Mo Ag Dept. Names Farmers Market Champs
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri Department of Agriculture has given a southwest Missouri couple a top honor for their work promoting local food.
The department said Thursday that Larry and Josephine Dowell are its 2011 Champions of the Year for their work promoting gardening, locally-grown food and farmers' markets. They were recognized Wednesday at the Fair Grove Farmers' Market, where they are members.
The agency says the award recognizes contributions to Missouri's farmers' markets and their communities.
Larry and Josephine Dowell have been involved with the Fair Grove Farmers' Market for the last seven years. They also distribute plants, seeds and advice to novice gardeners and are master gardeners through the University of Missouri Cooperative Extension Service.