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Casino Center & Stewart Ave

Las Vegas, NV 89101

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Free to Enter

Fri 9am-2pm

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AT A GLANCE

What is it?

A farmer's market with locally grown produce, home made baked goods, organic foods, crafts, and more.

Where is it?

In Downtown Las Vegas in the former bus station, right next door to the Mob Museum.

Is it worth the cost?

It's free to visit but obviously the things you buy will cost you something. Prices are about average.

What else do I need to know?

The market is only open on Fridays from 9am to 2pm. Get there early for the best selection - go later for the best deals.

What's the bottom line?

A refreshing change of pace from the Las Vegas insanity.

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FULL REVIEW

The great things about Vegas - the food, the entertainment, the excitement, the free-flowing alcohol, the people with similarly questionable morals as you - seem to almost actively prevent visitors from engaging in anything that might be remotely good for them. You know, like eating an apple. Appletini? Sure. Warm apple cobbler with a caramel glaze and vanilla bean ice cream? Absolutely!

Walking into the Downtown 3rd Farmer's Market, therefore, is a refreshing change of pace from the typical Vegas madness that almost requires a disconcerting mind shift to embrace. It's like an oasis in the middle of the neon lit desert.

Located in a former bus terminal in Downtown Las Vegas, next door to the Mob Museum, the market is not as epic as you'll find in other cities, but the two dozen or so vendors offer a wide range of produce, baked goods, organic foods, homemade treats, and artisanal batches of everything from honey to chocolate. Vendors may change from week to week but you may also find jewelry, clothing, candles, bath salts (the stuff you bathe in not the stuff that makes you want to eat someone's face), and more. As you might expect, the quality also changes from week to week depending on who is hawking their wares and the season. It's the Nevada desert so don't be expecting the most luscious of strawberries in January.

Unable to make the mental leap out of Vegas over-indulgence mode I got some fancy chocolate and a homemade cranberry scone and couldn't have been more pleased with my purchases. If I had come with a bigger suitcase I might have gotten more.

Prices will also vary depending on the season and the vendor, but in general you can expect to pay a small premium for the items owing to their fresh from the ground/oven/kiln nature but nothing I saw was exorbitant or unexpected.

The Farmer's Market is held every Friday from 9am until 3pm. Do yourself a favor after that night of staying up too late to gamble or party and go get yourself a fresh piece of fruit. Your body will thank you for it later.

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