Kearney Area Farmers Market kicks off 2024 season

Farm and Food

Deborah Solie, project associate, 402.870.1133,; Teresa Hoffman, senior communications associate, 402.687.2100, ext. 1012,

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KEARNEY, NEBRASKA – The Kearney Area Farmers Market will open Saturday, May 4, offering fresh vegetables, homemade bread, and more. Buffalo County Community Partners and the Center for Rural Affairs are partnering with the market in an effort to raise awareness of the nutritional importance and economic impact access to fresh fruits and vegetables make in the community.

The market in the Hilltop Mall Parking Lot at 5011 Second Ave. in Kearney is held on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Beginning the first week of June, the market will also be open on Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m.

“The Kearney Area Farmers Market is a great way for Buffalo County community members to purchase fresh foods for their families,” said Deborah Solie, project associate with the Center. “We will continue special programming, like the demonstrations by local chefs and healthy foods taste testing, which are our way of educating community members about the many delicious ways fresh fruits and vegetables can be prepared and served.”

The Kearney Area Farmers Market accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB), as well as debit and credit cards and senior vouchers at the information booth. Nebraska’s DUFB program qualifies shoppers using Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) to match their fruit and vegetable purchases dollar for dollar, up to $20 a day.

“Our farmers market is one of the few in the state to accept SNAP and DUFB,” said Martha Marfileño, wellness coordinator with Buffalo County Community Partners. “It’s a great opportunity for community members to maximize their benefits and take home more nutritious foods to their families.”

These efforts are part of a larger project to connect Buffalo County community members with local, nutritious foods. The Center and Buffalo County Community Partners have hosted training sessions and public meetings for local leaders and community members to provide help with organizing and identifying food challenges in the area.

This programming is funded by a Food Security Innovation Grant from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. For additional information or to learn more about access to local foods in Buffalo County, contact Buffalo County Community Partners at 308.865.2284.

Visit for updates on the market. For more information on Buffalo County food security, contact Martha Marfileno at or visit