Thursday, December 3, 2020

Webb City Sentinel market column - 12/2/2020

Can it be December? You'll find the sides still off this Saturday so it will be chilly, and I do mean chilly. Drew Pommert is scheduled to play but though he has braved some pretty cold days I doubt he'll try with the temperature in the 30s. So bundle up and think Winter Wonderland! 

 We won't do the adult meal since its so cold, but the kids meals will be ready for pick up between 9 and 11. Kids, aged 1 through 18, get both breakfast and lunch, packed to go. To quote our manager “we're going bananas for breakfast!” It's a market-made banana chocolate chip granola bar with a banana and milk. Lunch is a grilled cheese hotdog served with applesauce, a kale & carrot salad, and milk. That salad will be delicious. Winter carrots are the best of the year. For some reason, the cold temperature really brings out their sweetness.

Decorations by BDJ

If you were at the market last Saturday you saw that it was decked out for Christmas with tinsel, balls, and bows on the posts. That is, if you notice that sort of thing. I asked my husband Phil how he liked the decorations (they were right in front of him) and he said “What decorations?” Oh well. They are not as spectacular as we had planned. But we couldn't drape the garland and lights with the sides off so we had to stick to what could be put up and taken down for each market. It's a bit disappointing because we were really ready to provide a show this year. Last year about this time I was concerned because I knew I would not be around to decorate the pavilion in the future and the decorations we had were very laborious. We needed to simplify. The board agreed and allocated funding and then I promptly forgot but luckily board member Galen did not. He began researching, which is one of his strong suits, and found festive garland on sale at one of the national craft stores. He contacted me and I checked out the same store that had several locations in the Denver area and between the two of us we bought a truckload of decorations. So that will be one more thing to look forward to next year.

What you can look forward to this Saturday:  fresh local produce, raw honey and honey products, Harmony Hill and Redings Mill baked goods, shrimp, beef, pork, lamb, and chicken, kettle corn and other snacks, mushrooms, tamales, jams and jellies, candies, smoked spices and salts, and freshly ground coffee beans and drinks (and festive post decorations). 

Crafters include 2Ts Soap & Stuff, BDJ Creations with holiday themed woodcrafts, Nancy's Doll Closet with outfits for 18” dolls, and Jane's Glass Art. Jane comes up with a new Christmas ornament every year to add to her collection which includes ornaments featuring shepherds, wise men, and the holy family. This year she added masks. "2020" is on the ornament but I doubt we could forget which year we added a mask to the tree.

Central United Methodist Church will have chili with beans and chili without beans, as well as fudge for sale. All profits go to the community Christmas basket program.

The market will have hand thrown pottery and gently used cookbooks for sale to support the market's WIC program. There are also festive gift cards just right for a Christmas card or stocking for you to use when honoring a friend or family member with a gift to the program. What an apt way to celebrate that family sheltering in a stable by giving a gift that provides food to our youngest families in need.

The parks department plans to put the sides on the pavilion next week, primarily to block the wind which can be chilling. We won't be heating the pavilion this year because the double doors will be open to keep our shoppers and vendors as safe as possible. So come prepared for the weather.

The cold will help us do our shopping quickly and move on. That's the safest way to shop this year. And I've noticed my mask keeps my face nice and warm. During the heat of the summer my mask was warm, too, which wasn't so nice.

The traditional winter markets in Europe are always held in the open air in very cold weather, often at night when it's even colder. Admittedly they may keep warm with Gluhwein, a hot mulled wine. But we have coffee! As we enter what will certainly be a cold and memorable winter, let's fill it with warmth of spirit, the joy of welcome, and with kindness, generosity, and good food!

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Webb City Sentinel market column - Wednesday, November 25, 2020

It's official – we are celebrating the holidays at the market.  Our annual Holiday Market, which always we hold the day before Thanksgiving, will be today from 11 to 1 at the pavilion. Of all the holidays, Thanksgiving seems an especially good time to fill our harvest table with local bounty.  Here are the vendors we expect today:

Goat Cheese – Terrell Creek is back so stock up!

