The 2014 Sparks 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. (This is the same event that was formerly named the Sparks Hometowne Farmers' Market.)
About the Sparks Farmers' Market
The 2014 Sparks Farmers Market will be the 22nd 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 emphasis is on local farmers and food, giving people an opportunity to take home locally produced food for meals at home. Opening day in 2014 is Thursday, June 12, with the market repeating every Thursday through August 21. There will be no market on July 31 due to Hot August Nights, which will take over Victorian Square in Sparks and downtown Reno from July 29 through August 3.
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.
About Pets at the Sparks Farmers' Market
The Sparks Farmers' Market is a NO PETS event, except for registered service animals. Please leave your pets at home when attending this event.
Food Trucks at the Sparks Farmers Market
A feature at the Sparks Farmers' Market is food trucks. Several of our local Reno mobile eateries will set up on Victorian Square in front of The Nugget. At previous markets these have included Kenji, Taste of New York, Dish Truck, and St. Lawrence Pizza Company.
Growers at the Sparks Farmers' Market
Numerous growers from northern Nevada and California bring their produce to the Sparks Hometowne Farmers Market. Here are some of the vendors that have usually attended and 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. Vendors who have been regulars include BJ's Nevada Barbeque Co., Goodie's Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, Hillbilly Kettle Korn, Koko's Teriyaki, Sierra Swirl, and others.
Attending the Sparks Farmers' 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 The 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 Farmers' 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, Shirley's Farmers' Markets.