FREE FARMERS MARKET TOURS

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The Farmers Market is a great place to shop for healthy, fresh foods and support your local farmers! Come & explore the Farmers Market with The Big Garden, Whispering Roots, and Nebraska Extension. These tours are an educational program for individuals, families, and participants who register ahead of time. The tour includes tips for shopping at the market, basic nutrition education, meeting local producers, a cooking demonstration and $10 in tokens per household for shopping at the farmers market. We will teach you all about shopping local at the market: how to select and prepare seasonal produce, how to shop on a budget, and how to use SNAP, WIC, SFMNP, and/or debit cards. Pre-registration is required below. Note that there are two different tour tracts: one that is open to the general public, and one that is just for WIC participants.

Things to know before you register:

  • You must register at www.biggarden.org in order to participate. Those not registered will not be eligible to receive tokens. Participants are only eligible to attend one tour per year.

  • Please be aware that these tours are outdoors during the hot summer months and they involve walking around the market as a group to visit vendor booths. There will be little to no opportunities to sit down and the market may be crowded. Sign-up for early morning tours if that would be better, bring water, and dress for the weather.

  • If you are registered for a tour and need to reschedule, you must email info@BigGarden.or to change your registration date. Space is limited so the $10 tokens are only available for those who are registered for the exact tour that day.

  • Please arrive 10 minutes early for your scheduled tour as we will start right at the scheduled time.

  • All registrants are expected to participate in the entire program (usually 1-2 hours depending on the market) in order to receive tokens. Participants who arrive more than 15 minutes late, or leave the tour early, will not be eligible for the $10 in tokens.

  • We may cancel tours that do not have enough participants and invite you to sign-up for another date.

  • Tours may also need to be cancelled or rescheduled due to weather. If this is the case, we will send an email or text message as soon as we make the decision. If you do not receive a message and are not sure if the tour is happening, you may check www.biggarden.org to confirm.

  • No dogs are allowed on the Farmers Market Tours, except service animals.

  • Tokens will be distributed as $10 per household. If multiple families and/or unrelated adult individuals live in one household these individuals can receive additional tokens. The purpose of the tokens is to purchase items that will be used to cook a healthy meal at home. Tokens are to be used on the following items -- fresh produce (fruits and veggies), herbs, honey, meat, cheese and other dairy, whole grain breads. The tokens are not to be used on pastries, prepared foods, and/or sugary drinks, or other craft/non-food items.

Farmers Market Tours have ended for the 2019 growing season.

Please check back in June of 2020 for future tours.