Attention foodies: You can now get your fresh produce fix every Saturday morning right here in Bullhead City. But that’s not all…
I was pretty jazzed when I learned about the new Farmers Market, which had it’s first run today at the Colorado Place on Highway 95 at Riverview Dr.
On an economic level, there’s the obvious benefit of supporting local businesses by generating sales dollars. Also, most Farmers Markets I’ve been to also provide more off-beat (for lack of a better word) vendors a storefront to showcase their product. I’m talking about candles, soaps, crafts and handmade products of all sizes and shapes. And of course, let’s not forget the staple – fresh produce, often grown by local farmers and sometimes of the organic variety.
More than fresh fruit and veggies at good prices though, there’s a social benefit to the community that interests me. Farmers Markets are a place where people can get out of the house and mix with other locals. That’s the sort of intangible that gives some soul to a community.
I’ve noticed this movement over the last few years away from the standard shopping mall and toward something else. A retail palce where people congregate, or just hang out. It’s good for business and it’s good for the community.
Go to Southern California and you’ll find places like The Grove in Los Angeles, which is essentially an outdoor shopping mall in a beautiful lake setting. You can go shopping, grab lunch, or just sit by the water and listen to music.
If you’re one who makes the drive from Bullhead City to So Cal frequently, maybe you’ve seen or stopped off at the mall in Rancho Cucamonga off of I-15 . In the Pheonix area there’s Arizona Mills Mall, Green Valley has The District and so on.
Some of these malls have carousels, others have water features that children run through while parents watch on from plush lounge chairs. These are family friendly places where people get out, hang out, and of course shell out some money along the way. You don’t have to shop or spend money to get in, but chances are you will, even if it’s just a bite to eat.
So what does all of this have to do with a Farmers Market in Bullhead City? Plenty I think.
We’re not getting a multi-million outdoor shopping mall with major retailers anytime soon, but this is a great step in the right direction. So I stopped by this morning to check the place out first hand.
As you can see in the photo above, there’s only a handful of vendors (this is the first day), but there was a small group of people gathering around the produce making purchases as the the live music was setting up at the Firehouse Coffee booth. Very cool!
They had everything from corn to giant black berries, italian and yellow squash, melons, cheries (two bucks a pound!), grapes and lots more. Even some organic stuff. Some of it is from local farmers, others trucked down on Thursday and Friday from Norethern California. There were also a few other non-food vendors there.
It really looked like a successful first day in the making. I’ll be following up with one of the produce guys this week to see how they did. I’ll keep you posted.
You can check out the Farmers Market next Saturday from 6 – 11 am. Map to Bullhead City Farmers Market