Welcome to the Hickory County Farmer's Market...
and Welcome to Healthy Eating!
A healthy diet includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. From May to October, you'll find a wonderful selection of fresh items at our farmers market. You'll also find prepared foods and baked goods, unique craft items and food trucks selling delicious sandwiches and other food items to go.
Everything in our market is locally grown, in-season and freshly picked for your eating pleasure. Stop by and visit our friendly vendors -- local farmers who are your neighbors.
About the Farmers Market
The Hickory County Farmers Market is growing! 2017 will be our third year of operation, and each year we get bigger and better. We accept cash, debit cards and EBT/SNAP cards. If you have any questions, you can contact us at 417-745-2138 or by email:
If you'd like to join us as a vendor, please click here for our vendor information.
There are lots of plans for the future! We have updated a 100' x 40' metal building for the market vendors to have cover, electricity, water, lighting and ventilation for their stands.
We have prepared a 30' x 40' concrete pad for construction of kitchen, bathroom and storage space. The cost of construction of the kitchen and bathroom will be $20,300 and you can help by donating to us through GiveOzarks.org.
Our plans for the kitchen include Missouri Extension office cooking demonstrations, the five 4-H groups in our county and scouting group projects, our 4 local school groups' FFA community outreach projects and concession fundraising opportunities for the farmers market board. The Extension Office offers lots of free information on food, gardening, and more, and you can learn more about that here.
We are considering the possibility of providing a commercial "rent-a-kitchen" to foster entrepreneurial food processing businesses. Certified, commercial kitchens are necessary to market processed foods to food retailers and such facilities are currently not available in our county.
We are striving to increase access to healthy foods for our underserved area. Our public schools average 70% of the student population qualifying for free and reduced lunches. Our farmers market will serve these populations better with a matching grant up to $25 per family per week for SNAP/EBT card purchases. The proposed kitchen will increase our ability to provide public education through cooking classes and increased demand for fruits and vegetables.