By Debbie Hall
Yes, Southern Nevada is located in a desert climate, but the good news is that are a number of farmers markets with a goal of offering fresh fruits and vegetables, local fresh breads and pastries, varieties of citrus, asparagus, beets, leafy greens, nuts, pasta, salad mix, fresh cut flowers, bedding plants, avocados, squash, bok choy and strawberries, along with local artisans and artists with handmade arts and crafts.
In 1999, The Las Vegas Farmers Market was founded by husband and wife team Ginger and Steve Johnson. Today, its markets are open three days a week including:
Las Vegas Farmers Market Gardens Park
10401 Gardens Park Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89135
Las Vegas Farmers Market Bruce Trent Park
1600 N. Rampart Blvd.
Bruce Trent Park (Rampart & Vegas Drive)
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Co-Sponsored by The City of Las Vegas Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services
The first and third Saturday of the month
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Las Vegas Farmers Market Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs
9100 Tule Spring Road
Las Vegas NV 89131
For more information, visit lasvegasfarmersmarket.com
Fresh52 Farmers & Artisan Market, certified by the Nevada Certified Farmers Market Association, provides organic, pesticide- and chemical-free seasonal produce, freshly baked goods, gourmet olive oils, salsas, sauces, nuts, handmade modern crafts and artisans. Stop in The Walk In located inside Las Vegas Land Rover in Tivoli Village for perishable items such as pastas, honey and herbs.
8 a.m.-1 p.m.
fresh52 at Tivoli Village
302 S. Rampart Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89145
8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
fresh52 at Sansone Park Place
9480 S. Eastern Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89123
For more information, visit fresh52.com
At the Springs Preserve, Bet on the Farm! is a sustainable local farmers market created by B&B Hospitality Group partners Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich. The market is certified by the Green Restaurant Association and is also is a member of Slow Food USA, a grassroots movement that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Bet on the Farm! @ Springs Preserve
333 South Valley View Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89107
For more information, visit springspreserve.org
Country Fresh Farmers Market in Henderson offers fresh produce, strawberries, honey, nuts, eggs, fresh baked breads and pastries, roasted coffee, loose leaf tea, salsa, kettle corn and hot dogs
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
240 Water Street
Henderson, NV 89015
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
200 S. Green Valley Pkwy
Henderson, NV 89012
For more information, visit countryfreshfarmersmarket.com