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2013-2014 Winter Farmers’ Market Guide

baguettes2013-2014 Winter Farmers’ Market Guide
With high tunnels, green houses and creative growing techniques, many farmers’ markets keep the goodness coming year-round. Over the colder months, the markets may alter their hours or location, but they still come together to bring you some of the best food and fun Missouri has to offer. Continue reading

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Farmers Market Report – September 30, 2013

applesSome may say that busy weekends bring smaller growers to farmers’ markets, but the selections at markets throughout the state remain as large as ever. For many markets, October it is the last chance to get the best Missouri has to offer. They call this harvest season for a reason, and there is no better place to see why than your local farmers’ market. Continue reading

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Farmers Market Report – September 17, 2013

pumpkinsOutside it is starting to feel like fall, but inside your local farmers’ market it still looks like summer. Temperatures may have dropped 30 degrees this week, but the variety at markets is actually going up as more fall crops start to come in. They call this harvest season for a reason, and there is no better place to see why than your local farmers’ market. Continue reading

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Farmers Market Report – September 10, 2013

purple cauliflowerRecords breaking temperatures continue to keep the summer crops coming even as the fall and winter crops roll in. They call this harvest season for a reason, and there will be no better place to see why than your local farmers’ market. Continue reading

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Farmers Market Report – September 3, 2013

Pumpkins at farmers' marketEven with Labor Day behind us and fall crops ahead, summer crops are running about a month behind. This means we will be getting the best of both worlds and the selection will be more abundant than normal with tomatoes, melons and sweet corn still coming in alongside the cool season crops starting to appear. Continue reading

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Farmers Market Report – August 26, 2013

Yellow WatermelonSummer may be winding down, but fall is peak season for variety when it comes to farm fresh produce. Whether you are looking for a healthy snack, a nice roast for the weekend or an apple for your child’s new teacher, you can find everything you need at the farmers’ market. Most importantly, it can be the perfect place to escape the chaos and focus on important things like friends, family and the food that binds us. Continue reading

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Farmers Market Report – July 30, 2013

AgriMissouri at the Missouri State FairIt is that time of year when the AgriMissouri team heads west to Sedalia for the Missouri State Fair. The” Veggie Car” may not be rolling into your local market in the next two weeks, but you can see it in the opening day parade. You can also find some of the best products Missouri’s farmers’ markets have to offer in the AgriMissouri Market and AgriMissouri Farmers’ Market, both located in the Agriculture Building on the State Fairgrounds. Continue reading

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Farmers Market Report – July 23, 2013

homemade picklesWe are heading into summer’s sweet spot at farmers’ markets, as the corn and melons start to roll in. It has been a long time coming with the late spring, but that extra time has been great for the soil to recuperate from last year’s drought. Even with the late start, last week’s heat has the flavors of August arriving right on time. Beat the heat and get to your farmers’ market early to make sure your get the produce you have been waiting for. Continue reading

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Farmers Market Report – July 15, 2013

cornIt may be one month behind last year’s crop, but the sweet corn is finally here! Many people think we are having a late season, but in reality the temperatures are right on schedule. The last couple of years have just been early. Items growers won’t roll the dice on planting before the first frost for, like watermelon and sweet potatoes, are on the same schedule as last year. Continue reading

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Farmers Market Report – July 2, 2013

pie crustIndependence Day is upon us, and there is no better way to brighten your celebrations than with local produce. With lots of markets on Wednesday and Saturday mornings to restock, there is no reason you can’t make it through the weekend with food entirely from your local farmers’ market. From specialty sausages and meats to dozens of varieties of vegetables, the best flavors you will find come from your local farmers’ markets. Continue reading

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Farmers Market Report – June 24, 2013

fresh garlicMid week markets are going to be HOT this week, both in temperature and variety. Don’t let the temperature keep you from missing out on the first big harvests of summer. With plenty of moisture coming out of spring and temperatures heating up, summer is arriving in a big, juicy way at your farmers’ market. Continue reading

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Farmers Market Report – June 17, 2013

strawberriesThe greens of spring are making way for the fruits of summer, and the spring rains just keep on coming. The warmer days and nights combined with the moisture we’re seeing now are the perfect combination for fruits and vegetables at your local farmers’ market. Continue reading

