Events

Vietnamese Cuisine
Jun
9
6:00 pm18:00

Vietnamese Cuisine

  • Antelope Park Church of the Brethren

Spring rolls, bun and more! Learn about fresh spring rolls and noodle dishes.

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Instructor Sheila Dorsey Vinton is the Executive Director of the Asian Community & Cultural Center. She also teaches area studies courses part time at Nebraska Wesleyan University. As an anthropologist with a keen interest in food studies, Sheila has both an academic and recreational interest in international cuisine. She loves experimenting with new ingredients and getting her family and friends to try her creations.

Cheesemaking at Home
Jun
23
6:00 pm18:00

Cheesemaking at Home

  • Antelope Park Church of the Brethren

Making cheese at home is fun and easy!  Join us for an introduction into the cheese making basics; learn tips and recipes for making cheese at home. We will make a quick cheese in class that you can easily recreate at home.  

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Instructor Laura Chisholm started making cheese at home back in Georgia over ten years ago using milk from their first family cow. In 2013 she founded Orchard Hill Creamery and makes farmstead cheeses in micro batches using the rich milk from their herd of grass-fed jersey cows.

Solar Cooking
Jul
21
6:00 pm18:00

Solar Cooking

  • Antelope Park Church of the Brethren

Learn  how to use the sun’s energy to make fantastic meals!

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Since 2005, Instructor Ingrid Kirst has been the Executive Director of Community Crops, guiding the organization to be the primary resource for food growing in Lincoln. With an extensive gardening and non-profit background, Ingrid's position as executive director combines her many skills with her goal for everyone in Lincoln to grow some of their own food.  She loves to garden and explore more sustainable ways to live including utilizing renewable resources,  like the sun, in her day to day life.

Put It On A Pizza
Jul
28
6:00 pm18:00

Put It On A Pizza

  • Antelope Park Church of the Brethren

Join us and learn how to make pizza two ways--baked and grilled. We will experiment with a variety of seasonal toppings, as well as create our own sauce.

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Instructors Becky Keim and Ali Loker both work for Community Crops and are passionate about cooking! They are inspired by seasonal ingredients and enjoy using ingredients grow from their own backyards, as well as from local farmers.

Sushi
Aug
11
6:00 pm18:00

Sushi

  • Antelope Park Church of the Brethren

Learn how to make sushi – both vegetarian and meat options will be covered.

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Instructor Sheila Dorsey Vinton is the Executive Director of the Asian Community & Cultural Center. She also teaches area studies courses part time at Nebraska Wesleyan University. As an anthropologist with a keen interest in food studies, Sheila has both an academic and recreational interest in international cuisine. She loves experimenting with new ingredients and getting her family and friends to try her creations.

Fermented Foods
Aug
25
6:00 pm18:00

Fermented Foods

  • Antelope Park Church of the Brethren

Learn the basics of fermenting including kimchi.

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Instructor Sheila Dorsey Vinton is the Executive Director of the Asian Community & Cultural Center. She also teaches area studies courses part time at Nebraska Wesleyan University. As an anthropologist with a keen interest in food studies, Sheila has both an academic and recreational interest in international cuisine. She loves experimenting with new ingredients and getting her family and friends to try her creations.

Instructor Kirstin Bailey is the Growing Farmers Program Manger for Community Crops.  She also lives and farms at Fox Run Farms.  Every summer her family finds new and creative ways to preserve the produce they grow.  She loves fermenting foods and using them in recipes.  Cauliflower remains her favorite thing to ferment.


Organic Gardening
May
16
1:00 pm13:00

Organic Gardening

  • Mickle Middle School

Mickle Middle School, 2500 N. 67th St., Lincoln

Join us as we learn how to garden organically. This is a great class for gardeners who have never grown organically or are looking for new techniques for their garden! Join us at Mickle Middle School, home to Crops first school garden, where we'll cover all of the basics of gardening, including soil health, plants, pests and weeds! Our staff will show you how to get your garden prepped for the season and how to ensure a successful harvest in the fall. This is a hands-on workshop, so come prepared for the weather. The garden is on the East side of the building.

