If you dig local, fresh goodness, as well as feeling connected to your community, you must be very excited for the Omaha Farmers Market this season. The cultural event marks a welcomed and refreshing step towards a new normal for Omaha, its greater metropolitan area, and the state of Nebraska writ large.
But with the last year being what it was and this year proving destabilized as well (albeit to a somewhat lesser degree), folks of all stripes are increasingly curious about this year’s iteration. While there are several locations and countless vendors for you to choose from, this guide includes a few market locations and featured vendors.
Note all three locations listed below will open, rain or shine, to the public. However, each of these markets observes a policy wherein the first hour is expressly reserved for seniors, expectant mothers, and folks with underlying health conditions. With that said, go forth and enjoy!
Omaha Farmers Market in the Old Market
- 1011 Jackson St. | Park Omaha (10th & Jackson Garage – top-level)
- Saturdays, May 1 – Oct. 9 | 8 am – 12:30 pm
As the original location of Omaha’s Farmers Market, then known as the City Market, nearly 100 years ago, the Old Market served as the site for its reopening after a 30-year hiatus in 1994 as well. This season, the Farmers Market in the Old Market has been shuffled ever so slightly down the street to the Jackson Street parking garage.
Visitors can expect that familiar air of love that blooms during the Omaha springtime and lasts throughout the summer. Buskers will emblazon the walk, and the sense of unity that has concretized into tradition will be on full display. On its opening day, this location saw approximately 60 vendors opened to the public.
The most notable difference will most likely be in one’s ability to sample – which is not to say that sampling will not be a thing. It will merely look and feel different, as many vendors will either implement creative ways to give customers a taste of their products or opt against sampling altogether.
Village Pointe Farmers Market
- 168th St. & Dodge St. | Village Pointe Shopping Center
- Saturdays, May 1 – Oct. 2 | 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
If you are searching strictly for a grower’s market – that is, a Farmers Market in Omaha that does not feature crafts or processed foods but instead relies solely on home-grown, edible, or plant-able goodness – check out Village Pointe Farmers this season. A great hidden gem awaits you in the southeast parking lot behind Old Navy in the Village Pointe Shopping Center. Because the only thing better than dining outside is shopping for your food outside.
Here, you can expect locally sourced foods, mostly from family farms throughout Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota. And while not all the food is organic, most of it natural, chemical-free, and a product of sustainable agriculture. Moreover, this market is one of the few in town that requires GMO labeling.
Ultimately, if you live out in West Omaha, have a hunger for fresh, local foods, and can attend safely, the Village Pointe Farmers Market is for you. Note face masks are not required to attend, though they are highly encouraged.
Omaha Farmers Market in Baxter Arena
- 2425 S. 67th St. | Parking Lot 26 (across from Aksarben Village)
- Sundays, through Oct. 10 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
In 2010, the second Omaha Farmers Market opened in Aksarben Village, expanding the city’s tradition of centering community on local foods, crafts and live music. This year, it has begun a small-scale return, moving from its usual location to Parking Lot 26, outside Baxter Arena.
Visitors can expect some of the same excellent vendors from Saturday’s Old Market location, in addition to other Sunday-exclusive vendors, spaced out to observe social distancing and provide an intimate experience. Folks who attend both days will get the best of both worlds.
Note that no animals are allowed on the market’s premises, except, of course, for service animals. There is handicapped parking available in customer parking lots 25 and 26.
It’s All About Bees!
- (402) 216-4545
- Saturdays at Old Market | Sundays at Baxter Arena
Once you become aware of their natural and multi-faceted powers, it’s easy to be in awe of bees. It’s All About Bees! is a local vendor that’s rekindling a regional appreciation for these busy insects and impressing Omaha Farmers Market visitors through an artful and environmentally conscious collaboration on Saturdays and Sundays.
From such delectable edibles as honey, jams and butter to lip balms and skincare items, It’s All About Bees! features creative and fun products, both at its booths and online. If you’re looking for a unique present for your loved one, there is perhaps no other vendor that boasts such universal appeal, with goods ranging from food to beauty products.
Benson Soap Mill
- (402) 212-9379
- Saturdays at Old Market | Sundays at Baxter Arena
Benson Soap Mill is that rare local business that has tasked itself with cleaning up the city of Omaha from the bottom up. And despite the nature of that battle, this is one soap business that cannot be removed from its one goal – to transform natural and discarded products into something unique and enjoyable in soap form.