Baked goods - Redings Mill Co. and Sunflower Bakery

Meats – Sunny Lane Farm and Clearwater Shrimp

Produce – Braker Berry Farm

Pecans, jams and jellies, and candies – Fair Haven Gardens

Mushrooms – MO Mushrooms

Honey & honey products – Helms Family Farm

Snacks – Kings Kettle Corn 

Meals to go – Ham & Beans with 2 cornbread muffins – 16 oz for $5, Chili with beans – 16 oz for $5.50, Chili without beans – 16 oz for $7, 1/2 pound of fudge for $4.  All are prepared in the market kitchen by volunteers of Central United Methodist Church.  All profits go to the community Christmas basket program.

As you can see from the above list, it’s a relatively small market, but such a good selection.

On Saturday, the market will delve into the holidays even further.  We’ll host five vendors selling handcrafted items just right for gift-giving  – Nancy’s Doll Closet with handmade clothing for 18” dolls, Jane’s Glass Art with lovely jewelry, window hangers and other pretty glass items, Debbie Feddie with sewn kitchen goods, BDG Creations with holiday woodcraft and ornaments, and our regular vendor 2Ts Soap and Stuff with artisan soaps.  And of course, we’ll have most of our regular vendors well.

The Free Kids Meals this Saturday are Breakfast: Maple porridge topped with Fair Haven pecans and with pumpkin seeds, plus a piece of fruit and milk plus Lunch: Lasagna with garlic roasted cauliflower from Harmony Hill Farm and milk.  The Kids Meals are served from 9 to 11 and children, aged 1 through 18, receive both the breakfast and the lunch.

And just a head’s up – we’ll have two Holiday Markets this year.  Since Christmas falls on a Friday, we’ll have a Christmas Eve market on December 24 (a Thursday) and then take Saturday off so our bakers and farmers do not have to work on Christmas Day.

See you at the Holiday Market!


Thursday, November 19, 2020

Webb City Sentinel market column - Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Food is front and center again this Saturday at the market. Our farmers are bringing in lots of fall crops like lettuce, spinach, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, fresh ginger, winter squash, carrots, radishes and more. There will be all natural meats, honey, jams and jellies, frozen tamales, kettle corn and other flavored popcorn and pork rinds, mushrooms, freshly roasted coffee beans and coffee drinks. Redings Mill, Harmony Hill, and Sunflower will have a wide assortment of baked goods. DnD Smoked will have dozens of kinds of smoked spices and salts, plus mixes for dips and chili. Our honey vendor is selling honey truffles and other chocolate and honey treats. Fair Haven brings handmade peanut and pecan brittle. Central United Methodist has fudge, as well as chili with or without beans. The church's sales benefit the community Christmas basket program.

 MaMa JoJo's will have fresh pasta and made-at-the-market sauces. You can buy the pasta baked and dressed with sauce or buy the pasta to cook at home. Fresh pasta takes about 4 minutes to cook in boiling water and if you've only had dried pasta, you are in for a treat. Fresh makes all the difference, and not just in veggies!

Songbird Kitchen is expected with made-at-the-market egg rolls and other Asian specialties.

From 9 to 11 adults can buy a breakfast of biscuit and gravy, scrambled cheesy eggs or scrambled cheesy eggs loaded with market veggies, and a drink for $5. All profits from the breakfast benefit the market.

The Free Kids Meals are also served from 9 to 11. Breakfast is biscuit and gravy with fruit and milk. Lunch is a ham, cheese, & lettuce wrap, plus apple slaw, and milk. The lettuce is from Braker Berry Farm (though we could have gotten it from any number of other farms – lettuce is in season!) Brakers is our largest lettuce grower and we can pick up several tubs of lettuce from them without running them short at the market. We want the kids to have our wonderful fresh local produce, but we don't want to leave our customers high and dry. The apple slaw includes local apples, carrots from Harmony Hill and honey from Helm's Family Farm.

