11 Aug Downtown 3rd Farmers Market: Our Healthy Neighborhood
By Olivia Zech
Downtown 3rd Farmers Market, Las Vegas’ largest indoor farmers market, is an innovative, health-forward organization here to nutritionally revamp your life. The tight knit team offers not only the best products available, but does so with style and spirit. With the highest standards for quality and care, their selection is supremely delicious, seasonal, and selective, pulling the cream of the crop from California and along with four different Nevada farms.
Whether you’re a chef, spearheading a hip, healthy family, or need to make over your fridge, the team welcomes you with delight. Stuart Yaffe is manager of the California farmstands and assistant manager of the market. “It’s the only market you’re going to find where a lot of Las Vegas chefs are coming. They know the quality of our produce and the level we’re getting, so they’re coming in to look at things and make orders for their restaurants. We see these guys bumping elbows with local men and women and answering their questions about the food, ” Yaffe says about the market’s high standards.
Even if you’re just hungry and curious, a trip to the market is well worth the worth the trip. It’s also an opportunity to broaden your education about natural and organic foods from the experts themselves. If you don’t know what a Diamond Muscat is, for instance, ask the team—they encourage and enjoy talking about their varieties, since every item at the market it has been carefully selected with you and your health in mind.
Every Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Downtown 3rd supplies an inspiring array of ingredients and goods in support of local farmers and artisans. The team, led by Kerry Clasby, is one of Downtown’s go-to resources for knowing how to eat as fresh and local as possible from farm to bite here in Las Vegas: you’ll know it by the taste, and they do too.
If you haven’t been to the market yet, mark your calendars for this Friday. Walk inside and experience the transformation of the repurposed bus depot in Las Vegas Alley located right by the Mob Museum. You’ll find a dizzying array of colorful produce and carefully crafted artisanal products. The depot’s old waiting benchesare used as picnic tables, and the entryway welcomes shoppers with live acoustic music. You’re not going to want to miss Downtown 3rd’s definition of fresh and organic. They also have a coffee stand if you plan to swing by early to get that caffeine boost in.
Every item in the market is curated with both pride and dedication, boasting incomparable varieties by passionate food growers, bakers, spice mixologists, florists, fermenters, artists, and more. You haven’t really experienced a turnip this summer unless you’ve introduced yourself to Blue Lizard Farm’s stand and taken a bite out of one like an apple. The vibrant look, smell, and taste of the vegetable is a noteworthy experience, especially knowing your food is loaded with the purest benefits from the earth—unharmed by pesticides, or any processed steps along the way. And it was grown right here in Nevada.
The experience of Downtown 3rd extends beyond just flavor, customers are also encouraged to ask questions about what they take home. The overarching goal is to lastingly impact your nutritional education and future decisions with what you choose to eat. Ultimately, supporting your local farmers and eating local when you can is not merely about the taste, but about enriching your whole life including offering an opportunity for colliding with your fellow foodies. “The farmers market anchors the community,” Yaffe says. “It’s a center where lots of people intersect.”
Downtown 3rd Farmers Market
Fridays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Intersection of Casino Center Blvd. & Stewart Ave.