What’s the first food thought that comes to mind when you think of Nebraska? Could it be this?
I admit–this was what came to my mind. And yes, there are plenty of corn fields in Nebraska. But there is more to the story. On a road trip, we checked into a motel in Lincoln, Nebraska, and asked about places to eat. We were directed to the Haymarket area as a fun place–it was–and also advised about the Haymarket farmer’s market the next morning. It’s awesome, both motel clerks assured us.
And it was. A few streets worth of booths. Very reasonably priced vegetables. Very few fruits, though–my husband had to remind me that fruit trees don’t grow well in Nebraska. Oh, yeah, they are known for corn, not peach trees. There were the usual crafts, bakery items, and musical performances. Even a young juggler was entertaining the crowds. This was one popular market–throngs of people were carrying out huge bags of beautiful produce.
I loved knowing that the local foods movement is popular in many areas of the country. And what a great community event. I had envisioned Lincoln, Nebraska, as kind of a boring city–sorry, sorry. But Haymarket is not only lively on market morning; there is a thriving nightlife as well. I would definitely recommend a stop here if you are driving across the U.S.