This Saturday, the Webb City Farmers Market welcomes its newest vendor who also happens to be one of Webb City’s oldest merchants – The Minerva Candy Company. The company was founded in 1905 and was famous for its handcrafted candy canes until it closed in 2005. The business was reopened in 2012 by current owners Tom and Mary Hamsher, but candy cane making had to wait on careful restoration of the huge copper pots and burners, as well as availability of former owner and candy cane maestro Duke Mallos. It all came together in late October with the creation of 2,000 two-foot candy canes, some of which will be on sale at this Saturday’s Christkindlmarket in the Farmers Market. (that's their photo in the candy store - notice the big copper pots hanging on the wall - want to see the candy store in person? & enjoy lunch, breakfast or dinner Tuesday through Saturday? You'll find them at 12 South Main in Webb City.)
On Saturday, the market is open from 9 to noon in the pavilion (which is sheltered from the weather by sides now). Mark Berger will take center stage, playing his large collection of Native American flutes. We’re expecting nine farms with fresh local produce and two pork ranchers, plus baked goods, raw milk, honey, energy bars, tamales, bbq ribs, and farm fresh eggs. The Christkindlmarket will fill the south end of the pavilion with locally made art, crafts and knitted and sewn goods.