COLUMBIA — Lowry Mall turned into a marketplace on Thursday as farmers and artisans gathered to sell local and homemade food.
Growers and other producers offered an array of fresh foods at the MU market that included fruits, vegetables and pastries.
Rachel Zimmerman, 17, and Rebecca Garber, 23, of Versailles, Mo., usually sell produce and baked goods at the Boone County Farmers Market. Thursday, their tables were stocked with tomatoes, candy onions, eggplant, zucchini, peppers and homemade jams.
Zimmerman worked full days Monday through Wednesday preparing pies, cinnamon rolls and other baked goods. “Everybody should have the chance for homemade stuff. That’s why we are here,” she said.
Garber said one attraction of farmers markets like this one is that people can talk to those who make their food.
“I like to know what I am eating,” Garber said.
A booth next to Zimmerman's and Garber's had an even larger selection of pastries and breads.
Denis and Barbara Nobis of Paris, Mo., operate Grandma Barb’s Pies. Barbara Nobis said she liked being involved in the market because her husband and other relatives attended MU.
Her granddaughter, Haley Nobis, studies English at MU.
“I really like to participate in the market," Haley Nobis said. "I will help until my 11 a.m. class."
The Nobis family makes a variety of products.
“Take a look at our stall," Barbara Nobis said. "Our fresh salsa sauce is very popular, too. It is made with corn and tomatoes of our garden.”
Barbara Nobis said she sometimes hears her customers tell her, "This is like my grandma's food. You make me homesick.”
MU will host the farmers market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the last Thursday of every month through Oct. 28 on Lowry Mall.