Area farmers will bring their locally grown produce, homemade jams and jellies, and other products to the parking lot at Fifth Street and Park Avenue this evening, as a new weekly farmers market comes to Downtown Fremont.
The first Memory Farmers Market will be held from 4-7 p.m. on July 12 in the parking lot at Fifth and Park Avenue (behind the May Brothers Building) and will be held every Thursday through November.
Along with providing an opportunity for area farmers to sell their vegetables, fruits and other food products, Memory Farmers Market also supports the Fremont Area Alzheimer’s Collaboration.
“It’s (FAAC) such a great organization in the community, Marv (Welstead) has been such a pioneer for that whole group and he is so well known and well connected that people love supporting his effort,” Shannon Mullen, MainStreet of Fremont executive director, said. “It was really out of a love of his and that group’s efforts to put together the opportunity for us to bring a farmers market back downtown.”
All of the proceeds raised through registration fees from participating farmers will go directly to the FAAC’s mission to raise awareness, provide caregiver education, and assist in funding of research of Alzheimer’s disease.
Mullen says the goal for the Memory Farmer’s Market is to start small and to hopefully continue to grow over the next few summers.
All of the farmers who will participate in the market will be from the area, with the market specifically allowing only Nebraska farmers to participate.
“It’s nice to see the collaboration, and it’s really just another offering for folks that come down and spend money locally to be able to support Nebraska farmers,” she said.
Along with allowing farmers a chance to sell their wares, the Memory Farmers Market also allows those that live in the downtown area a chance to buy fresh produce a little closer to home.
“We are so thrilled that these kind of offerings continue to allow us to grow the Downtown area and allow us to meet new people, provide new services of things that maybe we might not have,” Mullen said. “Because we don’t have a local grocery store necessarily in the Downtown area. So it’s a great opportunity, especially for those that work, live and play Downtown to be able to buy in the Downtown area.”
Area farmers who are interested in participating in the Memory Farmers Market, and those with questions about the weekly event are encouraged to call MainStreet of Fremont at 402-721-2264.