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Scottsbluff Winter Farmers Market, 2016

January 16, 2016

Gosh, have I been remiss this season. I haven’t posted once about the winter farmer’s market!

It’s such a treat to go into the greenhouse on a cold, sunny day and feel for a moment like you’re transported back to summertime. (The location is TLC on Avenue B, south of Highway 26 – enter through the main doors of TLC, then go all the way to the back, step outside for a brief moment, and then into the greenhouse.)

I took just two photos at the first market of the year, which, on January 2 right after the holidays, was not terribly well attended. I’m sure it will pick up for today’s market. (It’s held the first and third Saturdays of the month, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., October through March.)

I *love* the new setup this year, with a space right inside the door for prepared food vendors (you can usually get things like pizza, sandwiches, soup, BBQ, brats, cabbage burgers), along with some tables on which to settle down and eat your meal.

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At the last market, Bugman and I sat down with a western Nebraska winter staple: chili and a cinnamon roll.

There are lots of craft vendors (e.g., quilts, woodwork, soap, candles) and a Pampered Chef vendor this year, but there is plenty of food, too: jelly, jam, bread, meat, cheese, honey, baked goods, sweets, pasta. And several vendors sell winter vegetables, too.

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One of several vendors with winter vegetables for sale.

A hot tip for visiting the market: if you drive to the market but don’t mind a short walk, I recommend parking in the parking lot south of the market, near the empty grocery store building, and walking along the east side of the Culvers and mini strip mall with the bank. The TLC parking lot can be insanely stupidly packed, particularly right when the market opens. It’s much better for my blood pressure to walk than to try to jockey for a parking spot.

See you there?

Copyright 2016 by Katie Bradshaw

 

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