Bringing fresh produce directly to the people

Deborah Sharman of Gardnerville sorts through white nectarines at the farmers market at Lampe Park in Gardnerville on June 1.  Cathleen Allison/Nevada Appeal

Deborah Sharman of Gardnerville sorts through white nectarines at the farmers market at Lampe Park in Gardnerville on June 1. Cathleen Allison/Nevada Appeal

The Nevada Certified Farmers market Association has the following information and tips for making your farmers market experience fun and fruitful.

What is NevadaGrown?

In Nevada, we have the fortune of being able to accommodate California growers at our farmers markets. This adds great diversity and lengthens the season in which we can obtain fresh produce. However, there are a number of growers in Nevada producing a true local food source.

Toward this end, NevadaGrown is a marketing initiative to assist state growers by bringing communities and people together to support the growth and use of local products.

Among the goals of NevadaGrown is to strengthen the connection between growers and local consumers and chefs, to publicize restaurants and chefs who utilize local products through Web and site listings, and to develop greater awareness of Nevada agricultural products.

Successful Market Shopping

These helpful hints are from "Fresh From the Farmers Market" by Janet Fletcher:

Don't go with a firm shopping list. It is wiser to plan menus once you get to market and see what looks best.

Make the rounds before you buy anything. See who has what. Taste and compare different growers' offerings.

Buy something you haven't tried before. A farmers market is a great place to get educated about food.

Take your own bags or baskets. Woven baskets are ideal because tender fruits and vegetables don't get piled on one another.

Plan to go straight home after shopping. If you can't go right home, bring a cooler for more delicate items.

Try not to overbuy. It's all about eating fresh.

Take your children with you. Often children who help choose food will be more adventuresome eaters.

For best selection, shop early.

Take time to chat with farmers. Talking with those who grow the food is part of the appeal of farmers markets. Have fun.

Rhubarb coming up in the field is always one of the first things of spring. I am quite sure because of this characteristic, our ancestors found a way to prepare it. By the end of the winter without any fresh vegetables for all that time, they took a look at rhubarb and decided to make something, anything of it!

While rhubarb provides a very unique flavor, let it be known that nearly any fruit can be substituted for the rhubarb and strawberries. This recipe is from Linda Marrone, who has lived in Carson City since 1973, and with her husband, Ralph, formerly operated Marrone's Restaurant in Carson City and Somethin's Cookin' Catering.

rhubarb crisp

6-8 cups of rhubarb, washed, trimmed and cut into 1Ú2 inch pieces.

Basket of strawberries, washed and cut up or smashed.

1 T. cornstarch

1 cup sugar (use more to taste)

Mix rhubarb and strawberries and put in a buttered baking dish. In a small pot, combine 1 cup water, cornstarch and sugar (or more to taste). Bring to boil then pour over fruit mixture. Bake covered (with foil) in a 375-degree oven for about 45 minutes. Remove from oven and add crisp topping and continue baking for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Crisp Topping:

3Ú4 cup brown sugar

2Ú3 cup sugar

11Ú4 cup flour

1 cup oatmeal

Dash of cinnamon

1Ú3 cup walnuts

11Ú2 cubes cold butter

Put together first five ingredients in bowl and stir together. Grate in cold butter and mix with your fingers until crumbly. Sprinkle over rhubarb.

Source: Nevada Certified Farmers Market Association's Market News, editor Brenda S. Smith, e-mail

Farmers Markets

Carson City

• Wednesdays 3:30-7:30 p.m. today-Aug. 31

Pony Express Pavilion, call 746-5024

• Saturdays-, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 3-Oct. 1

Telegraph Street, call 746-5024

Crystal Bay

• Mondays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 6-

Aug. 29

Tahoe Biltmore, call 746-5024


• Thursdays, 3.-7 p.m., through

Sept. 15

209 Dayton Valley Road, call 246-5296


• Tuesdays, 5-9 p.m., June 14-Aug. 30, Williams and Main street, Rick Gray, 423-4556


• Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., through Sept. 28

Lampe Park, call 782-9828


• Fridays, 3:30-6:30 p.m., July 1-Aug. 2

Genoa, call 782-8696


• Tuesdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., through Oct. 4

Park Lane Mall, call 746-5024

• Wednesdays, 4-8:30 p.m., June 22-Aug. 24

Sands Casino, 345 N. Arlington, Lisa 348-2273

• Fridays, 1-6 p.m., June 10-

Oct. 7

Tamarack Junction, call 746-5024

• Saturdays 8 a.m.-1 p.m., June 11-Oct. 1, Village Shopping Center, call 746-5024


• Tuesdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., through Sept. 13

United Methodist Church, call 358-0925

• Thursdays, 4-9 p.m., Today-Aug. 25, Victorian Square, call 353-2291


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