Three Moniteau County mothers, from left, Holly Bieri, Chelsea McGill and Laura Distler, have joined forces to bring back a farmer’s market to California. The grand opening will be June 1, 2019, and will run every first and third Saturday until October. (Submitted photo)
A farmer’s market is set to hit California once again after a several year hiatus.
Three Moniteau County women decided now was the time to bring back the tradition of bringing local farmers to California to sell their wares and give back to the community.
Holly Bieri has worked together with Chelsea McGill and Laura Dissler to organize vendors for every first and third Saturday of the month, starting in June until October. The location for the market will be on the lawn next to Grind.
With a June 1 grand opening planned, Bieri said the hope is to find 10 local farmers to participate in the event.
“We just want to get the community out and to have people shop local,” Bieri said.
As the farmers will be on site, Bieri said, community members who are interested in their crop have the opportunity to learn more about where their food comes from and meet the “people who actually grow it.”
The group has planned to have a kid’s corner at each market that can include a fun craft and an activity that promotes healthy eating.
McGill said the feedback so far has been promising.
“The Facebook page has 500 followers so far,” McGill said.
“We’re wanting to profile each farmer on the page so we can get more of a story behind the food,” she said. “They all have so much pride in their work, so we want to have a heart behind the food and a heart behind the farmer.”
The money raised through vendor spots will be used to give back to the community.
“We want to be a fundraiser for community outreach programs,” Bieri said. “For programs like Project Share and the Buddy Pack program, we just want to help them keep going.”
McGill said, “If we can give to people without them asking, I see that to be such a great blessing for those who need it.”
The funds and their allocation will also be documented on Facebook to show followers and the community where the hard work has found itself.
Three farmer’s market dates will share a time slot with upcoming “evening out” events for the community to enjoy. During these times, special vendors that sell eggs, container gardens, soaps and other goodies can be enjoyed.
“We’re so very excited for this,” Bieri said. “This is a priority for us, as mothers, for kids and the community to see the importance of supporting each other through any way that can be done.”