MACY, NEBRASKA – The Omaha Nation Community Farmers Market has reopened for its sixth season. The market is part of the Omaha Nation Community Garden Project, a joint effort between the Center for Rural Affairs and Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC).
The market will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Thursday, Aug. 15, Friday, Aug. 16, and Saturday, Aug. 17, in downtown Macy in conjunction with the Omaha Nation Pow Wow.
Regular hours will be from 3 to 6 p.m. each Friday: in downtown Walthill on Aug. 22 and Sept. 6 and in downtown Macy on Aug. 30. The farmers market will then be open from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays through the end of September, as produce is available, at the following locations: downtown Macy on Sept. 12 and 26; and downtown Walthill on Sept. 19.
Along with locally-grown produce, visitors can purchase baked goods and other prepared foods. Authentic Native American buffalo bone carvings, inlaid jewelry, and beadwork from various artists will 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 food associate with the Center for Rural Affairs. “People will want to be sure to stop by our tasting table for free samples of traditional foods and the recipes.”
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 Native foods, soil preparation, gardening and growing techniques, and assisting gardeners in preserving excess produce for use later or for sale.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cards are accepted.
The market launched in 2013 and has grown to more than 20 vendors in the 2019 season. There is still room for vendors to get involved, and all are welcome, including those from surrounding communities.
If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the Omaha Nation Community Farmers Market, or would like more information, contact French at 402.922.1063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.