The Chillicothe Farmers Market is set to open Saturday morning. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Market Master for Chillicothe Farmers Beth Weidner.
Press Release from the Farmer’s Market:
Since the summer of 1986 THE CHILLICOTHE FARMERS MARKET has traditionally operated from the first Saturday in May through the last Saturday in October, rain or shine, beginning at 8:00 AM. This year will continue that 25 year tradition with the “ringing of the opening bell” this Saturday, May 7. And, despite the crazy spring weather, Market Master Beth Weidner is expecting a nice Mother’s Day opening weekend selection for shoppers including rhubarb and asparagus, greenhouse plants, baked goods, jams, jellies, preserves, eggs and craft items on this opening Saturday. The selection of locally grown produce is expected to expand greatly as the growing season really gets under way. The Market will again be hosting special events throughout the season including the third annual canner testing day in June and a 25th Anniversary Celebration at the July 30 Market. The Market will continue our Facebook and Craig’s List presence along with our regular Constitution ads and features. You can also catch the Saturday Market Report with Tom Tingerthall on KCHI and a Market reminder will run on KMZU.
The Chillicothe Farmers Market offers many benefits for Market shoppers and the Chillicothe area community. The Farmers Market is the perfect choice for health conscious shoppers as the freshness maintained by growing locally ensures the highest levels of available nutrients. Buying local produce also saves the energy needed for shipping. Market farmers and producers keep up-to-date and informed about health and safety regulations and guidelines, adding another layer of confidence to our shopper’s Market purchase. Finally, Farmers Market shoppers and producers build and experience a unique relationship with their food and how and where it is grown or made. These issues are making national news headlines and our local Chillicothe Farmers Market provides excellent choices in these areas for our consumers and community.
The Chillicothe Farmers Market averaged 10 producers per Saturday, 36 total last market season and is the largest in North Central Missouri. The Market is open to bonafide growers and craft persons from Livingston and the surrounding Green Hills counties, assuring customers a “Fresh from your neighbors” product. Market shoppers are notoriously loyal to the quality standards the Market has maintained and Market producers are some of the nicest farmers, bakers and craftspeople in Missouri. Shopper parking is available on the streets all around the square and in the courthouse’s second parking lot.
Locally grown or made products offered by various producers at the Chillicothe Farmers Market include all locally grown, whole, fresh vegetables and fruits in season or extended season, herbs & spices, plants, flowers, specialty or value added products (honey, jams etc), fresh whole eggs, frozen meats, baked items and arts and crafts as long as the items are high quality, attractive, locally produced and consumer safe. Items such as cream pies and fresh/frozen dairy are not permitted due to health regulations. Shoppers and new producers with questions can contact Market Master Beth Weidner at 660-622-4289 or visit with any producer on Saturdays.