Wednesday, December 30, 2009

No Market Friday - instead come to the parade watch breakfast!

There will be no Winter Market on Friday, January 1, but if you want a taste of community on New Years Day - and good food, come to the Tournament of Roses parade watch breakfast. It runs from 9:30 to noon at Central United Methodist Church, Broadway and Pennsylvania in Webb City. Watch for free or enjoy a breakfast of scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, ham or sausage, pancakes and drink for $6 for adults and $3 for children. All profits go to the Webb City High School Band Boosters. Below, the band practices in California for the big day - look at that sunshine! Thanks to Emily Younker at the Globe for the photo. Check her blog out at for on-site coverage of the band trip.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sorry - No Redings Mill on Friday

I just heard from Jamey Smith & they are taking Friday off for the holidays - so no woodfired brick oven bread tomorrow. Sorry.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Winter Market - This Friday!

Be there or - well, I know our customers aren't square! So be there or miss out on good local food like the bread from Redings Mill (this shot of Ava and her dad was taken at the Holiday Market the day before Thanksgiving). Tim Green is bringing his high tunnel tomatoes. Organic Way plans to bring tomatoes, winter squash, radishes and maybe some greens. Fair Haven will have pecans, jams, jellies and their beautiful cedar handcrafted furniture. Load up on baked goods for the holidays and don't forget the meats - beef, buffalo, chicken, lamb, and elk. There will be farm fresh eggs from Flintrock Ranch's singing hens.

Winter Market is this Friday (December 18) from 11 to 2 under the market pavilion at the Main Street entrance to King Jack Park.

Monday, December 7, 2009

High Tunnel Field Day

South Central Specialty Crop Growers Association High Tunnel Tour
Time: December 17 at 10:00 AM
Place: 4318 Glaser Hollow Rd, Bland, MO 65014 (about 30 miles north of Rolla)
RSVP: By 5:00 PM Dec. 15. Contact: Laura at the Phelps County Extension office at (573) 458-6260 or There is no charge for this workshop. A gourmet lunch of Missouri raised products will be sponsored by a grant from the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Space is limited so register early.

Directions from St. James : Take Highway B North out of St. James approximately 16.5 miles to Schneider Road and go right. Schneider Road is just past Leduc church. Follow Schneider road approximately 3 miles and make a left at the T which is Glaser Hollow Road. Travel approximately 2 miles to the white house on the right side of the road.

This workshop will focus on organic production of lettuce and mixed greens in high tunnels during the winter months. Topics will include site preparation, planting, irrigation, weed control, pest control, harvesting, processing and how to manage the high tunnel environment. The tour will be of a 26’x96’ non-heated hoop house (high tunnel) covered with 2 layers of 6 mil. greenhouse plastic.

The Polar Bear Express pulls out of the station on Saturday

The Polar Bear Express will run Saturday (December 12) starting at 4 pm with the last ride departing at 6 pm. The Express, usually known as the Old streetcar No. 60, will be decked out in Christmas lights and decorations. Before and after the ride, children can warm up in the station (the Chamber of Commerce at 555 South Main Street) with a cup of hot chocolate and a visit with a friendly “polar bear”. The bear will be happy to pose for photos.

On the train, children will listen to the book, the Polar Express, during 10 - 15 minute ride. (Kids should dress warmly because the streetcar is not heated.) Each child will receive a Polar Express activity sheet.

At 6 pm the Four State Gospel Choir will lead Christmas carol-singing around the Kneeling Miner where Santa will light the city Christmas tree at 6:30.

It's all free and takes place at the Main Street entrance to King Jack Park just south of MacArthur (State Highway 171).

The event is sponsored by the Webb City Parks and Recreation Department, the Friends of the Webb City Parks, the Southwest Missouri Electric Streetcar Association and the Webb City Area Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, call 417 483-8139.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

High Tunnel Workshop on Monday

“Is a High Tunnel Right for My Operation” is the topic of a workshop set for 9 to noon on Monday, December 7, at the Mount Vernon Research and Education Center, 14548 Highway H. The first of a series of workshops on high tunnel technology, the workshop is free and open to the public.

The workshop on December 7 will examine the costs and benefits of high tunnel production with an emphasis on growing tomatoes and raspberries.

Hmong translation will be provided. Future workshops will be held on equipment and installation, spring high tunnel management and fall high tunnel management. High tunnels, sometimes called hoop houses, are large plastic-covered structures in which crops are grown directly in the ground. The tunnels are primarily used in our area to extend growing seasons. They can be heated or unheated.

Workshop presenters include Andy Read based in Rolla, Patrick Byers in Springfield and Jay Chism in Lamar, all with University of Missouri Extension. Tim Green and Hector Troyer from the Webb City Farmers Market will share their experiences with high tunnels.

The workshop is sponsored by the University of Missouri Extension and the Webb City, Joplin, Neosho, Monett and Pittsburg Farmers Markets. It is funded by a grant from the USDA Specialty Crops Block Grant Program.

For information or to register, call 417 483-8139.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Winter Market is this Friday

It's the first Friday of December so that means Winter Market will be at the pavilion from 11 to 2.

In addition to our regular winter vendors, Amos Apiaries will be at the market with local raw honey.

Honey, jams, jellies, and frozen meats all rank high as Christmas gifts - practical gifts with local flavor and sure to be used rather than collect dust on a shelf. Another special gift option at the market is the handcrafted cedar furniture from Fairhaven Gardens.

We'll also have lots of baked goods and fresh produce, plus raw milk from Marlee's Creamery. See you at the market!