Thursday, November 3, 2016

Webb City Sentinel market column - 11/4/16

Christkindlmarket begins tomorrow!  And since it’s the first Saturday of the month, the streetcar will be running from 9 to noon, weather permitting. All aboard for a free ride at the depot west of the market.

The market pavilion will be filled with more than 40 vendors including regular market vendors like 12 farmers with fresh local produce, four ranchers with meats such as chicken, lamb, beef and pork, plus farm fresh eggs, jams and jellies, and bakers with country and artisan bread, pies, cookies, fried pies and gluten free baked goods. There will be frozen tamales, kettle corn, raw food bars, honey, pecans, handcrafted crackers, frozen blueberries, and freshly ground coffee beans.

Christkindlmarket vendors include artists and craftspersons producing turned wood items, jewelry, leather, glass and metal art, walking sticks, sewn and embroidered goods, goat milk soap, and chocolates.

Stewart’s Bakery serves breakfast:  sausage, eggs, biscuits and gravy and hash brown casserole for $5 or a giant cinnamon roll for $3. Either selection includes a choice of coffee or juice. Catalyst makes its debut on the market stage*

Christkindlmarket is a centuries-old tradition of open-air holiday markets in German speaking countries in Europe. During this time the Webb City market invites artists and crafters to join regular market vendors every Saturday morning. The market pavilion is decked out in pumpkins, gourds and scarecrows in November. After Thanksgiving the pavilion is bedecked with Christmas bows, balls and garland. During the first three Saturdays of December the trolley will run as the Polar Bear Express featuring readings of the book, The Polar Express. Free tickets will be available at the market beginning November 19. You won’t want to miss a market. They will all be special.
Here are two special things we’d like your help on:

1) Empty Bowls is Thursday, November 17th. For the fifth year, potters at Phoenix Fired Art have made
hundreds of bowls which will be filled with a choice of delicious soup from more than 20 local restaurants. All proceeds go to organizations involved in feeding people – Crosslines, Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army, Watered Gardens and your very own Webb City Farmers Market. We are so honored to be included and hope you will make a point of supporting the project.

You can go to Phoenix early and select a bowl for a minimum donation of $25 and bring it back to be filled on November 17th or you can pick your bowl out on the 17th for a donation of $15. (there’s a reason for the early selection – some of the bowls are truly works of art)  

Lunch will be served from 11 to 1:30 and dinner from 5 to 7:30 at Phoenix Fired Art, 1603 South Main Street in Joplin. And yes, you get to keep the bowl.

Pick up reminder cards at the market tomorrow to share with your friends.

2) Thanks to Cardinal Scales we have a beautiful brochure to spread the news about winter market. And we’ve also printed up some posters. Please help us get the word out by picking up some brochures to share with your friends and to leave at businesses you patronize, along with a poster.

We think Winter Market is going to be better than ever this year; in large part because we have more farmers and more high tunnels to bring you loads of produce all winter long. They farmers have more than doubled their production. That means to be successful we need to more than double our customers. With your help, we can do it because once you help us get them there, they won’t be able to resist returning again and again.

Our market bakers are taking orders for the holiday markets. We will be open from 11 to 1 on Wednesday, November 23, (the day before Thanksgiving) and from 9 to noon on Saturday, December 24, (Christmas Eve. If you’d like something baked for your holiday table, stop by the market and place an order. You can also call:  Stewart’s Bakery – 417 621-8455 and Harmony Hill – 417 396-6373. If you need gluten free, stop by LHPJ Bakery’s table on Saturday.

Poster, brochures and reminder cards will be at the information table. See you there!