Farmers market resources
Farmers' markets and locations
Marshfield Farmers Market
When: Every Friday, April 24 through October, from 3 to 7 p.m.
Where: Young's Shopping Center parking lot at 900 W. Washington St. in Marshfield, Mo.
Contact: Sue DeWitt, Phone: 417-473-6910, or email email@example.com, or see Facebook page
Marshfield Farmers Market brochure and vendor registration form (PDF)
Missouri Department of Revenue Form 149: Sales and Use Tax Exemption Certificate (PDF)
Seymour Farmers Market
When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Saturdays of June 6, June 20, July 4, July 18, Aug. 1, Aug. 15, Aug. 29, and Sept. 5.
Where: Inside parking spots of the Seymour square, except along Highway K. Spots are on a first-come, first-served basis. Vendors must bring their own tables.
Produce auctions and locations
C Highway Produce Auction
When: The auctions are held Fridays starting April 4 through May, and Tuesdays and Fridays in June, July, August, September and October. Auction start time is 10 a.m.
Where: Go north of Seymour, Mo. on Highway C about 5.5 miles, turn east on Highway P (“Short P”) and go about 1/4 mile. The 60 ft. x 153 ft. open-air auction barn is on the south side of the road.
Terms and Conditions: Sellers that do not grow their own produce or are outside the 50-mile zone need prior approval from the auction board. There is an 11% commission rate, and there will be packaging restrictions to keep the product as uniform as possible. Ask for our packing and Grading Guide. New and used boxes will be available at the auction. Consigners will be assigned permanent numbers, enabling buyers to buy more consistently. Buyers need to have their sales tax number in our file or pay sales tax. New boxes are available at the produce auction. Not responsible for misplaced items.
Contact: Sammy J. M. Schwartz, manager, 4773 Hazelwood Rd, Seymour, MO 65746; or Steve Cantrell, auctioneer, 50 Caddo Ln, Marshfield, MO 65706, Phone: 417-859-3509
Webster County Produce Auction
When: The auctions are held Fridays starting mid-April through May, Tuesdays and Fridays June through September, and Fridays through the end of October. Auction start time is 10 a.m.
Where: From eastbound on U.S. Highway 60 from Springfield, take Short Road/Killdeer Road median crossover (at west Seymour city limit sign), turn north, then go back westbound on U.S. 60, 0.3 mile to Berry Road (at Schrable Fertilizer), then north 0.8 mile to auction barn at 801 Berry Road.
From west Business 60 exit at Seymour (near McDonald's restaurant) go west on U.S. Highway 60 about 2.1 miles to Berry Road (at Schrable Fertilizer), then go north 0.8 mile to auction barn at 801 Berry Road.
Contact: Bob Crump, auctioneer, P.O. Box 575, Seymour, MO 65746. Phone 417-935-4039 or 417-464-4040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Webster County Produce Auction flyer (PDF)
- MU Extension publication G6223, Starting and Operating a Farmers Market: Frequently Asked Questions — Covers a wide variety of issues to make a market successful and legal
- FAQs for Sales by Farmers at Farmers Markets — Answers about sales taxes from Missouri Department of Revenue
- Missouri Revised Statute 261-241: Sellers of jams, jellies and honey — Health standards exemption and labeling requirements
- MU Extension publication G6222, Selling Strategies for Local Food Producers
- MU Extension publication G6221, Marketing Vegetables in Missouri
- Missouri Farmers Market Directory — Search for the Missouri Farmers Market nearest you
- U.S. Farmers Markets Directory — Searchable USDA listing of contact information for farmers' markets throughout the U.S.
- Guide to U.S. Organic Certifiers — Select and compare those who do organic certification and the kinds of services they provide
- AgSquared — Record-keeping software tailor-made for small farms. See Missouri Beginning Farming's review of AgSquared.
- MU Extension publication MP906, Community Gardening Toolkit — Resources to help those interested in starting a community garden
- MU Extension publication MP906, Food Defense: Protecting the Food Supply from Intentional Harm — This guide helps train food producers, processors and retailers to minimize the risk of intentional contamination of the food supply by developing a food defense plan for their operation. Food defense is not the same as food safety or biosecurity, which both mean protecting the food supply from unintentional contamination.
- Stop Brown Marmorated Stink Bug — The site includes information on how to identify the stink bug, where it has been found, and steps to help manage this bug that damages a huge range of fruit, vegetable and ornamental crops.
- The Commercial Storage of Fruits, Vegetables, and Florist and Nursery Stocks — USDA Ag Handbook #66 is an online version of a 130-page guide that discusses factors that affect the maintenance of quality during cold storage
- Small-Scale Postharvest Practices: A Manual for Horticultural Crops — A 267-page manual of postharvest practices for a variety of crops, published by the University of California-Davis Postharvest Technology Research and Information Center
- Portable Building Coolers for Market Gardeners — Tips on building small-scale cold-storage structures
- Low-Cost Cold Storage Room for Market Growers — A 4-page design guide from the University of Kentucky
- Small-Scale Cold Rooms for Perishable Commodities — A 11-page design guide from the University of California-Davis
- Small-Scale On-Farm Cold Storages — A 20-page factsheet from the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture and Food
- How to Build Your Own Walk-In Cooler — From the makers of the Cool-Bot air conditioner controller
- Identifying Disease of Vegetables — Pennsylvania State University reference book that is applicable to Missouri
- Insects in Kansas — Kansas Department of Agriculture reference book that is applicable to Missouri
- Whole Animal Buying Guide for Consumers — This Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication explains buying pork and beef as whole animals (or portions thereof) from local producers. Covers marketing terms, information on storage and handling, meat inspection, meat cut out weight, and includes color photos of common retail beef and pork cuts.
- Missouri Fruit and Vegetable Growers Database — New marketing tool from AgEBB to allow potential buyers to search for Missouri growers who produce specific crops
- AgriMissouri Buyer's Guide — A Missouri Department of Agriculture outreach program that promotes Missouri-grown and Missouri-made items, representing food and non-food products, retailers, farmers markets, agritourism and agricultural experience destinations
- USDA Farmers Markets and Local Food Marketing — Many resources for growers wanting to direct-market their products
- Missouri Organic Association — Lists news, events, resources and a buyer's guide for organic products in Missouri
- Missouri Choice Natural Fibers — For fiber artisans or producers seeking additional markets or for persons seeking Missouri-produced goods made of natural fibers
- Small Farms and Alternative Enterprise Budgets — Know your costs for small-scale fresh-market farming. These budgets are based on 100-foot row gardening.
- "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" Program — A USDA-wide effort to create new economic opportunities by better connecting consumers with local producers. It is also the start of a national conversation about the importance of understanding where your food comes from and how it gets to your plate.
- Farmers Market Terminal Prices — USDA listing of current wholesale prices for fruits and vegetables
- Farmers Market Online — Market your home-crafted and home-grown products online
- Missouri Alternatives Center — Information on alternative agriculture enterprises. Click on the "Link List - Extension Information on Alternatives" to search for a particular enterprise, or call 636-797-5391.