Cairo CornStalk Festival

The theme for this year’s festival will be:

“Cairo, Little Town, Big Dreams”

Some of the events this year will include: Volleyball Tournament, CornStalk Queen Contest, Fun Walk/Run, Pancake feed,  Quilt Show, Pie Baking Contest, Car Show, Community Parade, Fireman Water Fights, Kids Games, Boy Scout Dunk Tank, Pinewood Derby, Free Swimming, Dance and other items coming.  We will plan on putting registration for the different events on this website.

Cairo Farmer’s Market

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.

Cairo Farmer’s Market

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! 

 

Mission Statement

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.

Vendors
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.

2012 Local Farmers Market Vendor Agreement
Good Practices for Food Safety
Regulation Requirements
SFMNP_WIC FMNP brochure
Weights and MeasurementsPlease return all fees and completed Vendor’s Agreement forms to:
Lana at Pathway Bank at Cairo
P.O. Box 428
306 High Street
Cairo, NE 68824
308-485-4232
308-485-4235 (fax)
Toll Free 800-658-3187