From late April to mid-October, fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade food of multiple countries, and delectable baked goods grace the tables of many Lincoln residents. During this time every summer, the city hosts a variety of farmer’s markets where vendors can sell their art, food, plants, and so on. This summer Lincoln has been the host of three prominent markets in the Historic Haymarket, Old Cheney, and Fallbrook neighborhoods. Market shoppers file into the rows of tents and trucks. The smell of fresh produce and the sound of live music of local artists surrounds every patron.
In the Haymarket area, each Saturday of the summer months the farmer’s market can be found along 8th street. “Market runs from 8 a.m. until Noon, rain or shine,” boasts the website. On these mornings hundreds of people fill the Haymarket to find some of the most delicious food in Lincoln and wonderful displays of art and music. “I enjoy the farmer’s market because it makes me realize how diverse Lincoln is in its culture,” explains a Lincoln resident who frequents the market. “I walk down an aisle of vendor stands and find baklava, banana egg rolls, and crab rangoon. It’s all phenomenal.”
The mix of food from different cultures is not the only attraction of the Haymarket farmer’s market. Hand-crafted art is also available for purchase. Lawn sculptures made of spoons, hand-sewn tote bags, and thousands of pieces of jewelry are only a few of the options.
Sprinkled in between the vendors are local music acts from youths playing string instruments to adult cover bands. Market-goers take time to enjoy the area by the Railyard fountain and dip into local shops scattered around the Haymarket to see what other products are available. One woman exclaims, “I couldn’t think of a better way to spend time with the family!”
Similar praises are put forth regarding all of the farmer’s markets Lincoln has to offer. The Fallbrook community in North Lincoln organizes its market every Thursday from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the Fallbrook Town Center. This produce-only market, while smaller than that of the Haymarket, still brings out large numbers of people looking to buy fresh food locally. Similarly, the Old Cheney Road Farmers’ Market accommodates for a multitude of people. Each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Old Cheney Center thousands of people arrive to peruse the products offered by the vendors.
All three markets, running whether rain or shine, provide quality spaces for members of the community to support local farmers and artisans and enjoy one of Lincoln’s oldest, unifying traditions.