Friday, December 23, 2016

Webb City Sentinel market column - 12/23/16

Tomorrow is our last Christmas market of the year.  We're always open on Christmas Eve (unless it falls on a Sunday) but this year it falls on our regular Saturday morning market.  I think you will find it anything but regular though with eleven farms bringing in fresh local produce for your Christmas feasts and two pork ranchers on hand.  Both Harvest Hill and Madewell Pork will have their wide varieity of pork cuts and specialty sasuages.  I don't know about your son-in-law but mine thinks bacon from the market is the best of gifts. 

Other gifts you’ll find at the market – stocking stuffers like seasoned salts or honey from Cook’s Berry Junction, or jams, jellies, pecans, pecan or peanut brittle from Fair Haven. Bethany Kiele’s gluten-free, allergy-friendly and good-for-you crackers would also fit nicely into a stocking. Kettle corn or flavored popcorn from Howard at King’s Kettle Corn is always welcome at my house.  And how about a mini-cooler full of delicious frozen tacos?  
Our bakers are ready to bake to order for gifts or for your table. Call Linda with Stewart’s Bakery at 417 621-8455 (Linda’s been making some lovely cookie trays and her fudge is delicious), the Brubacker’s with Harmony Hill at 417 396-6373 or for gluten-free and allergy-friendly baked goods, call Courtney of LPHJ Kitchen at 620 762-1315.  
Tomorrow will be our last Christkindlmarket of the season. It, of course, will also be filled with gifts – and since many of these holiday vendors will not be back for months you may want to stock up for yourself as well. All handcrafted – soaps, chocolates, glass and metal art and jewelry and upcycled knitwear (that means sweaters that have been recrafted into wonderful hats and scarves). Sprout Faster will have their bagged worm-casting compost in a variety of sizes. What a nice gift for the gardeners in your life who are even now anticipating those seed catalogs. 

And not to toot our own horn, but an insulated market bag for $5 not only makes a nice gift in itself but also can serve as the wrapping for another gift (like some $5 market tokens or one of the books we have for sale).

The Pommerts will fill the pavilion with Christmas music tomorrow. Stewart’s Bakery will serve breakfast.

Our survey was rescheduled for tomorrow because our survey taker woke up with the flu last Saturday. Be sure to stop by and tell us what you like and what you want at the market.

The market will be open next Saturday for New Year’s Eve, and every Saturday there after unless icy roads are unsafe. We will always post on facebook if market is cancelled, but that rarely happens – I think three times in seven years.
Please do stop by the market tomorrow. You’ll find many smiles, happy greetings, remarkably good food and special gifts waiting for you.  You might want to say a special Merry Christmas to 417 Produce.  They asked us last week where they could donate over 500 heads of lettuce for Christmas. We connected them with Crosslines and the Christmas Basket programs of Central United Methodist Church, Sacred Heart and Emmanuel Baptist. Beautiful produce will grace the tables of many of our neighbors in need this Christmas.