Bringing you the best in fresh, local food, Neosho Farmers' Market is a producer-only market of farmers, bakers, artisans, and foodies, and features a seasonal assortment of garden-fresh fruits and vegetables, all-natural pastured meats, oven-fresh baked goods, farm-fresh eggs, raw local honey, handmade rural crafts, daily breakfast and lunch specials at the Market café, live music, & more.
Neosho Farmers' Market takes place every Saturday morning from 9 to Noon, May thru October at the corner of Spring and Jefferson streets in historic downtown Neosho, Missouri.
Abby's family sold mums during the 2016 market season, but she's her own boss this year. All through the month of October, her parents drop her off with an enormous trailer of mums and let her navigate her own way as the youngest member of the Neosho Farmers Market.
"It’s a little weird, but I get along with everybody and I like working with adults,” she said with a laugh. "It helps me with skills that I’ll need to learn in life, and it’s easier to learn on my own."
She stumbled into the mum business thanks to her uncle, a longtime mum-grower. "He said, 'I think I’m going to get out of the mum business but, Abby, you’re more than welcome to them if you like.'” After mulling over the prospect for a few months, she finally bought his mats and irrigation system and got to work.
She’s the tall Texan with a big colorful tablecloth. She’s always smiling. She greets everyone who passes by, even if they don’t greet back. She says her “yes sir’s” and “sure ma’am’s” with all the loyalties of her military-brat childhood. And she always works her farmstand solo.
Back on the farm, however, her 80-year old mother Marlene runs the show.
“She just tell me what to do and I do it,” says Glenda. “The woman is a hoot.”
Michael Kiele's growing philosophy is best summed up in his mantra: "Every plant has a purpose."
This explains his riotous garden, an ambitious amalgam of straw bale beds, leafy greens beautiful enough to display in wedding bouquets, self-seeding garlic, walking onions, and a plush carpet of native plants -- say, milkweed and tiny confederate violets, just to name a few -- too precious to remove. In this space, nothing goes to waste. Michael and his wife Bethany live in a picturesque neighborhood near downtown Neosho, but location hasn't dampened their farming ambitions.
Managing a 40-acre diversified farm isn't easy, but having six kids and turning it into a family-wide effort sure helps. When Nandy and Seng Yang decided to buy land outside of Granby, Seng agreed to handle the bulk of the farm work. He manages 50 cows and tends 1.5 planted acres of potatoes, tomatoes, lettuce, lemongrass, radishes, cilantro, green onions, garlic, sugar cane, and more.
"My husband was raised as a farmer and he's used to it. This is nothing to him -- but torture to me!" says Nandy...
Fifteen years and two kids ago, Cortney and Dewain Riddle had a problem: their newly-purchased property was so overrun with grasshoppers that their window screens were falling apart. That's where the chickens came in...