These Are The 10 Best Farmers Markets In Nebraska For 2018


These are the best farmers markets the state of Nebraska offers.

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Who doesn’t love a great Farmers Market?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the popularity of Farmers Markets is growing. What was once a niche shopping experience for the wealthy and ultra health conscious has become mainstream. And to appease the diverse populations that have shown interest in farmers markets, vendors have expanded their offerings. You can now get ice cream, homemade soap and even beer to go along with your organic beets and mushrooms.

And they aren’t just popular in liberal enclaves and on the west coast.

Farmers markets are booming in areas that had trouble making inroads in the past. 20 years ago, you’d never think you’d find farmers’ markets in Kansas City, Detroit or St. Louis.

Simply put, farmers markets aren’t just for farmers any more.

So, where are the best farmers’ markets in Nebraska? We’ve got the answers here. (We’ll explain our methodology below.)

These are the best Nebraska farmers markets:

  1. Omaha Farmers Market – Old Market, Omaha, NE
  2. Old Cheney Road Farmers’ Market, Lincoln, NE
  3. Omaha Farmers Market – Aksarben Village, Omaha, NE
  4. Benson Farmers Market, Omaha, NE
  5. Beatrice Farmers’ Market, Beatrice, NE
  6. Grand Island Farmer’s Market, Grand Island, NE
  7. Highland Park Farmers Market, Hastings, NE
  8. North Platte Farmers Market, North Platte, NE
  9. Village Pointe Farmers Market, Omaha, NE
  10. Columbus Farmers Market, Columbus, NE

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each market ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably live in one of these cities where things are oh-so farmers market friendly.

And after you find a great farmers market, check out the best places to live in Nebraska or the cheapest place to live in Nebraska.

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How do you decide if a farmers market is awesome or not in Nebraska?

In order to rank the best farmers markets in Nebraska, we had to determine what criteria makes for a good market experience. It isn’t a stretch to assume that great farmers’ markets have a variety of options, are up to date with the latest technology, and are in areas with decent populations. Because everyone should be able to take home some homemade jam, right?

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Cornhusker State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Department of Agriculture data produced for the state of Nebraska, along with the government census numbers, we looked at every single farmers market in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Number of amenities
  • Each market’s technology improvements
  • Variety of items to buy
  • Nearby population
  • Number of organic vendors

We then gave each market a HomeSnacks Score. The higher the score, the better the farmer’s market ranked. What we found is there seems to be a balanced number of large farmers markets near major city centers as well as awesome farmers markets in smaller communities. That’s the way it should be!

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1. Omaha Farmers Market – Old Market

Omaha Farmers Market - Old Market -- Omaha, NE

Source: Public Domain

Score: 77.1
City: Omaha, NE
Address: None, Omaha, NE 68102
Times: Sat: 8:00 AM-12:30 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

2. Old Cheney Road Farmers’ Market

Old Cheney Road Farmers' Market -- Lincoln, NE

Source: Public Domain

Score: 74.3
City: Lincoln, NE
Address: 5500 Old Cheney Rd, Lincoln, NE 68516
Times: Sun: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

3. Omaha Farmers Market – Aksarben Village

Omaha Farmers Market - Aksarben Village -- Omaha, NE

Source: Public Domain

Score: 68.6
City: Omaha, NE
Address: 67th & Center Street, Omaha, NE 68106
Times: Sun: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

4. Benson Farmers Market

Benson Farmers Market -- Omaha, NE

Source: Public Domain

Score: 60.0
City: Omaha, NE
Address: 4343 North 52nd Street, Omaha, NE 68104
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: N
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

5. Beatrice Farmers’ Market

Beatrice Farmers' Market -- Beatrice, NE

Source: Public Domain

Score: 57.1
City: Beatrice, NE
Address: 801 Court Street, Beatrice, NE 68310
Times: Thu: 4:00 PM-6:30 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: N
Coffee: N
Flowers: Y

6. Grand Island Farmer’s Market

Grand Island Farmer's Market -- Grand Island, NE

Source: Public Domain

Score: 54.3
City: Grand Island, NE
Address: 515 S Webb Road, Grand Island, NE 68803
Times: Wed: 4:30 PM-7:30 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: N
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

7. Highland Park Farmers Market

Highland Park Farmers Market -- Hastings, NE

Source: Public Domain

Score: 54.3
City: Hastings, NE
Address: 1400 N Hastings, Hastings, NE 68901
Times: Sat: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: N
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: N
Coffee: N
Flowers: Y

8. North Platte Farmers Market

North Platte Farmers Market -- North Platte, NE

Source: Public Domain

Score: 54.3
City: North Platte, NE
Address: None, North Platte, NE 69101
Times: Tue: 3:00 PM-6:00 PM Thu: 3:00 PM-6:00 PM Sat: 7:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: N
Flowers: Y

