The rain and cool temperatures kept the usual crowd down Saturday for the season opening of Omaha’s Farmers Market.
Under gray and sometimes wet skies, the kickoff to the Farmers Market at 11th and Jackson looked a little different than usual. “Last year it was 70s and 80s, it was a beautiful weekend, so this is definitely a shock to the system,” said vendor Kelly Willis.
It was also a shock to shoppers, many of whom were bundled up or brought coffee to help stay warm. “Very cold, windy, it's not raining, but we are enjoying it,” said Jim Martin, who added despite the weather, it was worth coming out. “We like the fresh fruits and vegetables and asparagus. I just see the sign now."
While Martin was willing to look on the bright side, there were visibly less people and less produce. “Some people, because of the weather, have not gotten the products they want,” said vendor Kelly Alfers, who decided to sell her pies and breads anyway and people seemed glad she did.
The good news is this was only the beginning. The Farmers Market will be held every Saturday in the Old Market from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through October 15th. So there's still time to get some sunny shopping days in and many were looking forward to it. "Hopefully, it's just going to get warmer and the weekend will go good."
A Farmers Market will also be held through October at Aksarben Village every Sunday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. starting this Sunday.