The water misters that surrounded the coverings in a large parking lot were not the only things that attracted a crowd on an 107 degree Wednesday evening. Colorful fruits, cool Italian ice, and a wide variety of international cuisine scattered the downtown Phoenix open air market aspeople of all ages gathered to grab a bite or just to relax in the shade.
There, everything from stands selling fresh produce, to food trucks selling hot Mexican cuisine is located. One Windmill Farm, owned by John Scott, of Phoenix, offers mixed fruits and vegetables, home grown in Queen Creek, AZ. He has been farming for over 27 years, and serves five markets a week in the area. His early mornings and late evenings pay off. “He loves what he does,” said Nikki Scott, his daughter, who also helps with the stand. She said the best part about this job is being outside all day. The worst? “The heat,” she said with a laugh.
And within a couple yards, A red food truck read, “Flavor Chalet,” and transforms the consumer into another continent. Literally. Enthusiastic Deeds Moodley, of South Africa, sells Indian food with a South African twist. He offers Kebab (flavored meatballs), Dhall, Roti rolls and Samoosas. Healthy food is a focus for Moodley. “My food is really health conscious,” said Moodley. To sum it up, Moodley added, “I sell the best!”
A large group of teenagers taking a break from a “Shrek” rehearsal at the Youth Theatre filled the little market. One of these teenagers, 15-year-old Erik Wilson, said he really likes the food. “It is a neat little community,” he said.
The Phoenix downtown open air market is open Wednesdays 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. And exclusively on Fridays, “Food Truck Friday” (soley food trucks selling lunch) is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m