In the face of unmitigated and obscured environmental damage, Benson Soap Mill employs a sustainable approach to beauty products, a model that will hopefully inspire other businesses to follow suit. And the best part is that the company’s products remain highly affordable, despite the invaluable, broader service they offer the city.
Benson Soap Mill will be at both Omaha Farmers Market locations each weekend. You can also check out their website for more information about which stores carry their ingenious and lovely products.
Tap Dancers Specialty Coffee
- (402) 707-7546
- Saturdays at Old Market | Sundays at Baxter Arena
Since 2015, Tap Dancers Specialty Coffee has consistently won the Best of Omaha award for Best Coffee Roaster — and for good reasons. That recognition for coffee greatness makes this vendor an essential visit for any self-respecting coffee connoisseur in a city that loves coffee.
Tap Dancers is a profound local coffee company because it employs the finest strategies to procure ethical, healthy and specialty-grade coffee for you to enjoy in several contexts. It is also a brand that knows who, when and where its coffee comes from — so you can rest assured your morning, afternoon or even nightly cup is making a positive impact on the world in which you sip.
Curious visitors can sign up for a coffee subscription and delivery services. And with booths open at the Old Market and Baxter Arena locations, Tap Dancers offers the opportunity to dive into its next-level blends.
Dogalicious Dog Treats
- (402) 699-1468
- Saturdays at Old Market
Since 1997, Dogalicious Dog Treats has treated Omaha’s four-legged friends to healthy and all-natural snacks that are as delicious as they are fun to enjoy. If you’re a dog owner and care about what goes into your dog’s body, this Saturday Old Market vendor is for you. Dogalicious’ regular-size snacks come in five unique flavors for hungry pups: Peanut Butter & Honey, Molasses & Oat, Pumpkin, Carrot & Oat and Apple Cinnamon & Oat.
Note that these snacks do include wheat. And if you’re looking to purchase a large or jumbo-size order of anything except for Peanut Butter & Honey, you must give the good folks at Dogalicious a week’s notice before showing up at the Farmers Market.
Dee-sign Landscaping & Garden Shop
- (402) 392-1444
- Saturdays at Village Pointe | Sundays at Baxter Arena
If you are searching for a female-fronted business to support, and you love high-quality landscaping and plant material, you will doubly appreciate Dee-sign Landscaping & Garden Shop. In addition to being an Omaha Farmers Market staple, this company has provided countless landscaping makeovers throughout the city for two decades. In fact, 75% of its clientele comes through referrals.
You can expect this vendor to showcase and offer one-of-a-kind trellises, pottery and garden accessories to beautify your outdoor home environment. After paying a visit to the Village Pointe or Baxter Arena location, you can either do the beautification yourself or inquire about planting and landscaping maintenance services. Just make sure to do your research before eating any flowers.
If you adore transforming your space and have a green thumb, Dee-sign Landscaping is worth the visit. The quality and range of products is enough to satisfy gardeners of every level and background.
Wellensiek Custom Meats
- (402) 440-6890
- Saturdays at Village Pointe
No farmers market is complete without a healthy selection of free-range eggs and meats. And that fact is something Wellensiek Custom Meats takes in stride as a small, family-owned business based in the green pastures of Cook, Nebraska.
With the addition of poultry cuts in 2019, Wellensiek Custom Meats significantly expanded its vision for exceptional and ethical products, benefiting all customers — especially folks who want compassionately sourced and readily accessible poultry.
If you understand the critical importance of ethically sourced meats and eggs, you will not regret checking out this establishment’s booth at Village Pointe Farmers Market. Your tastebuds will tell the difference, and so will your mind and heart.
- (402) 897-4253
- Saturdays at Village Pointe location
If you are in the market for a vendor that thoughtfully grows, packs, and ships its produce, look no further than the renowned Daniels Produce. This magnificently independent business has done just that for 25 years, with no sign of slowing down, readily apparent by a visit to their vending location on Saturdays at Village Pointe.
Indeed, Daniels Produce offers the staple produce items that folks have come to expect at any farmer’s market worth its salt, including tomatoes, zucchini, and eggplant. But the business now also offers 600 acres of deliciously sweet corn, mouthwatering bell peppers, and wholesome cabbage to enjoy.
For visitors who desire the highest quality of specialty produce items and appreciate the importance of community supported agriculture, this booth effectively has your name on it. The best of Platte county is on full display for you to add an impeccable variety to your haul this season.