Omaha Nation Farmers Market kicks off fourth season

Release Date: 

06/23/2017

Contact(s): 

Rhea Landholm, brand marketing and communications manager, rheal@cfra.org, 402.687.2100 ext 1025

Macy, Neb.  -- The Omaha Nation Farmers Market will reopen for its fourth season this Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Macy on Main St. next to the Omaha Tribe C-Store. It will be open from 4 to 7 p.m.

The market will be open every Thursday through the season, with rotating locations. Every other Thursday, the market will be located in Walthill, near the downtown area.

This season, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cards will be accepted.

The market is part of the Macy Garden and Market project, a joint effort between the Center for Rural Affairs and Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC).

Along with locally-grown produce, visitors will be able to purchase baked goods and other prepared foods. Authentic Native American buffalo bone carvings, inlaid jewelry, and beadwork from various artists will also be available. Native American beaders will offer live jewelry-making demonstrations.

“A wide variety of fresh, local and healthy foods will be available for sale at the market,” said Suzi French, community foods specialist at Center for Rural Affairs.

She added that the fruit cups that were popular at last year’s market, will make a return. Another new highlight will be pony rides.

Working together with the community, NICC and the Center have created a series of garden and market trainings throughout the year. The trainings include demonstrations on soil preparations, gardening and growing techniques, and assisting gardeners in preserving excess produce for use later or for sale.

“People will want to be sure to stop by our tasting table to sample the food items we make at our workshops,” said French.

The market launched in 2013 and has grown to more than 20 vendors in the 2017 season. There is still room for vendors to get involved and all are welcome, especially those from surrounding communities. For more information, contact French at suzif@cfra.org, or 402.922.1063.