Thursday, October 31, 2013

This Saturday at the Farmers Market

You might think the market would be winding down this time of year – but not so! We’re actually gearing up for our best Winter Market season ever. The Webb City Farmers Market will be open this Saturday from 9 to noon in the pavilion just southeast of the Main Street entrance to King Jack Park. (Notice that “in” the pavilion instead of the usual “under”?  That’s because the pavilion has sides now to keep us warmer and out of the wind.)   And this Saturday is the premier of our Christkindlmarket featuring artists, crafters and artisans selling their locally-made goods. The whole south section of the pavilion will be filled with pottery, glass work, art, knitware, sewn items, even locally made vanilla extract, all sold by the persons who made them.

And despite the hard freeze of last week, we’ll have lots of produce – the cool weather crops like spinach, broccoli, and cabbage that laugh at the cold and the tender crops like tomatoes, green beans, lettuce and peppers that are protected in the high tunnels and the storage crops like onions, butternut, sweet potatoes and spaghetti squash. In fact, we’re welcoming a brand new winter grower Saturday, Karen Scott of Granby, with eggs, bell peppers, beets, turnips, radishes, sweet potatoes, potatoes and winter squash. Broken Wire Ranch is bringing their pepper roaster.  (the photos are both from Braker Farm's high tunnels)

We’ll have a lot of farm fresh eggs – cool weather really gets those hens laying! Marlee’s Creamery will have fresh raw milk – hormone and antibiotic free. Black Forest Pastries will have their European and American baked goods and at Hazel’s Bakery you’ll find pies, cakes, fruit breads and cookies. There’ll be local honey, freshly roasted coffee beans, bbq ribs and tamales and energy bars. Sunny Lane Farms will sell their all-natural beef, lamb and chicken and Lumen Farms will have Berkshire pork.

Saturday is our last Cooking for a Cause breakfast for this year. It benefits Crimestoppers and is served till 11. (But not our last breakfast - expect warm cinnamon rolls, coffee and hot chocolate this winter.)  The Pommerts take the market stage with light contemporary music, jazz and classical guitar.