The Macy Garden to Market project is in its fourth year. Initial efforts helped get backyard gardens established on the Omaha Reservation. This year, we provided tilling and starter plants to more than 200 gardens in Macy, Walthill, Rosalie and home sites in between, as well as about 100 container gardens for those who are unable to have gardens.
The project is a partnership between the Center for Rural Affairs and the Nebraska Indian Community College.
What we do:
The Uzhi Uthiwi (Garden Market) Macy Outdoor Market is in its fifth year, held every other Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Macy. In alternating weeks, a second market is held in Walthill on Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. The markets continue until early October.
Along with fresh, locally grown produce, shoppers will find fresh baked goods, other prepared foods, canned and dried food, jams and jellies, eggs, poultry, flowers, and arts and crafts. The Garden Market is an opportunity for gardeners to sell extra produce. Beaders, arts and crafters, bakers, and other community members can sell homemade and handmade items. The market is an avenue for the many arts and crafts people who don’t get the exposure they deserve and helps to promote economic development.
The Macy Garden to Market Project also holds a series of workshops year around to focus on:
- Assisting and training gardening techniques from planning to planting to maintaining to harvesting.
- Cooking demonstrations, serving food prepared with items available from the gardens.
- Assisting growers in preserving their produce for use later or for sale.
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 we hope to have another successful event in early December.
For more information, contact Suzi Marr French, community food specialist with the Center for Rural Affairs, at 402.922.1063, or Bounthy Parker, garden/orchard market assistant, at 772.284.6253.
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