YWCA, Healthy Hastings look to expand downtown farmer's market

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - We're still a ways out from when the Hastings Downtown Farmers Market will start up again, but some groups are already looking to make some changes.

Healthy Hastings and the YWCA of Adams County are looking to hire two additional people to help run the downtown farmer's market. (Source: Kelsey Dickeson, KSNB)

In partnership with Healthy Hastings, the YWCA of Adams County received a federal grant to expand the farmer's market. It'll allow them to hire two additional people to help run the market.

"We've done this two years with volunteers and it's worked quite well, but it's really hard on volunteers that have other full time jobs. Many of us have kids so we're busy with activities and things. So we really feel like the growth can happen when someone is fully dedicated to this," said Carissa Uhrmacher, career services coordinator with the YWCA of Adams County.

Hastings is one of only two places in the state to have received this grant.

Uhrmacher said they hope it'll promote shopping local, and bring more people to the area, which'll also boost the local economy.

The two marketing positions will focus on promoting the market, and recruiting farmers and sellers. The positions are still open. You can apply to them online, or email Advisory Team Chair Amanda Ablott at coleamanda@hotmail.com, or YWCA Executive Director Laura Stutte at lstutte@ywcaadamscounty.org.