This week the Market will be moving downtown to Madison Street between High Street and Capitol Avenue. As many of you know, Lincoln’s campus, especially our end, gets pretty busy this time of year. There will be track meets and graduation ceremonies happening every Saturday for almost the entire month. The wonderful folks from Downtown Jefferson City offered us a home during May. Thanks to Stephanie Bell and all the wonderful merchants who helped make this possible!
The Market will run for the normal time 9:00 am to Noon. And might I suggest visiting on of the fine local restaurants for breakfast or lunch when you make the trip downtown for Market? Mmmmm….
Our regular vendors will be in full force. Expect to find pasture-raised beef, pork, chicken and eggs. Spring produce is available – green onions, lettuces, greens – Swiss chard and kale, herbs and more. There will be the normal great selection of baked goods – sweet potato pies, apple pies, cookies, breads, and freshly-milled grains turned into tasty breads. We even have healthy dog treats!
If you are looking for plants, come buy from our farmers! There will be a selection of tomatoes – heirlooms and hybrids, vegetables, herbs, and ornamentals. The Lincoln University Native Plants Program will even have plants available to attract pollinators to your garden this season.
See you this Saturday and the rest of May downtown!
You don’t want to miss Opening Day. We are all keeping our fingers crossed that spring has truly arrived. Our spring vegetables may be slow in arriving because of winter’s firm grasp this year, but we will have plenty of beef, pork, chicken, eggs and baked goods. I suspect there will be some lettuce and other leafy greens. We will also have several vendors selling plants for your own gardens.
So don’t miss out Saturday, April 19th. We’ll be here from 9 am to noon in the Dickinson Research Center Parking Lot.
There will be Swiss Chard on Saturday. I guarantee it!
We have been very busy this week getting ready for our opening day, May 5. Vendors are starting to let us know what they will be bringing. The heat of the last few weeks may bring a few surprises! Early spring staples like the chard above will be on hand. There will be music and coffee. Stay tuned!
It feels too warm for January. Our community garden is sleeping and we’ve been taking advantage of the warm weather to build more raised beds and trellises. I’m already itching to plant things and it becomes too difficult to wait a few more weeks before sowing seeds.
I’m using my time now as Market Manager to plan for our upcoming season. While our growers are plotting what crops to plant, I’m plotting on the best way for those future crops to reach our customers. I’m also searching for new vendors to join our group. I’m dreaming up ways to entice customers to come visit us on a Saturday morning.
I spent this past weekend at the Missouri Farmers Market Association’s Annual Meeting in De Soto, Missouri. It was great to meet other people as passionate as I am about local foods and local farms. Friday we toured several farms – learned all about alpacas, high tunnels, and maple syrup. Yes, maple syrup. Mmmm. Check out the link. You’ll see me making friends with a rather large Belgian horse at Single Creek Draft Horse Farm. Saturday I picked up ideas from fellow market managers and vendors during the annual meeting and presentations. I came home with a head full of ideas for our fledgling market.
It may be quiet in the garden, and our market area is empty right now, but I’m busy. And that makes me happy.