Farmers Market in the Food Desert

June 8th, 2016 by Live Well Omaha Kids

Farmers Markets are the perfect opportunity to get the family moving outdoors while shopping for fresh, local foods. Live Well Omaha Kids asked Terri Sanders, Site Manager of the Omaha Economic Development Corporation’s Fair Deal Village MarketPlace, to talk about what they offer.

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Produce from Farmer John’s Farm, Omaha, NE

Produce from Farmer John’s Farm, Omaha, NE

North Omaha is considered a food desert. A food desert is defined by the USDA as:  over 59% of the community suffers from low access to fresh and healthy foods. This is due to economic challenges, lack of transportation to groceries and the absence of groceries in the community.  The Omaha Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) through the Fair Deal Village MarketPlace is addressing this need with a Farmers Market.  The Farmers Market takes place every Friday until September 9, 2016, from 4:00PM-7:00PM. The market takes place in the OEDC parking lot, 2221 North 24 Street, Omaha.

The Farmers Market provides fresh foods with a variety of high-quality fruits and vegetables supplied through local growers as vendors. A lack of healthy foods, according to the Food Research and Action Center leads, to:

  • Cycles of food deprivation and overeating
  • High levels of stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Greater exposure to marketing of obesity-promoting products

The Farmers Market is an introduction to fresh fruits and vegetables in the food desert of North Omaha. This fall we will open a fresh produce market, that will be a part of the Fair Deal Village MarketPlace at 2118 North 24 Street.

When you buy fresh produce from the vendors they also provide recipe cards that list ideas for how to utilize their produce, such as Cucumber Lemon popsicles, Honey Lemonade, and Rhubarb Syrup.

Cucumber-Lemon Popsicles
1 cucumber (skin on)
juice of ½ lemon
1 Tablespoon of lemon zest (the yellow of the lemon skin—grated finely)
1 cup coconut water
1 Tablespoon of honey or sweetner

Add ALL ingredients to a high-speed blender and blitz until smooth. Pour into Popscicle molds
freeze until firm. Eat and enjoy.

The Farmers Market also has plants, handmade jewelry, jams and jellies, food trucks, sugar scrubs and more. In the coming months we will celebrate food with cooking demonstrations, a pie and cobbler contest in July, and Bubble Fun—blowing bubbles with our own bubble recipe, that will be distributed and market fun and music.

The Farmers Market is made possible in part by a grant from the Administration for Children and Families – Community Economic Development Healthy Food Financing Initiative Project. We would also like to thank our media sponsor KETV.

For more information contact Terri Sanders, Site Manager, or 402-504-1842. Follow OEDC on Social Media:

Twitter:  @OEDCOmaha
Instagram:  @OEDCOmaha


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