Next month the first formal farmers market in 10 years will open in Monett.
The Southeast Asia America Farmers Organization, doing business as Monett Farmers Market, will begin offering produce for sale on Front Street between Third and Fourth streets. According to May Xee Xiong, approximately seven vendors have already signed up to participate and more are welcome.
Xiong said the only restriction for vendors is that all the goods sold must come directly from the farm. No pre-packaged or processed food will be allowed. Vendors must sell their own produce and not market others' goods. One vendor plans to sell live chickens.
The fee for vendors will be $50 for the season, which will run every Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon until late October or November. Normally, Xiong said, vendors would get an eight-foot table, but to encourage activity in the start-up year, all the vendors will get a 16-foot space.
"Bring as much as you can," Xiong said.
The farmers market has been cleared with the City of Monett and the Monett Chamber of Commerce. The Barry County Health Department had no problem with the market as long as vendors were not handling prepared food or selling products requiring temperature control.
Xiong expressed appreciation to Glen and Sharon Garrett for allowing the parking area for the former Chapman Tire Company operation on the south side of Front Street to be used for the market.
Vendors interested in participating are welcome to call Xiong at 417-342-0812 or contact her by e-mail at email@example.com.