About Us

Prairy Market & Deli is a full line natural foods market, featuring local seasonal and organic produce, and locally sourced specialty meats including beef, bison, lamb, free-range chicken and our ever popular free-range turkeys at Thanksgiving.

Located downtown in the historic Newton Mercantile Building at 6th and Main, we offer a wide selection of Kansas-made products, healthful whole foods, gluten free snacks and mixes, along with bulk spices, coffees and teas, household cleaning, personal care and gift items.

In addition to our retail store, there are also a variety of prepared options made fresh daily in our kitchen. Available in the self-serve deli are homemade hot soups and entrees, wraps and sandwiches, fresh salads, and fruit smoothies. And of course, our bakery offers hand made breads, bars, and other sweet treats. Whether you live in the Newton area, have shopped with us while traveling through, or have visited our growing selection in the on-line store, we appreciate your business and commit to provide you with the quality product and customer experience you have come to expect from us.

We are also proud of our evolving line of wholesale products made here in the store, built around our well-known Prairy® Peppernuts™. Our Peppernuts can be found in select specialty food stores in the Midwest and a growing list of outlets across the country under the Prairy® Heritage and Prairy® brands. Not available in your community? Let us know where you shop and we will see what we can do!

Prairy Market & Deli is a member of From the Land of Kansas and the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce.


Prairy Market & Deli, formally known as Prairie Harvest, has been a local tradition since the turn of the century. Becky Nickel founded the store in 2000 in downtown Newton with Kathy Landis, later joined by Carrie Van Sickle. With an initial focus on bulk and organic foods, in addition to some gluten free mixes and pastas, the store has expanded its product offering several times over the years. In 2005 the store was relocated to the corner of 6th and Main into the oldest Mercantile Building west of the Mississippi. In addition to filling the additional space with several new products, Prairie Harvest started a fresh deli for lunch and created additional space for seating. In 2011 Prairie Harvest again expanded, adding a second kitchen space for Peppernut production, the start of its wholesale product offering.

In 2014 the Gaeddert family joined the rich history of local ownership. Aaron Gaeddert joined Becky in oversight of the day-to-day operations at the store. His appreciation for locally sourced product and a good meal with wholesome ingredients make him feel right at home. In 2019 the business was rebranded as Prairy Market & Deli. The Gaedderts are excited to carry forward many legacy Prairie Harvest traditions, within a new name and context, as we continue to serve the Newton community. Come see our Prairy Production Kitchen, Juice and Beverage Bar, selection of local and regional food products and our evolving mezzanine level event space.