Area farmers set up shop for summertime tradition

Rose Bierman, middle, helps Tia Massie and Rylee Nehman count change after customer Charlotte Fisher of North Platte purchased some vegetables on Saturday at the North Platte Farmers Market at Platte River Mall.

The North Platte Farmers Market brings summer offerings on Saturdays at the Platte River Mall, but beginning this week, the market will be open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday through the rest of the season.

The popular weekly event brings in vendors from North Platte and the surrounding area to sell their vegetables, meat and other creations. Rose Bierman of Arnold has been participating in the market for a number of years.

“I’m from Michigan and moved here 20 years ago with 20 milk cows,” Bierman said. “I quit that in 2009 and switched to farmer’s markets.”

She has four acres of potatoes, an acre of sweet corn and an acre of “all the other stuff I do — beans, cucumbers, tomatoes.”

Bierman said she has a hoop house so she can start her produce early.

“Especially this year it wouldn’t have worked if I hadn’t had the hoop house,” Bierman said. “With all the rain and cold, the ground didn’t get warm and stuff didn’t germinate. We’ve had to transplant a second time, it’s been a struggle.”

The market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

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