Gettin' fresh … in Northern Nevada

Farmer’s Market Funk

Welcome to what Northern Nevada calls a “farmer’s market.”   On any given day of the week, there is a parking lot somewhere in town with at least four or five booths set up and a display of fruits, veggies or etc with a big FARMER’S MARKET sign waving in the air.

I guess I’m in a funk about my fresh veggie situation.   I’m just not impressed lately.   I am beginning to regret my decision to not do the CSA box this year.   I have loved Bountiful Baskets but it’s not very local.   And, well, the farmer’s market situation isn’t very local either.   Ugh.   I like knowing my farmer.  I’m a foodie bloggie snob.   I just joined the club this morning, as a matter of fact.   (See HERE, you can join, too!)

Don’t get me wrong.   There is some good stuff to be had out there.   But, really?   Check out these shots from a random, local casino parking lot.   (Honest.   Casino parking lot.)

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Yup.  It was pretty crowded that day.

Actually, the lack of crowds is the up side for me.   There are a few farmer’s market in the evenings that are more of a “meet-market” than I would like soooo … this one is pretty good.  You don’t have to fight for parking, you can get some freshies and move on with your life.   And, BONUS, it is really close to my office so I don’t even have to use up my lunch break to go there.   (woo hoo!)

Most of the vendors are from California and have a sign displayed on their booth somewhere.   But, I don’t really get the  farm fresh feeling from these types of markets.   And, don’t get me started about organic or GMO stuff.   {insert RANT here}

That being said, the fruit selection at this little ditty was pretty nice.   There were lots of free samples available and, yes, I did buy several things. This week was all about fruit:   Rainier cherries, pluots, plums and peaches.   Mmmmmm.   Sweet goodness.

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Do you have a local farmer’s market?   Is it in a casino parking lot, too?    Hmmm.   I didn’t think so.

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6 responses

  1. Those peaches and cherries look tasty! Great pics. We’re lucky to live in NJ farmland so on any day in the summer and fall we can drive to several farm stands right in front of the farm where you can see the food growing and meet the farmers! It’s very cool. You’ll just have to expand the garden next year and grow all your own.

    June 26, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    • Oh, your timing is just too perfect. I scheduled a post for tomorrow about my farming skills. Plan accordingly. 🙂

      June 26, 2013 at 4:36 pm

  2. Sharlea,
    Funny you should ask about farmer’s markets. A new one is starting up about 10 blocks from home, and I’ll walk down Saturday to check it out. So far it looks to be a bunch of bakeries and food trucks, but you never know. When I first heard about it I forwarded the market info to our CSA farmers and the meat CSA folks who pasture our eggs, but I have not heard that they joined in.

    June 26, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    • Good luck! We have a decent food truck scene here. We are going to festival thing on Saturday. 🙂

      June 26, 2013 at 7:48 pm

  3. rebellin

    Haha, my favorite quote is ” Is it in a casino parking lot?”

    I’ve often mused at how most of the farmers at our local farmers markets are from California. I mean, I guess it makes sense, as we don’t really have many fruit growing farmers in Northern Nevada. Is it just me, or do they feel really expensive, too? I confess that sometimes I have a debate in my head of “I can buy organic fruit from Costco, and most of it comes from CA as well, so what is the difference?”

    However, I’m on my fourth year of buying the Great Basin Basket CSA. I didn’t sign up for the Spring basket because the volume of lettuce is ungodly, but am loving my summer basket. Plus, I don’t feel as guilty when I supplement with some fruits and veggies from Costco or the grocery store. I think the basket forces me to learn how to fix different veggies, and introduces us to new fruit.

    P.S. Last year, I signed up for the Great Basin Basket fruit basket. Know where the fruit came from? Idaho.

    July 18, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    • Yup. Agreed on all points. I did the Great Basin CSA last year and loved summer and autumn. The fruit was good but –uh– Idaho is not local. ?? Did they find a new fruit partner for this year? I might go back to it next year. Bountiful Baskets are fun but not local. And, just … meh, ok.

      July 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm

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