US (NV): Small family farm in Moapa meets high demand

The Mesquite Community Farmers Market held in December was a big hit. A huge turnout of local residents came to the event seeking farm-fresh produce. At the very center of the event were Kirsten and Alex Pope, owners of Ika Greens, a family-owned farm operation in Moapa. The Popes were truly the rock stars of the market.

“We had locals lining up 30 minutes before we were supposed to open,” said Alex in an interview with The Progress. “We had three lines of people backed up waiting, and there were people sneaking under the caution tape to try and get in the line. No one wanted to miss out on the produce.”

The couple said that they had seen similar demand at the “Second Saturday” events held twice a month at the Clark County Fairgrounds. They have had a challenge in keeping up with all that demand.
“I can’t keep lettuce or eggs on the table long enough at these events,” Alex said.

“I have also been selling out of microgreens, too,” Kirsten added. “I took 100 racks of greens to Mesquite, and I had zero left. It is a good problem to have. But we are having trouble keeping up with it.”


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