Frequently Asked Questions
Community Food Connections (CFC) is the 501c3 non-profit organization which runs the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market. As a vital resource to our local food system, CFC is dedicated to making quality, nutritious food more accessible through the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market and community projects.
Community Food Connections operates the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market on Saturday mornings year-round. There are several other large-scale markets located in the valley – google is your friend here!
Beginning in June of 2021, our online store was paused indefinitely. We’re considering new options to improve the system of online ordering. The old system, which was implemented in April of 2020, did not maintain value over time. Traffic steadily declined while the resources + time required to operate it was increasing. We’ll be sure to make an announcement once we have an idea of what the future holds in terms of online ordering. For now, we are focusing resources elsewhere.
DPFM accepts applications from local businesses throughout the year. The market is currently only accepting food vendors. However, we encourage all vendors to apply online here. Applications are reviewed on a seasonal basis, we ask for your patience.
Our wonderful volunteer base allows us to meet our goals of supporting locally grown and prepared foods by maintaining successful farmers markets and educating the public on the importance of buying locally. Volunteers are essential to every aspect of our mission and we simply couldn’t do what we do without them. If you are interested in becoming a market volunteer, please e-mail us directly firstname.lastname@example.org
Pets are allowed. Though, they should be kept on a short leash and by your side. Always come prepared with doggy bags in case they can’t hold it! Please avoid bringing them in the summer to reduce exposure to hot asphalt and excessive heat. We recommend covering their paws if you bring them in the later hours. We have a water bowl (cool water) that is refilled every hour near the information booth.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, administers benefits through an Electronic Bank Transfer (EBT) system. SNAP recipients receive their benefits electronically and access them with their EBT card at the Market Information Booth in exchange for wooden $1 tokens that can be used directly with vendors at the market. The SNAP Program is a federally funded USDA Food and Nutrition Services program.
Customers can currently receive unlimited Double Up Food Buck matching tokens on all purchases for fresh local produce. Read more here.
No cash? No problem. For regular market purchases, DPFM vendors will accept all major forms of debit and credit cards directly. Occasionally vendors may have issues running cards, and you may be directed to pay for goods at the information booth.
The Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) is a state-administered federal nutrition program. FMNP provides $30 to shop local produce for families enrolled in the Women Infants & Children (WIC) program and $50 to eligible seniors.
These federal funds are specifically distributed in order to purchase locally produced fresh fruit and vegetables directly from authorized farmers and farmers markets.
We also offer coupons for Seniors who meet FMNP eligibility requirements but aren’t enrolled in CFSP. Simply fill out a self-declaration form at our info booth on Saturdays!
While we’ve eased COVID-19 guidelines recently, we continue to monitor the threat of new variants circulating. We shall abide by any city guidelines/mandates and in accordance with the Arizona Department of Health Services. Maintaining a safe shopping environment is integral to our mission and the well-being of all who participate in the market.
You can find a complete list of our current guidelines here.
Summer: Amaranth, Apples, Beets, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Figs, Garlic, Green beans, Herbs, Leeks, Limes, Melons, Nectarines, Okra, Onions, Peaches, Plums, Potatoes, Squash (summer + winter), Sweet Onions, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Yams, Zucchini, Zucchini Blossoms
Fall: Apples, Arugula, Basil, Black-eyed peas, Chiles, Corn, Cucumbers, Figs, Green beans, Herbs, Okra, Pears, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Shelling Beans, Squash (summer), Squash (winter), Sweet Peppers, Tomatoes, Zucchini, Zucchini Blossoms
Winter: Arugula, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Broccoli raab, Brussel sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Celeriac/celery root, Clementines, Grapefruit, Green onion/scallions, Greens, Herbs, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lemons, Lettuce, Oranges, Parsnips, Radishes, Rutabagas, Spinach, Sweet potatoes, Tangerines, Turnips
Spring: Artichoke, Arugula, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Broccoli raab, Brussel sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Celeriac/celery root, Clementines, Garlic, Grapefruit, Green onion/scallions, Greens, Herbs, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Lemons, Lettuce, Mulberries, Oranges, Parsnips, Radishes, Rutabagas, Spinach, Strawberries, Sweet potatoes, Tangerines, Turnips.
Useful Tips for Shopping the Market
Exact change is encouraged when paying with cash. However, bank debit/credit cards are accepted and can be used at almost all of the vendor booths or run as one transaction at the Information Booth.
- Shop early for the best selection.
- The produce is seasonal so buy it when you see it. Ask the farmer how much longer it will be available.
- Ask questions about the produce/meat/products – know your food roots.
- Get to know the vendors – they’ll teach you how to use produce that is unfamiliar and offer recipe suggestions.
- Ask about pre-orders as many vendors allow you to pre-order things like eggs, meat, or artisan items.
- Bring a cooler with ice or a cold pack during the hot months.
- All meats are sold frozen.
- Bring your own grocery and produce bags, cart, or basket. Let’s reduce the number of new bags we consume.
- Bring reusable containers and straws if you plan to buy prepared food.
- Bring your own water! During the warmer months, we do have a hydration station that provides cool, filtered water. You must have your own bottle though.
- Enjoy shopping local and seasonal, be inspired by market-fresh recipes here (link to recipe box)