Friday, April 25, 2008

Webb City Leads the Way

Webb City Farmers' MarketEach year, Missouri communities offer consumers 135 farmers’ markets across the state. These markets support locally grown products and agricultural diversity, provide fresh produce to consumers and enhance local economies.

Promoting the importance of agriculture to their community, the Webb City Farmers’ Market took home the Best Event of the Year award at the Missouri Farmers’ Market Association Annual Meeting. The Missouri Farmers’ Market Association and AgriMissouri™ sponsor the awards. The Webb City Farmers’ Market received recognition for their Market Roots Celebration, which celebrates the heritage of vendors, volunteers, customers and the market foods.

“Farmers’ markets continue to promote the agricultural industry and provide fresh, local foods to communities and consumers across the state,” said
Katie Smith, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture. “We congratulate the Webb City market on their creative event ideas and commend them for continuing to provide locally grown produce for area consumers.”

Market Roots 2007 celebrated ancestry with each vendor and volunteer displaying a sign showing their place of birth and origin of ancestors. The signs of immigrant farmers also included when and where they became U.S. citizens. A table displayed with Missouri produce identified the origins of the Webb City market’s foods with local peaches being traced to their origin in China, corn to Peru and okra to Africa. The Historical Society provided a large map for customers to pin down their roots and join in the celebration.

This year’s Market Roots Celebration at the
Webb City Farmers’ Market is scheduled for June 10. The Webb City market opens for the season on Fri., April 25 and will be open Tuesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October. The market will also be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in June and July.

For more information regarding the
Webb City Farmers’ Market, contact Eileen Nichols, market manager, at (417) 673-5866 or visit

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