Midwest Living Review
Among the most dynamic and attractive features of City Market is the Farmer's Market, one of the Midwest's largest and longest-running since 1857. Small growers and independent artisans merge seamlessly with city life here, where more than 140 vendor stalls (30 full-time merchants) operate all year long. Find specialty foods, produce, samplings from local restaurants, fresh flowers, crafts and much more. Heirloom-quality crochet artist Sarah Blondo brings her handmade dresses and tops for girls and women. Husband-and-wife team Mike and Marilyn of Tahara Body Shop handcraft all-natural soap for people (and dogs!), as well as salt scrubs, body lotion, lip balm and face creams. Green Dirt Farm, LLC proffers 100% grass-fed lamb and award-winning USDA certified cheese. Bob and Liz Harrison have kept nearly 300 hives for more than 50 years as part of their Busy Bee Acres, and their honey was labeled "first premium" at the Missouri State Fair. Find beer bread, Amish corn, gift baskets, hydroponic veggies, and so much more in this market that one vendor describes as "like family." The Farmer's Market operates every Saturday and Sunday, all year long, rain or shine. Hours vary by season, and some Wednesday mornings are open as well, so do check the web site before making a trip.