ABOUT THIS DIRECTORY
Fruits, vegetables, eggs, and meats fresh from nearby fields, can offer
the finest flavor and quality, while providing the opportunity to get to
farmers. When we
are able to talk to the producers of the food we eat we are able to ask
questions to see how it has been raised. Some examples are:
sprayed this produce with pesticides? How recently? Is your beef
antibiotic-free? Are the animals grass fed, or grain fed?
Buying your food locally is also an efficient way to support your state
and county economy. To help locate sources of locally grown fruits,
and meats we have compiled this booklet,
Market Directory: A Guide to Locally Grown Food in the East Central
based on information
provided by producers. The guide is organized by
state and county; a farm will be listed in the county it is located but
the listing will indicate if that farm
drives to a farmers market that
is closer to the St. Louis
Area. A map of counties included is on page 4. The following codes
describe the various types
of farm operations:
Farmers’ Markets (F)
enable farmers to bring produce and other products to sell at a
common location. Variety is often diverse, so
individual items are
not listed. At many farmers’
markets, demand is high, so plan to arrive early.
sell crops that need protection from winter cold, such as bedding
plants, vegetable transplants, house plants and
cut flowers. Most
greenhouses have plants and/or produce available for sale year
growers may or may not be affiliated with any organic growers
association. Many growers will use organic practices but
to become certified. These folks may not then be able to legally
call themselves organic.
For this reason it is important to
talk with the grower about
his/her cultural practices.
operations are located on the individual farm, and are usually
associated with fruits and berries. Harvest your own
produce at its
Roadside stands (R)
Are usually located on the farm or close by. Some are small markets
offering a wide variety of items.
farms charge a fee for membership that entitles subscribers to a
weekly share of fresh food grown on the farm.
farms sell wholesale to groceries and/or restaurants.
farms sell meat products.
We hope this guide will also help put you in touch with Missouri growers
of quality food–and provide an opportunity for a fun outing as well.
Shelley Bush Rowe
Community Development Specialist
Shelley Bush Rowe, University of Missouri Extension,
Project Web Design
Kathy Maddox, University of Missouri Extension,
Harvest Calendar, Net Weights/Yields of Produce, and Equivalent Weights
Farmers’ Market Directory,
Missouri Department of Agriculture
University of Missouri Extension is an equal