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Farmers' Market Moves to a New Weekday Location

The Greater Springfield Farmers' Market has moved to a street-side location for its Tuesday and Thursday sales. KSMU's Adam Murphy reports.

The market was located in the parking lot north of Macy’s at Battlefield Mall, but on Tuesdays and Thursdays it can now be found on Glenstone Avenue, just east of its old location. Donald Bauer, the market’s organizer, said the move was a last-minute decision.

"There were several members who felt like exposure to the street front would get more business, so we thought we’ll try it," Bauer said.

There are mixed feelings as to whether the move has benefited the market since it opened at the new location on April 11. Bauer said that he has noticed no difference in the number of customers who visit the market. The Greater Springfield Farmers' Market is the largest growers only farmers' market in the state of Missouri. Bauer shared some new additions of this season.

"[We have] more meat vendors this year than ever before, I think 12 meat vendors. Bakers, there are several bakeries that are involved. Tyler Patterson just left; he has free trade coffee," Bauer said.

Bauer said that with a growing number of booths, and a waiting list of over 20 prospective new vendors, another move could be underway, as the market may outgrow its current location. He’s hoping that with 107 vendors, this year’s market will be more successful than last year’s.

"We just hope for a better year, last year was way late and way wet," he said.

The farmers' market is open at 8:30 a.m. every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday through October 31. It can still be found north of Macy’s on Saturdays.

For KSMU News, I'm Adam Murphy.

Donald Bauer is an avid KSMU listener and tunes in with his truck radio for market shoppers. Various types of produce are abound at the market. It's not all produce: Lots of home-grown plants are also available. A Springfield local samples local honey, while a Farmers' Market vendor explains how the nectar is made. Shoppers look at plants at one of many booths open at the Farmers' Market. A local farmer helps a shopper with choosing a plant.