Las Vegas Sun

March 2, 2015

Currently: 61° — Complete forecast | Log in | Create an account

Home News

Get more news and info from where you live »

Farmers market opens in downtown Las Vegas


Sam Morris

Zoey Phillips looks at some onions at the Fremont East Entertainment District (FEED) Farmers’ Market Thursday, July 14, 2011.

Downtown Farmers Market

Ashton Bonds, left, and Noah Stratton pick up some oranges at the Fremont East Entertainment District (FEED) Farmers' Market Thursday, July 14, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Farmers market

Las Vegans can get straight-from-the-farm food downtown at the new farmers market. The Fremont East District farmers market opened for business Thursday with more than a dozen tables from Southern Nevada growers.

The market will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays at Azul Nightclub at Seventh Street and Ogden Avenue behind the El Cortez.

Market founder Gina Gavan said the area needed a fresh food outlet.

“We were really just listening to the need of the community and trying to bring people together downtown,” said Gavan, who last year founded Project Dinner Table, a dinner series that features local growers. “We’re committed to building downtown and building the community.”

“Every week there are going to be new producers,” Gavan said.

Growers from Henderson, Pahrump and Las Vegas sell products from coffee and spices to fruit and vegetables.

Rick Byrd, a grower for 15 years who owns Las Vegas-based U-Grow, sells at many markets.

“We have an indoor grow house ... so we can grow 365 days of the year,” Byrd said. “We grow tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, radishes, carrots and cucumbers, all of that kind of stuff.”

He was impressed by downtown’s new market, saying it could be the best one in town if every week is like the premiere, when 1,200 people attended. The Las Vegas Valley has nine farmers markets.

The market “has kind of exceeded our expectations,” Byrd said. “If the crowd holds out like this every week, this will definitely be the best farmers market in town.”

He said oranges and limes are his biggest sellers right now, but market shoppers including Las Vegas native Marla Grijalva bought other things.

“I bought tomatoes and cucumbers and some loose tea,” she said.

The experience was a first for her because she could never find markets near her home.

“I was real excited to hear it’s going to be here every week,” she said.

Join the Discussion:

Check this out for a full explanation of our conversion to the LiveFyre commenting system and instructions on how to sign up for an account.

Full comments policy

Previous Discussion: 4 comments so far…

Comments are moderated by Las Vegas Sun editors. Our goal is not to limit the discussion, but rather to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and contain no abusive language. Comments that are off-topic, vulgar, profane or include personal attacks will be removed. Full comments policy. Additionally, we now display comments from trusted commenters by default. Those wishing to become a trusted commenter need to verify their identity or sign in with Facebook Connect to tie their Facebook account to their Las Vegas Sun account. For more on this change, read our story about how it works and why we did it.

Only trusted comments are displayed on this page. Untrusted comments have expired from this story.

  1. Can a second day or a second time be added so that people who work can go to something as great as this? I come from NY & I miss farmers market's.

  2. It sounds great and I'm sure it is. However, one day a week for 3 hours? I would love to go but the hours don't work : (

  3. A great first day. Lots of folks, local produce, fun location, nicely done. This could "grow" into something big. Thanks to the organizers, growers, and shoppers. Another feature adding to our quality of life, especially for the downtown community.

  4. Hope it works into a 2-3 day thing.