The St. James Marketplace will be celebrating its 20th year as a seller in a small town with a reopening this Memorial Day weekend, from Saturday through Monday.
After a year off due to COVID-19 regulations, vendors across the region gathered a few weeks ago to stock market shelves with all kinds of local craft ideas, from embroidered tea towels to potholders. crochet, woodworking art, Nebraska home decor. and handmade baskets from the Amish women of Verdigre – and there’s more. There is also a weekly bake sale at the old Catholic school west of Wynot, in northern Cedar County, just off Highway 12.
“This is really a great outlet for our artisans in the area to display all of their unique crafts,” said Vickie Koch. “It’s hard to find a place for these people to sell their fancy work.”
Koch is one of the original five organizers of the market and has seen the market operate through years of challenges. She remembers when it started older women took advantage of the opportunities, and now younger women have joined the ranks as artisans and bakers. Many of them were, and still are, farm women, and the extra income is a big plus for their farms.
Koch also announced that there will be a Sunday afternoon presentation in June with Dennis Schulte, a professor at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, who will speak on the history of German immigrants in Cedar and Knox counties. She also invited community leaders in the area who were instrumental in helping to print parish and community history books to join the discussion.
If you’re interested in learning more about a family’s trek in Nebraska, head to the market on Sunday, June 13 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Or if you are looking for wedding or birthday gifts or a pie, cookies, jellies and jam, the market will be open every weekend, Saturday and Sunday, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. until November 5.