May 28, 2017 (by Angela)
If you’ve read the blog very long, you know that I simply LOVE a good Farmer’s Market. I’d searched for one locally and found that nearby Webb City, Missouri, has one that is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, but the hours vary each day. There had been 2 or 3 times I had “planned” to go there, and we either got busy, forgot, or the weather was bad. Saturday, May 27th was the day we made it happen. I’m so glad we did because it is an awesome market even if not as big as the one we frequented in Clarksville, Tennessee.
We arrived just before 9:30 a.m.; the hours on Saturday are 9:00 a.m. to noon. There was a line of cars trying to get into the market area, and all were jockeying for a parking spot. Though we had to park in the back parking lot area, it was just a short walk to the market building, which was abuzz with people. Navigating through the crowd was challenging but not impossible.
The first two stalls were selling grass fed/pasture raised chicken, pork, beef, eggs, etc. We’d come back here last. Next was a large display of fresh produce with a sign above identifying the farm on which the food was grown as being organic. The line for this booth was LONG. Folks really do not want GMO food (organic is not just the method of growing; it also cannot be GMO), and the only way to discourage use of GMOs is to “vote” with our spending, so this opportunity to do so is great.
The produce looked wonderful and extremely fresh. One man was telling the person in front of me that the produce had been picked less than 24 hours before market. At each booth from which I purchased items, I confirmed that even if not certified organic, the items were non-GMO.
In my rush to get things put away, I failed to make a photo of our market treasures, but here is what we purchased:
- whole pasture-raised no antibiotic/hormone chicken
- two heads of leaf lettuce
- zucchini & yellow squash
- new red potatoes
- red onions
- bok choy
- homemade soap/lip balm
Two of the zucchinis were immediately washed and shredded to use in blueberry zucchini bread. Jim’s told me it was exceptionally good bread (it’s one way to get fruit and veggies in him without “tricking” him). I made a nice salad to go with our pasta for dinner, and I look forward to using the other items over the next couple of days. I’m thinking a stir fry is in our future.
In addition to produce, meat, eggs, and homemade personal care items, there was live entertainment, prepared food for purchase to eat there or take with you, and other edible items like Kettle Corn. If one was looking for flowers or vegetable plants already started and ready to set into a garden or growing box, those were available for purchase, also.
I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Webb City Farmer’s Market, and I hope we get to go again before we head to the next place. If you are in the southwestern Missouri/southeastern Kansas area, I highly recommend a visit to the market.