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Farmers Market Report – June 10, 2013

breadSometimes you get that guest that shows up early and just won’t leave no matter how uncomfortable it gets. Other times you get one that shows up late and leaves early, before anyone can enjoy their company. Every once in awhile you get just the perfect guest who shows up right on time and stays just the right amount of time. They leave you looking forward to the next visit, but ready for the next friend to come to town. This year in Missouri, spring has been just that perfect guest. Continue reading

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Farmers Market Report – June 3, 2013

variety of carrotsMorels in June are usually unheard of, but so is the weather of late. With record rains and temperatures in the 60s and 70s, high tunnels and greenhouses are producing like it is July and fields are still producing like it is April. As a result, the variety of produce you will find this June may be as diverse as it has ever been. Continue reading

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Farmers Market Report – May 28, 2013

rhubarbThe late spring looks like it could show some benefits as the year goes on. As it dried out the last couple of weeks, many farmers were able to get field crops in the ground just in time for nature to water them again. For late-planted seed crops, we are seeing great germination and a forecast of intermittent rain heading into summer. Continue reading

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Farmers Market Report – May 22, 2013

lettuceWith all the talk of a cold spring, Mother Nature was bound to turn the heat up on things. A week of temperatures in the eighties and nineties doesn’t exactly make for a pleasant spring, but it did get the fields dry enough to plant and allowed some of the early season crops to get back on schedule. With a dose of rain to start the week and some sunny cooler days to end it, the produce at your local markets should really start to fill out for the holiday weekend. Continue reading

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Farmers Market Report – May 15, 2013

greens grown in a high tunnelIf you want to know the value of having the proper tools, visit your local farmers’ market. Over the last year, The USDA has offered cost-share reimbursements to farmers wanting to turn tilled ground into season-extending vegetable production with the EQIP High Tunnel Initiative. Last year, the Missouri Department of Agriculture started assisting farmers with the upfront costs through the High Tunnel Loan Program. Continue reading

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Farmers Market Report – May 7, 2013

steak and veggiesMany markets around the state kicked off in style this weekend, the style of a polar bear that is. But even a blanket of snow didn’t keep farmers from covering their tables with mountains of colorful greens. For the customers that braved the weather, the selection was great and the company even better. Continue reading

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Farmers Market Report – May 1, 2013

morel mushroomsThe first week of May marks the opening of many farmers’ markets around the state. This year it is also the start of Morel season. The tasty little nuggets of golden brown goodness can also bring the price of gold and this week we saw them priced anywhere from $20 to $40 a quart. Continue reading

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Farmers Market Report – April 24, 2013

Several markets around the state set up their tents this weekend to get an early jump on the season. We may have seen flurries in spots last week, but by Saturday there was a flurry of activity on the farmers’ market front. Continue reading

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Getting Ready for Market Season

On the first of March, much of Missouri may have been under a foot of snow, but vegetable growers still had potatoes, peas, lettuce, radishes and other cold crops in the ground. With the help of high tunnels, low tunnels and all sorts of innovative techniques, many farmers’ markets around the state will be opening the first week of April, with most markets open by May 15. Continue reading

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2012 Holiday Edition

Mushrooms, spices and other items offered at winter farmers' marketsWith the hustle and bustle of the holidays underway and the new year right around the corner, there is no better way to come together and reflect on the year than by gathering with friends and family around the table to warm your soul with the flavors of the season. Continue reading

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2012-2013 Winter Market Guide

November often marks the end of farmers’ market season in Missouri. However for many markets their winter season is just beginning. With high tunnels, green houses and creative growing techniques, many farmers’ keep the goodness coming all year round. The markets the those farmers sell at may alter their hours or location, but they still come together to bring you some of the best food and fun Missouri has to offer. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 10/10/2012

Pumpkins at farmers' marketFollowing the first hard frosts covering large areas of the state, we saw the first major reduction in availability at markets this week. The variety stayed consistent and diverse, but many growers without ways to extend their growing season, such as high tunnels and row covers, saw their selection greatly reduced or their season or come to an end altogether. The good news now is, with no frost in the forecast, we should have a few more good weeks ahead of us. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 10/02/2012

