Local street markets will offer unique items

Several new farmer and artisan markets are starting in Crawford County this year to benefit local vendors, provide locally produced food and art for local customers and tourists, create new opportunities to connect with neighbors and area businesses, and build community. Organizers hope you’ll consider participating as a vendor or as a customer.

Ozark Farmer & Artist Connect has formed three local markets. All are free to vendors, but interested participants must register with organizers. All products must follow Missouri state regulations. Only handmade arts and crafts will be allowed to be sold. Fresh produce, bakery goods, local herbal products, local art of all kinds, and music are some of the things to look forward to this spring. Educational and outreach booths are also welcome. The purpose of these markets is to create sustainable networks and enhance local economy.

Registration forms can be found online on the Ozark Farmer & Artist Connect Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Ozark-Farmer-Artist-Connect), or can be picked up at Turtle Earth Healing and Arts between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

The three market opportunities are as follows:

•    Steelville Farmers’ Market – At the Flint Feed Store on Hwy 19 north of Steelville on Fridays beginning March 23 through October 26, from 3 to 8 p.m.

•    Cherryville Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market – At the Bowers & Cottrell General Store on the first Friday of each month beginning April 6 through November 2, from 4 p.m. to dusk, in conjunction with Friday’s All You Can Eat Fish Night at the store.

•    Steelville Artist/Farmer Rendezvous – Behind Turtle Earth at 112 West Main Street. A “Grand Opening” will be held on May 12 (the second Saturday of the month), but the market will be open the third Saturday of each month thereafter through October. The Steelville Rendezvous Market will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Third Saturdays also feature an Open Jam – open to everyone – at the Steelville Arts Council’s Gallery Zeke at 6 p.m.