We've been really pleased with the response to the kids meals. We're serving about 250 meals each Saturday and would be happy, and ready, to serve even more. Because of COVID-19, children do not have to be present to receive a meal. Their adults can pick up for them as long as we see a photo of the adult and kids so we can get a head count. All children receive both breakfast and lunch for free if they are between 1 and 18.

I took on the Free Kids Meals in October which is why you have read so much about it. Now that I'm in Colorado our manager has taken it over and is doing a wonderful job. It takes considerable devotion, planning, and organization to have so many meals ready and to make those meals as locally based as possible. One tricky part of the kids meals is that we serve every child but don't require reservations. So we prepare for the usual number but have back up ingredients to prepare more if needed. For example, on Halloween we prepared 2 meals for 130 children, so a total of 260 meals. We ended up with about 170 children which means that on very short notice (as in 30 minutes) we prepared an extra 80 meals! And we did it with no one having to wait. It's definitely a learned skill, but we have learned it well.

All meals at the market are served to-go due to COVID-19, but we have picnic tables spread out across the north lawns where people can eat if they wish to do so.

Every farmers market is different Some allow lots of arts and crafts, or businesses selling things they didn't actually make, but Webb City's has from the beginning focused on connecting the community with small and mid-sized businesses growing, raising or making local foods.

We also celebrate and support good works which is why we host the current fundraiser for the community Christmas basket program and why we also currently have handmade bowls and cookbooks for sale to raise funds for the market's WIC program.

We do allow a very limited number of crafts and art, especially if they are connected to food, kitchen, garden or health. That's why you will find 2T's Soap and Stuff and Debbie Fedie with sewn goods for the kitchen at the market this Saturday.

Normally we also have a large Christkindlmarket in November and December when we have fewer farmers and extra room. Sadly we will forego our usual Christkindlmarket this year. We feel it is important to keep the vendors spread out to create a safe shopping space so we will not be filling a large section of the pavilion with crafts. But when we have some space, we will feature one or two of our best Christkindlmarket crafts people. This week we are delighted to have Nancy's Doll Closet back again. Nancy makes the most wonderful, and very reasonably priced, clothes for 18” dolls. Honestly I am so taken with her selection – and it's huge – that I'm buying a wardrobe for each of my daughters' families.

Be sure to place your Thanksgiving baked goods order with Sunflower Bakery on Saturday for pick up at the special Holiday Market on November 25th, between 11 and 1 at the pavilion. Sunflower will be our only bakery that day but they are expanding their selection to include breads, rolls, and more in addition to their usual pies and fried pies. If you can't make it Saturday but want to place an order, give them a call at 417 888-2000.

If you're looking for fresh produce for your Thanksgiving table, check with your farmer on Saturday about picking up an order at the Holiday Market. All the vendors generally bring extra, but to be sure of getting what you want, ordering ahead is wise.

It's going to be an unusual holiday for many. My mother often
placed a small gift at each plate as a special part of our Thanksgiving meal. It might be a jar of honey or jam, a container of smoked salts, a $5 token to spend at the market, a small bag of candy, soap, chili mix, or some other local treat. For those gathering together this year, I invite you to start that new tradition. And if your Thanksgiving will be smaller than usual, maybe it's the
perfect time to drop off or mail some small gift like that to brighten the day for those you will not be with. Instead of mourning what we don't have this holiday, let's celebrate what we do have – Friends and family that, even from a distance, fill our lives with kindness, thoughtfulness, and love and appreciation for each other.


Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Webb City Sentinel market column - Wednesday, November 11, 2020

The market and I have received exciting news. My news first – Monday my daughter Emily presented the family with a little girl, 19 1/2 inches and 7.5 pounds. No name yet, but she’s a cutie. I’m sure she’ll have a name before I gather her in my arms on Saturday.

