This was the opening day of downtown Reno's new farmer's market, a snapshot of what the urban market, due this winter, will be. I didn't have time to walk downtown because of a dinner engagement, so we parked in the Siena parking lot, easily finding a space. The dinner party was at 5:00, so the farmer's market was a perfect stop to pick up some goodies on the way there. I arrived just as they opened, around 4:15, and the stage was still being set up.
The offerings at the farmer's market were wide ranging and delicious. From Lattin Farms, based out of Fallon, I picked up a delicious wild blueberry cake loaf, a french onion bread loaf, and some home-made fire-roasted salsa. We then cruised over to the honey dude (sorry honey dude I forgot your name!) but the honey was made in Gardnerville. Then we picked up some bing cherries, HUGE cherries, and they were yummy. I also picked up some lettuce and some squash from another farmer's booth. All of what I mentioned received rave reviews at the dinner party I attended.
There were other booths to explore, including a massage station courtesy the Sienna, and the folks getting messages seemed to be enjoying it. Cal Neva had a large booth set up for drinks and snacks, and Gordon's Backyard BBQ had a trailer set up to serve up fresh meats BBQ style. In the center of the market was a large cooling stations with EMT's on hand, which I thought was a nice touch. I wish I could've stayed longer to see the entertainment but I had to bail for my dinner party. THey also had some activities for kids including a large bungee-trampoline thing, and something called a Chalk Walk, and a cute clown walking around with balloons. I liked the scale of this market better than the one in Sparks, it was more hometown, less crowded. I urge everyone to check it out next Friday! Pics below.
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Posted by: Matthew A - 7/7/2007 2:49:40 PM
My wife, daughter, and I also went during the five-o-clock hour. It was very nice. We got some fingerling potatoes, some yellow squash, some of those cherries Mike got (and yes they are very good), and some fancy pasta. I met the mayor, which was pretty neat. He was walking around and thanking the farmers for coming out to support the new market. He was waving to my baby daughter when a sneaky RGJ photographer took our picture. The picture is on the RGJ website. It was very fun. After that, we walked down to the Pioneer, around the courthouse, and back up to the riverwalk then down to Wingfield and back. We currently live in Washoe Valley and don't come downtown very often, but this is the type of event that we may come down for on a regular basis. Thanks everybody.
Posted by: Matthew A - 7/9/2007 5:08:50 PM
Wow! Mike, I guess you and I were the only ones to make it. That is a little sad, as it was quite nice.