CAST-OFF PLANTS FIND NEW HOMES
Benson Plant Rescue
Built in the mid-1970s and originally used as a plant nursery, the barn-like building near73rd StreetandMaple Roadreturned to its roots this summer when it became the new home for the Benson Plant Rescue.
The nonprofit organization saves damaged, overstocked and endof-season plants from many sources, including big-box stores, local nurseries and area gardeners looking to thin or change their gardens. The rescued perennials, grasses, trees and houseplants are sold to the public at affordable rates, with the proceeds benefiting the Omaha Public Library. Annual flowering plants and vegetables are given away for free, creating many opportunities for local fresh food and beauty.
It was founded in 1999 by Dr. David J. Hibler, Sr., who is known as “Dr. D,” and his wife, Judith. Sales from the plant rescue have raised over $30,000 for the library, which uses the funds to purchase children’s books and computers. Benson Plant Rescue is located at7230 Maple Street, and is open May through October on Fridays from 5pm–8pm and on Saturdays from 9am–noon. You can follow it on Facebook at Benson Plant Rescue, on Twitter and on the web at BensonPlantRescue.org.
MORE IN STORE FOR YOU
Tomāto Tomäto is Growing
Tomāto Tomato,Omaha’s year-round indoor farmers market, has recently doubled its space at the current location. The expansion will allow for more locally grown, produced and raised products from additional vendors, with an enhanced level of comfort for shoppers. The store carries a wide variety of items, including poultry, eggs, meat, wine, cheese and local produce, with many of the products being organically certified.
On a rotating basis, vendors’ stories appear on the Tomāto Tomato website, giving consumers the opportunity to learn more about where their food comes from, who is producing it and how it is being produced.
According to Jody Fritz, who co-owns the store with her husband, Jeremy, the store’s expansion and vendors’ stories are all part of their ongoing efforts to provide local foods in a convenient way to a growing number of consumers who are making the conscious decision to know more about the food they eat.
Tomāto Tomato is located at2634 South 156th Circle, and is open Monday through Saturday from 9am–6pm. Stay current on the weekly fresh produce available on the website at TomatoTomato. org, or follow it on Facebook at Tomato Tomato.
NEIGHBORHOOD CAFÉ AND COFFEE SHOP
Greengo Coffee and Deli
With a fresh look and tasteful decor, including modest furnishings custom-crafted by local builders, Greengo Coffee and Deli is a welcome addition to the newly revitalized Park Avenue Apartment District. Just south ofLeavenworth Streetin Midtown, the neighborhood is on an upswing triggered by the recent renovations at nearby properties by Urban Village Development. Owner Angel Holland hopes to add to the positive momentum with Greengo.
The deli’s offerings include sandwiches, wraps and salads, with the smoked turkey with avocado, lettuce, onion, tomato, spicy mustard and fresh pepper sandwich being a current favorite. Other varieties available include veggie, tuna salad and a spicy black bean wrap, to name a few.
Shadow Brook Farm provides the deli with fresh produce, andBedfordGardenssupplies alfalfa sprouts and wheatgrass plants. Angel sources her meat from the locally owned Wohlner’s Grocery, and offers coffee from Midtown’s The Grey Plume, where it is roasted with strong flavors and excellent balance. In the fall, Angel is planning to launch a series of fresh soups.
The name “Greengo” originated with Angel’s concept of fresh green organic foods on-the-go. Angel, the operator of the former Daisy Maze coffee shop in the Old Market, is committed to using high quality foods and environmentally friendly Greenware. Greengo Coffee and Deli is located at828 Park Avenue, and is open Monday through Friday from 6:30am–2pm, and on Saturday from 8am–2pm. Follow it on Facebook at Greengo Coffee.
NEW FARM STORE
Farm Sweet Farm
Rosmann Family Farms has opened an on-site store just outside ofHarlan,Iowa. The store, Farm Sweet Farm, offers locally grown produce, popcorn, beef, pork, chickens and local beer and wine. Also available are sauces, seasonings and organic fair trade coffee. Beef and pork can be purchased in individual packs, or you may want to choose a prepackaged specialty option for more economical pricing. You can also order half and whole steers and hogs cut to your specifications.
The 700-acre Rosmann Family Farms, owned and operated by Ron and Maria Vakulskas Rosmann and sons, is located just northwest of Harlan, and has been in existence since 1973. The farm has had organic certification since 1994, with certification for the beef operation coming in 1998 and certification for pork following in 2004.
Partial inspiration for the store came from Maria’s memories of her grandmother’sSioux City,Iowagrocery store that closed in the late 1950s. A handful of items from the former store have made their way into the new one, which also boasts wood floors made from reclaimed corn cribs and barn boards.
The store, located at 1222 Ironwood Road, is easy to find: From the intersection of Highways 59 and 44 in Harlan, go west two miles on Highway 44, then turn right (north) on Ironwood Road for 2. miles. Hours of operation are Wednesday through Friday from 9am–5pm and Saturday from 9am–noon. Follow it on Facebook at Rosmann Family Farms, on the web at www.RosmannFamilyFarms.com or call 712.579.5660 for more information.