Thursday, May 5, 2016

Webb City Sentinel market column - 5/6/16

We’re gearing up for one of the best Saturdays of the year. What fun tomorrow will be!  The pavilion
will be packed with almost 40 vendors, an amazing amount of produce and flowers from end to end. Since Mother’s Day is Sunday, folks will be snapping up those beautiful hanging baskets and handcrafted planters overflowing with flowers. Others will buy something sewn like tea towels and hot pads from Edith or jewelry or other pretties from Rebecca. We’ll have baked goods, jams and jellies, freshly roasted coffee beans, kettle corn, Rada utensils and much more to please Mom.

The Granny Chicks will be playing and the Webb City chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star is serving breakfast. All profits will go to the local Salvation Army. Meal and music run from 9 to 11, while the market is open from 9 to noon.

It’s the first Saturday of the month, so that means the streetcar will give free rides during market. Board at the depot west of the pavilion.

Produce at the market?  Well, it is strawberry season and we’re expecting several hundred quarts of local strawberries tomorrow. We also have loads of greens, broccoli, high tunnel tomatoes, green onions, kohlrabi, beets, radishes, carrots, green garlic, cut herbs, and more. There’ll also be milk and goat cheese, eggs, and raw food bars, frozen tamales and vanilla. 

The fun continues on Tuesday when we’re open from 4 to 7 pm. Stewart’s Bakery will serve Chicken and Noodles with mashed potatoes and green beans for $6 or chili with beans for $5. Carmine’s Woodfired Pizza will bake to order. The Pommerts will play. 

On Thursday Scott Eastman plays. Harv’s BBQ and M & M Bistro serve lunch. Extension will create and serve Fruity Kale Smoothies. We’re open from 11 to 2 on Thursdays.

Next Saturday we celebrate Birds, Bees and Butterflies with the Audubon Society. Our farmers have been growing plants that butterflies love to give away to our customers. Hopefully the endangered Monarch butterflies will find refuge as they wing their way through Jasper County in the coming years. We’ll also have seeds for folks for folks to plants as well.

My queen of crafts, Lisa Sweet, is creating all sorts of photo props – butterfly head bands, blue bird wands, no telling what fun things she’ll come up with. You’ll want to pose the kids among the birds, bees and butterflies.

Of special interest to many – Amos Apiaries will be at the market with honey next Saturday!

It’s time to make the market a habit if you haven’t already. We promise you an experience worth your time, rain or shine. See you at the market!