Lincoln’s first annual farmers markets open this weekend | Sweetened
During a typical farmer’s market season, all kinds of Lincoln residents and businesses gather.
Bands sing along, artists show off their designs, and kids get sticky fingers of delicious candy. This is not to mention the changing hands of all the fresh produce.
But over the past couple of years, the spaces that normally occupy community markets have been relatively quiet. Some weren’t active at all.
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Low seasons for the market have excited sellers and residents this year, said Jeff Cunningham, executive director of Haymarket Farmers Market.
“I think this will be our most natural season since 2019,” Cunningham said. “I’m excited for everyone to come back and enjoy themselves.”
Cunningham said the market has lost many vendors during the pandemic, but many are returning this season and customers will be able to Enjoy a larger list of farmers and businesses.
Haymarket Farmers Market – Lincoln’s oldest and largest market – takes place every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon beginning May 7 and ending October 15.
The Sunday Farmers Market in College View opens this weekend. It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday through October 30. Organizers anticipate a successful season, with special activities planned for opening day.
Local radio station KZUM will host live music and Cookie Monster will appear on Sesame Street to distribute Open Harvest Bakery sweets.
Opening day feels like a happy return for Margaret Dientlinger, Vice Chairman of Market Management.
She said this year’s market will be operating at full capacity, and she is looking forward to the atmosphere the vibrant market brings.
“We have a lot of interaction with the community to help entertain customers and keep them in the market for a little longer,” Dentlinger said.
Lainey Johnson of Bright Hope Family Farm, a College View vendor, is hoping to restore the community spirit again this year. One of her favorite aspects of market season is interaction with customers.
“It’s always great to be able to talk to your customer at the farmer’s market, because you don’t get that shopping in a lot of other places,” Johnson said.
Johnson said she’s also looking forward to showing off her expanded business, which offers more flowers and bouquets.
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Fallbrook’s Thursday Farmers Market still has more than a month before its season begins, with its opening day set for June 9 and markets running on alternating weeks from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. through October 13.
Director Kelsie Jensen said Fallbrook Market is looking forward to putting together all the events it hasn’t been able to schedule for the past two years.
“It’s our first year on the job,” Jensen said. “We have a lot of new sellers, and it’s great to see people getting involved.”
Outside town, Denton residents can grab some fresh produce and take in the market fun this season.
The Denton Farmers Market, organized by Denton General Store owner Tina Jones, will host more than 20 vendors.
Seated at village council meetings, Jones said she was beginning to hear an idea shared by locals in a southwest Lincoln township.
“It just became societal pressure to get something,” Jones said.
So Jones has partnered with Anchor Meadow Farm to create the private Denton Market, which will start May 11 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and run every Wednesday through August 31.
All market managers said they shared an appreciation for the societal aspect that a farmer’s market could bring.
Dentlinger can’t wait to get back in the crowd for product shows and listen to local bands.
“I miss our community spirit,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to it.”
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