Who says nothing grows in the desert? Local flavor is fresh and on display Saturdays at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market, where Arizona-grown oranges and peppers are sold alongside homemade tamales and mozzarella. There are readymade snacks from gourmet food trucks, artisan ice cream in flavors like salted butter caramel and Madagascar vanilla, even lavender or PB&J crème brulee from Torched Goodness. If you’re lucky, you’ll land at the market on a day when a Scottsdale chef is holding a cooking demonstration with goods sourced from the stands.
Peaches. Heirloom tomatoes. Figs. Habanero peppers. These are just some of the organic crop grown at Singh Farms, an inconspicuous oasis tucked along one of the city’s main roadways. Come by on a Saturday morning for the harvest and to browse Singh’s open-air store full of fresh-baked bread, herb butter, honey and eggs. A local chef dishes out breakfast from the outdoor café almost every week.