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Local Foods

Ozark Farmers' Market
Ozark Farmers Market

Producing and Buying Local Food


The White River Group strongly supports growing and buying local food (as well as organic, fair trade, heirloom varieties, etc.) Buying locally supports agriculture in our area, and often means you get a product that is fresher and more nutritious. It also eliminates the air pollution from the transportation required to bring food into our area—often from as far away as 1500 miles!


If you’re concerned about climate change, however, and would really like to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, consider reducing your consumption of meat.  A Carnegie Melon study found that the average American would benefit the planet more by being vegetarian one day per week than by switching to a totally local diet. And as the journalist who reported this in the Washington Post said, “Heck, why not do both?”


WRG has created this page to help our members and friends locate foods grown in our area, as well as plants and seeds and related services. Local food customers and vendors are welcome to suggest additional listings for this page by calling 581-8318 or send emails to csandre1@aol.com.


Area code is 417, unless otherwise indicated.




Homegrown Food
Amanda Owen
            Uses local food whenever possible.


Da Barefoot Chef

Pauly and Amy



            Uses local food whenever possible.


Katie Murr
Springfield, MO
            Uses local food whenever possible.




Stoney Acres Sheep Dairy
Competition, MO
Deb & Rick Christmas
            MO’s only licensed sheep dairy and cheese plant. Making naturally aged raw
            sheep milk cheese, soap, lotion, and fudge—called “smudge.” Free tours.


Pasture Nectar Farm
Mt. Vernon, MO
Eric Vimont
            Our Shorthorn cows produce excellent meat, milk and cream for your family.
            They eat only fresh grass and clover from our rotated chemical-free pastures
            during the growing season, and hay in the winter—never steroids, hormones,
            or processed feeds, no animal by-products.



Welkers’s Organic Berry Farm


Grow Your Own

Master Gardeners
            The Master Gardener Volunteer program is an opportunity for individuals to learn and share knowledge with others. Candidates receive 30 hours of basic horticulture training on a wide variety of topics taught by MU Extension Specialists and other professionals.

            Contact your local University of Missouri Extension Center for more information.


Season’s Harvest Eco-Farm

Larry & Carla Vogel

Sparta, Missour




Natural Organic Mineral based Fertilizers and soil amendments. Classes in beekeeping, raised organic gardening, canning and even building your own small wind turbine.


Lawncare and Landscaping


Beautiful Days Landscaping
Seth Entwhistle
Springfield, MO
            Uses all natural and organic products.




Bechard Family Farm
Conway, MO
Pasture Raised Chicken, Turkey, & Eggs (poultry); Grass-Finished Beef & Lamb;
            and all natural Pork. Our animals live peacefully on chemical-free pastures and
            never receive hormones, antibiotics, etc.


Madewell Meats
Mt. Vernon, MO
            Pastured Belgian Blue Beef and Pork. All natural—no antibiotics, growth
            hormones, etc. Belgian Blue beef is the leanest beef there is, even leaner than



Millsap Farms
Curtis and Sara Millsap

             Millsap Farm is a family-run farm focused on sustainable agriculture. We raise
            whole pastured Chicken and Turkey's, pastured pigs, feeder pigs, eggs, whole,
            half hog or pork whole by the cut, beef by the cut, goats, ducks and geese.

Pasture Nectar Farm
Mt. Vernon, MO
Eric Vimont

Our Shorthorn cows produce excellent meat, milk and cream for your family. They eat only fresh grass and clover from our rotated chemical-free pastures during the growing season, and hay in the winter—never steroids, hormones, or processed feeds, no animal by-products.


Peace Valley Poultry
West Plains, MO
www.freshchickenand turkey.com

            Chickens and Turkeys, pesticide/herbicide free pasture. Antibiotic-free, non-GMO ration.


Native Plants


Alice Counts
Willard, MO
h/ 742-3770

            Native plants are hardy, requiring less watering, fertilizing and care and support
            native wildlife. Many are quite showy, making attractive additions to traditional
            gardens as well as native plant gardens. Native shrubs and trees also available.


Pan’s Garden
Tom and Angel Kruzen
Mountain View, MO
934-2818 or 934-6537
            Woodland native plants and ferns, mail order and retail, by appointment.



Millsap Farms
Curtis and Sara Millsap
               Community Supported Agriculture. Subscriptions available summer and winter.


Fassnight Creek Farms
Dan Digbee
1366 S. Fort
Springfield, MO
c/ 818-4417


Farm of Hard Rocks
Leah Bonebrake

Greater Springfield Farmers Market
Donald Bauer

Winter schedule includes some Saturdays through April 4th. The 2009 Season begins on April 11.



Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
2278 Baker Creek Road
Mansfield, MO 6570

            We only offer open-pollinated seeds: pure, natural and non-GMO! We offer over 1200 varieties from 66 countries, including many that we collected ourselves. Monthly festivals and twice yearly garden shows.












Recommended Reading:

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Barbara Kingsolver

            This is Kingsolver up-close-and-personal discussing her family’s efforts to live on locally produced food for one year.


The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Michael Pollan

            The author examines the sources of four meals from different food production processes, and considers the ethical, environmental and political aspects of each.


The Meat You Eat

Ken Midkiff

            Missouri writer and longtime Sierra Club activist and staffperson discusses the production of meat in the United States.



Copyright Sierra Club White River Group, Missouri Chapter.