This post was updated May 9, 2017 to include current information and recommendations.
Spring is in full bloom in Omaha and we’re busy enjoying the luxuries of the season — basking in the sun out on the patio at a local restaurant, taking in gorgeous lake views, strolling through our favorite neighborhoods, revamping our home with bright seasonal colors and grabbing a tasty meal from a local food truck.
Another one of our favorite spring features is the return of farmers’ markets scattered all over the region. In fact, there are so many in the area that one of them is bound to occur on your most convenient day so it fits your schedule perfectly.
If you haven’t noticed, we are huge proponents of being local, and farmers’ markets are one of the most fun ways to support that community — specifically farmers, artisans and small business owners. These markets are also wonderful resources for SNAP participants to get fresh and healthy produce using vouchers!
Be a part of the thriving and exciting farmers’ market community in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area this year!
May 20 – September 16, 2017 | Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
This volunteer-run market takes place at Washington Park every Saturday, rain or shine. This Olde Town Bellevue market is always family- friendly and dog-friendly so bring the entire family! No matter which local vendors you find on market day, you’ll go home with plenty of fresh produce, baked goods, bread, crafts, furniture, jewelry and more.
Photos courtesy of Bellevue Farmers’ Market
May 6 – September 30, 2017 | Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Benson Farmers’ Market takes place at the Omaha Home for Boys, a non-profit organization that provides care and support for at-risk youth ages 12 – 24. The market welcomes a wide variety of vendors with incredible products and even accepts debit or credit cards! In exchange for a card swipe, you’ll get tokens that can be used at all market booths and vendors.
July 5 – Ausgust 30, 2017 | Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
The Charles Drew Health Center Market is one of three summer markets in the Omaha area bearing the Omaha Farmers Market stamp of approval. It couldn’t be more appropriate that this market is outside of the Charles Drew Health Center, as farmers’ markets host a large supply of fresh produce beneficial for your health. Shop directly from vendors such as Wenninghoff Farm and Huffman Produce while you talk with local farmers and makers.
Photos courtesy of Wenninghoff Farm and Huffman Produce
June 4 – September 17, 2017 | Sundays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Florence Mill Farmers’ Market is located at the Florence Mill, a historic mill connecting agriculture, history and art. At the farmers’ market every Sunday, peruse their selection of local produce and artisans displaying handmade crafts and enjoy weekly educational presentations, massages and live music. New this year, the fourth Sunday of every month is Family Fun Day where the kids can enjoy free pony rides!
May 4 – September 28, 2017 | Thursdays, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
The Main Street Farmers’ Market pops up in historic Bayliss Park in Council Bluffs every Thursday through May and September. This lively summertime tradition features fresh produce, baked goods, talented artists and live music. And it’s a wonderful place to wind down at the end of the day, grab some last-minute farm-fresh ingredients for dinner and support local businesses!
Photos courtesy of Main Street Farmers’ Market
May 6 – October 14, 2017 | Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
One of the most well-known markets in the area, the Omaha Farmers’ Market at the Old Market is a sight worth seeing and a community worth immersing yourself in every Saturday throughout the summer. In fact, the Omaha Farmers’ Market is considered the best farmers’ market in all of Nebraska. Once you see the bustling activity, the abundance of goods available and the 100+ smiling vendors at the Old Market location, you’ll see why!
May 7 – October 15, 2017 | Sundays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
If you accidentally sleep through the market on Saturday in the Old Market, you’ll get a second chance for produce purchasing at Omaha Farmers’ Market at Aksarben Village every Sunday! This market has over 110 vendors and is growing in number each year. As one of the hottest neighborhoods in the area, Aksarben Village is a major hub for activity, especially during their seasonal market!
May 31 – August 23, 2017 | Wednesdays, 5 – 8 p.m.
The Papillion Farmers’ Market in City Park at the corner of Washington and Lincoln Streets is an annual Papillion tradition — and has been making exciting additions in the past year! Check out their jam-packed special events schedule and don’t forget the market won’t be held on June 14th due to Papillion Days.
Photos courtesy of Papillion Farmers’ Market
July – October 2017 | Wednesdays, 4 – 6:30 p.m. + Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Travel to the charming community of Plattsmouth to experience their annual Plattsmouth Farmers’ Market nestled in the historic downtown area. Choose from locally sourced herbs, vegetables, honey, jams, nuts, fruits, pet treats and baked goods!
May 6 – October 7, 2017 | Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Pick up local food from Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota farmers at Village Pointe Farmers’ Market located on the south side of Village Pointe Shopping Center. Perhaps the most notable feature of this market is that it is the only farmers’ market in Omaha that requires GMO labeling. The market aims to elevate community awareness of the importance of sustainable, local, family-owned farms.
The Village Pointe Farmers’ Market also strives to educate the community about wholesome food that comes from said farms and its importance to our health. They take this education a step further by actually providing these healthy options at their market!
Photos courtesy of Village Pointe Farmers’ Market
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