A pavilion is at the heart of Columbia's new agriculture park

The Columbia agriculture park sits uncompleted at Clary-Shy Community Park in May. Rain has delayed the projected opening, which is now scheduled for later this summer.

Recent rainfall and last-minute logistics delayed the opening of the agriculture park project at Clary-Shy Community Park. It was tentatively scheduled to open either June 1 or 8.

Adam Saunders, Build This Town campaign director and CCUA development director, said they're closing in on the last few pieces of the project.

"We're a week or two out," Saunders said about the opening date. "Nothing is finalized."

The project is a collaboration of Columbia Parks and Recreation, the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, Columbia Farmers Market and Sustainable Farms and Communities, according to the park's website.

They aim to increase access to locally grown food, provide education for community members, support farmers and strengthen the community’s connection to agriculture, according to previous Missourian reporting.

While Saturday markets are not yet open at the Clary-Shy Community Park location, market-goers have other options.

Tuesday and Thursday markets are open on the uncovered, easternmost slab of the MU Healthcare Pavilion at Clary-Shy Community Park.

Corrina Smith, Columbia Farmers Market executive director, said Tuesday markets are an opportunity for market-goers to grab lunch or a late breakfast.

Tuesday's tents and food trucks offer fresh options sourced from local farms and businesses. Customers can choose from veggie or meat stir-fry, bratwurst or burgers, baked goods, ice cream, goat cheeses, sourdough bread, honey, soap products and seasonal produce.

Thursdays have fewer prepared meals, but vendors will still sell a variety of fresh produce. Smith expects more vendors on Thursday as the season progresses. She hopes it'll provide the option for customers to get an early dinner.

"We expect the list to continue to grow throughout the season," Smith said.

She said they're adding kids activities and live music at both weekday markets. 

The market is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.

The Columbia Farmers Market will continue to hold the 8 a.m. to noon Saturday market at the parking lot behind the Parkade Center until the agriculture park is opened. 

Supervising editor is Libby Stanford.

  • Spring 2019 public life reporter. I am a junior studying news writing and sociology. Reach me at sarahhaselhorst@mail.missouri.edu, or 573-340-5591.

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