The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, June 11, 1998, Summer Edition, Page 2, Image 2

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    Farmer’s Market brings
rural traditions to city
By Jennifer Walker
Summer Co-editor
For the past 12 years, people have flocked
by the 1000s to the Haymarket every Saturday
from mid-May to mid-October
The Farmer’s Market, located on 7th street
between P and Q streets, hosts 110 Nebraska
vendors, who sell everything from vegetables
to exotic flowers to goat cheese to kittens.
According to Billene Nemec, Haymarket
manager, Lincoln residents come to the
Haymarket for more than just the food.
“The Market is like a small-town communi
ty,” she said. “It’s getting back to your roots.
“People come to remember their grandma’s
vegetable gardens.”
Vendors drive 250 to 300 miles to sell their
products, Nemec said.
The Farmer’s Market benefits the vendors
in ways that do more than bolster their pocket
“It gives the growers an opportunity to
diversify,” Nemec said. “They can get away
from growing the same old corn and beans.”
Jerry Meyer has sold vegetables at the
Farmer’s Market for 10 years. He travels from
Beatrice, where he grows mostly chili peppers,
tomatoes and lettuce. His produce is grown
organically, which he thinks makes him
“I believe in no chemical growing,” he said.
Gene and Cynthia Karstens, from Prague,
said they like selling their vegetables, but they
enjoyed the crowds the Farmer’s Market
attracted more.
“We meet a lot of nice people down here,”
Jerry Karstens said, “It’s a good business to be
Leasha Benolken, a University of
Nebraska-Lincoln student, said she came to
the Farmer’s Market to enjoy the weather, not
to buy anything.
“This is my first time (at the Farmer’s
Market) and I don’t plan on buying anything,”
she said, “ but I did see some kittens that were
awfully cute.”
Although many vendors sell vegetables,
Please see MARKET on 5
Nikki Fox / DN
THE FATHER AND SON TEAM of George (left) and Jay Edgar help a cus
tomer at the Farmer’s Market in the Haymarket Saturday morning. Jay
Edgar runs a plant nursery in Prairie Home called Landesign Limited.
The family has been attending the market for the past 10 years.
Sumj/uter Editions Number 472-1761
Editors Jennifer Walker
Darren Ivy, 472-1766
Art Director Matthew D. Haney
Photo Director Mike Warren
Web Page Editor Gregg Steams
General Manager Dan Shattil
Advertising Manager Nick Partsch
Asst Advertising Manager Andrea Oelien
Publication Board Chair Jessica Hofmann,
Professional Advisor Don Walton, 473-7301
The Daily Nebraskan (USPS
144-080) is published by the UNL publication
Board, Nebraska Union 34,1400 R St.,
Lincoln, NE 68588-0448, Monday through
Friday during the academic year; weekly
during summer sessions.
Readers are encouraged to
submit story ideas and comments to the
Daily Nebraskan by phoning 472-2588
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.Nikki Fox/DN
CHILDREN PLAY on the engine jungle gym in the Haymarket
Saturday morning during the Fanner’s Market.
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