I had heard about the new Farmer's Market that runs 10 am to 1pm on Thursdays at the Springs Preserve. I knew my errands today would take me right past there so decided to check it out. This is apparently somehow an offshoot of Mario Batali's market that was shut down due to permit concerns or some such thing.
Glad I went; definitely worth the trip. Admission to the preserve grounds is free on market days, and if you've never spent an hour or so wandering around their gardens its a great excuse to do so. They have some wonderful interpretive exhibits on desert and organic gardening. Beautiful place. The market itself is held within a very large meeting room, so it will be warm, cool, and/or dry regardless of the season.
The market limits itself to food products, so that's a plus for those of us a little tired of seeing more crafts booths than food at local markets. IMO It is larger than any of the small farmer's markets out there. A surprising amount of the produce is grown right in the Las Vegas valley (I bought local spinach; who knew?). Good quality, as they do cater to local restaurants. What isn't truly local mostly comes from the Imperial Valley; close enough. Today's market featured seasonally appropriate foods: lots of green, leafy vegetables; root veggies, and citrus. There is a good choice of products, and some unusual items. (Salsify, blood oranges, some type of lime that looks like an orange with orange flesh but tastes like a lime - forget the name, purple brussel sprouts, etc). Also locally made honey (finally!) and breads. Prices are reasonable given the quality. I started with 20 dollars and left with a large loaf of seven-grain bread, icicle radishes, tangerines, lemons, a big bag of spinach leaves, assorted chiilis and peppers, mini-potatoes in a variety of colors (red, white and purple),and some of those purple brussel sprouts (couldn't resist as I had never seen them before! :-)
I am happy that Thursday I have the morning off, and often have to check our business' PO Box which isn't too far from there, so now I have an excuse to drop by. I recommend other hounds do so as well. Judging by the crowd today, the word has gotten out....go early for best selection Springs Preserve is on Valley View just off the 95 (across the street from Meadows Mall)
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