Longtime favorite market is rooted in community.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY TAMSIN EDWARDS
Flowers from Sierra Flower Farm in Carson Valley
The Downtown Carson City Farmers’ Market recently earned the distinguished honor of being selected for National Farmers Market Week by the Farmers Market Coalition, making this Carson gem one of only a handful of markets in the country to receive such an honor. The annual event, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, serves to bring national attention to the importance that these markets play in the food systems of communities, states, and the nation. Held between August 5 and 11, the primary aim of the week (and of the FMC overall), is to strengthen these markets for the benefit of farmers, communities, and consumers alike.
This is fantastic news for the city government, which has actively supported the summer establishment for the past 11 years since the market first started. Carson City is the only market in the state of Nevada that is still supported by local government — in this case, it occupies a line-item budget at the Office of Business Development, receiving monetary support yearly and service support weekly, with setup, breakdown, and monitoring of events by city employees included.
Market Coordinator Linda Marrone is passionate about and proud of her vendors and the way their individual endeavors collectively create a wonderful resource for the local community. She says people come from as far away as Sparks each week to gain access to the breadth of produce and crafts. Her excitement about being selected by the FMC is evident.
“It is very gratifying to work hard and be recognized for all that effort over the years by a national organization of your peers,” Marrone says.
Maintaining the integrity of the farmers’ market and the quality of the vendors is of paramount importance to Marrone.
“We have 15 Nevada farmers and ranchers (and four Californians), more than all of the other markets in the state combined. Our market always has worked with the smaller Nevada farmers and continues to be an avenue for them.”
Comma Coffee’s food truck rolls up to the market each week
Her commitment to continue a partnership with the local USDA office and its Feds Feed Families food drive has helped supply more than 1,500 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to members of the community who are in need. During the lead up to NFMW, local sellers are asked to donate produce that in turn is distributed to two local nonprofit organizations in the area.
What is the most rewarding thing about her job?
“Knowing you are providing a place where farmers, local businesses, artisans, musicians, and customers can gather each week, which is mutually beneficial for everyone,” Marrone says. “It's a healthy community gathering for 22 weeks every spring and summer. Oh, and to have such access to all the fruits and vegetables at your fingertips!”
Downtown Carson City Farmers’ Market
S. Curry St and W. Third St., Carson City
Open 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Saturday through Sept. 29, 2018.
For details, visit Carsonfarmersmarket.com.
Originally from Wales, Tamsin Edwards is a South Lake Tahoe transplant who works in the wellness field. You will nearly always find her with a camera around her neck and an organic, homemade snack in her hand. She is passionate about promoting good health through diet and lifestyle.