Monday, April 14, 2014

The Market Opens for the Season Tomorrow! (Tuesday, 4/15)

Spring may have temporarily abandoned us, but the Webb City Farmers Market is declaring tomorrow the beginning of the regular season!  We’ll be open from 4 to 6 pm inside our cozy pavilion (the sidings will come down when it warms up) just east of the Main Street entrance to King Jack Park. There’ll be free Washington Hawthorns for our first 400 customers, it’s the state flower. And we have 400 hot dogs with chips to serve as well. Former mayor Glenn Dolence and former council Don Meredith will be grilling.

Joe Palmer of Fairhaven
The Sours will play traditional music for our first Tuesday market. We’ll open up with a short recognition of our Champions of the Year – Nashon Bishop with Lincoln University Extension and Patrick Byers with University of Missouri Extension. This annual award recognizes community folks who support the market. Nashon and Patrick are at the market every first Friday helping growers and gardeners, they lead many training workshops for our growers and they also accompany the market manager on farm visits providing on the farm advice. They were a tremendous support to the market in 2013. Their reward?  They each get $15 in market tokens and a tick picker (which will come in handy on those farm visits this year).

The market will be loaded with plants tomorrow (herbs, hanging baskets, bedding plants, cucumber, peppers and over 20 varieties of tomatoes including heirlooms). Customers can learn when and how to plant and care for the plants straight from the plants’ grower. Fairhaven will have their smaller planters filled with flowers at the market on Tuesday (they’ll bring the larger ones when it warms up – they’re too heavy to move in and out in case of late freezes). We’ll also have five farms with many varieties of lettuce, plus spinach, kale, cilantro, green onions and radishes. PT Gardens returns with their seasoned sugars and salts, plus dried herbs.

Sunny Lane Farm will have all-natural beef, lamb and chicken. There will also be honey and energy bars for sale. Our newest vendor Kings Kettle Corn will be set up just north of the pavilion with kettle corn and flavored popcorn as well as roasted nuts.

Starting tomorrow, the market will be on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 pm (yes, those are new hours for us), on Fridays from 11 to 2 and on Saturdays from 9 to noon every week through fall.