MidTown Farmer's Market sells only local products

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Updated: 7/28/2013 5:38 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The MidTown Farmer's Market has had a bit of a slow start, but vendors, organizers, and shoppers said it's only a matter of time before more people discover this new hidden gem.

Owner Shawn Nelson said it has been a challenge to get it up and running.

"It's been tough but it's been enjoyable as well," Nelson said. 

"I bought some food and I'm going to buy some fruit," said Eric Sell.

As a local business owner himself, Sell said he's glad his money is staying close to home.

"I wanted to support the local economy," Sell said. 

Nelson said all of businesses in this market are local. 

"Everything here is handmade, homegrown and that's one of the models we stick with," Nelson said.

Which is why Kennie Garges brought his business to this event. 

"We like small town events," Garges said. "We like to be a part of the whole buy local, keep local, keep our money local sort of a thing."

There are about a dozen local vendors selling a wide variety of products.

"We have everything from homemade soap, to baked products to honey, custom bird houses, fruit, vegetables, pottery," Nelson said. "It's just an eclectic market."

They also had a bounce house for the kids Sunday, and food and drinks from the Gourmelt truck and Coffee Barn.

"We like to kind of make it an interactive experience for the family," Nelson said. 

Nelson and Garges said in the first few weeks the crowds have been smaller than they would like, but it's growing.

"Each week we've come it's gotten just a little bit better," Garges said. "So it's showing some promise."

"It's really rewarding to see all these people out here," Nelson said. 

If you'd like to check it out, the MidTown Farmer's Market happens every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the corner of Virginia and Arroyo Streets in Reno.
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Traci - 7/30/2013 1:49 PM
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They also have a booth with all natural skin care products! It's one of the only places I can find all natural chemical free SUNBLOCK! Being able to talk to the gal that makes it assures me that the products I'm using for myself and for my kids are safe! The sunblock works great and I was able to get it just in time for the heat waves we've been having! Happy market customer! :)

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