The market news is also wonderful. We will be able to continue our SNAP match program when our grant from the Coover Foundation ends this spring. The market partnered with the Mid-America Regional Council in Kansas City who applied for a GUS NIP grant from the USDA. The grant will, among other things, fund matching programs at 45 farmers markets in eastern Kansas and western Missouri. When I contacted the Council about including Webb City they were hesitant. We were outside their service area but it didn’t take them long to convince them to include us. After all, we’re an amazing market and would strengthen their application. I have no idea if it really did, but they got it!

The SNAP match program is well used by our customers using food stamps. It allows them to purchase food stamp tokens good to purchase eligible products in the market and also receive free tokens for fresh uncut fruits and vegetables. Our current program is funded by the Coover Foundation and we have been so thankful for the funding but it will end in March. Now we will be able to continue the program for another three years. That’s a lot of healthy fruit and vegetables for our neighbors in need and a lot of produce sales for our farmers.

And speaking of produce, it’s lettuce season! The lettuce is pouring into the market which is why the kids meal this week is Taco Salad – lettuce and tomatoes from Braker Farm, ground beef donated by Misty Morning Farms. I really should say it’s green season because there is also broccoli, kohlrabi, and acorn squash just to name a few other green things at the market.

It’s also chilly and chili season. Dress warm because the market will remain open air as long as we can manage. And load up on chili to-go at the market. Central United Methodist Church is selling chili with beans and without and it sure is good. They also have fudge for your sweet tooth. All profits go to buy food for the Webb City Christmas basket program.

We have two other fundraisers at the market (‘tis the season). Next to the information table you will find handcrafted bowls and cookbooks. All sales benefit the market’s WIC program for low income young families.

This Saturday MaMa JoJo’s will have artisan pasta and red sauce to-go, as well as pasta for you to cook at home. Songbird Kitchen will have made-at-the-market egg rolls, crab Rangoon, and fried rice.

The Free Kids Meals are:  Breakfast – breakfast casserole with eggs, sausage, and cheese, plus a banana and milk AND Lunch – Taco Salad with milk. Kids don’t need to be present, but we need to see a photo of yourself with the kids – or grandkids – so we can get a head count. The meals are free to anyone aged 1 through 18.

Breakfast for adults is biscuit and gravy, cheesy scrambled eggs or cheesy scrambled eggs loaded with market veggies, and juice or coffee for $5. The breakfast benefits the market.

All the meals can be eaten on site or taken home. Randy & Phil are on the market stage. The breakfast, kids meals, and music run from 9 to 11.

Make your plans now for the Holiday Market on the day before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 25. We’ll be open from 11 to 1 under the pavilion and bakers are taking orders now!

Talk of bakers reminds me - pastry is coming back to the market! Juniper Coffee Roastery is adding a pastry to their freshly roasted coffee beans and coffee drinks. Their pastry is inspired by rugelach which was brought to the US by eastern European immigrants and is especially popular for Jewish holidays. The Mayfield’s will do their own interpretation using fillings of orange marmalade and dark chocolate. They’ll be made right in the market kitchen.

Also at the market this Saturday – five produce farms, two mushroom growers, Grison Dairy with cow’s cheese, Clear Water Shrimp Farm, DnD Smoked, Helm’s honey, Garrett’s and Sunny Lane with meats, three bakeries, and 2Ts Soap. It’s going to be another wonderful market. See you there!


Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Webb City Sentinel market column - Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Halloween at the Market was a big hit. We were full of small superheroes, mice (as in Mickey and
Minnie), princesses, dragons, even Baby Yoda, and many other fun characters. The kids searched the market hunting for fall produce, for the market scarecrows, and especially for the last item on the scavenger hunt list – a free bag of festive kettle corn from Kings Kettle Corn. They enjoyed free breakfast and lunch and posed with the market scarecrows for a Halloween photo. What was forecast to be a cold windy morning turned out to be bright and sunny, making me a little over warm in my three layers of clothes but perfect for the kids in costume.

