How do you choose the best produce? What's the difference between "organically grown" and "naturally grown"? When are strawberries in season? Our tip sheets (see left) will help you make the most of your trip(s) to the Market.
For the best selection, go to the Farmers' Market early. The best goods go first, and popular items sell out early in the day.
Know What's in Season
Check our Harvest Calendar for a best estimate of when products should be available, all dependent on the weather, of course. Frequent updates regarding producers and their wares are posted here on our website and on Facebook.
Knowing what's in season can help you plan fresh menus each week. Plan to buy extra to freeze, can or preserve. Producers may offer bulk pricing. It's worth asking.
Ways to Pay
Paying with cash? Bring small bills. Our producers will make change, but purchases will go easier and faster if you have exact or close to exact change.
Prefer to pay with a debit/credit card? Purchase tokens at the Market in $5 increments, and then use them "same as cash" at participating vendors. Change will be made, and unused tokens can be used at any Market date. VISA, MasterCard and Discover are accepted.
Similarly, SNAP (formerly EBT) cards may be used to purchase tokens at the Market in $1 increments.Change is not made for SNAP tokens.
Bring Your Own Bags
Bring your own bags, especially the sturdy canvas or nylon kind. You'll be "going green" and comfortably and safely carrying home the great items you'll find at our Market.
Bring a Cooler
With gas prices, we're all making more stops with one trip. Bring a cooler to keep produce fresh until you get home.
If you find a fruit or vegetable that's new to you at the Market, ask our producer how to prepare it. Many producers offer recipes for their products. Being face-to-face with the producer lets you ask questions about how the product was grown or made, what products were used in the growing or manufacturing and more.
We're open, regardless of our Ozarks weather. Wear walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.