The Omaha Farmer’s Markets kick off this weekend. The markets offer attendees a variety of items, including local produce, flowers, meat, and cheese. Project Manager Heidi Walz says there are also local vendors with non-food items, including handcrafted jewelry and wooden toys.
This year’s downtown Omaha Farmer’s Market will feature 110 vendors. The Farmer’s Market at Aksarben Village has expanded to 75 vendors. Walz says the mission of the markets goes back to community, and that’s why they accept SNAP cards at all their locations.
"Letting everybody in Omaha have a chance and opportunity to get fresh and local produce and food items. And so by doing the SNAP and accepting the cards, that’s something we’ve been able to expand. So folks with those SNAP cards can stop at our information booths and swipe their cards. Then we give them tokens they can use to purchase eligible items.”
The downtown Omaha Farmer’s Market starts Saturday and runs from 8-12:30. The market at Aksarben Village resumes on Sunday from 9-1:00. A smaller market also takes place Wednesdays at the Charles Drew Health Center, beginning June 6th from 3:00 to 5:30.
Details on all the markets is available online at omahafarmersmarket.org.