Events

Aug
28
Aug 30

Member Appreciation Weekend

Member-ownership is the driving force of the Co-op and we want to say thank you for your support by offering 10% off store-wide to our member-owners during our Member Appreciation Weekend. Mark your calendar for Friday, August 28th - Sunday, August 30th.

Aug
29
12:00 pm12:00

Dig Deeper Farm Tour

This year’s farm tour consists of seven unique experiences for a fun day filled with local food demonstrations, farm exploration and activities for people of all ages. This event is free and open to the public.

East African Cooking
Sep
8
6:00 pm18:00

East African Cooking

  • Antelope Park Church of the Brethren

Tantalize your taste buds as we learn how to make Ethiopian favorites: Doro Wat (spicy chicken stew) and Gomen (tumeric-spiced potatoes and cabbage) and Sudanese Eggplant Salad all served with the Ethiopian flatbread, injeera.

*COLLECT A STICKER FOR YOUR EAT LOCAL CHALLENGE PASSPORT*

Register now. Must be paid in full to reserve your spot.

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.

Honey Tasting & Bees 101
Sep
15
6:00 pm18:00

Honey Tasting & Bees 101

  • Antelope Park Church of the Brethren

Taste and learn about distinct local and international honeys while learning the basics about honeybees and native pollinator conservation.

*COLLECT A STICKER FOR YOUR EAT LOCAL CHALLENGE PASSPORT*

Register now. Must be paid in full to reserve your spot.

Instructor Kat Shiffler is a small-scale beekeeper with hives in Lincoln and the surrounding area. Her honey company, Sweet Bertha’s Raw Local Honey, is named after her grandmother who drank a honey tonic everyday. Learn more at www.sweetberthas.com.

 

Let's Get Wild On Edible Plants
Sep
19
1:00 pm13:00

Let's Get Wild On Edible Plants

  • Antelope Park Church of the Brethren

Edible wild plants are nutritious and tasty, and gathering them in the wild offers a chance for exploration and discovery. Make plans to visit some wild places to collect nature's bounty. Better yet, try growing some edible wild plants in your home landscape. Bob will offer information and plant choices for you to convert some of your typical landscape plantings into more wild edible plantings by using a sampling of landscape plants native to the Great Plains region. 

*COLLECT A STICKER FOR YOUR EAT LOCAL CHALLENGE PASSPORT*

Register now. Must be paid in full to reserve your spot.

Instructor Bob Henrickson is the Horticulture Program Coordinator at the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, Inc. His responsibilities include assisting affiliated arboretum sites with plant collection and to acquire, propagate and produce plants for plant development and sales. Bob co-hosts a gardening talk show on KZUM, a community radio station in Lincoln. He is passionate about native plants that reflect a sense of place here on the Plains.

Sep
20
1:00 pm13:00

Streets Alive

Streets Alive! is a free community event that promotes active living and healthy nutrition in a fun and interactive way.  Find the Open Harvest booth along the event route!

Sep
27
11:00 am11:00

Chef Challenge

  • Old Cheney Road Farmers Market

A little friendly competition in a farmers’ market setting is a great way to enjoy local food. Watch as three chefs prepare and present a dish in 30 minutes using local ingredients sourced from the farmer’s market and Open Harvest. Delicious samples will be served!

Sep
29
6:00 pm18:00

Storymobile Listening Party

  • Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso

The Storymobile project has been a fun and collaborative project over the course of the past couple months, now you can hear the final product! Join us and others in the Co-op community as we listen to the premiere of the Open Harvest Storymobile on KZUM. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

Seed Saving
Oct
6
6:00 pm18:00

Seed Saving

  • Antelope Park Church of the Brethren

Come learn how to preserve the seeds from your plants today for your garden tomorrow. We will learn which plants to harvest seeds from, when to harvest them, and what care they need to sprout.

Register now. Must be paid in full to reserve your spot.

Instructor Aaron French is the Farm and CSA Manager at Community Crops. Originally from Omaha, he graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland with a degree in religious studies and a focus on the relationships between faith, food and agriculture. He also got his start farming in Maryland as well, starting a campus farm and then continuing to work for two established organic farms. After a brief stint teaching kids about gardening and cooking in Iowa, Aaron landed in Lincoln where he discovered the joys of biking in a flat city. When he's not pulling turnips or helping one of the Crops training farmers diagnose pest problems he enjoys hanging out with cats, playing cribbage and making hot sauces (he may give you some if you ask nicely).

Dumplings Three Ways
Oct
13
6:00 pm18:00

Dumplings Three Ways

  • Antelope Park Church of the Brethren

Host your own dumpling party that features three different types of dumplings and dipping sauces.

Register now. Must be paid in full to reserve your spot.

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.

