These fine individuals and organizations have sponsored the market. For information about sponsoring the Market, click here.
Jefferson County Health Department
405 Main St.
Cyndi Lou’s Produce
11000 Rousan Lane
Oak Grove Valley Farm
11709 Ware Church Rd.
Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
335 S Kirkwood Rd
St Louis, MO
Dr. and Mrs. Lee Eavy
Guyla and Jim’s Busy Bee Apiary
Pierce Century Farm
6085 Butcher Branch Rd.
First State Community Bank
328 N. Main Street
Hopson Lumber Company
918 S. Main St.
De Soto, MO
324 S. Main St.
De Soto, MO
306 S. Main St.
De Soto, MO
Twin City Toyota
301 Autumn Ridge Dr.
Sydenstricker Nobbe Partners
Hovis & Associates
998 E. Gannon Dr., Ste. 240
D & S Fencing Co., Inc.
De Soto, MO
State Representative, District #118
Mahn Funeral Home
Earth Day has always been about the environment and raising environmental awareness. With the farmers’ market opening in a couple of days, it is a good chance to learn more about one of the most important environmental processes known to man. Without this, we would still be hunter/gatherers. We owe a lot to agriculture!
What do you really know about your “food system”, or in simpler terms, “Where does your food originate?” As a long-time follower of Michael Pollan, I’ve learned a lot about things we can do to make our food supply more sustainable, and the farmers’ market is a great start. Our market (yes, our small market that hangs out on Saturdays on Main Street) is a producer-only market. This means, you aren’t going to be buying tomatoes from Bradley County, Arkansas or peaches from Georgia. This is kind of a big deal! Not all farmers’ markets are producer-only, and the fact that we have one right on Main is a great testament to support of local agriculture. Farmers make that possible, but so do customers and volunteers. Your knowledge and desire to purchase local goods isn’t just good for the local economy: it’s GREAT for the local economy!
It’s also…hmmm, what’s the word?…
So go ahead. Celebrate Earth Day. Below are some resources you might find interesting related to food, the environment, and sustainability. We’ll see you on Saturday at the farmers’ market.
Ted Talk featuring Michael Pollan
A Discussion about Food Waste
P.O.P. Club is a program at the DeSoto Farmers’ Market for kids. Once they are signed up (which requires a parent or guardian’s permission), they can get some cool things at the market.
On the first and third Saturday’s of each month, P.O.P. Club kids who are 4-12 years old get $2 worth of tokens to spend at the market. They can use the tokens to purchase any produce. The best part: the tokens do NOT expire. That means that if they’re just burning a hole in your kid’s pocket, they can spend them. However, for the kids that lean a bit more toward planning, they can save all their tokens until they find something they just love! We’ve even had some kids diligent enough to save for a pumpkin in October.
Don’t get us wrong; the program is fun! The kid might have to work to get those tokens though. They might need to report the names of two vendors or identify a red piece of produce that can be purchased at the market. The possibilities vary depending on the group or individual planning that day’s activity.
On the other Saturdays in the month, the kids can pop into the market and get a sticker, coloring sheet, or another treat. Stickers remain one of the favorites though! It is just our effort to make it a bit easier for them to think about healthy food options and shop at our market. If you have any questions about P.O.P. Club, please inquire at the market. Sign-ups are processed in the office. Remember: it’s the Saturday morning place to be!
DeSoto Farmers’ Market
520 N. Main St.
DeSoto, MO 63020
Saturday from 8:00 until noon, May through October
Interested in being a vendor at the market?
The 2021 Rules and Regulations and online application are both available here. Booth spaces are just $15 each Saturday, and the application fee is just $15 too.