Food Day Omaha

The Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition and Omaha Farmers Market will co-host a Food Day Omaha event at Aksarben Village on Sunday, October 20, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Because Food Day is a nationwide celebration to bring together Americans to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way, we are extending the Aksarben Farmers Market one extra week and enhancing it with “eat real” informational booths, children’s activities and cooking demonstrations.

Our vision for this event is to create even greater awareness in Omaha around our food system, hunger issues, agricultural practices and healthy eating options.

Following is the schedule of offerings and list of generous partners involved in this year’s FREE event:


10 a.m. – Pumpkin Soup, Cooking Matters

11 a.m. – Ratatouille over Spaghetti Squash, Cooking Matters

Noon – Apple Butter Canning, Girl Scouts


The Big Garden – Children’s game with seed packet, t-shirt and book prizes; information on local food system

Big Muddy Urban Farm – Demonstration on food reclamation, showing stages of compost and sharing resources for composting at home

City Sprouts – Pumpkin people children’s activity and community gardening education

Common Soil Seed Library – Seed saving information and seed cleaning demonstration

Cooking Matters – Information on choosing whole grains; Pick up a bag of ingredients to make whole grain oatmeal pancakes at home

Curves – Healthy eating information and exercise equipment demonstration

edible OMAHA Magazine – Free copies of magazine

Gifford Park Community Garden – information and pictures of the community garden, youth garden program and neighborhood association activities

Girl Scouts – Learn about canning and increase your awareness about the benefits of fresh food preservation; Free pectin samples from Ball Foods

“Growing Cities” Documentary Film – A documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat

Guckenheimer – Sample quinoa salad with roasted vegetables and two types of pesto

The Humane Society of the United States – Information about humanely and sustainably raised meats from the Nebraska Agriculture Council; samples

Hy-Vee – Nutritional information on a variety of topics, especially gluten-free food products; recipes utilizing farmers market in-season produce; My Plate activities and smoothie/power bar-making demonstration

Live Well Omaha Kids – Information on healthy eating, the Family Dining Pledge and the benefits of eating home-cooked meals as a family; chef hat activity and family photos

Lone Tree Foods – Sustainable farmers working together to sell wholesale local food; information on practices, availability, classes and goals

Massena Farms – Information on pasture-raised poultry and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Metropolitan Utilities District – Demonstration on drinking water filtering process; information on water quality

Midwest Child Care Association – Fruits and Vegetables Mystery Box game; information on fruits and vegetables

Millard Public Schools Food Service – Hands-on activity related to MyPlate

Natural Grocers – Demonstration on sprouting at home

Nebraska Farmers Union – Information on reconnecting consumers with their farmer as well as food policy issues involving legislation, cooperation and education

No More Empty Pots – Children can make their own “My Mini Apple Book,” which explains how apple trees grow, then they can pick a real apple to eat

Omaha Permaculture – Self-sufficiency display including chickens and a seed bomb-making demonstration

Omaha Public Schools Nutrition Services – Information on local procurement activities at OPS plus “Build Your Healthy Tray” information, recipes and activities for children

Saving Grace – Education on food rescue criteria; new food rescue truck on display

Together – Information on ending childhood hunger, the Making the Grade to End Hunger food drive and SNAP

Truck Farm Omaha – Culinary herb matching game

UNL Extension Master Gardeners – Healthy ways to control insects and diseases in the home vegetable garden

Whispering Roots – Demonstrations about healthy food for socially and economically disadvantaged communities using aquaponics, hydroponics and urban farming

Women Food and Agriculture Network – A community of women in sustainable agriculture that links and empowers women to build food systems and communities that are healthy, just, sustainable, and that promote environmental integrity

Food Day Omaha is coordinated and hosted by the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition and Omaha Farmers Market and is sponsored in part by Aksarben Village and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska with promotional support from 101.9 the Big O, WOWT Channel 6 and The Reader.