Find Your Local Farmers’ Market!
Each of us is a cultivator with the ability to make our town thrive, and one of our most powerful roots is in our farmers market. Whether it’s a pickup loaded with corn or tents full of jams and jewelry, our market only grows if we go. And when it grows, so does our economy, our companionship and our community.
From home grown pork to fresh June strawberries, independent family farms produce food you just cannot find in a grocery store. Whether it is their main or supplemental income, farmers’ markets provide space for farmers to sell their Nebraska products and keep farming.
Vendors at farmers’ markets live, raise their families and work in the area. Each dollar spent at local independent businesses returns three times more money to the community than a chain store. Farmers’ markets support employment, entrepreneurship, and improve quality of life.
Farmers’ markets are a lot more than buying and selling produce, foods, and crafts. It is a time to catch up with neighbors, friends, and your favorite vendors. It is a space to enjoy live music, have a cool beverage under a shade tree, and let your kids dance and play with friends.
12 Reasons to Shop at Farmers' Markets
Find foods not available in a grocery store.
Take home a truly tasty tomato!
Enjoy really fresh sweet corn.
Purchase a pretty plant you know will do well in your climate because a farmer near you grew it!
Meet with a Master Gardener.
Make memorable meals.
Have fun with your family and friends.
Get really fresh foods that didn't travel long distances to reach you.
Buy a beautiful bouquet of locally grown flowers.
Get to know your farmer.
Support your local economy.
Farmers' markets are full of surprises!
Is it Safe to Visit the Farmers' Market in a Pandemic?
Farmers Markets are Essential Businesses.
The COVID-19 pandemic made it clear that local food systems with short supply chains are resilient and dependable in making food available to their communities.
Emerging research supports conventional wisdom that outdoor marketplaces like farmers markets are safer than indoor spaces due to air circulation, sunlight, the flexibility to social distance by spreading out vendors, restricting food sampling, and other innovative strategies market operators have implemented. According to the FDA and USDA, there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19.
Farmers Market Managers are Local Food Heroes.
When the pandemic hit, everyone had to scramble to accommodate the changing requirements to keep customers safe. Market managers were some of the first to implement public health protocols.
Discover More that Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska has to Offer!
BFBL Online Directory
Search for local foods and farmers using our interactive food guide.
Looking for some kitchen inspiration featuring in-season ingredients? Browse the Nebraska Recipe Box for favorites written by our members!
BFBL Meet the Members
Learn more about the Nebraska farmers and families growing your food! Find out how you can Buy Fresh Buy Local today.
Poetry and Food, both fill our hearts. Read original poetry written by Nebraskans from our annual Loving Local Food Poetry contest.
Some farmers' markets and vendors accept SNAP benefits, making it easy to use your EBT card for local food!Find a farmers' market or vendor who accepts SNAP
Each day, a SNAP customer can earn an additional $20 of Double Up Food Bucks to purchase fresh local produce when they spend $20 at a participating retailer.Learn More
Women, Infant's, & Children (WIC) Farmers' Market Nutrition Program provides additional support for WIC participants to purchase local, fresh produce.
*Available in Douglas and Sarpy Counties*Find a farmers' market or vendor in Sarpy or Douglas county who accepts WIC
This project is funded by a USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant. We are thankful to have a great team of project partners that are working together to strengthen rural farmers market in the state.