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Jan 31, 2011 07:26 AM


I live not far from Vegas and would like to find a really good farmers market. I see several listed on line but can't tell much about them. Which is the biggest and best for fresh and direct "off the farm" produce and other homemade goodies? I read where the one on Dean Martin is open every Thursday from 10:00 to 1:00, and started out "for chef's only" but now open to public. Would appreciate some suggestions, thanks.

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  1. Hey, I wish you luck on this one. Markets are decidely smaller than what I'm used to. This has been discussed a couple of times before...

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    1. re: skaboy

      I'll make the rounds and check'm out, see what happens. thanks for response.

    2. You won't find a good farmer's market in Las Vegas and certainly not a large one. Most are populated by craft vendors.!/Mo...

      Molto Mario is the best of the lot. It's indoors which is a blessing in summer, yet the facility is so small and the short time open to the public makes for a made dash at 11:00AM. Try to imagine squeezing into your garage at home with 300 other people and you get a sense of the crown and claustrophobia in play.

      As far as the vegetables, they are best of what's available nearby, but that isn't saying much. Logandale/Overton, Sandy Valley and some greenhouses in Pahrump makes for the bulk of the vendors. A local honey producer, a bakery that doesn't retail and Gilcrease Orchards makes up the rest.

      By the time the chefs by the really good stuff during the first hour, what's left is barely better than supermarket quality. I was hoping for truly flavorful tomatoes, but only got some that barely made Von's quality standards. The herb grower from Pahrump has great herbs and makes incredible pesto and marinara, but their prices are not affordable.

      Molto Mario *is* the best of was passes for farmers markets, but if you've ever attended ones close to major agricultural growing areas, everything here is a major disappointment.

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      1. re: shamu613

        Thanks for the info, I appreciate.

        1. re: shamu613

          shamu613, you summed it up perfectly. I'm sure if we weren't living in the middle of the desert, there would be a lot more available. :o)

          1. re: Steve Green

            Thanks for the info from all!-----Coming from south Louisiana where farmers markets cover blocks of area and have "you name it" items available, it's dissapointing to hear these reports. With the size of this city, great restaurants, some of the top chefs in the country I expected to find the biggest and best farmers market in the country. Hopefully things will change and get better soon. thanks again.

            1. re: fishnet101

              You'd think so, but remember that being in the desert, major agricultural areas are many hundreds of miles away. It's just not practical for individual farmers to drive in with their produce. I've been here 10 years, and things have improved a bit, but I wouldn't expect a lot of change, if only due to the geographical limitations. Over the years, I've seen an increase in local vegetables (greenhouse-grown, of course), and a bit more produce trucked in from the San Joaquin and Imperial valleys (mostly grocery-store-quality), and of course the Molto market. But for stone fruit for example, I don't think you'll find anything good that's grown around here, and not much in general from the farmers markets -- even peak-of-summer stone fruit at Molto is disappointing and expensive. I've tried fruit from Gilcrease on several occasions, and IMO it's not so good. Surprising that they can grow _anything_ given the climate.

              Also, some of those local greenhouse vegs seem fine, but I worry about produce that's grown with the local water, which I personally don't drink (heavy metals from the Henderson mining industry in the water table, etc.) YMMV.

        2. I still think that folks should be a little more open-minded about the Summerlin Farmer's Markets. yes, they are small, with only a few vendors, but those have a decent variety. I went today, and they were out there despite the freezing temps. Most of the produce is grown in the Imperial Valley of California, as someone mentioned elsewhere, and is trucked in that morning. There was one certified organic stand. I bought some lovely yellow beets, brussel sprouts, yams, cilantro, tangelos, radishes, cucumber, etc. Even though the market is small in general the prices are decent. A HUGE bunch of beets with greens was three dollars, large cucumbers a dollar, tangelos four for a dollar, etc. The girl threw in some new type of orange they are featuring: I forget the name but it looks all nobby. I remember her saying they were five for a dollar, but that one she just gave me to try. Also the first of the season's strawberries were in. I tasted them from two vendors: they aren't sweet enough yet IMO. Last year later in the season they were much better, so I decided to pass. Oh, and I didn't buy it and I'm not sure why not, but there was some beautiful young asparagus.

          The Wednesday market is at the corner of Rampart and Vegas in Bruce Trent Park. It goes from 2 to 6 in the winter, and I think from 4 to 8 in summer. The same group of vendors is at a market on Tuesdays elsewhere in Summerlin, but I'm not sure where. That Wed. market is only about a mile from my house, if that, so I figure its worth it to stop by once a week and check it out. Yes, small, but as others have pointed out: its a desert out there. Just not that many farmers, guys. Think about it.

          One final note: the guy who has the dried fruit stand has some excellent (but somewhat pricey) options. Try the organic dried bing cherries. Wonderful in salads.