The market ended with a surprise for me. I had finished my kids meal responsibilities and was walking through the market with my husband when a small crowd began to gather in the center of the pavilion. Alan Hughes, my neighbor and a market board member, used a bull horn to

gather people in and Erin Turner with the city’s Office of Economic & Community Development gave a thoughtful speech about the market and its value to the city. Then Mayor Ragsdale took over and I soon guessed what was up. This was my grand send off. Many nice things were said and a very large sign with my name on it was shown. Lynn was right on target in one of his comments. He spoke about various kinds of leaders, including one kind who has avision which they nurture but hold close so when the visionary dies so does the vision and another kind of leader who has a vision but enlists others to ensure the vision continues beyond the originator. And I am so glad that I have been privileged to be the latter. (I was also very glad that I came to the market dressed as Rosie the Riveter and not the mime I had considered. Pictures in a mask are bad enough. A mime in a mask would be beyond bad.)

As the market has grown over the last 20 years I became aware that its future could not and should not depend on me. After all none of us lives forever. But it was when my father died unexpectedly five years ago that it hit home. He had been an essential part of several organizations. Those that did not depend entirely on him, primarily the ones with paid staff, continued, those without staff suffered. And that, as well as my dear mother’s descent into dementia, began my search to find funding for a paid manager. Thanks first to a grant, and now to support from the city, we have that manager.

While I’m still involved in some aspects of the market, writing this column for example, most of the market management has been increasingly transferred to others over the last year. I still handle the grant work and for the last month I’ve ramrodded the free kids meal, but my work with the meals will soon end. I have a new granddaughter due in Colorado this month and will be there doing night duty. Luckily the market has hired a new kids meal cook and I leave that project in his and the manager Rachael Lynch’s capable hands.   The market has a strong board, an excellent manager, strong relationships with the city and its departments, with University of Missouri Extension and Lincoln University Extension, and many other organizations. It has a wonderful base of customers and trained, talented, and committed vendors. And though this particular volunteer will be shifting to lullabies and diapers, many other volunteers help keep the market at its best – and we are always looking for more. 

Two of my favorites are Ann Foos and Vicki Groff who have faithfully dished up and handed out hundreds of meals to children. This Saturday they will serve hot apple* cinnamon oatmeal with white milk for breakfast and ham and cheese rollups with bell peppers* and lettuce*, carrot*/raisin salad, and chocolate milk for lunch. The meals are served from 9 to 11 and are free to anyone aged 1 through 18. Kids don’t have to be present – just show Ann a photo of yourself with the kids – or grandkids.  *locally grown!

The adult meal is biscuits and sausage gravy, cheesy scrambled eggs or loaded (with market veggies) cheesy scrambled eggs, and juice or coffee for $5. Profits from the adult breakfast benefit the market.

Drew Pommert will be on the market stage.

Several seasonal fundraisers begin this Saturday.

The market is selling gently used and new cookbooks (the photo  shows just a small fraction of the books) and handmade pottery bowls. 

All proceeds will go to the market’s privately funded program which provides two $5 coupons good for produce, meat, or eggs to families receiving WIC. You can also make a donation to the program in someone’s honor and receive a very pretty acknowledgement designed and printed by Cardinal Scale for the market. It is just right to slip into a Christmas card or a stocking. WIC, Women Infants and Children, is for very low income young families to ensure little growing bodies receive the nutrition they need to grow into strong healthy adults.

We’ve had a run on our shopping bags lately which folks are using as Christmas bags. Don’t worry, we have plenty more in navy or lime. Our soft caps with the embroidered market logo are back in stock too thanks to the Dug Out.

Central United Methodist Church will sell chili and fudge to benefit the community Christmas basket program. One pint of chili with beans is $5.50. Two pints is $10. Chili without beans is $7 for one pint and $13 for two pints.

