If you’re not quite up for a hike, or if you’ve finished your hike and are ready to refuel with some good quality, local fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs and other locally sourced and created goodies and crafts, check out the Heirloom Farmers Market in Oro Valley, open every Saturday of the year from 8:00am to noon (April through September), and 9:00am to 1:00pm the rest of the year.
This cozy farmers market has been a local staple since it began in 2004, bringing out family and friends for delicious food, creative crafts and a warm, friendly atmosphere at the base of Pusch Ridge at the historical Steam Pump Ranch.
Steam Pump Ranch is located at 10901 North Oracle Road, Oro Valley, AZ 85737 just north of the Home Depot Retail Center. Turn into the Steam Pump Ranch’s entrance and follow the dirt road to the northwest side of the property to the Farmers Market. Restrooms are available to visitors on-site.
In addition to the deliciously predictable weekly fare, special events are also held from time to time. For example, on February15, 2020 the 7th Annual “Off the Vine Arizona Wine Festival” will be held in conjunction with the Saturday Farmers Market. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door and include eight wine tastings plus a commemorative glass to take home. Live music and a variety of local food will be available to go along with the wine. It’s a wonderful way to be exposed to and learn more about the surprisingly good wine that is now coming out of southern Arizona.
A month later in March you can attend the “Bike. Swap. Sell.” event. There are so many bicycling enthusiasts in and around Oro Valley, whether you’re looking to sell a bike or gear that you no longer want, or you’re looking to pick up some pre-owned cycling gear or a ‘new to you’ bike, you’re sure to have plenty to choose from at this event on March 28th.
As can be seen from a number of online reviews, this market isn’t the biggest, grandest farmers market you’ll ever attend… but for something to do on a nice Saturday morning, it’s hard to beat. Like A. Dalton said, “This is always a friendly Market. at this time of the year some vendors move up to Shiloh which is a cooler place to sell their goods which is food except for the second Saturday of each month which includes crafts as well. You can still get organic coffee, great pastries, plants, olive oils, Italian foods and lots of creams and soaps that are good for your skin. They roast Chili’s on the spot and even have a knife sharpener!”
Heirloom Farmers Markets | Oro Valley
10901 N Oracle Rd, Oro Valley, AZ
Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/udiFKRx1L6ioHjSy7
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