OK, repeat after me “The market is open all year, the market is open all year...” This is my last column of the year, not because the market is closing, but because I’m going to be busy having a good time! My daughter Emily is getting married on the 25th, my daughter Cora and her family are visiting from Australia and we have our Winter Production Conference coming up in November, so I’m cutting down on other responsibilities – in other words, the column.
All of which means that the market is NOT shutting down, or even, for that matter, slowing down. There will still be market news in the Sentinel, but just brief news article without the gossip.
November 1 we go to Saturdays only (9 to noon) and those Saturdays in November and December will expand the market to include our annual Christkindlmarket. The south end of the pavilion will be filled with handcrafted gifts each Saturday, while the north end will have our usual market vendors, fresh produce, baked goods, jams, jellies, freshly roasted coffee beans, farm fresh eggs. We’ll have much of the usual market fare, but with a festive flair.
If you’d like to sell at one or more of the Christkindlmarkets, stop by the information table at the market for an application or go to webbcityfarmersmarket.com and click on “Applications”. All vendors are juried to make sure they’re a good fit for the market and, of course, the seller must be the maker or grower of the product.
We’re looking for a breakfast vendor for the market who would also sell hot drinks like mulled cider, hot chocolate, coffee and tea.
We also plan holiday cooking demonstrations and sampling, or just sampling if your dish is too complicated or takes too long to actually make during market. If you have a favorite holiday recipe you’d like to share, let us know. You’ll find the demonstrator application on our web site. We’ll buy the ingredients! Three Saturdays are already taken but that leaves three more, and we might just have more than one demonstration going on at a time because we love holiday foods. If you’re crafty and would like to demonstrate a holiday craft, we’d love that, too. (And I’m still looking for a Santa or Mrs. Santa – we can provide the costume, you provide the smiles for whatever Saturday(s) you are available. Good News - we have a "professional" Santa flying down to the market from Kansas City on December 20th - so mark your calendars and bring your camera!)
Decorations will start going up in the south end soon but, I promise, the Christmas balls won’t go up until after Thanksgiving.
Now back to the present. This Saturday, breakfast is pancakes (with a free second serving), grilled ham, eggs to order and coffee or juice. It’s served till 11 and benefits Webb City’s Bright Futures program. The sides are down on the pavilion so if it’s cold, eat inside. If it’s sunny, enjoy breakfast outside.
Mark Barger plays Native American flutes on Saturday.
It’s a great time to buy mums. Several growers have them on sale and since they’re winter hardy, you can plant them now and enjoy them every fall. Be sure to talk to the grower about the best place to plant them and how to care for them.
The produce continues to be abundant, especially the green beans and other fall crops.
Next Tuesday is our next-to-last Tuesday market. Madewell Pork will be there, as will all of our produce growers. Harmony Hill will have baked goods. Rob Pommert will play and Carmine’s Wood Fire Pizza will have the oven fired up (literally).
Watch for market news in the Sentinel and remember, as the Whos said to Horton, “We are here! We are here! We are here!” See you at the market!