With temperatures still topping the 100 degree mark in the early evening hours the Mesquite Friday Night Farmer’s Market held July 9 didn’t yield a lot of visitors but there were enough to keep a few of the vendors with more in demand items hopping.
One of the more popular booths was filled with fresh, ripe berries and cherries all the way from Oakland, CA. Cherries were available in white or red and the blackberries were as big as the top of your thumb. All of the produce brought in from Oakland Farms is grown without the use of pesticides and they use fresh manure as the only source of fertilizer according to the vendor batching up the berries. Samples of the sweet fruits were freely given and once you had a taste you were sure to pick a pint or three. Pints sold for $5 a piece or three for $12 and you could mix and match.
Honey vendors came in with jars of fresh clover honey in a variety of sizes for sale along with bee pollen products and honey sticks in a variety of yummy flavors. There were booths full of fresh jerky, custom, homegrown spice mixes, clothing, jewelry,
wooden décor and garden art for the picking; a bit of something for everyone including information booths from local clubs and groups.
One of the new vendors who set up for the third market traveled to visit a friend in Colorado who creates beautifully molded concrete yard art from statues and custom pavers to elaborate garden benches. His pieces sell for as little as $20, the benches just $150. They are very reasonable prices considering he loaded up a trailer and hauled 6,000 pounds of beautiful and decorative concrete back to Mesquite.
The heat may have kept shoppers away but Founder Chris Reif is doing everything he can to make this a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all. The inside vendors can attend to their booths and shoppers can browse in perfectly air-conditioned comfort. Inside vendors offered a wonderful variety of homegrown, handmade and homemade
goods as well.
Anyone interested, vendor or otherwise, in receiving more information on the future Mesquite Farmers Market events can contact Reif at 702-378-1112.