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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.

 

Caterers

 

Homegrown Food
Amanda Owen
459-1698
            Uses local food whenever possible.

 

Da Barefoot Chef

Pauly and Amy

861-8896

www.dabarefootchef.com

            Uses local food whenever possible.

 

Katie Murr
Springfield, MO
883-9646
            Uses local food whenever possible.

 

Dairy

 

Stoney Acres Sheep Dairy
Competition, MO
Deb & Rick Christmas
668-5560
            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
417-366-0999
            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.

Fruit

 

Welkers’s Organic Berry Farm
417-859-4271

 

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

417.634.5414

www.seasonsharvestecofarm.com

 

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
849-0314
            Uses all natural and organic products.

 

Meat

 

Bechard Family Farm
Conway, MO
www.bechardfarm.com
589-4152
           
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
461-0234
            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

            Buffalo.

 

Millsap Farms
Curtis and Sara Millsap
www.millsapfarm.com
833-3842

             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
417-366-0999

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
417-277-5869

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

 

Native Plants

 

Alice Counts
Willard, MO
542-3770
631-8312
h/ 742-3770
alicecounts@att.net

            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
pansgarden@hotmail.com
            Woodland native plants and ferns, mail order and retail, by appointment.

 

Produce

Millsap Farms
Curtis and Sara Millsap
cmillsap1@yahoo.com
833-3842
               Community Supported Agriculture. Subscriptions available summer and winter.

 

Fassnight Creek Farms
Dan Digbee
1366 S. Fort
Springfield, MO
865-4186
c/ 818-4417

 

Farm of Hard Rocks
Leah Bonebrake
833-9180

Greater Springfield Farmers Market
Donald Bauer
267-2371
www.springfieldfarmersmarket.com/

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

Seeds—Heirloom

 

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
2278 Baker Creek Road
Mansfield, MO 6570
www.rareseeds.com
924-8917

            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.

 

Links:

 

http://www.localharvest.org/buylocal.jsp

 

http://foodcircles.missouri.edu/apringfieldeating/pdf

 

www.slowfoodusa.org

 

www.slowfoodusa.org/index.php/programs/details/ark_of_taste/

 

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.