When I think of summer, I always think of warm weather, alpine-lake adventures, and farmers’ markets in Reno! Unfortunately, due to COVID related restrictions, several of the region’s favorite markets won’t be opening this year.
Do not fret, fresh-fruit loving moms! There are a few wonderful farmers’ markets in Reno this season that is definitely worth checking out.
Season: Summer-Early Fall | June 19, 2020 to October 30, 2020
Days/Times: Fridays | 9am – 1:00pm
Location: 290 Kietzke Lane, Reno, NV 89502
Bonsai Blue Garden Market is celebrating its first summer season! This urban market is definitely worth stopping by.
Located on the property of Dayton Valley Turf, this Farmers Market has a little something for everyone.
The Yamamoto Family has created a beautiful garden to walk through as you enjoy fresh produce, local honey, flowers that specialize in attracting pollinating insects, local market vendors, and more. Masks are required and social distancing is being practiced.
One of the highlights of this farmers’ market in Reno for me was the wonderful produce package from Yamamoto Farms. They made dinner for the evening a cinch, offering a Summer Stir Fry veggie mix along with a recipe.
Included was snow peas, snow pea baby greens, red bunching onions, white bunching onions, fresh basil, zucchini, and garlic flower. I only had to add oil, soy sauce, and seasoning.
This was fun for my family, as it gave us a chance to try out a few ingredients we had never cooked with: the snow pea baby greens, and garlic flower. The end result was delicious. The Yamamoto Farms share a different recipe every month. I look forward to trying the next one.
Season: Summer | June 6, 2020 to September 26, 2020
Days/Times: Saturdays | 8:30am – 1:00pm
Location: 3rd & Curry Street
The Carson Farmers Market continues to be one of the best in Northern Nevada, highlighting produce from farmers from all over the area. This market has grown to become one of Carson’s premier events for locals and tourists alike.
There are strict social-distancing practices in place but the spirit, energy and bustle has not been lost.
One of the best aspects of the Carson Farmers Market is the opportunity to get to know the farmers and vendors. These people are more than vendors, they truly care about good food and the quality of life that comes with it.
While you’re at the market, it’s worth taking a minute to meet the farmers and ask them questions. Learn more about where your food comes from, and enjoy the flavors fresh from the farm!
The only thing missing these days is the samples. But going home with a big bag of produce makes everything worth it!
More than Vegetables
The Carson Farmers Market is unique in the fact that they offer a wide variety of vendors. It is really a one-stop-shop, offering beef, bison, pork, chicken, and seafood for the grill from Black Rock Bison, Butler Meats, and Freshway Fish.
The bakeries selling a variety of lovely bread, cookies, and baked goods make it hard not to leave the market without something to enjoy on the ride back into town.
Season: Summer | June 27, 2020 to September 26, 2020
Days/Times: Tuesdays and Saturdays | 9:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Tamarack Junction, 13101 S. Virginia Street
While one of the newer markets in the area, The Tamarack Junction Farmers Market has quickly become one of the most popular. This great local market is located in the parking lot of the Tamarack Junction Casino, in South Reno.
Get there early to get the best produce. The Tamarack Junction Farmers Market is also following great social distancing practices, but this has not deterred families from coming out and loading up.
Along with farm-fresh produce, you will find a wide variety of other items including; arts & crafts, specialty foods, and flowers. Be sure to take the opportunity to meet your farmers and enjoy the environment of the farmers’ market community.
From the Dirt
One vendor, I found especially interesting was Little Roots Farms. Based out of Truckee, this small, diversified 1-acre farm specializes in growing mushrooms, microgreens, and edible flowers.
Their farm/greenhouse is nestled in a pine forest. This provides protection from the elements like wind and rain (hail and snow). Perennial vegetation like manzanitas and other woody shrubs stabilize the soil and act as a buffer for habitat areas.
If that’s not incredible enough, Little Roots Farms’ edible flowers act as vegetative barriers and have greatly increased the farm’s pollinator & beneficial insect community.
The mushrooms and microgreens are delicious, but the edible flowers are MAGICAL!
Support Local Farmers’ Markets in Reno
With Summer in full gear, it is time to get out there and explore. Have you been to one of the farmers’ markets in Reno? Let us know your favorites in the comments below!
What special surprises have you found from your local farmers?
Sarah Bear Rively is a Reno resident for over 30 years and loves the uniqueness of Northern Nevada. Sarah and her husband are parents to a sassy, smart, considerate “three-anger". Sarah has spent the majority of her career helping Reno’s at-risk populations through non-profit and social service work. She now proudly works for the Northern Nevada Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Sarah considers herself a fun-loving person who enjoys laughing, getting creative, helping the community, and spending time with family. You can follow her in real life on Instagram and TikTok.