Farmers markets put the fresh in produce |

Farmers markets put the fresh in produce

by Caryn Haller
Joan Sauer of Gardnerville shops for produce at the K&J Orchards booth from Winters, Calif., last summer during the Lampe Park farmers market.
Shannon Litz file photo | The Record-Courier

Every Wednesday, Gardnerville resident Gina Kosta shops for her organic produce at the Lampe Park Farmers Market.

“It’s almost impossible to find organic corn. It does costs a little more, but the health benefits are better,” she said. “It’s the healthiest way, plus the stuff at the store travels a long way, and this stuff is local.”

Steve Rosier, who manages Farmers Markets in Stateline and Incline Village, took over the Lampe Park market this season.

He said the market has 20 vendors from Yerington, Minden, Lake Tahoe, Gardnerville and California.

“I really stress on an 80 percent edible market. We want to make a place where people can come in and price shop,” he said. “We want competition because we want the consumer to have the benefit.”

Rosier said he is wanting to expand the market as more Nevada crops start coming in.

“We offer everything from eggs, to bacon, to strawberries. We run the gamut,” he added. “I’m pretty proud of my vendors. I weed out the people who are just trying to make a lot of money. We like vendors who offer quality at a value.”

Laurie Sundeen of Gardnerville shops the Gardnerville and Minden Farmers Markets every week.

“I enjoy the fresh vegetables, and the unique items you can only get at Farmers Markets,” she said. “It’s better quality produce that you can’t get at grocery stores.”

Margaret Jackson opened Sierra Kombucha in Minden last summer.

This is her first season selling the organic probiotic green tea at the Farmers Market.

“The Farmers Market has been really good to us. We offer a special price at the market,” she said. “We also do a lot of education about what Kombucha is because a lot of people are unfamiliar with it.”

Jean and Marvin Wattman work in Bridgeport, Calif., seven months out of the year, and drive to the Gardnerville market every other week.

“We don’t have too much of a choice down there for fresh fruit and vegetables,” Jean said. “We spend $25 to $30, and it lasts us about a week. We like the atmosphere here, and everything always looks good.”

The Lampe Park Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays.

For more information, call 782-9828.

If Wednesdays don’t fit your schedule, the Minden Farmers Market is open 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays on Esmeralda Avenue.

In its seventh year, the market offers fruits, vegetables, honey, pistachios and almonds, baked goods, jerkey and dog treats, as well as candles and bath products.

Lentine’s Italian Restaurant sells wood-fired pizza, and Minden Meat and Deli offers barbecue.

“We’re in the evening, so it’s a social time,” Manager Roxanne Stangle said. “We also have different live music every week.”

For more information about the Minden market, call Stangle at 782-2444, or Kregg Herz at 292-9214.