Both the WIC and the Christmas basket fundraisers will continue through the month although for some Saturdays the menu will change to ham and beans. I’ll keep you posted on that.

And now for the real reason you come to the market – our vendors. Farmers expected include Brakers, Lees, Misty Morning, OakWoods, and the Yangs. Both mushroom growers will be at the market. We’ll have honey, baked goods from Redings Mill and Sunflower Bakery, and meats from Garrett’s and Sunny Lane. There will be freshly roasted coffee beans and coffee drinks, frozen tamales, smoked spices, salts, and mixes, local shrimp, and handcrafted soaps. The forecast is warm and breezy. It will be another beautiful morning at the market. See you there!

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Webb City Sentinel market column - October 28, 2020

Fun news and good news fill this week’s column.

The fun news is that Halloween is falling on Saturday and so we’ll be having some safe holiday
activities. For the kiddos there will be a scavenger hunt. Just pick up the clue sheet at the information table and look for fall crops and other seasonal finds. The last stop is at Kings Kettle Corn so you can probably guess what the reward for completing the hunt is. There will also be a craft table where kids can transform a baby butternut squash into a ghost. Or if you prefer, your kids can pick a squash to take home to decorate. Our thanks to Misty Morning Farms for supplying the little butternuts. Finally for everyone, there will be a photo set complete with the market scarecrows decked out in costumes next to the red barn just north of the pavilion. We hope you’ll share your photos so folks know that, yes, indeed the Saturday market is open all year!

Saturday will be a great day for making some memories….and picking up some good food.

The market breakfast for adults is biscuit with sausage gravy and a choice of cheesy scrambled eggs or cheesy scrambled eggs loaded with produce from the market, plus juice or coffee for $5. All profits support the market’s programs, including the live music which this week will be Dr. G and the Tall Man.

The Free Kids Meal will be a breakfast of biscuit and sausage gravy, a cutie orange, and white milk. Lunch is MaMa JoJo’s artisan pasta with cheese, aka mac ‘n’ cheese, a grilled hot dog, mashed acorn squash, broccoli, and chocolate milk. The squash is from Misty Morning Farm and the broccoli is from Harmony

Hill. Lunch is packed cold and ready to pop into the microwave at home. Every child, from aged 1 through 18, gets both a free breakfast and a free lunch, regardless of where they live. And if the kids aren’t with you, you can pick up a meal for each. Just show us a photo with you and the kids – and that goes for grandkids too.

Music and the above meals run from 9 to 11. Breakfast for the kids and the adults can be served to-go or eat-in. We’ve taken down the tents for the season, so you’ll find them in the north end of the pavilion.

MaMa JoJo’s will serve ready-to-eat artisan pasta with made-at-the-market sauces, as well as uncooked pasta to prepare at home.

We expect five produce farmers, plus both our mushroom growers. Mushrooms are abundant right now, so it’s a good time to give them a try. I did, and now I’m buying at least four packs every week. I sauté the whole bunch and use them every morning in my omelet along with some other market veggies. My husband buys his own mushrooms (I’m not good at sharing) and they were delicious with the steak he prepared tonight (he’s much better at sharing).

Clear Water Shrimp and our meat vendors will be at the market Saturday, as well as Good Golly Tamale. We’ll have honey, freshly roasted coffee beans and drinks, Sunflower Bakery and Redings Mill Bakery. Harmony Hill is taking a break this week and next for some family activities, but they’ll be back after that.

2Ts Soap will be in their regular spot.

The good news is that we learned on Tuesday was the official announcement from the Missouri Department of Agriculture that the market’s proposal “Learning to Love and Grow Specialty Crops at the Market” was among 13 projects awarded grants this year. This grant will allow the market to establish a
teaching garden just north of the Kids Tent and offer education to adults and children about specialty crops. Specialty crops include all the edible crops we sell at the market, plus honey, flowers, and other plants. So we'll have lots to learn about!

