This Saturday the Webb City Farmers Market welcomes another new vendor to its Christkindlmarket – Jim Oxley of Mountain Grove. Jim has close ties to the Webb City Market. His granddaughter, Tami Fredrickson with Fredrickson Farms has sold at the market since it opened in 2000. She’s also the market board president this year. But Jim is joining the market on his own merit as the creator of lacey, fun dresses for girls, newborn through 12 years. (You can see a photo of more of his dresses on the market’s Facebook page.)
In Tami’s words, this is how her grandfather got into this unusual – for a man – line of work: “My grandma made dresses for all of her granddaughters. She and Grandpa both worked at Brown Shoe factory in Mountain Grove. Grandpa began helping my grandma after she was diagnosed & treated for breast cancer in the mid eighties. Grandma would get calls from all over to make dresses like we wore. After she passed away my grandpa began making the dresses like she did & now travels around to different events to sell them. He uses patterns that my grandma designed & drew. His prices are affordable for the quality & complexity of each garment. He tries to keep costs down so anyone can purchase. I am super proud of him!”
Jim joins glass artists, weavers, knitters, potters and others in the Christkindlmarket this Saturday in the south end of the market pavilion.
On Saturday, the market is open from 9 to noon in the pavilion (which is sheltered from the weather by sides now) just southeast of the Main Street entrance to King Jack Park. The Butcher Block will offer breakfast tacos and coffee. Bill Adkins takes the market stage with contemporary classics. We’re expecting eight farms with fresh local produce like tomatoes, peppers, onions, lettuce, spinach and other greens, winter squash and more, plus a rancher with pork, and lots of baked goods, raw milk, honey, energy bars, tamales, bbq ribs, and farm fresh eggs.