It’s not often that we get three chances in life, but that’s exactly what the Holiday Harvest Farmers Market is offering this year — three chances to buy wines, teas and tinctures, breads and broths, meats and mushrooms and fresh, locally grown seasonal produce.
On three Sundays (Nov. 19 and Dec. 3 and 17), the market will run from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. at the Park Centers Banquet Hall, 2608 Park Blvd.
“The Holiday Harvest Farmers Market provides an opportunity to fill holiday tables with local foods, grown and produced in the Lincoln area," market manager Sarah Smith said. "The diversity of products available at this time of year is incredible and is due to the innovation and dedication of these producers.
"We're celebrating local foods and the holidays during these winter markets, grateful to have the opportunity to do so, and creating community while supporting our local economy.”
Most of the 26 vendors will be familiar to shoppers who frequent the Old Cheney Road Farmers Market, but three are new to the holiday markets: Prairie Pride Poultry, Tjaden Ranch and Daffodil’s Mediterranean Cuisine and Catering.
Prairie Pride Poultry’s Dan Hromas, a farmer near York, will have chickens and eggs; Tjaden Ranch will offer cuts of frozen beef, beef bundles and gift cards; and Narges Montazer and the smiling faces of Daffodil will feature soups, several entrees and their delicate, almost-too-pretty-to-eat pastries.
Grandview Farm in Fremont will have its signature holiday market Brussels sprouts again this year.
“We’ll have sweet potatoes, too, but we had to harvest the cauliflower and broccoli before the last freeze, so we’re disappointed that we won’t have any to take to the markets,” Grandview's Susan Miller said.
Tomato and apple chips, the deliciously addictive healthy snacks developed by the late Don Medinger, will be at Medinger’s Market booth, along with Jel-jam and caramel apples.
Twin Springs Pecans, featuring the Willnerd family’s locally grown, melt-in-your-mouth Northern pecans, also is back for the holiday market. Grown on 10 acres near Bennet, the pecan trees are cultivars developed by two University of Nebraska-Lincoln professors to survive Nebraska’s harsh winters. The resulting nuts are mild, not bitter and have an almost buttery flavor.
For a full list of vendors and their products, go to holidayharvestfarmersmarket.com.
The Holiday Harvest markets once again have partnered with Lone Tree Foods to offer online shopping prior to the market dates. Interested shoppers can order bulk quantities of eggs, cheese, meat, fall produce, grains, flours and honey online and pick up their orders at the Nov. 19 and Dec. 17 markets. Visit Lone Tree Farms at lonetreefoods.com for more information.
As with Old Cheney Road and Fallbrook Farmers Markets, SNAP/EBT are accepted. The market information booth will help SNAP customers receive matching dollars for up to $20 in the Double Up Food Bucks program. The additional $20 in coupons may be used for fresh fruits and vegetables at the holiday market.
To add to the joyful moods, Lincoln’s community radio station KZUM will present live performances by several local bands. The Midnight Wanderers and the Bottle Tops will play Nov. 19; the Wildwoods and the McGovern Stringband will perform Dec. 3; and Root Marm Chicken Farm Jug Band and the Time Burners round out the entertainment on Dec. 17.