As a board member of the Columbia Farmers Market, I am happy to pass on some exciting news: the market will remain open into December this year. See press release below, and pass it along.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Columbia, Missouri – November 17, 2009
Due to rising demand from both customers and vendors, the Columbia Farmers Market will be extending its season on a trial basis through December 19th. In years past, the Market’s season has ended just prior to Thanksgiving, with the last day of 2009 slated as Saturday, November 21. However, the continued growth in the Market’s vendor base, product diversity, and customer count, combined with increasing interest in locally-grown food in all seasons, has generated enough buzz and demand to support keeping the Market open in December.
The December market days will be held from 10 am to at least12pm on three Saturdays, December 5th, 12th, and 19th, after taking a week off for Thanksgiving. All normal CFM rules and policies will be in place, including the requirement that all products be sold directly by the grower/producer, and be grown and/or produced within a roughly 55-mile radius around Columbia.
Products expected to be available include lamb, pork, beef, eggs, winter & greenhouse vegetables, honey, locally-made chocolate, baked goods, and more. If weather conditions are not suitable for an outdoor market, an announcement will be made on the Columbia Farmers Market website and on the Market’s voicemail (573-823-6889).
With the Columbia Farmers Market set to mark its 30th anniversary in 2010, this trial winter market will be an excellent way to celebrate and support the continued growth and success of small farms and local foods in mid-Missouri.