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.
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
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