Missouri May 11, 2017
4 Incredible Outdoor Markets In Missouri You’ll Want To Visit This Summer
Missouri is home to the oldest continuously operating farmers market west of the Mississippi. With great opportunities for travel and trade across Missouri, many communities established markets for farmers and tradesmen to sell their goods. Two Missouri markets are still operating in their original locations. Enjoy a day of shopping, history, and entertainment at any of these four amazing farmers markets in Missouri.
1. The City Market - Kansas City
The City Market is open year round. Special events and concerts are often held at the market during warmer months. So, whether you're looking to shop or just looking for fun, visit the City Market at 20 E. 5th Street, Suite 201
Established in 1857, the City Market is a vital part of Kansas City. Today, the market has a mix of restaurants and specialty stores.
The Soulard Farmers Market in St. Louis is the oldest farmers market west of the Mississippi. In roughly the original location, the Soulard Farmers Market has been in operation since 1779. The market has existed in its current state since 1929 after the original buildings were replaced.
Open Wednesday through Saturday year-round, the market tends to get pretty busy, especially on Saturdays. Find a food and drink vendor before you do your serious shopping.
Local farmers have the opportunity to sell their products directly to consumers every Saturday and Sunday. Visit often to find seasonal items like Morel mushrooms.
2. Soulard Farmers Market - St. Louis
One of the best parts about the market are the specialty shops located inside the main hall. Inside is a spice shop, florist, butcher, two food vendors and a bakery. Prepare to take a number but you'll find the products are worth the wait. Find the market at 730 Carroll St.., St. Louis.
3. Farmers Market of the Ozarks - Springfield
Open year-round on Saturdays, the Farmers Market of the Ozarks is regarded as one of the best markets in the state. Be sure to grab a loyalty card if you plan to shop often.
Find more than just great produce from the diverse mix of vendors. There are over 100 vendors on site most Saturdays, in addition to entertainment and food vendors. Since 2013, the market has existed at its current location, 2144 E. Republic Rd., Springfield.
4. Columbia Farmers Market - Columbia
Although this market does not have a designated shelter, it too operates year round. In the warmer months the market can be found at 1701 W. Ash St. and in the winter they move inside to the Parkade Center at 601 Business Loop 70 W
The Columbia market also has more than just produce but they are a producer only market. This means only items that the seller has created or grown themselves may be sold.
The market works with over 80 different vendors and has farmers coming in from a 50 mile radius. That means you can always find fresh produce and unique products year round.
Do you enjoy visiting your local farmer’s market? There are lots of other markets open seasonally across the state so look online to see if there may be a market close to you! Let us know what your shopping experience was like at any of the Missouri markets in the comments below.