Farmers markets have always been fun. But in the wake of sad, market-less covid times, they’ve become extra fun. I guess there’s something to that whole ‘you never know what you’ve got until it’s gone’ thing. All that said, we’re happy to share that the Lake Tahoe farmers markets are back in action for the 2021 season.
Yes, friends, the organic veggies are back. The pasture raised bacon is back. The live music, good times and food trucks are back. And so, you too are finally back, with a canvas bag full of leafy greens and a smile on your face.
South Lake Tahoe Farmers Markets
We really didn’t need another reason to love Paradise Park, but we’ve been graciously given one in the form of the Meyers Mountain Market. A CA certified farmers market, the Meyers Mountain Market is a happy gathering of arts & crafts vendors, fresh produce, food trucks, fresh baked goods and beyond.
- Wednesdays; 3:00pm – 7:30pm
- Tahoe Paradise Park
- Ends September 8th
Small but mighty, we adore this market for the venue, live music and upbeat, local vibe. If you’re not familiar with Tahoe Paradise Park, this is a great excuse to go. Leave the kids to frolic on the playground while you share a food truck taco on the shores of Lake Baron or exchange beet recipes during a stroll along the Upper Truckee River. Wednesdays don’t get much better than that.
Centrally located in the heart of South Lake Tahoe is a Tuesday morning delight—the El Dorado County Farmers Market. Filled with vendors from all over the region, fresh produce is just the beginning at this locally loved market.
- Tuesdays; 8:00am – 1:00pm
- American Legion Hall Parking Lot
- Ends October 12th
You’ll want to bring an extra bag or two to handle all the goodness. Or not, I mean, it’s definitely a nice place to spend the morning even if a simple stroll is all that’s on the agenda. But realistically, we can’t think of a better way to spend your hard earned money than on some wholesome, sustainably raised jerky, freshly baked bread loaves or handcrafted necklaces.
Visitors, rejoice! Located a mere Lime scooter ride away from Stateline is a wholesome pregame for your wild Friday night. Head to the Ski Run Farmers Market for food truck snacks, live music, and perhaps a bushel of raspberries. (The best berry, non-negotiable.)
- Fridays; 3:00pm – 8:00pm
- Ski Run Blvd.
- Through the end of August
Find all the usual suspects here—organic fruits and veggies, of course—plus a wide variety of Lake Tahoe made treasures like jams, hot sauces, empanadas and artisan goods. One of South Lake Tahoe’s favorite farmers markets, this one boasts a peek of a lake view plus a bustling Friday night scene that just feels like summer. Plus, there’s a few restaurants nearby if you’re looking for an aprés market happy hour.
North Lake Tahoe Farmers Markets
We will not pick favorites, we just won’t. But let’s just say there’s a little “come for the produce, stay for the views” situation happening at the Tahoe City Farmers Market. Located at Commons Beach with beautiful Lake Tahoe as her backdrop, this farmers market is easy to love for obvious reasons.
- Thursdays; 8:00am – 1:00pm
- Commons Beach
- Ends October 7th
And yes, the venue is excellent, but the goods are so good too. In addition to flavorful local produce, there’s local vendors and food trucks selling everything from botanical beauty products to gourmet cheese. Eggs and microgreens, hand knit scarves and sourdough loaves—it’s an artisan lover’s paradise set in actual paradise. Case made.
When you’re done in Tahoe City, cruise towards the east side of north Lake Tahoe to hit up the Incline Village Farmers Market. Located in the Incline Village library parking lot, this small but diverse market brings the heat with a lot of amazing products.
- Thursdays; 3:00pm – 6:00pm
- 845 Alder Ave., Incline Village
- Ends September 2nd
As the only Nevada farmers market on our list, it more than holds its own with a huge variety of goods ranging from local honey to artisanal charcuterie. Perfect for a little fresh produce pick-up on your way home from Sand Harbor, there’s plenty of tasty snacks and good energy to be found here.
Truckee Farmers Markets
Truckee really don’t mess around when it comes to incredible artisan goods. And what better place to discover the best of them than the Truckee Certified Farmers Market, where wildly unique products abound in an idyllic setting along the Truckee River.
- Tuesdays; 8:00am – 1:00pm
- Truckee River Regional Park
- Ends October 15th
It’s a little bit magical and that’s before we even get to the sheepskin pelts, award-winning olive oils, heaping radish piles or fresh chocolate chip cookies. If you’re anything like us, the location of the market is a major perk since you can take whatever goods you score for an immediate riverside picnic. (It’s not a lack of patience, it’s a dedication to freshness, okay?!)
Finally, something for the weekend warriors. And guys, it does not disappoint. Held in the Historic Downtown Railyard Parking Lot, the Truckee Saturdays farmers market is a grand meeting place for lovers of all things green & good in this world.
- Saturdays; 8:00am – 12:00pm
- Railyard Parking Lot
- Ends September 4th
There’s actually too much cool stuff to list, but we’ll give you a taste. Food trucks. Fermented foods. Herbal pet medicine. House plants. A gosh dang compost drop-off station. Bring an apple core, leave with an apple. Great concept, right? You can even get a Döner Kebap to keep you company while you browse. I think you now know what you need to know.
As the king of outdoor markets, Truckee Thursdays deserved a spot on this list. It’s technically not a farmer’s market—in fact, it has everything but the farmers. But it delivers the same community focused vibe, plus the artisan goods, local shops and friendly faces that we love seeing every week.
- July 15th, August 12th & September 9th
- 5:00pm – 8:30pm
- Downtown Truckee
Hosted by the Truckee Downtown Merchant’s Association, Truckee Thursdays is a once monthly street festival celebrating all things Truckee. Your old favorite and soon-to-be new favorite breweries, shops, artisans, authors, restaurants and beyond will all have a presence there. Dance in the streets to live music, bring the kids for crafts & activities, enjoy a few pints in the beer garden; it’s truly the ultimate summertime event and not to be missed.