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Mel Kallal

Jefferson City

Dear Editor:

The local farmers market season continues into fall. Saturday, Sept. 4, I awoke as a gentle drizzle blanketed our area. What a great morning to visit the Lincoln University Farmers Market! Shoppers were treated to dozens of tables loaded with fresh locally raised and harvested colorful produce. Freshly prepared baked goods and delicacies quickly disappear. Locally produced beef, chicken and pork are available and can be ordered.

Those who make the weekly visit to the Lincoln University Farmers Market find a dozen vendors already set up under tents. Early shoppers queue up to select their favorites from regular vendors. Latecomers find baked goods quickly disappear.

What else? Fresh produce, always seasonal, is followed by squash, root crops, late-season veggies, fall melons and gourds and pumpkins.

The LU Farmers Market is open 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays on Chestnut Street, just down from Leslie Boulevard. Other farmer's markets are at Capital Mall, Holts Summit, New Bloomfield, Fulton and Columbia. Regular readers follow the News Tribune coming events section for updates and seem to find their favorites.

Another traditional fall event, the MU Extension Cole County Fall Festival, was tabled by COVID in 2020. This week this annual crafts gathering is set for Saturday, Sept. 11, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds. Proceeds support Cole County extension programs. Plan ahead, do your farmers market shopping early, and mask and vax up and enjoy the fall in Mid-MO!

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