We’ll have demonstrations throughout the next two years on all sorts of growing techniques, plus food safety and nutrition education and tastings. We are partnering with University of Missouri Extension to make this a great opportunity for the market and our community. This winter we’ll plan in earnest and you’ll begin to see the garden and education happening in the spring. Since we may still be socially distancing then, we’ll be glad to have the Kids Tent so folks can spread out to learn after the meal is served.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the market on Saturday – especially those in costume. I bet we’ll have some celebrities like Peppa Pig, Spider Man, Minnie and Mickey Mouse, maybe even a fireman or police officer. I’m pretty sure we’ll have some farmers…..


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Food Safety Class for Growers Coming Up

 Food Safety Training is required for all growers selling edible produce at the market.  

 Register here by October 30 for the all-day November 5 class which includes: 

Introduction to Produce Safety, Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training, Soil Amendments, Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use, Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water;  Part II: Postharvest Water), Postharvest Handling and Sanitation, & How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

Benefits of Attending the Course

The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan.  Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of: Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm, How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm, Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one, & Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them. 

Taking the class does not guarantee admission into the market as a vendor but would benefit any grower regardless of where their food is sold.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Webb City Sentinel market column - Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Bundle up this Saturday. It’s going to be chilly, but a trip to the market will be well worth making. In addition to our usual offerings, we welcome a special appearance by Just a Taste Webb City. This local business opened last September with limited offerings, but closed in March due to COVID. Now to celebrate their re-opening they will be at the market sampling a dish from their new menu – Mushroom Risotto, creamy mushroom and rice dish topped with a fried egg. Be sure and stop by their table for a taste.

Just a Taste has a special relationship with the market because their goal is to source 100% of their menu from local farms and ranches. They are already at 60% for their proteins which include lamb from our own Sunny Lane Farm. They also feature several of our other vendors’ products including eggs from Stormy Farms, microgreens from OakWoods and DnD’s spices. 

Sunny Lane's Greg Rasmussen leads the sheep to pasture
They hope to source 100% of their proteins locally within a year and 100% of their ingredients within a few years. Their sister business Just a Taste MO in St. James just reached that goal after four years of operation. 

Just a Taste Webb City will open its restaurant, tasting room, and cocktail bar on Wednesday, November 1. They will serve lunch from 11 to 2 and dinner from 5 to 9 on Wednesday, Thursday, and 5 to 10 on Friday and Saturday. Brunch will be served on Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 2. The bar and tasting room will have the same hours. The menu will include entrees featuring steak, lamb, and pork, as well as seafood, pasta dishes, and salads. Reservations are recommended since they will be operating at 50% capacity due to COVID. Luckily they have renovated one of the largest buildings on Main Street so they have lots of room for social distancing.

Just a Taste Missouri began as a tasting bar in St. James featuring its own label – Eagles’ Landing wines which are made with grapes grown within the state. Just a Taste also carries its own line of mead made with honey from Peculiar. Eating and drinking locally is at the core of their values. You’ll find them in downtown Webb City at 105 South Main Street. Get more information on Facebook. 

If you’re hungry, the market is the place to be this Saturday. Breakfast will be biscuit and sausage gravy, cheesy scrambled eggs or loaded (with market veggies) cheesy scrambled eggs, and a drink for $5. The market puts on the breakfast in the winter and plows the profits back into its operation.

Songbird’s Kitchen will have just-made egg rolls, crab Rangoon, and other Asian goodies. MaMa JoJo’s will have artisan pasta freshly cooked with market-made sauces for eat-in or take out. You can also buy their uncooked pasta to prepare later in the week. Remember, now that the Tuesday market is closed, you’re buying for all week.

The Free Kids Meal is Breakfast – Butternut Squash quick bread (think banana bread with fall flavors), fruit parfait, and white milk; AND Lunch – baked barbecue chicken, potato salad, cucumber slices, and chocolate milk. Every child, aged 1 through 18, gets a free breakfast and a free lunch, regardless of where they live or their income status.
Breakfast and the Kids Meals run from 9 to 11. Songbird’s and Mama JoJo’s serve from 9 to noon.

