Updated June 5, 2013: The Joplin Farmer's Market is open for business. Just a few vendors came to the first Wednesday market but others are planning to join in the weeks ahead.
Among those selling is Erv Langan of Keltoi Winery. Langan pulled four cases of wines to sell at the market, something new for him but successful for other vineyards.
The city hopes to entice more vendors by waiving all fees, offering free spaces.
Officials say rain has been a problem but more produce and items will come soon.
"Everything from poultry and eggs, we have a honey producer - that will be wonderful," says Becky Brill, the Joplin grant coordinator. "We also have planted flowers, planted vegetables, herbs, vegetables, fruits, you name it. I think it's going to be a lovely assortment."
The market is open from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday's throughout the summer.
Those interested in selling at the Joplin Farmer's Market should contact Becky Brill with the city at 624-0820, extension 23. Again, this year there is no fee to be a vendor.
Posted June 4, 2013 - News release from the City of Joplin:
Joplin Farmer's Market opens TOMORROW! The public is invited to stop by to shop purchase some fresh fruit and veggies from local vendors. The Market will be open every Wednesday from 4:30 - 6:30 pm at the north end of Memorial Hall parking lot.
There is no fee this year to be a vendor in the Joplin Farmers Market, and interested parties may contact Becky Brill at 417-624-0820, ext. 203.
"Joplin Farmers Market provides area citizens with a great opportunity to support local vendors while enjoying produce freshly harvested from area farmers. We know how much our citizens appreciate having the local farmers market, and we're glad that we can offer it this year," said Becky Brill, coordinator for the market. "We are hopeful that the market will continue to grow."
In addition, there is no fee this year to be a vendor in the Joplin Farmers Market, and it's not too late to get involved in participating in the Market. Interested parties may contact Becky Brill at 417-624-0820, ext. 203.
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