The 2015 Customer Appreciation Day at the Cass Farmer's Market was a huge success. Over 200 folks visited the market .
U.S. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler helped with our prize drawings and visited with a lot of customers and vendors. In appreciation, we presented her with "homegrown" grape jelly and a handmade cotton scarf by firefly traditions and some handcream. Representing the Osage Spinners Guild, Saundra and Bill Lunceford demonstrated ancient crow-stick crochet, and rug weaving.
A big thank you to the local merchants that donated Prizes: Applebee's, Max Motors, Family Center, McDonald's, Sonic, Captain D's, Mazzio's, and Hawthrone Bank. Pize Winner and gifts are listed on another page.
As always, at the market gardeners will discuss gardening tips and nutrition with you. So, bring a chair and get to know your local food source.
Market Days: Saturday 8AM till 1PM or when produce is gone and Wednesday 3PM to 6PM or when produce is gone. Remember buying local is fresher and supports your community. We don't grow fast food, only wholesome food we feed our families.
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 that 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.