Friday Farmer's Market Downtown
Any Chowhounds get there? Sure looks like this is the first F.M. that really has a chance to take off for the average Las Vegan.
Went there last Friday -- good turnout, and a nice selection considering the time of year, and that we're in the desert. Good produce brought in mostly from (presumably) California, and some local items as well. There were several produce vendors -- some with greens and exotic apple varieties, a vendor with local honey, another selling herbs and spices; also, a place with cookies, scones, etc, the China Ranch (Shoshone) date guy, as well as a tamale vendor. Artisinal Foods was also present, and the Fukuburger and Grouchy John's trucks were parked outside.
Some exceptional strawberries (pictured below) -- best I've had in a very long time. Although you might have sticker shock as I did, over a $7 basket of strawberries, these were equal to the best you would find at the Santa Monica or Ferry Plaza (SF) markets. Again, we're in the desert here. Sure, you can find a $2 basket of berries at the grocery store, but that comparison would be like uh, apples & oranges, or something like that, anyway.
Overall, it's the most promising farmers market I've seen yet in Vegas, although I have yet to make it to the Springs Preserve Thursday market. I have no connection with the market, but would like to see it succeed. Will try to get a list of vendors and follow up.
Pictured below: Kerry Clasby, market manager and key produce vendor
re: Steve Green
I believe that the Friday downtown Farmer's Market is connected with the Spring's Preserve one...run by the same people (or at least that's what I remember hearing on the NPR radio show where I first heard about the Springs Preserve market). I forgot to mention that when I posted on the SP market, mainly because I couldn't remember what day it was....btw, can anyone tell me the exact times/location of the Friday market? I work near downtown on Fridays, and might be able to sneak away someday......
9 AM--2 PM, at the former bus station at 95-S and Casino Center Dr -- it's that funny-looking copper-topped building next to the Mob Museum. Here's an article that should cover the details:
I was under the impression that the Springs Preserve market is a continuation of the Molto Vegas market that used to be on the other side of town on Dean Martin Drive.