Bet on the Farm! Farmer’s Market
333 S Valley View Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Price: Admission is free
Hours: Thursdays – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., open year-round
Summer is officially here and that means one thing: farm-fresh produce. One of the best places to purchase seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables is the Bet on the Farm! Farmer’s Market, held every Thursday at the Springs Preserve. Presented by the Springs Preserve in conjunction with B&B Hospitality Group, whose partners include celebrity chef Mario Batali, the sustainable farmer’s market debuted last November. It is certified by the Green Restaurant Association, a national non-profit that provides convenient and cost-effective ways for restaurants, manufacturers, distributors and consumers to become more environmentally responsible. It is also a member of Slow Food USA, a grassroots movement that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment. In addition to produce, the cash-only market sells local honey, fresh eggs, herbs, pistachios, local-roasted coffee and dates. Here’s a look at some of its regular vendors and what they sell to guests.
Bar 10 Beef
P.O. Box 910088
St. George, UT 84790
Offering all-natural, grass-fed beef free of hormones, growth-promoting additives and antibiotics, Bar 10 Beef attends the Bet on the Farm! Farmer’s Market approximately once a month. Everything is done on a pre-order basis, with customers placing their orders online or by phone and picking them up at the market. Meat is available by the pound, or guests can purchase one of Bar 10 Beef’s package specials, ranging from a 20-pound sampler package to a 400-pound whole-beef package, featuring everything from tenderloin and rib-eye to ground-steak patties and soup bones. Beef will be available again by July, as harvesting started up in June, and a waiting list has already begun. Be sure to place your order as quickly as possible. Not only does grass-fed beef taste better, it’s also better for you, as it’s lower in calories and fat than grain-fed beef and higher in omega-three fatty acids and vitamin E.
Herbs by Diane
P.O. Box 62124
Boulder City, NV 89006
Offering approximately 50 different herbs, Herbs by Diane has been practicing organic gardening methods for more than 30 years. Pesticides aren’t used on any of its herbs or vegetables, and chemical fertilizers are absent too. Best known for its micro-greens like sunflower greens, radish greens, pea shoots, corn shoots, micro-arugula and micro-spicy mustard, seasonal items available at the farmer’s market this summer are stock full of them. Check out the variety of basil (cinnamon, opal, lemon, spicy globe, sweet and Thai), summer squash, Armenian cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, edible flowers, herbs and sunflower greens. In addition to the Bet on the Farm! Farmer’s Market, Herbs by Diane also sells items at two other farmer’s markets and provides produce to five local restaurants on a regular basis, including Sensi at Bellagio, B&B Ristorante at The Venetian and Carnevino at The Palazzo.
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Quail Hollow Farm
P.O. Box 688
Overton, NV 89040
Quail Hollow Farm grows its products in the Moapa Valley of Southern Nevada. Having started up in 2006, it is still relatively new to the farmers market scene, but has quickly made a great name for itself. The local, organic, sustainable farm sells all sorts of vegetables throughout the year including lettuce, onions, carrots and potatoes. It also offers unique varieties of garlic, romaine lettuce and radishes. In addition to produce, guests can buy honey produced from bees right on the property. Occasionally, Quail Hollow Farm has different types of goat cheese as well, so be sure to stop by its booth as you never know what tasty, fresh items will be for sale. Visit its website to check out some great recipes for cooking with the ingredients purchased at the stand.
When she’s not interviewing some of Hollywood’s biggest celebs, Heather Turk can often be found visiting some of Las Vegas’ most popular restaurants and spas for Examiner.com. She also covers the Las Vegas market for a variety of other media outlets, including Allegiant Air’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.