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Why The Bet On The Farm Market Is Good For Las Vegas' Soul

While I won’t say that Las Vegas is as culturally devoid as most naysayers say, I will say that for a metropolitan area of approximately 2,000,000 residents, we have quite a bit of catching up to do.  What little cultural treasures we have is usually some kind of import from New York, Montreal or Los Angeles.  Most of the residents here are imports themselves, which increases the difficulty in creating a sense of community.  For the most part, generations of families haven’t grown up together in Las Vegas.  Neighbors have rarely seen the baby boy next door get married to his high school sweetheart some 25 years down the line.  We are a young community, just starting to grow our roots and develop the same way much older metropolitan areas have done so.  The Bet On The Farm Market is exactly the kind of nutrition we need to grow into the community that I believe everyone wants us to be.

Please Support The Bet On The Farm Market!

Please Support The Bet On The Farm Market!

I come from many backgrounds and am fortunate to have friends and acquaintances that span a diverse cross section of Las Vegas.  I’m a musician by trade, a food blogger by heart and a poker player by fantasy.  Along the way, I’ve dabbled in everything from real estate to education.  I’m in no way saying I’m a renaissance man, just a confused 31-year old “kid” still trying to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up.  Nevertheless, from all of these aspects in my life, I’m honored to have continual interactions with a vast variety of what our Little Twinkle In The Desert has to offer.

From the liberal to the conservative, the religious to the atheist, the active to the lazy, I personally can’t recall a single event that brings a variety of Las Vegans together like The Bet On the Farm Market does each Thursday.  Whether it’s one of The Strip’s top chefs telling me about an incredible find, or a fellow musician, that doesn’t even know I write this filthy blog, telling me about this amazing farmers market on Dean Martin Drive; it’s a source of pride for everyone involved.  Fresh, delicious, organic produce from local purveyors made available to the general public.  Musicians, chefs, real estate agents, teachers, actors, lawyers, writers, mortgage brokers, computer programmers, dishwashers, physician’s assistants, dealers and pest control guys come together at mid-day on a Thursday, buy goods from our neighbors and take pride in what they get.  Tasty, healthful, pure, seasonal produce grown with love and care.   There is nothing better for our fledgling community than this market.

Now it’s closed.  One of the few things that is for Las Vegans, by Las Vegans (that’s actually good for us) is no longer available to us.  It’s a shame that bureaucratic red tape is preventing Las Vegans from experiencing one of the great things that develop a metropolitan area into a thriving community.  I can only hope that whatever needs to be done to get this treasured market up and running again is done in an expeditious manner.  It would be an incredible shame to see this branch of our budding community wither away and die.  The Bet On The Farm Market is an invaluable part of the Las Vegas community and immeasurably good for our soul.

I know many of you have already written letters, or are about to write a letter, in support of The Bet On The Farm Market.  By all means, please feel free to post them in the comments section below so all of our voices have a place to be publicly heard.

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Mike Dobranski is a professional musician, amateur blogger, eater of good food, poker junkie, master of the inappropriate comment and bad husband to a wonderful wife.

Follow Mike and Tasting Las Vegas on Twitter at @TastingLasVegas

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