RadishesIt’s the first of October – and usually the time when everyone starts to think apples, but this year you’d better think fast because the season came early and will end early too. Many orchards are predicting to sell out in the next couple of weeks, a whole month ahead of the normal time. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 09/25/2012

spring onionsFootball isn’t the only thing in season right now, and the variety at your farmers’ market is sure to take your tailgate to the next level. Win or lose, food is the best medicine and the best food comes from your hometown team. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 09/18/2012

pumpkinsThe harvest season has been celebrated for centuries around the world, recognizing not only the bounty of food available, but also nature’s way of maximizing the flavor, texture and durability of the food harvested during this time of the year. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 09/11/2012

pot roast with fingerling potatoesIt may feel like fall with these cool nights and mornings, but it still looks a lot like summer at most of the farmers’ markets around the state. While some fall favorites are coming in now, our warm, dry conditions this summer have allowed many of those seasonal favorites to continue producing. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 09/04/2012

plum tomatoesIt may have rained on the holiday weekend, but after some of the driest conditions this generation of farmers’ has seen, most made it to the market – even if it was only to dance in the rain. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 08/28/2012

strawberry popcornNormally this would be peak time for tomatoes across Missouri, but with everything arriving a month early we are moving right into apples as harvest begin across the northern part of the state. Apples coming in early doesn’t mean that tomatoes are done though, as it may have suggested in the past. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 08/08/2012

Missouri State Fair LogoThe market report is taking a detour to the Missouri State Fair to highlight the AgriMissouri Farmers’ Market in the Agriculture Building. While everyone associates the fair with their fried favorites, there are also lots or fresh favorites from across Missouri available in the market. Apples and peaches are great on the go, and wide variety of baked goods are perfect for eating outside the barn. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 07/31/2012

cosmic purple carrotTomatoes are having a record year under these drought conditions. Growers who have battled fungus in the past are finding a silver lining to our extremely dry conditions and bringing a bumper crop of tomatoes to markets throughout the state. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 07/26/2012

Tigerella (heirloom) tomatoesWe are in for another hot week across the state and our farmers are still coming out with plenty of great melons to cool you off. The heat may be slowing down some things, but it brings out others. There is nothing as refreshing as biting into a juicy Missouri watermelon on a hot summer day. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 07/10/2012

Chinese long beansWith most of the state seeing rain and lower temperatures this week, things seem to be looking up for farmers and farmers’ market customers. Markets continue to be well-stocked, with fresh produce from the sweet to the savory and everything between. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 07/03/2012

peachesSweet corn is supposed to be knee high by the 4th of July, but this year many ears are already mounded in the back of pickup trucks as high as you can stack it, headed for local farmers’ markets and family barbecues. There is a wide variety of great things out there to throw on the grill – from fresh veggies to local meats – at your local farmers’ market. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 06/27/2012

It has been an amazing spring at Missouri’s farmers’ markets, and while most summer favorites don’t typically come out until July, some of the summer crops arrived as early as May. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 06/19/2012

peachesLocal sweet corn and cantaloupe made surprise appearances at many Fathers’ Day barbecues as crops continue to come in three to four weeks ahead of schedule across Missouri. The mild spring and some daring farmers’ decisions to plant early are making this one of the most abundant summers we can remember. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 06/05/2012

carrotsThere’s no better way to follow up those green beans and brats at your weekend barbecue than fresh, local fruit, and this week’s farmers’ markets are bursting with peaches and berries perfect for cobblers and other sweet treats. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 05/30/2012

From St. Joe to Springfield the peaches are in with a host of other summer favorites joining them a little early. Not only are summer favorites coming in early, but spring specialties are running out early too. So get to your farmers’ market and catch the best of both worlds. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 05/22/2012

Last year proved to be one of the best ever for Missouri peaches. This year is on track to be one of the earliest. Two orchards in the Springfield area started picking this week and peaches from both are headed to their respective farmers’ markets to debut the bounty. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 05/15/2012

Radishes, broccoli, onions, cucumbers from the gardenThe green beans are coming. The strawberries are here. And the vendors can’t wait to see the whites of your eyes. The length of the daylight is finally balancing out with temperatures and crops are only running about two weeks ahead of schedule now. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 05/08/2012

carrotsThe first week of May meant opening day for many markets across the state. When it came to the selection, it looked more like the first week of June. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 04/30/2012

baby turnipsWelcome to May and the official start of farmers’ market season. As the rain moves out this week, the weather should be perfect to head to your local market, meet farmers and find all kinds of great things to eat. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 04/24/2012

Chocolate ConfectionThe weather has been more in line with April the last couple of weeks, but the markets are still looking like May and early June. Many markets are opening early to keep pace with this year’s early crops. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 04/17/2012

spring onionsThe rain came out in full force last weekend, but so did the farmers to Missouri’s farmers’ markets. They were ready rain or shine, with lots of home-grown goodness. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 04/10/2012

