SLIDESHOW: Open Air Market unites community of Phoenix

Every Saturday morning the community of Downtown Phoenix gathers to celebrate food, neighbors and local businesses. This weekly Open Air Market is hosted by Phoenix Public Market who aims to unite a community through engagement.

The market is a popular event that made over $170,000 in revenue last year. In 2014 the market included 194 participating vendors, 68 of which were newcomers.

Because of the success of the Saturday morning market, Open Air Market is looking forward to launching Downtown Sundown on Sept. 24th. This new market will take place on Thursday evenings from 5-9 p.m.

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Graphic courtesy of Phoenix Public Market

Downtown Sundown will include farm fresh foods, local beers and wines, and various types of entertainment to suit its slogan

“Chow. Beer. Shop. Cheer.”

According to Market Manager Sara Matlin, the market is a place for gathering that also provides fresh, healthy food to a community in need.

“We’re [Phoenix] actually located in a food desert. So, the fact that our market runs weekly is important because it gives the community an opportunity to buy healthy food from others in the community that need the business.”

Open Air Market has been running weekly for 10 years, and now they are preparing to start Downtown Sundown to expand the success of the organization. The first Downtown Sundown was on Sept. 24th, and will continue to provide food to the community each Thursday evening.

Check out the slideshow below to learn more about the market and see a preview of the food and services the markets provide. 

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