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Eating Fresh in Missouri

June 4, 2020

Spring brings many pleasures, including an ever-growing abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. Add some flowers, baked goods and locally raised meat, and you've got the perfect farmers market.

While several of the state's largest markets operate year-round, many others open when the weather turns warmer and early crops – lettuce, spinach, asparagus, peas, strawberries and more – are ready for harvest.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, farmers markets may be operating a little differently than in the past. In addition to implementing social distancing guidelines, some markets are offering online ordering, curbside pickup and home delivery. Be sure to check the options available before you visit a specific market.

The Missouri Grown program offers a directory of farmers markets across the state. For information about individual markets, call or visit the market's website or social media site.

One of the best ways to enjoy fresh-from-the-garden fruits and vegetables is to pair them with locally raised meat. Many farmers markets include meat producers offering beef, pork, poultry, sausage, bacon and more.

Another option is to purchase fresh produce and meat directly from farmers. The Missouri Farm Bureau offers a county-by-county directory of meat producers and processers that sell to individuals. Known and Grown STL provides information about farmers in the St. Louis area who sell their products directly to the public.

Here's a sampling of farmers markets located throughout the Show-Me State:

Cape Farmer's Market, Cape Girardeau

Chillicothe Farmers Market, Chillicothe

Columbia Farmers Market, Columbia

Fulton Farmer's Market, Fulton

Central Park Farmers' Market, Hannibal

Historic River Market, Kansas City

Brookside Farmer's Market, Kansas City

Empire Market, Joplin

Downtown Lee's Summit Farmers Market, Lee's Summit

Historic Downtown Liberty Farmers Market, Liberty

Downtown Sikeston Farmers' Market, Sikeston

Farmers Market of the Ozarks, Springfield and Branson

Greater Springfield Farmers' Market, Springfield

St. Joseph Farmers' Market, St. Joseph

Historic Soulard Farmers Market, St. Louis

Tower Grove Farmers' Market, St. Louis (three locations)

Washington Farmers' Market, Washington

Missouri farmers, livestock producers and meat processers selling directly to consumers include:

Knowlan's Family Farm, Burfordville

Covered-L Farm, Centralia

Pasture to Plate Co., Chillicothe

Stuart Farm, Gerald

2M Beef, Hallsville,

Swiss Meat and Sausage Co., Hermann

Where the Redfearn Grows Natural Farms, Kansas City

Barham Family Farm, Kearney

Stonie's Sausage Shop, Perryville

Of the Earth Farm + Distillery, Richmond

Fed from the Farm, Sedalia

Bee Simple City Farm, St. Louis

Coyote Creek Ranch, Stover

Odd Bird Farm, Weston

Marshall Family Farms, Wright City

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