Last month both The Mo Health Dept and The US Weights and Measures Dept visited our market. The only "infringements" we had were in labeling info. Yea ! We are doing good! Vendors keep it up. New Vendors be sure to follow all health codes and weights and measuring rules
We had our planning and election of Officers meeting on November 11 2016, and here are the results.
President: Mike Snethen
Vice Pres.: Joanie Meador
Secretary/Treasurer: Ellen Lake
Market Manager: Sherry Warren
Web Master: Don Meador
2017 Calendar : First weekend in May thru last weekend in October
Saturday 8 a.m. until produce is gone.
Wednesday 3 p.m. until produce is gone
Booth fees remain at $40 for full season (6 months), half Season $20 for July 15 thru October (half season) and $7 for day trader. Donations are encouraged for market advertising and canopy repairs as booth fees have not changed for over 15 years.
NEW THIS YEAR
Participating Vendors are accepting EBT payments. Be sure to ask about this if you are on that state program and have a qualifying card to use.
See Mike Snethen on how to participate in the SNAP farmer's market program
If there are things you would like to buy at this market and you don't see it, ask someone. It could be coming soon from the garden, it could be baked for you next week, or handcrafted as you want.
Mike, Ken and Jimmy have produce.
Sherry has produce and new this year jewelry.
Ellen has a plethora of jelly flavors and hand crocheted items.
The Schrocks have beef and sausage and baked goods
Joanie has her handcrafted baskets and other items also baked goods
New Vendors are welcome !
We have booth spaces for rent, come sign up for yours.
Rule clarifications for what is allowed to be sold at market : no re-sale items, no imports, no garage sale type items. Craft items need to be made by that vendor (or family member), produce should be grown by the vendor or family member selling it, baked goods should be homemade by that vendor or family. Foods to follow all health codes by Cass Co Health Dept. Vendors are encouraged to read their rules carefully.
It’s time for us to start looking through the seed catalog and dream of a perfect growing season in 2017.
We are offering for sale many fine handcrafted gifts, edibles and plants at the Cass County Farmer's Market. Come early for the best selections.
Vendors, see rules for US weights and measures dept. (How to package and label produce)and Cass County health dept ( What canned goods are allowed without a certified kitchen and how to package and label baked goods)
Remember we're the market you can drive up to, honk, and we will hand deliver your purchases without you leaving your car.
Know what else we have at farmer's market? Free information. About plants, seeds, pests etc. Ideas about what plants to plant to feed bees so bees help your garden flourish, ask Maggie. Info on non- GMO seeds, plants, and foods for your health plus varieties of tomatoes with the most lycopene and minerals, ask Joanie. Want info on getting started in the egg business, ask Janice. How does sorghum compare to store syrups, ask Colby. How to grow almost anything, ask Sherry. Collectively we know a lot about growing. Coming soon: okra, tomatoes, peppers, green beans, cucumbers, zucchini, peas, potatoes, sweet onions, garlic.
Some of our regular customers have asked why we don't sell our yummy pickles, salsa, Italian sauces etc anymore.
It is because the Cass County health department has revised it rules this last year (see rules) stating that all Farmer's Markets can not sell canned vegetables of any kind unless they are prepared in a county certified kitchen and have had the pH levels of each batch pretested. This process is quite expensive. Most farmers can't afford this procedure. This ruling is for all of Cass county. If you are buying any home canned vegetable products in the county, it is against the health code unless prepared in a licensed kitchen. Not every market will follow the health department rules. The ruling did not come from any complaints or anyone getting ill. We apologize to our customers expecting these products that they have come to look forward to each year. Follow us at https://www.facebook.com/CassFarmers