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05.27.2011 / Shoppers? Mark your Calendars to visit the Omaha Farmers Market.

The Omaha Farmers Market is now in its 18th season 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. Now from two locations on Saturday mornings in the Old Market and Sundays at Aksarben Village, the Omaha Farmers Market features local vendors offering a wide selection of farm-fresh produce, handmade crafts and specialty items.

"The Omaha Farmers Market traces its roots back nearly one hundred years."

Location and Time:
From Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 8th through Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th, the Omaha Farmers Market will offer two opportunities each week to stock up on tasty produce, beautiful flowers, unique craft items and more from local growers and artisans.  Please note the new hours at Aksarben Village from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Sunday!


The vibrant atmosphere and friendly faces at the Market have got a place in our hearts—and the fresh foods have found a tasty place on our tables! Each week, thousands of shoppers go to market for an array of truly local treats including vegetables, meats, fruits, herbs, bedding plants, cut flowers, baked goods, jams and jellies, coffees, honey, cheeses, organic foods, ethnic foods, dog biscuits and much more.


Plus, two Saturdays each month, vendors share their tricks-of-the-trade (and offer delicious samples!) for customers in the Market’s demonstration area. The Omaha Farmers Market is a unique urban shopping experience with a rich history in the heart of downtown.

History:
The Omaha Farmers Market traces its roots back nearly one hundred years. It all began at the turn of the century on the corner of 11th and Jackson Streets. This was the site of Omaha’s “City Market,” a very popular farmers’ market that local residents and grocers relied on for their produce and fresh goods. Until 1964, this was where growers came to sell everything from fruits and vegetables to herbs and honey.
After a hiatus of 30 years, the Omaha Farmers Market was revived in 1994 on the very corner lot where the original market thrived so many years before. Fresh, locally grown produce, baked goods and flowers were once again available each Saturday morning from May to Mid-October. The Market has expanded to fill 11th Street from Jackson to Howard with approximately 110 vendors each Saturday.


The Omaha Farmers Market a great opportunity for supermarket-goers to buy fresh local products, shake the hand of the grower and realize there are some things you just can’t find in a store.

Have you been to the Omaha Farmer’s Market in the past?  What do you think of it? Please share your thoughts with our followers.  Post a comment below.

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