The new Farmers Market hours are from 3 to 6:30 p.m. and will be open to the general public, however, the big change will be that low-income WIC participants will be able to use Farmers Market Nutrition Coupons to buy locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs, for their families. Nebraska is one of two states added this year to the program.
“The Charles Drew Farmers Market is a major step forward for the health of our north Omaha community,” said Mary Balluff, division chief for health and community nutrition with the Douglas County Health Department. “This truly is great news.”
The Omaha Farmers Market at the Charles Drew Health Center will maintain approximately eight to ten vendors selling eligible items, which include fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs. The market will be open on Wednesdays through Oct. 12.
“The program will serve more than 2,000 families in the Omaha area,” Charles Drew Health Center CEO Dr. Richard Brown said. “Eligible participants will receive a $30 WIC FMNP seasonal benefit amount. Our families will benefit greatly from this program since they will serve as the first group to be offered this opportunity.”
This year, the Omaha Farmers Markets also introduced the option to purchase goods using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at the existing two markets – Saturday’s Downtown market and Sunday’s Aksarben Village market.
“This lets families use their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards,” said Vic Gutman with The Farmers market. “It has really helped families and will help even more at the new Charles Drew location.”
The Omaha Farmers Market in the Old Market is open Saturdays through Oct. 15 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the Omaha Farmers Market at Aksarben Village is open Sundays through Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WOWT is a proud sponsor of the Omaha Farmers Markets. Other sponsors include the Creighton University Medical Center and the Creighton Medical Associates.
Supplemental funding for the Charles Drew Health Center Farmers Market and SNAP programs is provided by an anonymous donor.