Omaha Farmers Market returns with fewer Covid restrictions

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Skylar Vance
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For nearly a century, the Omaha Farmers Market has been serving the community, providing locals with bountiful produce and local goods. It began at the corner of 11th and Jackson Streets, where it was known as the “city market.” Up until 1964, it was the primary place for farmers to sell their products to grocers and residents in the Omaha area.

Sam Mercer, known as the founder of the historic Old Market, is given credit for creating an environment in this location for modern-day businesses to thrive. 

After taking a nearly 30-year hiatus in 1964, the market was back to serving the community in 1994. Today, the farmers market is open every Saturday morning from 8 a.m to 12 p.m, located downtown in the Old Market. During this time, vendors line the streets to sell and share their goods with the community. 

Some of the goods found at the market include bakery items, meats, fruits, vegetables, plants, crafts and other items to share with the family. 

The farmers market also expanded its days and times to the Holiday season, partnering with the Omaha Holiday Lights Festival. This market takes place every first weekend in December, located in Aksarben Village. 

As for further expansion, the Omaha Farmers Market also opened up another market in Aksarben Village. Every Saturday morning from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the area is filled with local vendors and farmers sharing their goods with the community. 

When preparing to visit the farmers market, some items are suggested to bring with. As found on omahafarmersmarket.com, it is recommended to pack: a mask, cash/smaller bills, a credit or debit card and hand sanitizer. The Omaha Farmers Market also accepts EBT, and card users are able to double the amount of produce they can buy.

The market is free admission and open to people of all ages.

For additional health and safety information, visit the farmer’s market website. The first hour of the market is intended for seniors, people with underlying health conditions and expectant mothers. Face masks are highly encouraged.

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