- Published on Wednesday, 13 May 2015 13:42
- Written by Breanna Bright
After a long winter of canned soup and holiday goodies, it’s time for some fresh fruit, home-grown vegetables, and made-from-scratch baked goods. There’s nothing better than getting a bowl of blackberries picked only hours before, or having a salad made from vegetables grown right in your home town. Forget about the frozen-and-thawed product from the big chain store; it’s time for the Farmers Market.
There’s nothing better than enjoying a beautiful summer day outside, and one of America’s favorite pastimes is going to the local farmer’s market, where you know for a fact everything is local and fresh. The best part is all the money goes to helping your friends and neighbors. We have all the farmer’s markets in the region so you can support local, and get delicious, affordable food.
In Cape Girardeau there are two local markets to choose from each week. The Riverfront Farmer’s Market opened May 2 at 35 S. Spanish Street and will be open every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to noon. If Thursdays find you on the west side of town, treat yourself to an Amish donut among other things at the Cape Farmer’s Market located in the West Park Mall parking lot; they started early on April 16, and will be around every Thursday from noon to 5:00 p.m.
The Jackson Farmer’s Market changed locations this year; they are now located at the St. Louis Iron Mountain & Southern Railway, at the intersection of Highways 25 and 61, starting May 5 and continuing every Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Sikeston Farmer’s Market begins May 9, and will continue every Saturday morning until the frost hits. You can find them in Legion Park, 115 E. Front Street from 7:00 a.m. until goods are sold out.
If you want some livestock as well as fresh-grown food, then the Bollinger County Farmer’s Market is the place to go. Along with traditional produce you can also buy animals like rabbits, guineas, chickens, and goats. They opened April 4, just in time for Easter dinner. They’re located at the Bollinger County Co-op on Route 34 from 8:00 a.m. to noon every Saturday.
Sainte Genevieve loves it’s history, and there’s nothing more traditional than homemade bread, freshly jarred jelly, or home-grown pecans and walnuts. The Ste. Genevieve Farmer’s Market is at the Knights of Columbus Pavilion at 600 E. Market St. They started May 2, and will run every Saturday 7:00 a.m. to noon until October.
If you live in Poplar Bluff head downtown every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to noon for some fresh produce.
Fredericktown is also hosting their annual Saturday Farmer’s Market at 320 North Mine La Motte. Visit them every Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Farmington opens their market May 6, and continues on every Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Find them at 814 E Karsch Blvd.
If you live across the river then there are plenty of places to get some fresh Illinois-grown produce as well. In Carbondale their market is almost 40 years old and still going strong. Located at Westown Mall they are open every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to noon starting in April.
In Anna the Farmer's market takes place every Tuesday on East Davie Street, from 7:00 a.m. to noon.
The Murphysboro Farmer’s Market is also open 8:00 to noon each Saturday, starting May 2. You can shop all down North 11 and Walnut Street, and they offer crafts from local artisans as well as food.
The Marion Farmer’s Market started in April, ready to dish out the strawberry pie, and a huge selection of vegetables. They are open twice a week, Wednesday and Saturday, starting early at 6:00 a.m. and going until noon at 407 W Main St. They go into October so you can get your Halloween pumpkins as well.
Carterville Farmer’s market is every Wednesday at Cannon Park from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. You can get fresh farm eggs, crafts, and balloon animals for the kids.
Whether you’re wanting to make dinner with the best vegetables in the region, plant annual flowers, get some homemade banana bread, meet interesting people, or just need an excuse to go outside, there are plenty of farmer’s markets to take care of all your needs.