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Worm Farming
May
12
6:00 pm18:00

Worm Farming

  • Antelope Park Church of the Brethren

Learn how to use your home's organic waste to create amazing compost for your garden, with worms!

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Instructor Jeremiah Picard


Jeremiah Picard has co-owned Cook Grow Sew vegetable farm since 2012, works for the Nebraska Farmers Union and serves on the Board for the Nebraska Food Cooperative and Community Crops. Through his work, NeFU has been granted financing to begin a commercial vermicomposting operation using food waste from Lincoln Public Schools. He has been raising worms and composting at home for eight years. He is an active proponent for local food, self-reliance and leaving the world better than it was found.

Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation
Apr
28
6:00 pm18:00

Gourmet Mushroom Cultivation

  • Antelope Park Church of the Brethren

Join us as we learn the art of growing your very own mushrooms!

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Instructor Ash Gordon

Following his passion for mushroom cultivation, William Ashley Gordon founded Nebraska Mushroom LLC in 2011 with the goal of producing high quality gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. By sourcing local raw materials and working in a sustainable fashion he hopes to shed light on the value of mushroom production for both culinary and medicinal uses as well as find new innovative ways to harness the power of fungi.

 Building Raised Beds
Apr
25
1:00 pm13:00

Building Raised Beds

  • Dawes Middle School


This hands-on workshop will provide instructions for building a raised bed for a flower or vegetable garden. We will talk about the benefits of a raised bed, type of soil to use, and how to maintain the bed.

John Jenkins is a self-taught gardener with over 50 years of gardening experience. He says, "gardening is very enjoyable and therapeutic for me, plus you can raise some great produce!"

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Instructor John Jenkins

 

Apr
12
Apr 25

2015 Board of Directors Election

The election is open to current members of Open Harvest Co-op Grocery, and runs from Sunday, April 12th to Saturday, April 25th. 

For more information about Board Candidates and election procedures please see our full 2015 Board Election page, or pick up a Spring Edition of the Dirt at the front of the store

Apr
11
12:00 pm12:00

Board Election Meet & Greet

  • Two Pillars Church

Calling all Open Harvest Member Owners! It's that time of year again: time to elect our new Board of Directors. Please stop by the annual "Meet & Greet" at Two Pillars Church. This is your chance to shake their hand, ask your questions and get to know the candidates that hope to represent the Member Owners of Open Harvest for the next three years!

City Chickens
Mar
31
6:00 pm18:00

City Chickens

  • Antelope Park Church of the Brethren

Learn the basics of raising poultry in the city. Discover proper housing and care methods to ensure a healthy, happy and productive flock of backyard poultry. Whether they’re for meat or eggs, you’ll learn the essentials to raising poultry in an urban environment.

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Instructor Brett Kreifels


Brett is from Springfield, NE and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he obtained a bachelors degree in Animal Science and a masters degree in Applied Science in livestock and poultry nutrition and husbandry. He currently raises an exhibition and commercial flock of poultry. He is president of the Nebraska State Poultry Association and a board member of the Cornhusker Poultry Club. Brett teaches Ag and Science in the classroom for UNL Extension in Douglas and Sarpy Counties.

Mar
21
1:00 pm13:00

CSA Fair

  • Open Harvest Co-op Grocery

Here's your chance to check out the local farmers that offer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) options to their customers. Rain or shine, you are sure to find a perfect fit!

Co-sponsors are the Old Cheney Road Farmers' Market and the Lincoln Arts Council. 

