Thanks to our customers for a good season at the market in spite of the Road Construction and not the best year for gardening. Special thanks to U.S. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler for doing the drawing for the 2015 Customer Appreciation Day prizes.
We had our planning and election of Officers meeting by the 2015 Vendors on November 4,2015, and here are the results.
President and SNAP Mgr.: Mike Snethen
Vice Pres./co-chair Customer App Day: Joanie Meador
Treasurer, SNAP Assist: Karen Hagstrom
Secretary/ co-chair Customer App Day: Ellen Lake
Market Manager: Janice Wright
Web Master: Don Meador
2016 Calendar : May thru October with mid April for plants and early produce
Open at 8 a.m. Saturday
Close at 1pm or when produce sells out
Open at 3p.m. on Wednesday
Close when produce runs out.
Booth fees remain at $40 for full season, $20 for July thru October (half season) and $7 for day trader and donations are encouraged for market advertising and canopy repairs as booth fees have not changed for over 15 years.
A grant has been applied for our market to participate in the SNAP program. Vendors with food items may join in or not.
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 2016.
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.