NEBRASKAland July 2018

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JULY 2018 • NEBRASKAland 35 an early snow fell before Thanksgiving, I drove her to the grocery store and was confused when she put only a few things in her cart. I thought she had forgotten her shopping list, but when I asked, she shrugged, "No, I think I have everything else I need." Two days later, we sat down to a Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings, many of which came from her garden. While my grandmother's garden is one to aspire to, not everyone has the space, time or energy for such an undertaking. However, with Nebraska's rich soil and ample sunshine it's easy for new gardeners to find success. Gardening is a great way to spend time outside and the rewards are measured in smiles at the dinner table. Another option for aspiring green thumbs are community gardens. For a modest fee, you receive an allotment of land to plant whatever you like alongside other gardeners. It's also a way for new gardeners to glean knowledge from their more experienced neighbors. If you are unsure of yourself or want to limit the investment of money and time to start a larger garden, community gardens are a great place to start. Maybe you just don't have time for gardening. If so, consider visiting one of Nebraska's numerous farmers markets. The Omaha Farmers Market is the largest and oldest in the state with more than one hundred vendors. Lincoln's Historic Haymarket Farmers Market offers produce, meats, plants, baked goods, fresh cheese, crafts and more. Kearney, Grand Island and North Platte also have excellent farmers markets that host activities and events in addition to letting you enjoy seasonal produce without the work of a garden. Additionally, think about subscribing to a Community Supported Agriculture program. Subscribers receive a weekly box of seasonal produce, and the amount of fruit and vegetables you get is usually worth much more than the CSA subscription. As a bonus, you will create relationships with local farmers and support Nebraska agriculture.

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