Family Featured Food, Restaurants & Dining Travel, Shopping & Leisure Fara Illich October 21, 2009

DowntownMarket2Next week will be big for Downtown Phoenix. After years of waiting, downtown has its own brick-and-mortar grocery store. On Tuesday, October 27th, the Phoenix Public Market Urban Grocery and Wine Bar officially opens.
Better still, this is no ordinary supermarket; the produce, eggs and dairy products come from small Arizona farmers. There’s beer from local breweries, yummy baked goods from local artisans and flowers from local growers.
If you like the unusual and the organic, the Urban Grocery and Wine Bar is your spot. Check out the fresh herbs, handmade pasta and heirloom peppers. And don’t forget the organic sweet potatoes; I hope to snag a few, along with some locally grown butternut squash and tomatoes.
Even the names of the small farms that sell their wares sound like the kind of people or places you’d like to know: One Windmill Farm, Seacat Gardens, Dave the Eggman.
As many of you know, the Phoenix Public Market Urban Grocery and Wine Bar – whew, that’s one long name – is an outgrowth of the outdoor market, which still takes place every Wednesday and Saturday, adjacent to the new store. The Market is located at 721 N. Central on the Southeast corner of Central Avenue and McKinley.
If you’d like to get some wonderfully fresh goodies while supporting your local growers, here’s a list of next week’s Grand Opening activities. The Phoenix Public Market Urban Grocery and Wine Bar will remain open weekly, Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Monday, October 26: Royal Coffee Bar at the Market opens, 7 am to 8 pm
Tuesday, October 27: Grand Opening of the Urban Grocery and Wine Bar, 11 am to 8 pm
Wednesday, October 28 – Paint a pumpkin at the outdoor market
Thursday, October 29 – Grand Opening Celebration with live music, food and a silent auction, $45 per person
Friday, October 30: Head to on twitter for a special offer
Saturday, October 31: Activities for the kids, a guest book signing for you