MorelsThe market season is booming early this year with some of Missouri’s larger markets opening last weekend. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 04/03/2012

RadishesIt has been a long mild winter, and while it hasn’t felt like winter to many of us, crops are seasonal whether we are or not. Most markets across the state are not scheduled to open until May, but many of the winter markets are still going, and the larger markets tend to open early. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 10/25/2011

Kirkwood Farmers’ Market October often marks the end of the season for farmers’ markets around Missouri. With this weather, those that have stayed open are still getting great harvests. Nonetheless, there comes a time when a farmer needs a break too. This week’s report won’t go over what you will find at the markets, you can read the older reports for that. It will tell you which markets are still open through this weekend, and those that will keep going into winter. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 10/12/2011

Assorted Pumpkins and GourdsThere are many markets coming to a close this month, but the farms sure aren’t. The produce coming in now is some of the best and most prolific we have seen all year. As a result, farmers are finding the markets that stay open later than others. This is proving great for some of the smaller, up and coming markets, as vendors with good supplies are checking out new venues. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 10/5/2011

SunchokesIt is turning out to be a beautiful fall, and so is the selection at your local farmers’ markets. Just when you think that the summer crops are going to wind down we finally get that late surge into the 80’s to keep the crops coming. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 9/28/2011

RadishesAs the fields turn those brilliant colors of fall and before the leaves turn on the trees, there is something even more colorful brewing at your local farmers’ market. If you think it is all pumpkins and mums, you have another thing coming. While the fall staples for truck farmers are in, your vegetable farmers are still out in the fields at work. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 9/21/2011

Garlic from Bad Seed Farmers' MarketThe quantities may be down, but quality and variety are definitely up. As some markets close for the season and vendors with limited variety wind down, vendors that remain are finding new markets, and those who have staggered diversified crops are seeing the dividends. If you haven’t made it to your market lately, it will look a little different, and most likely it will look great. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 9/14/2011

Lettuce It’s starting to feel like fall, and markets are starting to look more like spring. If you’ve been craving that fresh salad from the garden, the greens are back and better than ever. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 9/07/2011

Sweet Potatoes With temperatures hovering around 100 degrees last week and into the 70’s this week, it’s suddenly September, and the beans are back. This may be the most underrated month at farmers’ markets. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 8/31/2011

Honey It is starting to feel more like fall out there, and that should make it look a little more like spring at the farmers’ markets. Cool weather will bring spring crops back to the table, while the best of summer keeps coming well into September and August. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 8/25/2011

Troostwood Market The temperatures may be up and down, but it should keep steady supplies at your local market well into fall. Cool weather last week gave farmers a jump on fall crops, and hot weather this week will keep the summer crops around a little longer. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 8/18/2011

Pickles Don’t let the cool weather fool you. It is still August in Missouri and things are bound to heat back up. Be sure to read this week’s AgriMissouri Farmers’ Market Report to see what’s hot around the state. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 8/11/2011

Tomato Sauce It may be cooling off this week, but the markets are still going to feel the heat for another week or two. Between a little bit of rain and cooler temperatures, flowers are blooming and fruits are setting again. No matter how good it feels, it may take a little bit for the beans and corn to flood the markets again. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 8/4/2011

Fulton Farmers' Market You can taste a Missouri summer in those tomatoes this week. Be sure to read this week’s AgriMissouri Farmers’ Market Report to see what else is in season around the state. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 7/28/2011

Potatoes Whether you like it red, yellow, green or even fruity, it’s salsa season so bring on the heat! Be sure to read this week’s AgriMissouri Farmers’ Market Report to see what is in season around the state. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 7/21/2011

You couldn’t pick a better week to cool off with a nice ripe peach or fresh cool cantaloupe! Be sure to read this week’s AgriMissouri Farmers’ Market Report to see what else is in season. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 7/14/2011

Peaches It is HOT out there! While the heat is driving us inside, it is bringing out the corn and tomatoes. Be sure to read the AgriMissouri Farmers’ Market Report to see what is happening at Missouri’s markets. Continue reading

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Farmers’ Market Report 7/8/2011

Carrots The summer heat is setting in, and this week’s rains should help bring more of your favorite summer crops to the local farmers’ market. Be sure to read this week’s AgriMissouri Farmers’ Market Report to see what is happening at markets around the state. Continue reading

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