Omaha Public Radio News
Fri May 13, 2011
Omaha Farmer's Market opened up last weekend in the Old Market and at Aksarben Village
By Cheril Lee
Omaha, NE – The Omaha Farmer's Market opened last week downtown and at Aksarben Village.
Project Coordinator Heidi Walz says the markets run for the next 24 weekends. She says the downtown market has about 110 vendors with approximately 70 vendors at Aksarben Village. Walz says vendors sell produce and locally produced meat as well as homemade crafts and baked goods. She says this year, for the first time, both Farmer's Markets will offer SNAP Benefits, formerly known as food stamps, "So at both of the markets you will be able to check in at the information booth, swipe your EBT card and then we will issue you $1 tokens that you can then take around to eligible and participating vendors and use those tokens just as you would your EBT card. We've tried to make it very user-friendly, very vendor friendly so that when folks come down there, it's just a breeze to be able to get the fresh local produce, even using your SNAP benefits."
The Omaha Farmers Market is takes place on Saturdays in the Old Market from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Sundays at Aksarben Village from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Details are available at omahafarmersmarket.org.