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Nebraska Food Cooperative

Nebraska Food Cooperative

For nearly 10 years now, the Nebraska Food Cooperative has been connecting small farm producers to customers through their online ordering site. The cooperative has helped many producers grow their businesses substantially and Caryl Guisinger, general manager for NFC, said the cooperative feels like a family…

Lewis Produce

Lewis Produce

Writer Betty Sayers first met Marlen Lewis in Holdrege, Nebraska. They were both attending an meeting organized by Nebraska Food Co-op to discuss how to best highlight fresh local produce. The well-spoken man captured Betty’s attention and she soon arranged to make a trip to his garden near Orleans, Nebraska…

Grinders Food Truck

Grinders Food Truck

The orange glow of the Grinders Food Truck lures diners in first, but then they linger and return for the mouth-watering sandwiches chef Jim Fry serves up. “You will go bananas for the experience of the Grinders Food Truck and the culinary genius of owner Jim Fry,” writes Roni Fisher…

Oak Ridge Farms Hydroponics

Oak Ridge Farms Hydroponics

When people think of Nebraska they usually think of two things: corn and cows. No amount of re-branding can alter that image. It’s in the DNA of every resident. Although traditional agriculture has always been the backbone of the state, a new breed of farmer is emerging. Growers like Ryan David of Oak Ridge Farms Hydroponics in Ord are changing the way we grow our food and feed our communities…

Beaver Bar & Grill

Beaver Bar & Grill

At an age when most people find themselves thinking of retirement, Doris Wentling found herself settling into the restaurant business. And though it may not have been where she first imagined herself, she has thrown herself into it wholeheartedly, not once, but twice. Most recently at the helm of the Beaver Bar and Grill in Beaver City…

Haythorn Land & Cattle Co.

Haythorn Land & Cattle Co.

North of Lake McConaughy lies a ranch where you can stumble into the pages of a Louis L’Amour novel, writes Scott Rager. And the family that runs Haythorn Ranch has the western hospitality and tasty cooking to make you feel right at home…

Traditions Inn

Traditions Inn

Columbus’ historic downtown district is home to a charming restaurant and pub that features architectural details, a lush garden view and locally sourced produce and food sources. Traditions Inn drew the Rural Foodies to Columbus recently and it was a feast for the eyes, soul and stomach…

Stones Thoreau

Stones Thoreau

Harold Stone of Davenport has very little down time. This entrepreneur wears many different hats: farmer, retailer, restaurateur and storyteller. When Rural Foodies returned to his brick and mortar South Maple Street, they were delighted to find canning season in full swing…

Farmers’ Market Produce

Farmers’ Market Produce

In this month’s Rural Foodie adventure, Betty Sayers steps outside to visit Jean and Garreld Fecht, whose veggies grace the aisles of many of central Nebraska farmers’ markets. After visiting with the Fechts at Holdrege’s farmers’ market, Betty visits their garden acres in and around Axtell to get to the root of the story…

Perfect Pizza Picnic

Perfect Pizza Picnic

Next to a still lake the color of moss, with mighty cottonwood trees swaying in rhythm, our Rural Foodies fired up the grill to celebrate a Rural Foodie find, Sehnert’s Bakery pizza crusts. “I set out to highlight the flavors of summer and the quality of a locally made product,” writes Scott Rager…

4th Avenue Coffee

4th Avenue Coffee

Since 4th Avenue Coffee opened in Holdrege last September, Rural Foodie writer Scott Rager has found himself returning again and again to this coffee shop. It’s a place where mud-crusted farm trucks rub shoulders with shiny SUVs…

Chopped: Rural Foodie Style

Chopped: Rural Foodie Style

Our May Rural Foodie adventure started with a culinary road map designed by our readers. When Rural Foodies Scott Rager and Betty Sayers returned from Davenport, Neb., where they had visited South Maple Street kitchen and Stones Thoreau for last month’s Rural Success Story, the fabulous ingredients they brought home begged for something well beyond the norm…