Church brings the neighborhood atmosphere to the farmer’s market

Story by Emily Deck, NewNetNebraska

With the idea to bring together the neighborhood, Pastor James David started the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Farmers Market four years ago.

Children at a local nearby recreation center pushed the idea further. The kids had begun creating their own gardens. With St. Paul’s market, they were able to sell what they were growing.

The market is small and guests are able to walk around it in about 10 minutes. As one of the few local markets that accepts credit cards and EBT, St. Paul’s market is setting itself apart.

“It is a good place for new vendors to try out a farmers market,” Linda Statton, market manager at St. Paul UCC, said.

Market manager Linda Statton at St. Paul United Church of Christ displays the children’s crafts at St. Paul’s Farmer’s Market.

The market’s season runs for 22 weeks and usually has about five to 10 vendors a week. A vendor can sell there for $30 a season.

Enriqueta Perez has been selling at St. Paul’s for three years. For her, selling at the market is about relaxing in the laid-back atmosphere. Her produce includes onions, pumpkins, garlic and cucumbers.

Caricaturist Paul Zanderholm draws crowds at the market with his drawings. For $10, Zanderholm can create a black and white caricature in less than 10 minutes.

Children’s activities and live music also take place during the market, including performances by Garey Hatten and Zach Knecht.

Other vendors include Rhiannon Brown and Juston Wendt of Eazy Eatz, who sell 100 percent gluten-free products.

The market, located at 13th and F streets, usually lasts from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. The market ends in October.