|Posted by sedaliaareafarmersmarket on October 23, 2009 at 3:08 PM|
Sedalia Area Farmers’ Market Closes Its Inaugural Season October 31st with Celebration
October 23, 2009
Contact: Bev Hayes at email@example.com
The Sedalia Area Farmers Market will close its inaugural regular market season on October 31st. The Market opened on May 2nd, and was open every Tuesday and Saturday throughout the season at the corner of Main & Ohio in downtown Sedalia. More than thirty different vendors participated at various times throughout the season, with a solid core of 8-10 regular vendors serving approximately 4000 customers over the Market’s 52 days.
Offerings included fresh produce such as tomatoes, spring greens, and blueberries; farm-fresh eggs; pastured poultry; baked goods such as Mabel Brubacker’s half-moon pies, Pasta Italia’s homemade fresh pastas, Val Larm’s braided oatmeal bread, whole grain breads, rolls, and pies; and non-food items such as herbal soaps and wooden toys. “We cannot say enough good things about our customers and vendors in our first market season,” said Bev Rollings, board president, “They know what it means to support a local growers. There is so much more to add and do to increase the market’s presence and influence on the health of individuals and the local economy. We can hardly wait until next season.”
Additionally, the Market was honored to play host to many local volunteer musicians, including Market regulars Mike Todd and Bill Gordon. Chef demonstrations were given by Chef Tim Schroeder of Ivory Grille, Judge Debbie Mitchell, Wiley Wailli of Pasta Italia, Board Member Terri Kees, and more. Specialty exhibits included those such as fiber spinner LuAnn Stovall, State Fair Community College’s One Book project, and children’s fingerprinting with the Sedalia Police Department. A special children’s area called “Little Sprouts” was offered many times.
Over 150 businesses and citizens contributed financial support for the Market’s efforts, including the Chamber of Commerce, the Central Business and Cultural District, State Fair Community College, Ditzfeld Transfer, MFA Agri-services, Heartland Farm & Lawn, Wine & More/CC Coffeehouse, and Bothwell Regional Health Center. “It’s humbling to be involved in an effort so well supported by our community,” remarked Bev Hayes, marketing liaison, “We hope to hear lots of feedback to make the 2010 season even better!”
The Sedalia Business & Professional Women's Club will sponsor a non-perishable food drive at the Market this Saturday, October 24th for “Make a Difference Day.” Those bringing ten or more items will receive a free reuseable Sedalia Area Farmers’ Market bag.
On October 31st, Market volunteers and vendors will celebrate Halloween and the close of the season by dressing for the occasion. Val Larm’s 5-star caramel popcorn will be free to children. The Little Sprouts kids area will feature face painting.
The Sedalia Area Farmers’ Market is a non-profit growers-only farmers’ market founded in 2009. The Market is located in beautiful, historic, downtown Sedalia. Vendors from Pettis and its contiguous counties are welcome and encouraged to join. The Market accepts cash, debit, and food stamps/EBT. For more information, visit their website at http://www.sedaliaareafarmersmarket.com or call 660-620-6841 or email firstname.lastname@example.org