Events


Seed Swap
Jan
30
1:00 pm13:00

Seed Swap

  • 2 Pillars Church

The Open Harvest Co-op Grocery and Community Crops Annual Seed Swap falls on National Seed Swap Day, January 30th. We will be hosting a space for the Lincoln gardening community to bring their seeds saved from last year and swap them! This is a great opportunity to see what everyone has been growing and maybe branch out and try planting something new. Hope to see you there!

KZUM Donation Day
Jan
27
8:00 am08:00

KZUM Donation Day

  • Open Harvest Co-op Grocery

Did you know KZUM started in Open Harvest's basement many years ago?  

On Wednesday, January 27th we are sending some noise their way by organizing our first ever KZUM Donation Day. It's really simple: at the end of the day 5% of the our store's net sales will be donated directly to KZUM. You don't have to do anything, except stop by Open Harvest and pick up the food that you love. Part of our "31 Reasons to Visit the Co-op" focus in January, come shop with us on this special day and support two long-standing community organizations at the same time. It's a win-win - please help spread the word!

Jan
1
Jan 31

31 Reasons to Visit the Co-op

Reason #1: We have fun promotions (like this one). 

Check back every day during the month of January to learn fun facts, enjoy samples, catch flash sales, and more. All the more reason to shop at the Co-op!

Here's a preview of the next week (click to view a larger version):


Dec
13
10:00 am10:00

Holiday Harvest Farmers Market

  • Park Centers Banquet Hall

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

The Holiday Harvest Farmers Markets offer an abundance of local food and late-season produce for winter. Shop for your holiday feasts and to stock up for the winter at the indoor farmers' markets on November 22nd and December 13th. Plus, there's the additional option of online purchasing, still direct from local farmers, but with the ease of shopping from home. 

The Holiday Harvest Farmers Markets are at Park Centers Banquet Hall at 2608 Park Blvd in Lincoln. Both markets start at 10:00 a.m. and the final bell will ring at 2:00 p.m. Organized by the Old Cheney Road Farmers Market, Community Crops, Open Harvest Co-op Grocery and Lone Tree Foods.

Find more event information visit www.holidayharvestfarmersmarket.com/ or the Holiday Harvest Farmers Market Facebook page.

Nov
22
10:00 am10:00

Holiday Harvest Farmers Market

  • Park Centers Banquet Hall

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

The Holiday Harvest Farmers Markets offer an abundance of local food and late-season produce for winter. Shop for your holiday feasts and to stock up for the winter at the indoor farmers' markets on November 22nd and December 13th. Plus, there's the additional option of online purchasing, still direct from local farmers, but with the ease of shopping from home. 

The Holiday Harvest Farmers Markets are at Park Centers Banquet Hall at 2608 Park Blvd in Lincoln. Both markets start at 10:00 a.m. and the final bell will ring at 2:00 p.m. Organized by the Old Cheney Road Farmers Market, Community Crops, Open Harvest Co-op Grocery and Lone Tree Foods.

Find more event information visit www.holidayharvestfarmersmarket.com/ or the Holiday Harvest Farmers Market Facebook page.

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.

Nov
8
11:00 am11:00

Annual Owner Meeting

  • Chez Hay

This year's annual meeting will be full of celebratory elements in alignment with our 40th anniversary. Bring a dish to share. Live music, brunch items & beverages provided. Cash bar available. Learn more here.

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.

Seed Saving
Oct
27
6:30 pm18:30

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).

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.

CANCELED: Dumplings Three Ways
Oct
13
6:00 pm18:00

CANCELED: Dumplings Three Ways

  • Antelope Park Church of the Brethren

CANCELED

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

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.

Oct
3
8:00 am08:00

Produce Sidewalk Sale

ONE DAY ONLY! Check out great savings on some of your fall favorites in our awesome Produce Department. Stock up while supplies last!

Oct
1
Oct 31

October Owner Drive

JOIN 40 YEARS OF TRADITION TODAY

There are so many great reasons to join the Co-op, a thank you gift just sweetens the deal. During the October Owner Drive anyone who joins the Co-op or renews their Member Ownership will receive this cozy Open Harvest stocking hat. Made with love by our neighbors in Minnesota, it will keep your head warm and your friends envious.

To make this decision even easier, we now offer an online sign-up and renewal option. It's never been easier to invest in the Co-op!

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.

Sep
29
Oct 6

Bulk Sale

Make room in your pantry — you're going to need the space. For one week only, we're offering fantastic deals on case quantities of some of your favorite products. Whether it's chocolate bars or dry beans, local grains or canned tomatoes we have the goods to get you through the winter months. And there's a special sales event...

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
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!

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Register Now

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.