The Sparks event, one of the largest in northern Nevada, attracts about 120 vendors along with crowds that can reach 15,000 on any given Thursday night, according to Sparks city staff estimates.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that farmers markets across the nation have grown in both size and stature. Between 2008 and 2009, the number of certified farmers markets grew 13 percent, according to the USDA. In 1994, when the USDA started tracking the markets, 1,755 markets were in operation nationwide. In 2009, the USDA was able to identify 5,274 farmers markets nationwide.
Local Farmers Markets opening in June:
Tuesdays, 8am-1pm, June 1-Sep 14 United Methodist Church, 1231 Pyramid Way
Tuesdays, 8am-1pm, June 8-Oct 5 Shoppers Square
Wednesdays, 4-8pm, June 16–Aug 25 Somersett Town Square, 7650 Town Square Way www.mysomersett.com
Thursdays, 4-9pm, June 10-Aug 19 (no market Aug 5) Sparks Hometowne Farmers Market Victorian Avenue in downtown Sparks
Fridays, 8am-1pm, June 11-Oct 8 Tamarack Junction Casino
Saturdays, 8am-1pm, June 5-Oct 2 California and Booth Streets
Saturdays, 9am-1pm, June 12-Sep 11 Sierra Summit Shopping Center
Sundays, 9am-1pm, June 6-Sep 5 The Grove at South Creek, 95 Foothill Road
Sundays, 9am-1pm, June 13-Sep 12 West Street, Downtown Reno