CSA Fair Participants:

  • Robinette Farms
  • The Darlin’ Red Foxes 
  • Common Good Farm
  • ShadowBrook Farm
  • Community CROPS
  • Medinger's Market
  • Olive Creek Farm
  • Aiki Farm
  • Hollister Farms
  • The Lincoln Arts Council
  • Spiritus Vitae Botanicals
  • The Edible Source
  • Lincoln Neighbors Urban Farm
  • Lakehouse Farm 
  • Bugeater Farm
Seed Starting
Mar
17
6:00 pm18:00

Seed Starting

  • Antelope Park Church of the Brethren

Join us to get your garden season off to a great start! Learn how to start all your own seedlings inside with some simple materials. We'll talk about what you need to buy and what you don't and cover the common challenges to starting seeds.

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Instructor Ingrid Kirst

Ingrid Kirst has been the Executive Director of Community Crops since 2005, guiding the organization to be the primary resource for food growing in Lincoln. Ingrid has 13 years of gardening experience, and was a Master Gardener for 10 years. Her position as executive director combines her many skills with her goal for everyone in Lincoln to grow some of their own food.

TEDxManhattan: Changing the Way We Eat
Mar
7
9:30 am09:30

TEDxManhattan: Changing the Way We Eat

  • Firespring

TEDxLincoln, Open Harvest Co-op Grocery, Community Crops and The Hawley Hamlet are co-sponsoring an event that will include a live feed from TEDxManhattan in New York and local presentations with the theme “Changing the Way We Eat.” This one-day conference will feature a dynamic and diverse group of speakers addressing the issues in the sustainable food and farming movement. Register for a FREE ticket and/or purchase a $10 meal ticket at TEDxLincoln.

Gentle Healing with Flower Essences
Feb
26
6:00 pm18:00

Gentle Healing with Flower Essences

  • Two Pillars Church

Discover the gentle healing power of flower essences in this fun, hands-on class with Elizabeth Wolf, “Elixir Mixtress” of Good Medicine Apothecary. Registration forms are available in-store and online [PDF].  

Registration fee is $15 public / $12 owners and includes a 1oz. custom remedy.

Seed Swap
Jan
31
1:00 pm13:00

Seed Swap

  • Antelope Park Church of the Brethren

Are you a seed saver, or interested in learning how to save seeds from one season to the next? Join Open Harvest and Community Crops for a seed swap extravaganza!

 

Dec
13
11:00 am11:00

Holiday Harvest Farmers Market

If you missed the November market, you're in luck! Grab your market bags and grocery lists and head to the Auld Pavilion in Antelope Park on Saturday, December 13th to load up on local veggies, cheese and lots of other local goodness for your holiday feast. Need some ideas? We have a shopping list and vendor map available to download for your convenience.

The market starts at 11:00 a.m. and the final bell will ring at 3:00 p.m.

For more event information check out the Holiday Harvest Farmers Market Facebook page.

Nov
22
11:00 am11:00

Holiday Harvest Farmers Market

No longer is a farmers market just for summer! For two days only, twenty of your favorite local farmers will come together for the Holiday Harvest Farmers Market—a new fall tradition in Lincoln.

Grab your market bags and grocery lists and head to the Auld Pavilion in Antelope Park on Saturday, November 22nd to load up on local veggies, cheese and lots of other holiday staples. Need some ideas? We have a shopping list and vendor map available to download.

The market starts at 11:00 a.m. and the final bell will ring at 3:00 p.m.

For more event information check out the Holiday Harvest Farmers Market Facebook page.

Sep
28
11:00 am11:00

Chef Challenge

  • Old Cheney Farmer's Market

Join us at the Old Cheney Farmer's Market for the 2nd Annual Open Harvest Chef Challenge! See three chefs compete head to head, using local ingredients to make the tastiest dish. Show your Eat Local Challenge passport and receive a sticker!

Urban Homestead Series: Cheese 101
Sep
23
6:00 pm18:00

Urban Homestead Series: Cheese 101

  • Antelope Park Church of the Brethren

Come and learn about the complex world of cheese! Cheese buyer Izzy Koch will walk you through the basics of pairing cheese with other food, and also some factual tidbits. Come and try some awesome cheeses paired with a variety of other tastes, and up the education of your palate!

