Farmers’ market opening posponed until May 5 Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 April 2017
GUIDON staff

The Farmers’ Market at Fort Leonard Wood that was scheduled to kick off the 2017 season from 3 to 6 p.m. April 21 at the Commissary parking lot has been postponed due to inclement weather. The event has been rescheduled for May 5.

This year, the market is relocating from the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Rec Plex.

“We’re excited to be moving to the corner lot of the Commissary,” said Samantha Kramer, farmers’ market manager. “While the Rec Plex was a wonderful venue for us over the past three years, we’re looking to make healthy shopping easier, so the move to the Commissary just makes sense.”
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She said shoppers can pick up their produce and local products when picking up their regular groceries.

The Farmers’ Market at Fort Leonard Wood is scheduled for every other Friday through Oct. 20.  

Another change for 2017 is the market will begin earlier in the day, at 3 p.m., to better accommodate customer schedules.

“After much deliberation, chats with folks on the installation and surveys with customers, it became obvious that some had a hard time getting to market given that it started in the evening as opposed to the afternoon,” Kramer said. “We think this will give more people the chance to visit, stock up on healthy, fresh food and support the local farmers in the area.”

Some of the products the market will feature include fresh fruit and vegetables, local cheeses, grass-fed beef and free-range chicken. Products are brought in from within a 70-mile radius of the installation. Kramer said organizers are still working to secure additional vendors for the season.

“We spend the six months of the year we’re not open planning really hard to make sure that we’re coming up with things that everyone can enjoy and appreciate,” Kramer said. “While the market is essentially a place to buy food, it really is meant to be a community … it’s about creating a community for the service members and their Families so they can feel at home and a part of something.”

“Buying local and supporting farmers is an investment in the community,” Kramer added.

Kramer said market organizers will be working with the Commissary team in the future to put together recipes featuring both market and Commissary products.

“(We want to make this easy) for folks, and we’re excited that we’ll be able to perhaps expand our customer base through this partnership,” she said.

Javier Ramirez, assistant commissary officer, said he hopes customers find the new partnership beneficial.

“This will be the first time coordinating, and we hope it will make things easier for customers,” Ramirez said.

In the coming weeks, community members can expect market staff to release information about a local CSA or “community supported agriculture” program. This program will provide people the opportunity to purchase “shares” that will allow them to support participating local farmers and receive shares of produce from them throughout the season. Essentially, the program will be like a food subscription. Cost and additional details will be available in the near future, Kramer said.

The Farmers’ Market at Fort Leonard Wood is a partnership between Fort Leonard Wood’s FMWR and the Pulaski County Sheltered Workshop in Richland.

Market dates for 2017 are May 5 and 19; June 2, 16 and 30; July 14; Aug. 4 and 18; Sept. 1, 15 and 29 and Oct. 6 and 20.

For more information, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , call 573.765.2500 or visit the Farmers’ Market at Fort Leonard Wood on Facebook. 
Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 April 2017 )