Macy Farmers Market Kicks Off Season Friday - Uzhi Uthiwi (Garden Market) Macy Outdoor Market Friday, July 24

Release Date: 

07/21/2015

Contact(s): 

Dave Farley, davef@cfra.org, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1021
Elisha Smith, elishas@cfra.org, Phone: (402) 687-21003 ext 1007
 

Lyons, NE - The Macy Farmers Market kicks off its second year of operation on Friday, July 24 from 4-7 in the evening at Macy. The market will continue every other week in Macy, until early October. Market organizers plan to eventually host the market in Walthill on Thursdays, alternating between the two communities weekly.

Along with fresh, locally grown produce, much more will be available. Shoppers will find fresh baked goods, other prepared foods, canned and dried food,  jams and jellies, eggs, poultry, flowers, and arts and crafts.
 
“Not only is the Garden Market an opportunity for gardeners to sell extra produce, but we also welcome beaders, arts & crafts, bakers, and other community members to sell homemade and handmade items,” said Dave Farley, Food Access Specialist with the Center for Rural Affairs. Farley said he sees the market as an element of economic development and as a way to promote art and artisans. “There are so many arts and crafts people who don’t get the exposure they deserve,” Farley added. “ This is a new avenue for them. This is promoting economic development.”
 
WHAT: Uzhi Uthiwi (Garden Market) Macy Outdoor Market 2015
 
WHERE: Main Street in Macy, NE
 
WHEN: Friday, July 24 at 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Setup time starts at 3:30 p.m. Tables and awnings are limited and available on a first come first serve basis. Vendors are encouraged to bring their own chairs and tables.
 
“The Macy Garden to Market project is in it’s second year,” continued Farley. “Initial efforts helped get backyard gardens established on the Omaha Reservation. This year we provided tilling and starter plants to over 20 gardens in Macy, Walthill and Rosalie and homesites in between.”
 
The Macy Garden to Market Project, a partnership between the Center for Rural Affairs, and the Nebraska Indian Community College, started in 2013 and since then has held a series of workshops. The workshops focus on three areas; first assisting and training gardening techniques from planning to planting to maintaining to harvesting; second cooking demonstrations serving food prepared with items available from the gardens; and thirdly assisting growers in preserving their produce for use later or for sale.
 
According to Farley, “Canning, freezing and drying are ways people can make their gardens pay off well into the winter. Canning workshops were popular last year and we plan on a series of these starting in August.  The capstone event is our Christmas bazaar. Last year we had the first annual Macy Christmas Bazaar and hope to have another successful event in early December.”
 
All vendors are welcome, especially those from surrounding communities. Sign up for free booth space. Contact Lola Kearnes at (402) 922-1703 or Dave Farley at davef@cfra.org.