Las Vegas isn’t known as a commercial hub by any means; the city has fostered its reputation more on tourism than the transport of imports and exports. But as time goes on, the desire for locally made and locally grown products continue to expand from locals and tourists. Here are some of the best markets to visit in Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas Market originally opened in 2005 and has since become a popular event among convention goers, locals and tourists. They primarily deal in home décor and bedding, but there are many other items available, including jewelry, stationery, and toys. This event takes place at the World Market Center twice a year, a sprawling, five million-square-foot showroom in downtown Las Vegas. If you’re in town during the next show, it’s definitely worth checking out.
Hours: 8 am–6 pm (Sunday, January 28 – Wednesday, January 31, 2018); 8 am–4 pm (Thursday, February 1, 2018)
The Downtown 3rd Farmers Market is a humble yet hip market to visit in downtown Las Vegas. Located in what used to be a transportation hub, this farmer’s market has been going on every Friday for the past five years. Items for sale vary each week but generally include clothing, honey, bath salts, and fresh produce. Other nearby points of interest include the Mob Museum, Smith Center, and Fremont Street Experience; if you plan it right, you can spend an entire day in the area.
On The Ranch takes place in North Las Vegas, inside Craig Ranch Regional Park. It’s smaller than other markets you’ll find in the city, but it is still worth visiting if you’re in the area. Besides the produce, there are many activities for the family to engage in together, including face painting, live music, and raffles.
Fresh52 is another year-round market that offers produce and crafts from local vendors. Guests can walk the aisles of the pop-up market and find an assortment of items, from crab legs to jewelry. Fresh52 has three locations: two in Henderson and one in Tivoli Village on the west side of town.
Hours: 9 am–2 pm (Saturdays, Tivoli Village location)
The Las Vegas Farmers Market is a local favorite to attend. With four different locations throughout the city, it’s one of the most convenient to visit. Items for sale include fresh produce, handmade lotions and oils, jewelry, clothing, and more. There’s often live music playing during the markets’ opening hours, providing entertainment for all ages. The closest locations to the Las Vegas Strip and downtown Las Vegas are Downtown Summerlin or Gardens Park.
Nkem African Market is a one-of-a-kind market in Las Vegas. It offers ingredients for almost any Afro-Carribean dish, including yams, roots, custard powder, goat meat, and shito. Nkem is centrally located, just minutes from UNLV and the Boulevard Mall.
The Bruce Trent Park Farmers Market is a year-round market that serves the northwest area of Las Vegas. The park itself is great to visit if you have kids, but the farmer’s market is fun for the entire family. It often features live music and other food vendors, so you can pick up a snack while you browse the aisles.
Country Fresh Farmers Market is yet another fun place to go to if you’re in search of fresh produce. Country Fresh has two locations in Henderson: one in “old Henderson” and another down the street from Green Valley Ranch. The market’s selection tends to be a bit smaller than that of other markets, but the quality is unbeatable.
Hours: 9 am–4 pm (Thursdays, Water Street location); 9 am–4 pm (Fridays, Green Valley location)
The idea of a farm in the middle of the desert may sound like a mirage of sorts, but Gilcrease Orchard is the real thing. This 60-acre farm has been operating since the early 1920s, providing fresh produce to the local community. Gilcrease Orchard is popular with children, so if you prefer to avoid big crowds, it’s better to go early. Before you leave, be sure to buy some of their famous cider; it’s a local favorite and absolutely delicious.
Hours: 7 am–12 pm, (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays)
The District at Green Valley Ranch’s Farmer’s Market
Every Thursday in the afternoon, the District at Green Valley hosts its own farmer’s market in its main courtyard. It is seasonal and is only open after the heat of summer has passed. You can find the traditional market items for sale, including produce, herbs, and flowers, and an array of handmade lotions and oils.