Columbia Farmers Market springs into the outdoors

1 month 1 week 3 days ago March 18, 2017 Mar 18, 2017 Saturday, March 18 2017 Saturday, March 18, 2017 2:35:00 PM CDT in News
By: Monica Harkins, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA — Blankets, coats and hot coffee kept farmers and vendors warm Saturday morning as the Columbia Farmers Market kicked off its spring season. The biggest change coming this spring is moving the market from inside to outside.

Happy Hollow Farm is one of the many vendors at the weekly farmers market. The farm says it's still selling its winter season produce that grows in a greenhouse. But it said a change to outdoor produce is just a few weeks away.

“We’re currently starting a lot of seeds in the greenhouse,” said Ben Mcgowan, a farmer at Happy Hollow. “We’re in the process of getting our outdoor fields ready to go and prepared for the seeds transplants to be put out.”

Mcgowan said the winter season is when he sees his regular customers each week, but the spring brings many more people coming to explore and enjoy the market.

“It’s nice to see the full circle of us growing the produce in the fields and bringing it here and giving it to the community,” Mcgowan said.

The Columbia Farmers Market is open every Saturday 8 a.m to noon and can be found at 1701 West Ash St.

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