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Farmers Market Pavilion Ready for Local Vendors

Farmers from across the Ozarks picked out their spots yesterday afternoon for the grand opening of the new Farmers Market Pavilion along Republic Road.
Farmers picking out their spots for New Market
Farmers picking out their spots for New Market/ Photo Credit: Shannon Bowers

In the order they joined the Farmers Market of the Ozarks; over 100 vendors from a 150-mile radius of Springfield chose where they will sell anything from vegetables to cheese or even craft beer until November.

Lane McConnell, the marketing manager with FMO, says that when the organization began two seasons ago, it had just 15 vendors operating in the Mama Jeans parking lot.

“We have always wanted to provide a lot of amenities for our vendors and for our customers and we want them to know they can shop for local products. Whether it’s raining snowing sleeting or hot like it is today. It is very hot like it is today. It is very hot today but we are under this large fan,” said McConnell.

“They look like air plane propellers. They are huge.”

That’s Leslie Million from Terrell Creek Farms, whose produces goat cheese east of Springfield. She is strategically picking out her new ten by ten stall space so she can be cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

“We have had a really good customer base but I think having a permanent structure especially with the heat in the wintertime is really going to help draw more people”, said Million.

Along with the two ceiling fans, the new pavilion has doors that will come down to shield vendors and customers from the elements, as well as heat for this winter. The building is also Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design certified.

Tammy Johnston is from Suncrest Farms.

“It is important for people to understand where their food comes from and put a face to the food that is put on their dinner table every night,” said Johnston.  

This Saturday’s grand opening will have local vendors, spirits, a cooking demonstration, and will be raising money for Sammy’s Window, a local not-for-profit, providing basic needs to foster children in the Ozarks.

The surrounding Farmers market Pavilion offices, apartments, and park is to be complete by November.

For KSMU News I’m Shannon Bowers.



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