Local fresh produce, meats, honey abound this summer

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

3 farmer's markets available in local area

To find lots of fresh produce and healthy food options to put on the table, local farmer's markets have what residents need.

The Cassville farmer's market runs Saturdays from 8-11 a.m. on the square throughout the summer.

Rick Cameron, president of the Cassville Farmer's Association, previously known as Garden Sass Farmer's Association, which has been in existence 40 years, is in his first year as president and owns R-n-R farms. Cameron offers produce, plants, jams and jellies and meats including beef, pork and buffalo. Cameron said the buffalo meat comes from an Indian reservation and is not always available due to limited supply. He said most everything he offers is non-GMO and is raised without the use of antibiotics or hormones.

Other items consumers can find are farm fresh eggs, local honey, baked goods and crafts.

About four to six vendors participate on Saturday mornings, with more expected as the season goes on. New vendors are welcome and can contact Cameron at 417-242-1767 for details. The cost to join the association is $20 annually.

"It's a healthy option, and buying local helps our neighbors," Cameron said.

Other farmer's markets are also available. In its first year, the Eagle Rock farmer's market runs from 8-11 a.m. Tuesday mornings and every fourth Saturday in the parking lot of the Eagle Rock Branch Library, just off Highway 86.

Vendors offer plants, produce, grass-fed beef, baked goods, fudges, candies specialty items and homemade crafts. Local vendors are welcome and there are no set up fees. The only requirement for vendors is to become a member of the Eagle Rock Community Association, which is $20 annually, and be a resident of Eagle Rock, Golden or Mano. For more information, people may call Linda or Roe Strickland at 417-271-3122. The Stricklands also make and sell greenhouses.

"We're here to serve our local residents with homemade and homegrown items that are a much healthier option," Linda Strickland said. "We welcome local vendors to bring their homegrown items."

In it's fifth year, the Shell Knob farmer's market is located in the parking lot of the Old Church Gallery on Farm Road 1240 off Highway 39 and is open Thursday mornings from 8-11 a.m. The market is hosted by owners of Old Church Gallery, Tom and Nancy Rochovansky, and offers fresh produce, canned and baked goods, farm fresh eggs, plants, jellies, crafts, crocheted goods, melons and more. Local vendors are welcome.

"The biggest value to consumers is that the foods are fresh and locally grown," Nancy Rochovansky said. "The prices are comparable to the grocery store, and while some items may cost a little more, what you're getting in nutritional value and taste make up for it. But, I think you can definitely save money on a lot of items."

Local vendors are welcome."

"The parking lot is shaded, there is no asphalt and vendors can sell right out of their vehicles," Tom Rochovansky said. For more information on the Shell Knob farmer's market, people may call the Rochovanskys at 417-858-2510.

The Cassville, Eagle Rock and Shell Knob farmer's markets will run through fall, weather permitting.

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