9. Village Pointe Farmers Market

Village Pointe Farmers Market -- Omaha, NE

Source: Public Domain

Score: 51.4
City: Omaha, NE
Address: 17305 Davenport St, Omaha, NE 68118
Times: Sat: 8:30 AM-12:30 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: N
Coffee: N
Flowers: Y

10. Columbus Farmers Market

Columbus Farmers Market -- Columbus, NE

Source: Public Domain

Score: 51.4
City: Columbus, NE
Address: Frankfort Square between 13 and 14 street on 26 ave, Columbus, NE 68601
Times: Sat: 7:30 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

There You Have It – The Best Farmers Markets In Nebraska

If you’re looking for a breakdown of farmers’ markets in the Cornhusker State ranked by criteria that vendors and customers agree on, this is an accurate list.

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Detailed List Of The Best Farmers Markets In Nebraska

Name City Rank Score
Omaha Farmers Market – Old Market Omaha 1 77.1
Old Cheney Road Farmers’ Market Lincoln 2 74.3
Omaha Farmers Market – Aksarben Village Omaha 3 68.6
Benson Farmers Market Omaha 4 60.0
Beatrice Farmers’ Market Beatrice 5 57.1
Grand Island Farmer’s Market Grand Island 6 54.3
Highland Park Farmers Market Hastings 7 54.3
North Platte Farmers Market North Platte 8 54.3
Village Pointe Farmers Market Omaha 9 51.4
Columbus Farmers Market Columbus 10 51.4
18th Street Farmer’s Market Scottsbluff 11 48.6
Broken Bow Farmers Market Broken Bow 12 45.7
St. Paul Ucc Farmers’ Market Lincoln 13 42.9
Bellevue Farmers’ Market Bellevue 14 42.9
Kearney Area Farmers’ Market Kearney 15 42.9
Florence Mill Farmers Market Omaha 16 40.0
College View Farmers Market Lincoln 17 40.0
South Kearney Farmers’ Market Kearney 18 40.0
Wayne Farmers Market Wayne 19 40.0
Ogallala Farmers Market Ogallala 20 40.0
City Of Papillion, Farmers Market Papillion 21 37.1
Plattsmouth Farmers Market Plattsmouth 22 37.1
Cherry County Farmer’s Market Valentine 23 37.1
York Farmers Market York 24 34.3
Fallbrook Farmers’ Market Lincoln 25 31.4
Gothenburg Farmers Market Gothenburg 26 28.6
Geneva Farmers Market Geneva 27 28.6
Syracuse Nebraska Farmers Market Syracuse 28 28.6
Presbyterian Church Of The Master Sunday Garden Mart Omaha 29 25.7
Kearney Area Farmers’ Market Kearney 30 25.7
Omaha Farmers Market – Charles Drew Health Center Omaha 31 22.9
Cozad Grand Generation Center Cozad 32 22.9
Extraordinary Farmers Market Ord 33 22.9
Hastings Original Downtown Farmers Market Hastings 34 20.0
Norfolk Farmers Market – Saturday Norfolk 35 20.0
Lexington Farmers Market Lexington 36 20.0
Dutch Pantry Farmers Market Auburn 37 20.0
Nemaha County Farmers Market Auburn 38 20.0
Norfolk Farmers Market – Tuesday And Thursday Norfolk 39 17.1
Wahoo Farmers Market Wahoo 40 17.1
South Sioux City Farmers Market South Sioux City 41 14.3
Omaha Farmers Market – Holiday Market Omaha 42 2.9
Bancroft Street Farmers Market Omaha 43 0.0
Omaha Rockbrook Farmers Market Omaha 44 0.0
Lincoln Piedmont Farmers Market Lincoln 45 0.0
Frhs Farmers Market Norfolk 46 0.0
Scottsbluff Farmers Market Scottsbluff 47 0.0
Alliance Farmers Market Alliance 48 0.0
Blair Farmers Market Blair 49 0.0
Mccook Farmers Market Mccook 50 0.0
Nebraska City Farmers Market Nebraska City 51 0.0
Seward Farmers Market Seward 52 0.0
Crete Farmers Market Crete 53 0.0
Cheyenne County Farmers Market Sidney 54 0.0
Chadron Farmers Market Chadron 55 0.0
Holdrege Area Farmers Market Holdrege 56 0.0
Cozad Farmers Market Cozad 57 0.0
Fairbury Farmers Market Fairbury 58 0.0
West Point Farmers Market West Point 59 0.0
Community Garden Minden 60 0.0
Minden Farmers Market Minden 61 0.0
David City Farmers Market David City 62 0.0

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