Omaha Farmers Market ready for the new season with security measures still in place

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – The Omaha Farmers Market is gearing up for the opening weekend in 2021. With coronavirus still present in the community, customers can expect the same security measures that will apply for the 2020 season.

The stalls will be separated from each other and the vendors will wear masks. While customers are not required to wear masks, it is recommended.

Hand sanitizing stations will also be set up and staff will be on site to control access to the market when it is overcrowded.

“These are all just things we worked with the health department to make sure we had a safe market,” said market manager Kristen Beck.

Markets will be held in the same locations as in 2020 – Old Market car parks at 11th and Jackson, and Baxter Arena, Lot No. 26.

Beck says there will be more providers than last year, but still not as many as they would host in a normal year. Still, it will be a good choice when vendors sell everything from locally grown produce and meat to handcrafted handicrafts.

“We’re excited to see many of our seasoned vendors returning, and some weekly vendors that we’re happy to keep rotating throughout the season,” said Beck.

With many small businesses still recovering from the pandemic, Beck anticipates that the summer markets will give some of them the much-needed boost.

“Our community comes out, shows up, and supports our local vendors. They like to buy their groceries and handicrafts locally. There are a lot of favorites coming in weekly, so I really think people love to support our local vendors.” She said.

The Old Market location is open on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the Baxter Arena location is open on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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