Why We Need to Support Our Local Farmers Markets
One of my favorite places I remember visiting as a child was the Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles where I grew up. I was never excited to go shopping or to the grocery store, but anytime we headed to the Farmer’s Market, located in the heart of L.A., I would bounce with anticipation. It was an awesome place with shops, bakeries, restaurants and of course produce from local farms. It was one of the many places I missed when I moved here to Las Vegas over twenty years ago and several times I’ve wished they would build something similar here. Will that happen? I might have said “no” ten or fifteen years ago, but with small farmer’s markets popping up all over the Las Vegas valley in recent years, now I’m not so sure.
Here’s information on the markets that are here:
Bet on the Farm was created by Joe Bastianich and celebrity chef, Mario Batali, to celebrate the “accomplishments in the realm of sustainability” in the food industry. Held at the Palazzo Hotel Casino, the event was a huge success. Now Bet on the Farm’s Farmer’s Market , which procures foods such as fruits, vegetables, herbs, fresh eggs and honey from local farms here in Las Vegas and Southern California, opens every Thursday at the Springs Preserve from 10am to 3pm. The event is free but you must pay for any purchases in cash.
Fresh 52 Farmers & Artisan Market holds their market at three different locations on various days. Not only does the market offer local produce, but you may also find homemade baked goods and crafts. They also try to make it a family affair by offering fun things for kids such as face painting and balloons during certain times. Fresh 52 occurs every week at Town Square (Friday 3 – 7pm), Tivoli Village (Saturday 8am – 1pm) and Sansone Park Place (Sunday 8:30 – 1pm).
Country Fresh Farmers Market sells fresh produce, coffee, tea, kettle corn and much more. On Fridays they are located at the Henderson Pavilion from 10am – 4pm and on Saturdays in Henderson’s Water Street District from 9am – 4pm.
Las Vegas Farmers Market also holds their market at three locations on the north side of the valley. They offer a huge variety of goods including fresh produce, baked goods, flowers and plants, homemade crafts and jewelry. They are open every Tuesday from 2 – 6pm at Gardens Park and every Wednesday from 4 – 8pm at Bruce Trent Park. Every first and third Saturday of each month, Las Vegas Farmers Market will be at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs.
Downtown3rd Farmers Market is the largest indoor farmer’s market in Las Vegas. Located in Downtown Las Vegas, this market is also the newest one that showcases local farmers, offers lifestyle classes and art shows. Downtown3rd Farmers Market is open every Friday from 9am – 2pm.
So why should we support these local farmer’s markets? Not only am I hoping we’ll have our own huge market like the one in L.A but it’s important to support our local farms and ranches. By purchasing their goods, they will continue to raise produce and animals the correct way: without chemicals and antibiotics, without cruelty, without “unsustainability”. It promotes healthy eating as our children can associate fruits and vegetables with something fun (as I did as a child). These markets also provides us with a sense of community since they try to make them family friendly and often showcase not only our local farmers, but also our artists, crafters, bakers and businesses.