Columbia Farmers Market starts Saturday

Friday, March 19, 2010 | 6:12 p.m. CDT; updated 6:28 p.m. CDT, Friday, March 19, 2010

COLUMBIA — For cut-flower vendor Carolyne Anderson, the appeal of the job lies in the pleasant demeanor of her product.

"I like flowers because they don't talk back and they smell good," she said with a laugh.

Anderson is one of many vendors planning to set up shop at the Columbia Farmer's Market, which celebrates its 30-year anniversary this season, and kicks off this weekend. Starting Saturday, the market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday until late October. The market is located behind the Activity and Recreation Center at the corner of Clinkscales Road and Ash Street.

Produce available at the market includes lettuce, spinach and other cool-season crops. Fresh meat and baked goods will also be sold as well as organic products.

This year, food stamps can be used to pay for any item that isn't ready-to-eat. It will be a benefit for those needing some relief in the current economy, said market manager Caroline Todd.

"We accept food stamps everyday," Todd said. "They can be used for eggs, produce, meats, and plants that produce food such as blueberry and blackberry plants."

Starting the first week in May, the market will also be open Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information and directions go to their Web site.

The Boone County Farmer's Market will start at 8 a.m on April 3, in the parking lot of the Sanford-Kimpton health department building, 1005 W. Worley St. You can go to their Web site here.

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