Eating healthy one meal at a time

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:

Tuesday

4-8 p.m.

Las Vegas Farmers Market Gardens Park

10401 Gardens Park Drive

Las Vegas, NV 89135

Wednesday

4-8 p.m.

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.

Saturday

8 a.m.-1 p.m.

fresh52 at Tivoli Village

302 S. Rampart Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89145

Sunday

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.

Thursday

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

Thursday

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

240 Water Street

Henderson, NV 89015

Friday

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

200 S. Green Valley Pkwy

Henderson, NV 89012

For more information, visit countryfreshfarmersmarket.com

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