At Reiboldt Farms Market, farm to table means exactly that.
The market is located on the Reiboldt family farm just outside Neosho, a working farm that's been in the family since 1942.
Reiboldt Farms Market opened last October.
"We realized people really want to know where their food comes from these days," Heather Reiboldt said. "People have gone back to that. We raise all the meat here and lots of produce. We just decided maybe it was time to share that."
Her husband, Bryan Reiboldt is the farmer while Heather. a former schoolteacher, handles the market.
"It began when we started raising pumpkins a few years back," Bryan said.
From pumpkins, they expanded the crops to include sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, green beans, cucumbers and squash. The produce was sold to the public last summer.
In October, they opened the market in a small, rustic building near the highway. They sell farm raised beef, pork, chicken and eggs.
"When we started, we just did ground beef," Heather recalled. "Now we have steaks and roasts and pork roasts. We've grown since we opened."
Reiboldt Farms Market also sells bacon and sausage from their animals and both are popular.
"It's hard keeping up with the bacon (demand)," Bryan said. "People don't realize there's just a certain amount of bacon on a pig. They think you can make bacon with any cut. So we have pork chops, brats and ham steaks too."
The market offers chicken packaged as breasts, wings, drumsticks, or thighs as well as smaller than average chickens. "We do that on purpose," Heather said. "A lot of older folks who stop here want the smaller chickens so they average about two pounds."
"I was raised butchering our own chickens," Bryan said. "It seems odd to me to load chickens up in a trailer and take them to get processed. Every chicken goes down an assembly line and a USDA inspector inspects every bird. Beef's the same, it's inspected. He's there when they butcher, when they cut up, when they package. All the meat is frozen. It's butchered, frozen and vacuum sealed when fresh."
"Speaking of chickens, we have white eggs and brown eggs," Bryan said. "An egg's an egg but people like the difference."
The market also sells local honey. "It's the only thing not raised here," Bryan said. "We've been building fence since 6:30 this morning. I'd rather be out on the tractor. I like to raise it."
The Reiboldts plan to expand the market, possibly adding a pavilion and hoop houses to extend the growing season. They've already started tomato plants and will soon plant potatoes.
The farm stretches on both sides of U.S. 60 and across the road from the market, Bryan indicated that's where he will plant sweet corn and pumpkins. Behind the market, barns and a silo are evidence of the working farm status and those who listen close can hear the chickens and other livestock.
The market has repeat customers, some who drive from as far away as Miami, Oklahoma.
In addition to the farm raised foods, Heather also has some gift items and home decor. "I had to have something fun," she said.
"It's three generations at this location," Bryan said, about the family farm. With the couple's boys now growing up, it's four generations. "
We're basically trying to make the farm more profitable for the next generation," Bryan said. "If you look around, there's not a whole lot of land left to buy."
"When people buy our meat, they come back and say they never tasted a pork chop or steak like that," Heather said."They've never had anything fresh from the farm. We have a lot of people who come back and say this is all they want now. We like that."
Reiboldt Farm Market is located at 15947 Business Highway 60 just east of Neosho. Hours are from 1-6 on Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
On Facebook, the Reiboldt Farm Market page is where customers can find prices, specials, and more.
Farm to table doesn't come any fresher than this.