Spring is in the air and so is the Local Farmers Market of Cairo! Not only is the Market back, but we are so excited to announce that we are expanding hours and dates held. The market will continue to be located at Herman’s Plumbing Building which is across the street from the Cairo Post Office. Vendors will be offering their goods every Friday afternoon from 4:00 pm through 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 am. Beginning May 24 through October 26. Closing times are approximate and based upon volume of business. If you are interested in becoming a Vendor and wish to participate now is the time to plan your garden or build your crafts as May is quickly approaching. Also you can get more information by contacting Lana Maret at Pathway Bank at 308-485-4232.
Just a reminder that the Cairo Farmers Market is every Saturday through the 2nd Saturday in October from 8-10 am. They will not be there on Saturday June 23 because of the Cairo CornStalk Festival.
Late last fall the Mayor’s Steering Committee for Community Development formed a sub-committee to study the idea of creating a local farmers market in Cairo where locally grown produce, herbs, flowers and crafts could be sold in a fun, family-like environment. According to Committee Chairperson Steve Stebbing what they learned was cause for excitement and determination to offer fresh produce in a warm and inviting atmosphere. “Our committee has met almost every two weeks since the beginning of the year studying and learning the importance of locally grown food. We have spoken with a number of experienced individuals, researched online publications, sent emails, read books, etcetera on the importance of fresh, locally grown food,” stated Stebbing. “For example, we learned that most produce in the US is picked 4 to 7 days before being placed on supermarket shelves, handled multiple times by different people and is shipped an average of 1500 miles before the final point of sale. We feel we can do better by our fellow friends and neighbors by creating our own distribution venue where the locally grown food is picked usually the day before it is sold.”
The committee has also taken time to understand the logistics of operating a farmers market by studying and interviewing individuals from other markets around the Midwest including Kansas City, Omaha, Lincoln, Columbus and Lexington just to name a few. Additionally they have created a Vendors Agreement that describes general rules and regulations, dates and times the market will be open and goods allowed for sale. “It has been a very rewarding education for all committee members as we have moved forward through the process of creating this open-air market. Our excitement has continued to grow,” according to Kim Hostetler, committee member. “This is our maiden voyage and we will work hard to improve the summer long event every year.”
If you are interested in becoming a vendor at The Local Farmers Market you can find more information at the Villageof Cairowebsite at www.cairocommunity.com, or call Lana Maret at Pathway Bank at 308-485-4232.
Do you like to raise a garden of freshly grown produce? Do you enjoy creating art or crafts and need a place to sell your products? The Local Farmers Market is coming to Cairo and is accepting applications for Growers and Artisans!
Our Mission of the Local Farmers Market is to:
- Offer fresh, locally gown food and products
- Support local growers and artisans
- Nurture a community gathering place
Location & Dates
The Local Farmers Market (herein referenced as ‘Market’) is held at 203 W Highway 2 in Cairo, NE. The Market is held virtually every Saturday morning beginning May 19, 2012 through the second Saturday in October. The market opens promptly at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 10:00 a.m.
If you are interested in becoming a Vendor and wish to participate now is the time to plan your garden or crafts as May is quickly approaching.
Lana at Pathway Bank at Cairo
P.O. Box 428
306 High Street
Cairo, NE 68824
Toll Free 800-658-3187