Garden Sass Farmer's Market extends hours

Thursday, June 3, 2010
Young farmer Democrat Photo Ying Thao, of Cassville, pictured above, helps her family at the Garden Sass Farmer's Market in Cassville each summer. The market is open from 7 to 11 a.m. each Tuesday and from 7 to 11 a.m. and from 3 to 7 p.m. each Friday.

The Garden Sass Farmer's Market, located on Mineral Springs Road behind the city baseball fields, will extend its hours this summer to give more shoppers an opportunity to buy locally grown and made products.

"Beginning Friday, June 4, we will be open Friday evenings from 3 to 7 p.m.," said John Potter, Garden Sass Farmer's Market president. "This decision was made after a request from the public. We have a lot of people who want to have an opportunity to shop after they get off work before they go home."

Although a few of the regular market vendors will be unable to attend the Friday evening market due to prior commitments to the Saturday morning market in Monett, several vendors have committed to attend the local market each Friday afternoon.

"Most of us will be here," said Potter. "We will also have a few extras who can't make it here Friday mornings."

In addition to extending the local market's hours, several improvements have been made at the Garden Sass meeting space this year.

"We put in all new gravel to make it easier to walk on," said Potter. "We will also be painting the shelter area this year, and we hope to get new signs to put out at the road later this summer."

All of the improvements seem to be attracting even more vendors to the local market. Garden Sass usually offers products from around a dozen vendors each Tuesday and Friday.

In May, those vendors offered lettuce, spinach, rhubarb, radishes, kolorabi, homemade pies, jellies and handcrafted items created by local artists. This month, the market will also offer plants, strawberries, green onions, mustard greens, black walnuts, honey and homemade breads.

"Green beans will be coming into season in a week or so," said Potter. "We should also have peas pretty soon too. We have someone who will be bringing in some really nice peppers, red, yellow and green.

"We have a man who has planted four and a half acres of sweet corn, which he will be bringing into the market," said Potter. "We will also have a lot of herbs and some baked items that we didn't have last year."

The following items will also be coming into season within the next month: turnips, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, summer squash, zucchini, kohl-robi, raspberries and boc choy.

"Those who shop at the farmer's market will get higher quality produce that is locally grown and help the local economy," said Potter. "Everything that is sold here is grown in or near Barry County. Shopping here helps your neighbors who are able to cut out a lot of the shipping costs and offer the products cheaper."

The Garden Sass Farmer's Market is open from 7 to 11 a.m. Tuesday and from 7 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday. Space for the market has been generously provided by Cassville MFA for many years.

The Garden Sass Farmers Market can be found on Facebook or at

Vendors with items to sell should stop by and talk with one of the current vendors to receive information on set-up areas and fees. For more information, call Potter at 417-489-0310 or e-mail him at

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