Herbal First Aid
Oct
20
6:00 pm18:00

Herbal First Aid

  • Antelope Park Church of the Brethren

Register now. Must be paid in full to reserve your spot.

Instructor Nicole Saville holds a Bachelors Degree in Herbal Medicine and, along with her husband, owns Spiritus Vitae Botanicals, a local medicinal herb farm. She formulates and manufactures each product Spiritus Vitae offers and enjoys sharing her knowledge to support individual self-sufficiency.

DIY Herbal Body Care
Nov
3
6:00 pm18:00

DIY Herbal Body Care

  • Antelope Park Church of the Brethren

Have you ever wanted to make your own lotions, salves, creams or lip balm? Would you simply like to know what’s in your body care products? This class will start with the basics and cover some of the most popular body care products. We will also touch on several beneficial herbs for common skin ailments and how to incorporate them into the products.

Register now. Must be paid in full to reserve your spot.

Instructor Nicole Saville holds a Bachelors Degree in Herbal Medicine and, along with her husband, owns Spiritus Vitae Botanicals, a local medicinal herb farm. She formulates and manufactures each product Spiritus Vitae offers and enjoys sharing her knowledge to support individual self-sufficiency.

Soup-er Suppers
Nov
17
6:00 pm18:00

Soup-er Suppers

  • Antelope Park Church of the Brethren

Learn to make hearty soups using fall vegetables. On the menu: Aush-Afghani (a bean, herb and noodle soup), Caldo Verde (a Portuguese kale and sausage soup), and Celeriac Soup.

Register now. Must be paid in full to reserve your spot.

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
5:30 pm17:30

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 Matt Pirog is a fermento-phile out of necessity; a run-away gardening habit provides ample opportunity for a variety of fermentation experiments every year. Fascinated and inspired by our co-evolutionary partners that preserve our food and make it even healthier, he is always looking to learn more about the science that explains the vital role microorganisms have in maintaining optimal human health.

Cover Crops in the Garden
Aug
15
1:00 pm13:00

Cover Crops in the Garden

  • Antelope Park Church of the Brethren

In this class we will learn about what cover crops are, how to use them, and the benefits that can be had by integrating them into your growing “operation”. We will learn how and when to plant, management of cover crops, and how to effectively terminate them in order to plant your main crop. The class will focus on how to integrate cover crops without the need for tillage or fertilizers.

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Instructor Nate Belcher fully believes in the power of cover crops, and owns and operates Green Acres Cover Crops which is a cover crop seed wholesaler here in eastern Nebraska. While as a business they focus on large scale production, Nate fully utilizes cover crops in his own home garden and has had great success. Since using covers heavily in his garden, he no longer uses any fertilizers or tillage, and has been able to grow more food than ever while decreasing his work load in the garden.

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.

Note: This class requires an additional $5 material fee. 

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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.

Put It On A Pizza
Jul
28
5:30 pm17:30

Put It On A Pizza

*This class will be held at a private residence. Participants will be emailed the location prior to the class. 

Experience the magic of wood-fired pizza in your own backyard! In this class, participants will learn how to make their own dough, create their own pizzas with local, seasonal ingredients, and cook them in a wood-fired oven. There will also be opportunity to discuss building a backyard wood-fired oven.

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Instructors Vince and Cathy Grove are self-acknowledged “foodies” who both love to cook and experiment in the kitchen. Vince constructed their wood fired oven a few years ago, and the couple has enjoyed using it for pita bread, sourdough white and rye bread, baguettes, many pizzas, prime rib, and beer can chicken. Cathy loves to grow greens in the salad box that Vince built, and each year harvests lettuce, kale, chard, and herbs in their backyard in addition to tomatoes and peppers. As retirees, Vince and Cathy enjoy volunteer activities and spending time with their five grown children and eight grandchildren. 

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!

This class requires an additional $10 material fee. 

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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.

Growing Hops
Jul
18
1:00 pm13:00

Growing Hops

  • Ploughshare Brewing Co.

Learn how to grow and use hops from the home garden.  We will go over the process from beginning to end including, location, soil preparation, planting, trellising, management, harvest, drying, and using the hops you harvest.

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Instructor Nate Belcher is extremely passionate about sustainable food production and has been a home brewer for 8 years. He's brewed professionally for the past year and a half, so naturally hops were a must for him in his garden. He is firm believer in organic, sustainable practices which is how he grow his hops and will teach organic methods in this class. 

Jun
27
10:00 am10:00

FREE Bike Tuneups (by Cycleworks)

Don't forget your bike when you shop this weekend -- you can get a free tune-up while you shop! Just drop it off at the Cycleworks tune-up station in front of the store and one of the bike mechanics will adjust your front and rear derailleur, adjust your brakes, and check your tire pressure.

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.  

Note: This class requires an additional $5 material fee. 

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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.

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.

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!