Apologies that this post is so late. Blogger wasn't letting me post this morning, then I had to go to work...and here we are 12 hours later!
My first trip to Nebraska this weekend was completely splendid. We went to Red Cloud, NE for a Willa Cather (maybe you read My Antonia in school? She wrote that, among many other books and stories) conference for Josh. The theme was her work and food, so I was more than happy to tag and eat along.
We stayed over in Omaha on Friday, then hit the farmers market in Lincoln, NE for breakfast the next morning. We got there just as the market was opening, which meant it was quiet and calm and fully stocked with kolache for us to sample. There was an informal taste test in the car, only to continue when we got to Red Cloud and had another dose of kolache (a Czech pastry that's not too sweet and is filled with just enough fruit filling) that afternoon. I'm not complaining—they are delicious!
The highlight of Saturday was two fold: an edible prairie tour, where I learned that it's probably best not to try to eat anything you find on the prairie unless you are a trained naturalist, and square dancing. The "barn dance" wasn't exactly in a barn, but oh man, I had totally forgotten how much fun it is to square dance. I didn't have my camera with me, but you should know it was the most fun I've had dancing in ages—I like that someone tells me what to do! (And yes, New York friends, I realize you are laughing at me right now but I just don't care!)
On our way back on Sunday, we stopped for a hike around the Nine Mile Prairie outside of Lincoln and ate wild blackberries along the way. All in all, it was so nice to see such different landscape and eat so well.
I am really enjoying living in the Midwest!