What’s Fresh at the Market – April 27

Several of our vendors have shared with me what they will be bringing this week. This Saturday look for the following:

Invermos Valley Farms will have pastured beef and has new offerings of pre-cooked hot dogs and brats and sliced roast and brisket for sandwiches

Ed Rakow will have spring vegetables and greens and eggs

J&D Poultry will have eggs and Jennifer and David are taking orders for fresh free-range chicken and duck ready next week

Richly Blessed Farm/The Country Girls will have seasonal produce, baked goods, eggs and free-range chicken

Paula Bollinger will have hand-crafted natural bath & body products

Honeysuckle Acres will be there with their local honey, flavored honeys and bath & body products, including a new salt scrub and natural deoderant

The Gillilands will have jams, jellies and hand-crafted soaps. They will be bringing a new dandelion jelly (they say tastes like honey!), and their ever-popular pepper jelly too

Cari Skain – check out her pottery

Longfellow Nursery will be here with vegetable plants (including tomatoes in 1 gallon pots), blooming spring bulbs, and flowers

Steve and Colleen Meredith will have kale, wild garlic, chives, goatsmilk fudge and peanut brittle

Hugh Flowers will have his famous sweet potato pie and carrot cake, as well as other baked goodies

Pam Schmutzler has various plants, baked goods and seasonal vegetables and greens

Mae Benson plans on bringing gluten free muffins, bread, banana nut bread,
cookies, pasta – made with freshly-milled grains

Jim Cunningham will have Plants – celery (Utah variety), kale, Swiss chard , pak choi, basil; Goat’s milk soap – plain, lavender with honey & oatmeal added; soy candles and sweet potatoes

We’re also expecting some more greenhouse tomatoes (they went fast last week)

Duncan Family Farm will return next week with their wonderful pork and more vendors plan to join us throughout the season. Stay tuned for fresh things at the Market.

The Lincoln University Cooperative Extension Native Plants Program will be at the Market with information on plants for pollinators, native edibles and samples of sumac jelly.

Come buy your garden and vegetable plants from local farmers instead of a box store this year. We have a lot of great varieties here during the spring!

Opening Day!

Tomorrow is Opening Day at the Market.

Visit us from 9:00 am to Noon.

The cool weather has slowed springtime production some, but plan to find some local goodness here. There will be:

  • Eggs
  • Handcrafted natural bath & body products
  • Baked goods – carrot cake, sweet potato pie, cookies, muffins, banana bread, zucchini bread
  • Swiss Chard, Kale, Lettuce, Greens
  • Hot house tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Herbs
  • Breads – fresh-milled, pita
  • Pasta
  • Jams and Jellies
  • Soaps
  • Vegetable and flower plants
  • Beef
  • Chicken

We’ll see you tomorrow!

Farm Visits

I’m visiting our market farmers in preparation of the start of Market in two weeks. It’s a very fun part of my job. Last week, I visited Ed Rakow’s and Pam Schmutzler’s farms. Spring is definitely here.

The buds on the blueberry bushes are swelling
The buds on the blueberry bushes are swelling

Ed and Pam both have high tunnels on their farms. High tunnels, or hoop houses, are unheated greenhouses that can help a market gardner or farmer extend their growing season. This means they can bring us locally grown food for longer periods of time throughout the year. I saw plenty of lettuce, Swiss chard, spinach, carrots and onions ready for harvest. You should be able to find these on Opening Day, April 20th.

Pam’s hoophouse was built last fall

Ed Rakow’s farm is near Lohman, MO. Ed and his wife, Danielle, farm a small chunk of land near her family’s farm in a beautiful valley.  They and their two teenagers manage a herd of goats and flocks of Rhode Island Red, Barred Rocks and Ameracuana chickens. Ed’s two dogs followed us around the farm as he showed me his orchard of various fruit trees, a field of blueberries, and a grove of pecan trees. There’s a lot happening on this little farm.

Ed's herd of boer goats is growing - triplets were born on Thursday
Ed’s herd of boer goats is growing – triplets were born on Thursday

Pam Schmutzler built a hoophouse on her family farm and started growing things in it last fall. She was retiring from the Highway Department, but wasn’t ready to slow down. The Schmutzlers raise cattle and grow cash crops like soybeans and corn in the Osage River Valley. Pam often participated in our market last year, selling her baked goods and fresh produce.  This year she plans to sell more vegetables, eggs, breads and cookies as a full-time Market member.

Pam's husband bought an old bus for the motor. They converted the body into a heated greenhouse
Pam’s husband bought an old bus for the motor. They converted the body into a heated greenhouse

The day I visited, she was tending things in her greenhouse, a converted schoolbus. She was also busy in the hoophouse with her cool weather crops and eagerly waiting warmer soil temperatures to plant tomatoes and peppers.  Pam has pecan trees as well, which thrive in the river valley. She showed off her flock of Leghorn chickens and her new strawberry beds that her husband, Monty and her son, Zack, were helping her build that day.

There will be plenty of eggs at the Market this year
There will be plenty of eggs at the Market this year

I’m excited to see what the other farmers have to show me and to share what I find over the next couple of weeks.

Opening Day

Opening Day for the Market is Saturday, April 20th.

We had a vendor meeting last night. I’m very excited for the start of Market this year. We’ll have seasonal greens, hothouse tomatoes and cucumbers, strawberries, grass fed beef, pork, pastured chicken, eggs, fresh-milled breads, baked goods, jams and jellies, soaps and more.

Music will be provided by Mike Gorman of Apostle’s Creek.

Our vendor list is growing and it’s so exciting!

Come help us kick off a great start to the Market Season.