Scottsbluff Winter Farmers’ Market
The Scottsbluff Winter Farmers’ Market is currently in its 4th year of operation. The market started in 2010 when a group of vendors from the Scottsbluff summer farmers’ market decided that they wanted to continue the farmers’ market during the winter months. Kathi Manville, of the Open A Bar 2 Ranch, LLC, agreed to organize and manage the market and has been the market manager since the beginning.
The first year, the market was held at the Hampton Inn Conference Center but with its popularity, outgrew its location by the end of the season. The market was held every other Saturday from November through March.
In the market’s second year, Manville was approached by one of the local nurseries, Aulick’s TLC, who offered one of their greenhouses for the market location. The market has been held at Aulick’s every year since. The greenhouse is a perfect location for the market allowing the vendors to keep their booths set up between markets and provides a heated indoor location during the colder months. The greenhouse allows for an “outdoor” feeling for the market and several of the vendors set up their tents.
The market has grown to 16 full time vendors and several part- time vendors. An average market hosts between 20-25 vendors.
The market started in October this year and was held every Saturday. Starting in November and continuing through April, the market is held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Market goers enjoy live music and can even sit and enjoy lunch or just enjoy the music and visit with friends in the “court yard” that is set-up in the middle of the market.
Manville says one thing that makes the Scottsbluff Winter Farmers’ Market unique is that the market features a local non- profit at each market. The non-profit is allowed to set-up an informational table at the market. This allows the community to be introduced to non-profits that they may not be familiar with. Market goers are asked to bring donations for the non-profit. For example, when the Panhandle Humane Society was the feature non-profit, donations of dog and cat foods were brought. Market goers can also purchase raffle tickets for a gift basket full of goodies from the market vendors. All proceeds from the raffle are donated to
The market boasts an array of vendors including the following: The Farm featuring seasonal vegetables and grass-fed beef, Victory Hill Farm which specializes in artisan goat cheese, Open A Bar 2 Ranch premium all-natural beef, Pies by Request features pies and pecan rolls, Jams and Jellies Just for You, Double L Country Store brings artisan bath & body products earned. tinctures, Mamma Jane’s Artisan Breads, Cloud 9 Cakery specializes in gourmet cupcakes, Pappardelle’s Pasta, Ranchin’ Rosie’s Longhorn Beef, EBee’s Honey, BeeHaven Roadside Market, Little Hawk Yarns features hand spun yarns, Lazy W Diamond Ranch brings pastured poultry, farm fresh eggs and more, Meadowlark Hearth has an array of seasonal vegetables and heirloom seeds. Part-time vendors bring handcrafted jewelry, spice rubs, pottery, herbs, baked goods, handmade gifts and crafts. Manville says that market goers are always surprised at the amount of vegetables present at the market throughout the winter, including fresh greens which start coming to the market in February due to vendors that have high tunnels which allow them to extend their growing seasons.
The Scottsbluff Winter Farmers’ Market is held the 2nd and 4th Saturdays through the month of April at Aulick’s TLC located at 3109 Avenue B in Scottsbluff. To keep up-to-date on the market, be sure to “like” them on Facebook. For more information regarding the Scottsbluff Winter Farmers’ Market contact Kathi Manville at 307- 214-5641 or firstname.lastname@example.org.