Our Farmers’ Market, located on a military base, is one of just a few of its kind in the country in that our market is actually held within the walls of the installation, to provide the easiest possible access to our military serving and training at Fort Leonard Wood.
We feature 16 vendors and food at our market travels just 41 miles from farm to table. We seek to provide an opportunity for our service men and –women living in our rural community to purchase local, healthy foods while strengthening our community fabric and supporting our local farmers and producers. We also seek to provide a new stream of revenue for our local veteran farmers, which currently make up ¼ of our vendors.
Our market is ran by the Pulaski County Sheltered Workshop, a non-profit organization that provides employment opportunities to mentally and physically disabled individuals, and our market is currently held one Friday night a month in conjunction with MWR’s Family Movie Night, though we are planning to expand to a at least weekly market within the coming year.
Our market is strictly producer-only and we encourage our vendors to practice organic methods whenever possible. Currently, ever vendor with us farms this way and further, many of our meat producers are Animal Welfare Approved. Our market features grass fed beef and American Bison, artisan goat cheese, pastured Berkshire pork, locally produced and sourced jams, jellies, and breads, hydroponic lettuce and tomatoes, Amish grown produce of all kinds, and an educational booth ran by our county’s Master Gardeners.