Mizzou Farmers’ Market brings fresh, local food to campus

farnersmarketLooking for a fresh cup of coffee or a homemade cake ball? Look no further; the perfect place to satisfy a need for local treats is the Mizzou Farmers’ Market. The market gives students a chance to buy delicious food while supporting local businesses.

“We focus on bringing local food and vendors on campus,” said Mackenzie Mock, event coordinator and University of Missouri sophomore.

Vendors make reservations to attend the event. However, Mock said that typically the same vendors participate every year.

“This is a great way to bring local food to students at Mizzou,” Mock said.

This is exactly what Vendor Dave Elman of Fretboard Coffee is doing. He attends every farmers’ market, saying he has not missed one in two years.

Fretboard Coffee has been in business for a year and a half and is run out of a shop in the North Village. It is a small, family-owned business that sells direct-trade products, which means that the buyer and seller are directly in contact with one another to make sure the seller is being compensated fairly for his or her product, according to Elman.

Elman said the weather has an effect on their business. When the weather is not good, not as many students will stop at the booths on Lowry Mall. Apparently not even the smell of Grandma Barb’s homemade baked goods could slow a student down.

Jeannie Nobis and her mother-in-law Barb Nobis, known as Grandma Barb, are vendors from C & J Baked Goods. The pair regularly attends the farmers’ market where they serve baked goods like bread, cookies, pies, candy, cake balls and cupcakes.

“All of our stuff is homey, just like grandma used to make,” Jeannie Nobis said.

While Jeannie does the baking, Grandma Barb does the canning for the stand. They only attend the farmers’ market on one of three days per year, but they are here every time the event is on campus.

The farmers’ market will be back on campus on today, April 23, and May 7. Contact the Environmental Leadership Office for information on having a booth.

Photo by: Kendra Elder
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Hello! I'm Kendra Elder, a University of Missouri freshman majoring in science and ag journalism. I am from southeast Missouri. In high school I was active in FFA and the National Beta Club where I served as a state officer. I am now is a member of Ag Communicators of Tomorrow. In the future, I hopes to start a career in advertising and start a cattle farm of my own.