Happy summer! Where did the month of June go? And is it really just now officially summer—because the days have surely been packing some heat lately!

Well, no excuses now, it is time to take advantage of summer’s harvest! You might have noticed that there are local farmers filling up the parking lots around town. Summer screams fresh foods and hearty meals. The best time to take advantage of locally grown and fresh produce is now.

The Benefits

One of our own coalitions, Be Well Buffalo County, has recognized that it is important for all to have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, regardless of financial barriers or status. There are so many benefits from choosing to buy from those crates and farms surrounding our community, we cannot pass it up!

Some of those key benefits include:

  • Giving back to your community’s farmers
  • Affordability
  • Nutritious (and delicious)
  • Keeping your dollars local
  • Fresh produce—like really fresh!

Local Farmer’s Markets

The usual trend in our area seems to be Wednesdays and Saturdays. Both offering long windows of times that the farmers are out selling their produce. However, getting out there and making connections, you might be able to catch them or other markets on different days and times.

Word on the street is that some are bringing more than produce to the table and stepping up their game with honey, breads, and other locally harvested and homemade goods.

 

Kearney Area Farmer’s Market

Herberger’s Parking Lot at the Hilltop Mall in Kearney
Monday and Wednesday: 3 – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Click here to learn more!

 

Andrew’s Garden

In the Nebraskaland Centre at 4623 2nd Ave. in Kearney
Wednesday: 12 noon – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 noon – 5 p.m.
Click here to learn more!

 

Buffalo County Fairgrounds Farmer’s Market

Buffalo County Fairgrounds Parking Lot in Kearney
Wednesday: 3 – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Click here to learn more!

 

Kearney Night Market

Downtown Kearney
2nd and 4th Thursday: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Click here to learn more!

 

Ravenna Farmer’s Market

Downtown at 200 South Grand Ave. in Ravenna
Thursday: 5 – 7 p.m.
Click here to learn more!

 

It’s not too late!

You might be reading this and thinking, “Did I miss my chance?” The answer is NO! Summer has just begun and there are so many fruits and vegetables that have not yet been brought to market!

Each farmer brings their own selection and they all vary based on time and season of their crops. So start exploring your local farmer’s markets, pin some new recipes, and take full advantage of this summer’s harvest! Your body, wallet and community will be grateful.