The 2013 Sparks Hometowne Farmers Market is being produced by Crystal Bridges Enterprises, Inc. (Shirley's Farmers' Markets) and the City of Sparks. The market is focused on being a place for families to come have a fun afternoon and enjoy indulging in fresh fruits and vegetables.
About the Sparks Hometowne Farmers Market
The 2013 Sparks Hometowne Farmers Market will be the 21st season of this popular event. The market will be in the Victorian Square Plaza, between Victorian Avenue and the Century Theaters. A portion of Victorian Avenue will be closed on market days, from 16th Street to Victorian Plaza Circle East. The closure will be from 12 noon to 10 p.m.
The market will be on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. The opening time is earlier than previous years and is intended to put an emphasis on local farmers and food, giving people an opportunity to take home locally produced food for meals at home. Opening day is Thursday, June 6, with the market repeating every Thursday through August 22. There will be no markets on July 4 (Independence Day) or on August 8 due to Hot August Nights, which will take over Victorian Square in Sparks and downtown Reno from August 6 to 11.
Each week offers new themes, different community group involvement, stage music and street performers, and returning and new sponsors. As with admittance to the markets itself, enjoying the entertainment is free.
If you want to get real local, look for the "Nevada Grown" sign on produce vendor booths, which will ensure you are buying food from nearby Nevada locations like Fallon, Yerington, and even Reno. Our northern California neighbors are also well represented, particularly with fruits, berries, and vegetables more suited to their milder climate.
Food Trucks at the Farmers Market
A feature at the Sparks Hometowne Farmers Market is food trucks. Several of our local Reno mobile eateries will set up on Victorian Square in front of John Ascuaga's Nugget. At previous markets these have included Kenji, Taste of New York, Dish Truck, and St. Lawrence Pizza Company.
Growers at the Whole Foods Sparks Hometowne Farmers Market
Numerous growers from northern Nevada and California bring their produce to the Sparks Hometowne Farmers Market. Here are some of the vendors from which you can buy fresh fruit and vegatables...
- Amber Oaks Raspberries
- D&K Ranch
- Dwelley Farms
- Fruit Factory
- Hidden Valley Honey
- K&J Orchards
- Lattin Farms of Fallon
- Minton Family Farms
- Paine Orchards
- Rodriguez Farms
- V&M Farms
- Workman Farms
You'll also be able to get prepared food and goodies from vendors like BJ's Nevada Barbeque Co., Goodie's Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, Hillbilly Kettle Korn, Koko's Teriyaki, Sierra Swirl, and others.
Entertainment at the Sparks Whole Foods Hometowne Farmer's Market
There will be free entertainment every week on the Market stage. Acts will include bands, dancers, and soloists. To help keep the kids happy, a special fun area will be available just for them.
Attending the Sparks Whole Foods Hometowne Farmer's Market
Victorian Square Plaza is between Pyramid Way and 14th Street, on the north side of I80 and by the water fountain in front of the Century Theaters. The twin towers of John Ascuaga's Nugget Hotel Casino are nearby. There are adjacent parking lots and parking structures on C Street. Thousands of people attend each Thursday, so if you don't get there fairly early, parking will be a hassle. A way to get there without a car is by taking the RTC RIDE bus to Centennial Plaza station next to Victorian Square.
Admission to the Sparks Hometowne Farmer's Market is free. Look for the yellow recycling bins to dispose of #1 and #2 recyclable plastic bottles. A few items are not allowed - glass containers, alcohol, and pets. Please, leave your dogs at home (except certified service animals). For more information, call (775) 353-2291.
Sources: City of Sparks, Reno Gazette-Journal, the Bauserman Group.