Shop these spots and support local farmers this Spring

It’s that time of year again — farmer’s markets are opening up around Lincoln, featuring local produce, fresh flowers and baked goods. Here’s a breakdown of three farmer’s markets in the area, their unique features and how and when to shop for the best seasonal produce.

Haymarket Farmers’ Market

Located in the historic Haymarket District, this farmers market is one of the biggest and most well-known in the area. Every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon starting May 1st through October 9th, the Haymarket Farmer’s Market features more than 100 vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods and flowers along the district’s streets and sidewalks. The market also offers live entertainment featuring local artists. When you’re done at the market, you can check out everything else the Haymarket District has to offer from local restaurants and breweries to boutiques, bookstores and art galleries.

Fallbrook Farmers’ Market

This family-friendly market is open on Thursday afternoons from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. starting June 17th through August 19th. The Fallbrook farmer’s market has something for all ages. A bounce house for kids, hot food vendors as well as local produce and craft booths. Find this market in northwest Lincoln off Highway 34 and 1st Street. If you’re not feeling comfortable to shop the market in person, Fallbrook also accepts online orders for curb-side pick-up.

Sunday Farmers’ Market at College View

If you didn’t pick up enough fresh produce on Saturday, hit up this farmer’s market on Sunday mornings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. late April through October. The College View farmer’s market offers a wide selection of unique vendors; from grass-fed beef and farm fresh eggs to locally grown vegetables and flowers. This market also features a “master gardeners” booth every week staffed with volunteers who can answer all your gardening questions.

Why Shop Local?

Farmer’s markets offer some of the best seasonal fruits and vegetables you can get. When you shop at a farmer’s market, you know the food hasn’t been shipped from from another state or country. Meaning, it can be fresher and tastier than the produce often found in grocery stores. Plus, when you shop at your local farmer’s market, you are supporting farmers in your area and helping to boost the local economy. Farmer’s markets can also help you feel more connected to your food and its sources. You can chat with the farmers, ask questions about how the food is grown and even get cooking tips and recipes.

Support Nebraska farmers by shopping local this spring and summer.

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