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Be a Friend to Missouri Farmers

March 9, 2010

After months of patiently waiting, Missouri finally received sun again, reminding all of us that Spring does exist and is right around the corner! As the warmer weather approaches, there are lots of fun and eco-friendly ways to enjoy the better weather. One way to improve your local government and your health is by buying groceries from farmers markets.

On a Disney Family Website they said “Organic is best for your body and the planet. By shopping more directly with the organic producers you can not only save money but also put more cash in the farmers’ pockets and support local food production.” In Columbia, it is very much possible to support the local agriculture at the Columbia Farmer’s Market. The Saturday morning fair has been closed for the winter months, but will reopen on Saturday, March 20, for their 30th anniversary.

There are over 70 vendors from Missouri who are members of the Columbia Farmers Market, making for a wide variety of food selection. To be able to sell at the market, you must grow or produce all of your own food. This allows customers to ask the vendor specific questions about where the good comes from and how it was grown. According to the market website some of the plants available include scallions, broccili, lettuces, cauliflower, and herbs, and depending on the weather spinach and lettuce mixes. Also available are beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs, baked goods, honey, fresh trout, organic beef & pork & eggs. Entertainment is scheduled for Saturday mornings, 9 am – 11 am (or longer if the entertainers want).

The Columbia Farmers Market is held behind the city’s Activity & Recreation Center (ARC), on the corner of Clinkscales & Ash streets. For those interested, there is also a Winter Vendor Meeting at the Boone County Government Building next Tuesday, March 16 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

For a list of the Columbia Farmer’s Market vendors and products, click the link  here: Columbia Farmer’s Market.

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