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Sep
20
Sep 27

Local Vendor Demos

Stop by the store to try samples from the many businesses in the Lincoln area, and earn a Eat Local Challenge sticker at the same time! Watch Facebook to see who is sampling.

Urban Homestead Series: DIY Kimchi
Sep
16
6:00 pm18:00

Urban Homestead Series: DIY Kimchi

  • Antelope Park Church of the Brethren

Did you know that Kimchi can be eaten fresh or fermented? Learn how to create a tasty Kimchi from great produce. This traditional Korean dish will present you with endless possibilities in the kitchen!

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Streets Alive
Sep
14
1:00 pm13:00

Streets Alive

Streets Alive! is a FREE family friendly afternoon of fun. A 2 mile stretch of Lincoln streets in the Near South and Everett Neighborhoods (south of the State Capitol) will be closed to motorized vehicles and open for all human-powered transportation.

Streets Alive! is part of our 2014 Eat Local Challenge. Get a sticker for your passport by stopping by the Open Harvest booth at Veg Fest, located at 13th and F.

Ploughshare 3-Course Sustainable Beer Dinner
Sep
10
6:00 pm18:00

Ploughshare 3-Course Sustainable Beer Dinner

Join Ploughshare Brewing’s founder and Certified Cicerone® for a fun and friendly beer dinner. Local foods from Common Good Farm, Shadowbrook and Branched Oak dairies, and Davey Road Ranch beef, all expertly paired with Lincoln craft brews.

Omnivore and vegetarian prix menus are available. 

Mingle at 6 pm, Dinner from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Call 402-742-0420 today to reserve your spot. Tickets are $40 per person. Inform us of menu preference and accessibility issues when you call.

Lincoln Beer Week - Beer & Wings
Sep
9
5:00 pm17:00

Lincoln Beer Week - Beer & Wings

  • Open Harvest

The mission of Lincoln Beer Week is to promote, advance, and celebrate the craft beer movement through education, enjoyment, and community. 

In support of this week, we are pairing some Open Harvest wings with Zipline beer at the store! Stop by to pick up a sticker for your Eat Local Challenge passport.

Lincoln Beer Week - Beer & Cheese
Sep
9
5:00 pm17:00

Lincoln Beer Week - Beer & Cheese

  • Moran's Liquor

You don’t want to miss this FREE cheese and beer sampling at Moran’s Liquor — our Cheese Buyer, Izzy, will have a great lineup of imported cheeses to pair with five different Belgian beers.

This sampling is a featured event of Lincoln Beer Week and the Eat Local Challenge (yup, you can get a sticker for your passport!)

Dig Deeper Farm Tour & Farm Walk
Sep
6
12:00 pm12:00

Dig Deeper Farm Tour & Farm Walk

Open Harvest and Community CROPS are coming together for a day dedicated to local food and the farmers behind it. Discover what's growing in your hometown; fresh delicious produce, world-class cheese, free range eggs & grass-fed meat. It all comes together for this exciting day-long event.
 

Dig Deeper Farm Tour : noon - 4 PM

Community CROPS Farm Walk: 4 PM - 7 PM

Grab a tour booklet in the store for more complete information.

PARTICIPATING FARMS:
Prairie Pines (Community CROPS)
Robinette Farms
Shadow Brook Farm and Dutchgirl Creamery
Common Good Farm
Fox Run Farms
Branched Oak Farm - Organic Dairy and Cheese

URBAN FARM PROJECTS:
UNL Student Farm
Southern Heights Food Forest
Hawley Hamlet

Urban Homestead Series: Canning
Aug
12
6:00 pm18:00

Urban Homestead Series: Canning

  • Antelope Park Church of the Bretheren

Learn all about how to water bath can in this class - safety, equipment, techniques, and more. It's a beneficial skill to master and a great way to preserve extra vegetables you've grown during the season for winter use. You'll take home some great recipes too!

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