OREGON COUNTY -- The Missouri Farmers' Market Nutritional Program is searching for farmers wanting to sell their homegrown produce and be a part of the local Ozark Farmers' Market.
According to Sharon Wrenfrow, Oregon County Health Department Farmers Market coordinator, there will be a mandatory training held at the Thayer Health Department April 15 at 1:30 p.m. for those interested. Personnel from Jefferson City will conduct this meeting and this will be the only local training session held.
Oregon County residents interested in this training session should call Lenard Baldridge at 870-625-3930 or the Missouri Women Infant and Children (WIC) program at 573-751-6204. Wrenfrow said area residents that are a part of this program can accept cash and Missouri farmers nutrition checks issued to the WIC participants and senior citizens who have applied to the program. The sites available to sell the local produce will be the Thayer Wal-Mart parking lot, the Alton Dollar General and the health departments at Thayer and Alton on clinic days.
Wrenfrow said last year there were 13 local farmers who participated in the program. The Oregon County farmers market runs from May through October.
This will be the seventh year Oregon County has participated in the program.
Oregon County was one of the first three counties in the state that began a local farmers market. The program has expanded, and now 10 counties across Missouri have local farmers' markets.