.

The Estrella Lakeside Farmers Market brings all of the perks of local, fresh produce from Arizona farmers right to our own backyard in Goodyear. Along with farm-fresh produce, merchants from across the Valley will showcase breads and confections, local artwork, crafts and more. Plus, enjoy treats like kettle corn, fresh tamales and brick oven pizza while you shop. Nothing beats exploring the market while enjoying the gorgeous views of North Lake and the surrounding Sierra Estrella Mountains.

The Lakeside Farmers Market returns to Estrella October 17, and will occur the third Saturday of every month through April. Be sure to stop by and see us between 10a.m. and 2p.m. to stock your fridge with fresh, local goodies. All Lakeside Farmers Markets are free and open to the public. For more information, call 623-386-1000. 

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