Shop fresh, locally grown food at the Omaha Farmers Market

April 19th, 2016 by Live Well Omaha Kids

Written by Kylie Feilmeier, Omaha Farmers Market Manager

bg_logoHave you ever smelt fresh cut grass right after it’s been mowed? It’s such a fresh smell and I have not met one person yet that doesn’t love the smell! Eating local is kind of like that, but only you’re tasting the freshness. As much as fresh cut grass tickles your senses so does tasting fresh, locally grown food.

The Omaha Farmers Market is a great place to get that fresh, locally grown food. It’s a good place to give your kiddos 5 bucks and have them spend it on what they want (as long as it’s produce or something healthy)! It gives them the chance to explore all the vendor booths, look at all the shapes and colors and smell all the different smells that linger in the market air. It makes shopping for fresh food more enticing to children and will hopefully help them become more open to trying new things. If you give your children the opportunity to choose what healthy option they want in a fun, corky environment it might just be the ticket to getting them to eat it – and love it!

The Omaha Farmers Market on Saturdays and Sundays houses a range of vendors such as produce, dairy, meat, baked goods, crafts, bedding plants, ready to eat food, flowers, coffee, tea and much more! With an average of 100 or more vendors at each market every weekend, finding something delicious, fresh or just fun is not hard to do! Both markets are located in high traffic areas with a fantastic atmosphere full of diversity, people watching and enjoyment.

The Omaha Farmers Market has 3 different locations in hopes to serve the entire community. Check out our locations below:

  • DSC_4635Omaha Farmers Market
    Saturday in the Old Market
    Where: Historic Old Market
    11th Street between Jackson and Howard
    When: 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Every Saturday: May 7 – October 15
  • Omaha Farmers Market
    Sunday in Aksarben Village
    Where: Aksarben Village
    67th & Center Street
    When: 9 a.m. –  1 p.m.
    Every Sunday: May 8 – October 16
  • Omaha Farmers Market
    Wednesday at the Charles Drew Health Center
    Where: Charles Drew Health Center
    30th & Grant Streets
    When: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Every Wednesday: July 6-August 31
    *Produce Only Market

Our community continues to educate people on how to eat healthy or how to get your children to eat healthy with tips, recipes, etc. I think the Omaha Farmers Market or any Farmers Market within our community is a great start to educating yourself and your children on different types of healthy foods. You are able to personally talk with the person growing/making your food which helps give you more insight on what you and your family are consuming.

Why should you buy fresh & shop local? Check out these 5 reasons:

  1. DSC_7845Eating locally grown food means eating seasonally, which means everything you eat that is local is at it’s freshest.
  2. Since it takes less time for local produce to be picked and set at your table, local food has more nutrients when you eat it.
  3. Local food benefits the environment. By buying locally grown foods you help maintain farmland and green/open space in our community. It helps keep our community beautiful.
  4. Locally grown foods are safer to consume because the distribution process doesn’t involve traveling thousands of miles and has little chance of contamination.
  5. Shopping local helps local businesses continue to make delicious food that we know and love.

How to pay at the Omaha Farmers Market:

The Omaha Farmers Market accepts EBT cards (SNAP), Cash/Checks, Credit Cards, Nebraska Farmer Market Senior Coupons and WIC (Women, Infant and Children Nutrition program). The Omaha Farmers Market information booth is not able to redeem WIC or FMS coupons. A handful of vendors accept WIC and FMS coupons at the Saturday and Sunday Market (Ask the vendors if they accept them). All the vendors at the Wednesday Market accept WIC and FMS coupons.

Token Program:

SNAP tokens – If you have an EBT card you are able to swipe your card at all the Omaha Farmers Market locations in exchange for SNAP tokens. SNAP tokens come in $1 increments and are accepted by all eligible vendors.

CREDIT tokens – Some of our vendors do not take credit cards. If you forgot cash you can swipe your credit card at all the Omaha Farmers Market locations in exchange for  CREDIT tokens. CREDIT tokens come in $5 increments and are accepted by all vendors. You use your tokens just like cash!

The Omaha Farmers Market is opening soon – I can smell the fresh cut grass already!
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