Farmer’s markets bigger and better this year |

Farmer’s markets bigger and better this year

by Michael Scott Neuffer

The Farmer’s Market, held every week on Wednesday at Lampe Park, offers music by a violinist in addition to its fine fruits and vegetables.

Andrew McIntosh has been playing his violin at the Farmer’s Market for four weeks. He is 14 years old and has been home-schooled his entire life. He has been practicing violin regularly since the age of 7.

Every Monday, he rehearses with the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. McIntosh enjoys sharing his talent every Wednesday morning at the Farmer’s Market; he picks up a little extra money on the side from cheerful customers eager to reward him for his renditions of tunes ranging from traditional folk to classical.

“Its a nice addition to the market to have a little music playing,” said Sharon Rusk, creator and director of the market.

Rusk started and runs both Farmer’s Markets for Douglas County parks and recreation. The market at Lampe Park is held on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The other market is held at Kahle Park off Kingsbury Grade on Friday morning from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“I’m a farmer’s daughter from Oregon and have a love for farmer’s markets and thought I’d see if I can provide it for our community,” said Rusk. “The Farmer’s Markets are going great. We have wonderful support from our community, a lot more shoppers and participation from both sides (this year), more stands and more people.”

Along with McIntosh’s music, the Farmer’s Market has a lot to offer. Produce in season, including fresh corn, watermelon, grapes, etc., is brought by growers from all parts of California. Hawaiian Ice, Krafty Corn, a woman who makes jewelry out of leaves is all part of the fun. The Lampe Park market even has a nursery stand with bedding plants.

“We’re always seeking people that make things garden-related – birdhouses, fountains, pottery or planters,” said Rusk. “Local people – they’re always welcome to participate.”

The nominal fee for participating in the market starts at $20 plus a small sign up fee. For more information, call the recreation division at 782-9828.