Tribes and tribal producers are no strangers to the farm-to-table movement, and visitors interested in farm-fresh produce will find plenty of tribal farmers markets throughout Indian Country.
On the White Mountain Apache Reservation in the high mountain desert of eastern Arizona, Ndée Bikíyaa, which translates to "The People's Farm" in Apache, sells onions, garlic and other select tribally-grown produce at a farmers market they set up at the local grocery store parking lot the first and third Fridays of the month.
“We sell in the parking lot hoping to catch people with our local, high-quality fruits and vegetables before they go into the grocery store,” said Clayton Harvey, farm manager and tribal member. “We are really committed to serving our community.”
The Ndée Bikíyaa Farmer’s Market is located in the Basha’s parking lot in Whiteriver, Arizona, and runs from 10 a.m. to about 1 p.m. from June to mid-September or October, depending on the first frost.
More information also can be seen on the farm’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ndeebikiyaathepeoplesfarm.
Other Tribal Farmers Markets
Oneida Farmer’s Market in Wisconsin
The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin’s market, located about six miles west of Green Bay, opens for the season on June 20 and is open every Thursday until October 3. https://oneida-nsn.gov
Choctaw Fresh Produce in Mississippi
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians operates the Choctaw Farmers' Market off Highway 16 West in the Pearl River Community from June through October. www.facebook.com/choctawfreshproduce
Native Farmer’s Market in Michigan
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, runs its Native Farmer's Market from June to October. More information can be found at www.facebook.com/pg/nativefarmersmarket
Seneca Nation Gakwi:yo:h Farms
The Seneca Nation's Gakwi:yo:h Farms is welcoming a brand new Farmers Marketing, opening July 10, 2019. The Market will feature organically-grown, high-quality food products straight from the Gakwi:yo:h Farms, including fruits and vegetables, herbs, bison, maple syrup and white corn products. The Market will also feature organic items from other local growers, including Thorpes and Abers Acres. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/GakwiyohFarms.