Opening Day for the 11th Summer Season of the Neosho Farmers Market has arrived and will take place this Saturday, May 2th from 9 a.m. to noon in Historic Downtown Neosho. The producers-only market is one of the fastest-growing farmers markets in the four-states area, features local farmers, artisans, and producers from a seven-county area, and is located on the northwest corner of Spring and Jefferson streets, directly across from the city-county library. This first market day of the 2020 season is due to feature an Opening Day record number of over twenty purveyors of early garden produce, farm-raised meats and eggs, local honey, kitchen-fresh baked goods, artisan goods, and ready-to-eat foods, desserts, and beverages.

A majority of market-favorite farmers, bakers, artisans, and other makers will be returning this season, joined by a variety of brand new faces as well. Opening day will feature several market debuts, including two all-natural produce farmers, a fresh lavender grower, an elderberry farm, as well as a host of new and returning local artisans and producers of handmade soaps, hand-woven goods, and more. Coming weeks will feature the debuts of additional new produce farmers, wood-fired pizza, and several more returning market favorites. All told, the market has nearly forty vendors signed up for the season so far.

In addition to the long-standing food safety standards and training that all of our food vendors already adhere to, for added safety and confidence of the community related to current health concerns, the market has also been working closely with local health partners to implement additional precautions, including the creation of additional physical space for guests to shop in relative comfort, the addition of hand-wash and sanitizing stations for shoppers, the temporary hiatus of sit-down dining, food-sampling, and demos. Vendors will also be limiting shopper contact with products until after purchases of those items are made.

Many individual vendors will also be expanding convenience options for shoppers, including pre-ordering and curbside service. Shoppers wishing to explore these options should follow the market’s Facebook page, or contact their favorite vendors directly. All shoppers are encouraged to follow current health guidance, including limiting the size of your shopping party, limiting your time at the market, maintaining adequate physical distance from other parties, and staying home if you are feeling ill.

ABOUT NEOSHO FARMERS MARKET

Established in 2009, Neosho Farmers Market is a volunteer-organized Missouri non-profit organization, that offers a producer-only seasonal farmers market, located on the northwest corner of Spring and Jefferson streets in Historic Downtown Neosho, directly across from the Neosho-Newton County Library. The market features all-local vendors of fresh, farm-raised produce, fruits and other food related products such as baked goods and fresh eggs, as well as farm, garden, and food related, handmade artisan goods. Throughout the season, the market hosts a variety of local musicians, artisan demonstrations, and more. Hours for the market are 9 a.m. until 12 p.m., every Saturday morning, May through October.

The mission of the Neosho Farmers' Market is to offer the community healthy, sustainably-produced foods and goods from a network of local farmers and producers.