The Arnold Farmer’s Market is the newest gem in northern Jefferson County. Each time I visit, I find more vendors and residents, and more tasty and interesting goods to purchase. Last weekend, I was able to visit with several vendors. In speaking with them, it was clear that the unique goods available are a mere reflection of the grand creativeness of those who grew, made or prepared them. Let me tell you about some of the vendors – for the rest, you’ll need to come visit for yourself.
For fresh, locally grown produce you’ll find Stuckmeyer’s Farm in Fenton, Sandy View Acres in Hillsboro and Long’s Produce Farm in Imperial. If you don’t know Stuckmeyer’s, you can find their main farm and store throughout the week near the corner of Highway 141 and 21. As expected, discussion at the
Stuckmeyer’s tent was buzzing over the upcoming pumpkin season. Click here for more information about the fall offerings at Stuckmeyer Farm. Next, I met Terry and Melinda Long who run a farm in Imperial. Visitors to their tent enjoy sampling hot (no, very hot) peppers and can buy produce and tasty homemade pastries. Finally, I met the Christ family from Sandy View Acres and learned that they sell not only produce but also locally-grown, locally-prepared beef.
Under other tents, you can buy fresh eggs, kettle corn, handmade soaps and gift items from local small businesses. You’ll meet Kristen Schraut, who can tell you how she is building a new bakery business. She has snack items on hand
and will take orders for special cakes and desserts. Learn more about her business and products here. Another tent houses the only place where you can see The Chic Boutique’s hand-made jewelry repurposed from antique spoons, knives and forks. If you are looking for a truly unique gift, you really should check them out at the market or online here.
Finally, make sure you visit with Steve and Sherry Williams from the Tin Lizzie Honey Farm in Imperial. You’ll hear fascinating stories and information about the honey bee business, all free for the asking. In addition to pure, raw and natural honey, you can buy beeswax candles lovingly shaped into intricate and unique designs. If you’d like to contact Steve about his products, he’s available by telephone at 573-778-8637.
The is open every Saturday morning from now through October. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to buy local, support our community and meet interesting neighbors who share our down home, family-friendly values.