Why don’t more people shop at farmer’s markets? Heck, why don’t I shop there more often?
After last weekend, I’ve concluded that 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 these neighborhood 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 this weekend:
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 [Omaha peeps, scroll down for a listing].
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 2-3 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 made my visit last weekend 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