The Omaha Farmers Market feeds the body and soul of our community. Every Saturday and Sunday, people from all walks of life come together – families, farmers, and artisans, from cities, villages, and farms – to buy, sell, and experience something new. At the Omaha Farmers Market, healthy food is tasty and affordable. The live music is free. Shoppers get to meet farmers and artisans in person, and thank them for their hard work and craftsmanship.
Your donation will preserve the vitality of the Omaha Farmers Market during a challenging time. COVID-related precautions have required relocating the markets and purchasing new equipment. To support families who are struggling the most, we are partnering with Produce from the Heart to distribute fresh food to pantries and shelters, and our food stamp program continues to make the Market accessible for all.
"Farmers Markets are important community resources that allow a larger more inclusive group of people to access fresh food, build a local food economy and support local urban and rural farmers. I love visiting my local farmers and makers! The markets are such an inviting space to shop. I truly look forward to the markets being opened each year and supporting all of the producers in our community."
-Nicole M. Farmers Market customer & supporter.
Please consider donating to the Omaha Farmers Market. Your donation will go directly to helping operate the 2021 Omaha Farmers Market and provide an environment for local food producers and artisanal vendors to sell their products, giving the community the opportunity to purchase fresh, local goods.
MORE ABOUT OFM & 2020 CHALLENGES:
The Omaha Farmers Market was established in 1994 to make locally grown foods accessible, provide a venue for local growers to market their goods, and add to the vitality of our community’s life. For 24 weeks, the markets are a destination in Omaha for families and friends to discover new produce, eat fresh food, purchase local goods, listen to local musician and support small businesses.
Fresh produce, one-of-a-kind products and valued relationships have made the Market what it is today. Friends of the Omaha Farmers Market is the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to support the Omaha Farmers Market.
In 2020, COVID-19 forced us to postpone the opening of the Saturday Market in the Old Market and the Sunday Market at Aksarben Village by five weeks. In order to open the market, we had to work directly with the Douglas County Health Department on new policies to ensure the safety of the market, staff, vendors, and customers. With these new policies and restrictions, we had to relocate both markets to temporary rented venues and invest in new onsite facility supplies to create a safe and operational event. Due to the opening delay, unforeseen expenses and lost income from sponsors and vendors the market has suffered a major loss of revenue in 2020.
These two markets serve the community with a source of fresh, healthy, and local foods; provide Nebraska and Western Iowa producers with a sales outlet for their products; and bring life and energy to both neighborhoods/public spaces.