For years, the southeast Nebraska area has prioritized using local, sustainably grown produce at our restaurants, farmers’ markets and even our grocery stores. Because, honestly, with Nebraska’s bountiful and delicious harvest—there’s no reason not to!
If you’re looking for some new produce sources around Lincoln, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking for local farmers’ markets, want to join a small farm’s CSA program (Community Supported Agriculture) or are interested in finding some new, local grocery stores, there are several suggestions below. Enjoy!
Local Farmers’ Markets
Each weekend, April through October, you don’t want to miss the Sunday Farmers’ Market at College View! Head to the College View Neighborhood on 48th Street between Prescott and Lowell every Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to shop from some of the best produce, meat, egg, dairy, flowers and baked good vendors in the entire Lincoln area.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | May 1-October 9
The Haymarket Farmers’ Market is one of the most popular farmers’ markets in the entire Omaha and Lincoln area, bringing together vendors from all across Nebraska. Here, you’ll find standard market products like baked goods, produce, coffee, teas, kettle corn and more, along with innovative items like jewelry, glassware, furniture, blankets, mailboxes and more. Follow them on Facebook for market updates and vendor spotlights!
Thursdays, 4-6:30 p.m. | June 3-August 26
Just a few miles outside of Lincoln, the Eagle Farmers’ Market is a fantastic spot to get your hands on local produce, baked goods, farm-raised meat and other artisan products. This market often moves around Eagle, depending on site availability and weather. We recommend visiting their Facebook page before heading out to see where they’ll be this week!
Thursdays, 4-7 p.m. | June 17-August 19
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This family-friendly market has everything—and we mean everything! Seasonal produce, farm-raised meats, eggs, breads, pastries, crafts and even a bounce house. You can find this special market on Fallbrook Road on Thursday evenings, June through August every year.
CSAs & Farm Memberships
Entering their 25th season of growing good food in 2021, Common Good Farm is a mom-and-pop farm, growing food from seed to harvest every single year. The farm is located just 1.5 miles north of Raymond and just a few miles outside of Lincoln. They offer a farm membership instead of a CSA. This program is card-based, meaning you pay $125 for a card and add $25 to it in increments. You can use this card to pay for produce and other goodies from the farm. Members receive 10% off plants and produce for the calendar year.
Shadow Brook Farm and Dutch Girl Creamery is a 34-acre, diversified farming operation nestled on the southwest edge of Lincoln. Family–owned and –operated, they’ve been serving the area since 1996, selling both from the farm and famers’ markets as well as retail stores and restaurants throughout the area. Their flexible farm share program can’t be beat, allowing you to select a pickup location, browse offerings, check out, and then pick up your item at your preferred location. Their farm share program runs from April through December, offering you eight months of free-style shopping for fresh, local fare.
This family-owned farm is located in Martell and offers one of our favorite farm membership programs in town. Rather than a traditional CSA, they actually sell a “local food subscription” that makes it easy for you to enjoy their delicious greens and produce all year long. The boxes cost between $35 and $75 a piece and are completely customizable, allowing you to pick exactly what goes in your box (produce, eggs, cheese, bread, honey and other pantry staples) each week, every other week, or every four weeks.
Lotus Gardens is an urban aquaponics farm that uses live fish to create important nutrients for plants and produce, mimicking the natural symbiotic relationship between fish and water. Because their produce is more nutrient dense, it stays fresher longer! Their community box memberships—which cost between $24 and $96—allow you to receive bunches of greens and produce delivered to your door weekly or biweekly.
This open-air market is one of the best places to get fresh produce, meat, baked goods, honey and more in the Lincoln area! Head over to 48th Street and look for the pink sign that reads “Kelly’s Produce, Pumpkins & Pies.” If you want to learn more about new items at the market and get familiar with the lovely family that runs it, follow them on Facebook!
In the warmer months, you can find Deb’s Produce in Briarhurst Center. This produce stand is a great spot for fresh watermelon, tomatoes, sweet corn and much more. Follow them on Facebook for updates on their 2021 opening date and any new acquisitions.
Open Harvest Co-Op is a full-service grocer that carries local products in every department of the store. Here, you’ll find a beautiful local and organic produce section, a big bulk pantry section, an in-store deli and bakery, a meat and seafood department, and so much more. They also offer classes, food and product demos so you can learn how to cook any of the food you buy!
Located on the corner of 33rd and A Street, A Street Market is a small family–owned and –operated grocery store offering a variety of products. They provide high–quality cuts of meat, fresh produce, quick lunch and dinner options, and of course, great customer service. They pride themselves on offering as many local products as possible, including some from Burbach Dairy, Le Quartier Bakery and more.
Schmick’s Market is a family–owned and –operated grocery store with two locations in the Lincoln area. Much like a chain grocery store, Schmick’s sells fresh produce, meat, dairy and other grocery products—the difference is that much of their stock is from local providers, allowing you to keep your dollars in the community. Click here to explore their current specials and start planning for the upcoming week!
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Where do you shop for produce in Lincoln? Let us know in the comments below!