The concept of locally grown crops, organic foods, and rural and urban sustainable agriculture is one whose time has come. No longer are we viewing self and community-sustaining food production as a hobby. The growth of local farmers’ markets is a testament to that. Columbia is fortunate to have a highly organized and well-supported Farmers’ Market to benefit both citizens and growers.
The Farmers’ Market is a producer-only market, meaning the only products sold are produced by the vendors. In a time of no longer knowing where our food is being produced, the future lies with local markets. It also provides a sense of community, independence and well-being by providing opportunities to support the foundation of healthful living in our country and by literally cultivating the strength of producer-consumer relationships. Once again we can control our food supply. Therefore, local markets are extremely important.
Columbia’s Market offers much more than locally produced fresh meats, fruits and vegetables. One may find flowers, honey, farm fresh eggs, cheeses, plants, hand-crafted artisan items & more, and the shopping experience is made even more enjoyable with local and regional musicians performing to create an atmosphere of country festival. There are also prepared foods and children’s activities.
The Farmers’ Market has grown to be a premier year-round market and currently is located at Parkade Center (601 Business Loop 70W). It is presently open from 9 AM until noon through March, but as the growing season commences, hours are expanded and locations adequate for the seasons’ produce are provided. For more information, please click here.
Shopping at the Columbia Farmers’ Market provides an enjoyable and positive experience and promotes a sense of well-being and community, so be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to meet the people who grow the food your family will consume!
Where: Parkade Center, Columbia, MO
When: March 5, 2016 from 9 AM to 12 Noon
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