One of our favorite weekend family activities is to go to the Gilbert Farmers Market. Weekend markets are easier for us to work into our busy schedule. I like to go because we can get fresh, local, in-season produce and the kiddos like it because, well, they like any activity with food trucks. Plus, in the winter (October-March), they usually can get their faces painted at the art walk across the street, and in the summer they get to splash under the water tower after I finish my shopping.
This past weekend Pumpkin invited a friend and the three of us left early to beat the heat. We started with breakfast – liege waffles for the girls, cold-brew coffee and empanadas for me!
I made the girls a bingo game to play while I shopped – they had fun looking for different vegetables and vendors and seeing who could find them first.
There were plenty of other activities to keep them busy, too – they played jumbo Jenga and got to sit inside a Gilbert Police car. They loved pretending to talk over the radio!
We loaded up on produce – red potatoes, sweet potatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, pattypan squash, onions, watermelon, tomatoes and cucumber.
By the time I finished paying, the girls were begging me to go splash, so off we went to the fountains under the water tower.
The Gilbert Farmers Market is open year-round, with summer hours of 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. When we can get the family out the door in the morning, I like to go as early as possible to beat the heat and get the best selection of produce. On my list for our next visit: farm-fresh eggs, local olive oil, bread and peanut butter.