Farmers markets are pop-up shopping destinations where local farmers, artisans, bakers, and other vendors sell their goods. These community events are great for doing your weekly grocery shopping, buying fresh-from-the-farm produce, finding unique locally made foods and gifts, and supporting small businesses in Vegas. That’s why Crème de la Crème of Las Vegas on Durango Drive put together this list of five local farmers and artisan markets that you and your family are sure to love visiting.
Bruce Trent Park Farmers Market
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Hosted by Las Vegas Farmers Market LLC, the Bruce Trent Park Farmers Market is one of a few markets by this local farmers market planning organization that’s known for putting on some of the best and most diverse farmers markets in the area.
At the Bruce Trent Park Farmers Market, you can purchase fresh seasonal produce sold by certified farmers and growers in the region. You’ll have your pick of fresh squash, zucchini, tomatoes, berries, lettuce, fruits, and much more. In addition to produce, you can also visit the stands of local artisans who sell jewelry, baked goods, homemade housewares and clothing, as well as native and unique plants.
You can visit this farmers market every Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bruce Trent Park, located at 600 N. Rampart Blvd. in Las Vegas. This market is year-round, but the hours can change with the season.
Downtown Summerlin Market at The Pavilion
Another farmers market hosted by Las Vegas Farmers Market LLC is the Downtown Summerlin Market at the Pavilion. It’s an open-air market held at the shopping center in the beautiful master-planned community on the eastern side of town.
You can shop a wide variety of fruits and veggies grown right here in the Southwestern U.S., fresh breads and sweets, homemade pasta, fresh-cut flowers, and indoor and outdoor plants. Though the selection can vary by season and vendor, you can typically find a lot of citrus, veggies like beets, leafy greens, bok choy, and squash, fruits like apples, strawberries, blueberries, and avocados, as well as freshly baked breads, cakes, rolls, and pastries.
Head to this market every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1980 Festival Plaza Drive in Las Vegas.
Fresh52 Farmers & Artisan Market
Fresh52 is another farmers market planning organization that hosts multiple markets throughout the week all around the city of Las Vegas and in nearby Henderson. All of these fantastic markets feature farm-fresh produce from local and regional farmers and growers, local food and craft artisans, local food trucks and vendors from local restaurants, baked goods, fresh-cut flowers, and much more.
You can have your pick of berries, melons, squash, and many more fruits and veggies. You’ll also find vendors selling nuts, cool native plants, homemade foods and condiments like hummus, honey, flavored syrups, and handcrafted goods like soap and clothes. Grab some jewelry, a beautiful bouquet, or doggie collar for the perfect gift. What’s more is that some events are themed and have special events, like a melon-eating contest, and even host special vendors like foragers, vegan foodies, and local organizations and small businesses.
If you head to Henderson on Thursday, you can catch either the market at Lake Las Vegas, which is held on the first and third Thursday of the month, or the Inspirada Market at Solista Park, which is held the second and fourth Thursday of the month. Both markets in Henderson are open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., so is a great evening market to hit after you pick up the kids from school or get off of work. Inspirada is located at 2000 Via Firenze, and the Lake Las Vegas market is located at 30 Strada Di Villagio.
You can also stay in Vegas for the weekend markets. Every Saturday, check out the market at Tivoli Village, and on Sunday, go to the market at Sansone Park Place. Both weekend markets are open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., a perfect family bonding activity. You can find the Tivoli Village market at 400 S. Rampart Blvd. and Sansone Park Place market at 9480 S. Eastern Ave.
Intuitive Forager Farmers Market at Downtown 3rd
The Intuitive Forage Farmers Markets offer the largest variety and selection of organic produce and locally sourced and made products in the region. This market features 600 farms and vendors throughout the year to bring shoppers seasonal produce as well as artisan crafts and food goods including teas and spices.
However, what sets this farmers market apart is that you and your family can also take part in a bunch of amazingly fun and educational activities. Your kids can have fun doing arts and crafts and other activities just for children. Your whole family can take a yoga class or attend a seminar on eating a nutritionally rich diet. If you’re looking for recipes to guide you in using your fresh ingredients, the market also hosts chef demonstrations to teach you how to cook full meals or just use certain ingredients.
For an immersive farmers market experience, head to Downtown Third (at the old bus depot in downtown Las Vegas) every Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The address is 300 N. Casino Center Blvd.
Market in the Alley
If you’re looking for an artisan goods and handicrafts-focused market, then Market in the Alley is for you! This organization hosts pop-up artisan markets near Fergusons Downtown to show off the works of dozens of local artists, designers, antique sellers, and other vendors. At these markets, you can purchase clothes, art, photography, jewelry, soaps and apothecary items, baked goods, vintage goods, woodworked goods, and so much more. And if you happen to miss a market event, you can also shop the artists’ goods through the market’s site and still shop local.
You can visit this market located at 1028 Fremont St. in Las Vegas, sometimes on the roof of Mothership Coffee Roasters and other times in the yard outside the shop. Subscribe to their newsletter to stay up to date on when they host the next pop-up market.Going to the farmers market can be a great change of pace from grocery shopping and a fun place for your family to get involved in the community. Did we miss any of your favorite farmers and artisan markets in and around Las Vegas? If so, let us know, and we’ll be sure to add it to our list!