Moms & Money: Budget friendly fun at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - On the outside of the Farmers Market of the Ozarks, it’s a cold Saturday in January. On the inside, it’s business as usual.
It is located in Farmers Park at 2144 E Republic Road in Springfield.
“I see a lot of families here for a lot of reasons. I think number one reason is that our own vendors are all families and at this point we’ve been here for seven years and our family shoppers know our family vendors” said market manager Jesse Stone.
It’s a feast for the eyes, ears and palette. There are plenty of delicious samples available at the over 40 vendors at the market.
“It’s so healthy. All of your food that you buy here is produced within a hundred and fifty mile radius. You’re supporting your local economy” said Stone.
It’s also an outing that Stone says won’t break the family bank.
“It’s a inexpensive way to spend several hours. Every Saturday we have our balloon guy over here. We’ve got honey vendors with sweet little honey sticks. There are a million locally made healthy snacks for kids” said Stone.
“There’s just something about coming out here and teaching the kids” said Nishelle Metcalfe, a vendor at a local honey stand. “To come and see the different farmers, the different artisan crafts and you can see where something is from.”
The market runs year-round. According to Stone, the price of fruit and vegetables at the market is lower than what you would pay at a big box store. The price of meat is about the same. She says they also accept EBT. Pets are welcome too.
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