And if you plan to be hungry this week, and who of us won’t be, the market is the place to be for local fresh produce – we’re expecting nine farms, plus our two mushroom growers, for protein from Sunny Lane, Garret Family Farm, Misty Morning Farm, and Clear Water Shrimp, and for baked goods from Harmony Hill, Redings Mill, and Sunflower Bakery. Spice up your life with frozen tamales from Good Golly Tamale and smoked salts, spices, and mixes from DnD, sweeten up life with honey and honey products from Helm Family Farms, savor life with freshly roasted coffee beans and coffee drinks from Juniper Coffee, and snack to your heart’s content with treats from Kings Kettle Corn. Love the clean with 2Ts Soap & Stuff. And make your kitchen pretty and practical with sewn goods from Debbie Fedie. Life is good at the market.

Randy Corbin and Phil Greer will play on the market stage from 9 to 11 if it isn’t too cold.

Next Saturday is Halloween and we’re working on some special and safe kids activities including a photo set featuring the market scarecrow family dressed for the holidays and kids meals with a spooky twist. Wear a costume, (bring the kids dressed up too) and make some fun memories at the market. If you have some ideas, we’d love to hear them.

See you soon at the market!


Thursday, October 15, 2020

Webb City Sentinel market column - Wednesday, October 14, 2020

We’re heading into Winter Market this week, though we’re hoping for more beautiful fall days. Yesterday was our last Tuesday market for the year. It’s always bitter sweet to say goodbye to Tuesdays but invariably it is time by the middle of October. Our customer base begins to dwindle for the weekday market even though our produce supply is still good. For the first time all year, we had periods of time yesterday with no customers at all. When we first opened 21 years ago that wasn’t unusual, especially during the last hour of market, but it is virtually unheard of now – except on our last Tuesday of the year.

For our Tuesday shoppers who need uncrowded shopping, come to the Saturday market after 10 am and you should have plenty of room.

This Saturday, we welcome back Still Waters Farm and Clear Water Shrimp. We should have a total of 11 farms with local produce, plus our mushroom growers. Harmony Hill will have baked goods, as will Redings Mill and Sunflower Bakery. Garrett Family Farm and Sunny Lane Farm will have all-natural meats. Specialty vendors include DnD Smoked with salts, spices, and mixes, Good Golly Tamale, Juniper Coffee with freshly roasted coffee beans and coffee drinks, Kings Kettle Corn, MaMa JoJo’s Pasta, and 2Ts Soap & Stuff.

Both MaMa JoJos and Songbird's Kitchen will have tasty food for eat-in or take out.

Music and meals run from 9 to 11. Drew Pommert plays.

The adult breakfast will be, by popular demand, biscuit and gravy (with extra sausage in the gravy) served with scrambled cheddar eggs, and coffee or juice for $5. Profits from breakfast support the market.

The Free Kids Meals is free to any child, aged 1 through 18. This Saturday, the meals include a hot breakfast of biscuit and gravy, wedge of watermelon, and a couple of slices of kohlrabi, plus white milk. Kohlrabi is a vegetable but tastes very much like a crisp pear. I think the kids will like it, I do. AND a sack lunch of a ham, cheese, cucumber, and sweet pepper roll up, with broccoli salad, cherry tomatoes, and chocolate milk.

See what I mean about a lot of produce?  The kids meals include produce from Braker Berry Farm, E & O Produce, Harmony Hill, and Yang Family Farm. Both the adult breakfast and the Free Kids breakfast can be eaten at the market or packed for take away.

Remember as we move into the cooler season that the market remains open air, so dress for the weather. We aim to continue to be a safe place for the community to shop by providing plenty of fresh outdoor air and lots of room for social distancing. The picnic tables are spread out across the north lawn and the vendors are stretched out over 300 feet of covered space.  Welcome to the Winter Market!