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Why don’t more people shop at farmer’s markets? Heck, why don’t I shop there more often?
The only possible answer is this: habit. I’m just not in the habit of stopping at more than one place for groceries.
The thing is, the food at neighborhood farmer’s markets is so ridiculously cheap and fresh, I almost feel like I’m cheating someone. But really, I’m only cheating myself by not taking advantage of it more often.
Every time I walk into the deep freeze they call a grocery store these days, I wonder why I didn’t start at the market.
White and red radishes for 75 cents a bunch, spinach for $1, huge bundles of turnip and mustard greens for $1 (don’t know what to do with them? Click here for a photo and recipe).
Here’s what I discovered about the farmer’s market:
7 BEST THINGS ABOUT YOUR LOCAL FARMER’S MARKET:
1- You can find a farmer’s market almost every day of the week somewhere in your city.
2- A $20 bill gets you enough veggies and meat protein for two people for at least 3 days.
3- Talk to the guy/girl who grew your food. It’s almost a little humbling to realize how much we depend on these gracious growers.
4- Eat your groceries while you’re still shopping. That’s how we discovered the white radishes are less spicy than the red ones.
5- You find out what’s in season, and discover that seasonal eating is healthier eating. [Here’s a link to a recent blog explaining why]
6- Fresh-picked food (within 1-3 days of market) has SO much more taste/flavor than supermarket food. Hands down.
7- Even if you don’t buy anything, you’ll be entertained. Street musicians, crowds of interesting people and pets, and displays of local crafts make your weekend visit SWEET!
And now, here’s a listing of Omaha area farmer’s markets. Go get some fresh food today!
Bellevue Farmers Market / Flea Market – Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- May 18 – September 14, Washington Park on Franklin Street at West 20th Avenue, Bellevue
Benson Farmers Market – Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- May 4 – September 28, Military Avenue at Maple Street
Charles Drew Health Center Market – Wednesdays, 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- July 10 — October 2, 2915 Grant Street
Florence Mill Farmers Market – Sundays, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- June 2 – September 29, 9102 North 30th Street
Main Street Farmers Market Council Bluffs – Thursdays, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- May – September, Corner of 9th Avenue and South Main Street, Council Bluffs
Omaha Farmer’s Market in Aksarben Village – Sundays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- May 5 — October 20, 67th and Center
Omaha Farmer’s Market in the Old Market – Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- May 4 — October 19, 11th & Jackson Streets
Papillion Market Faire – Wednesdays, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- June 5 – September 18, 1st Street Plaza located off 84th and 1st Street in Downtown Papillion (New Location in 2013!)
Wohlner’s Midweek Market at Midtown Crossing – Wednesdays, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
- May 1 – September 25, Parking garage next to Wohlner’s at 33rd and Dodge
Village Pointe Farmers Market – Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- May 4 – October 5, 168th & Dodge