Local and Fresh

The Nixa Farmers Market features locally grown produce


Rachel McGowan

The Nixa Farmers Market is held on Saturday mornings throughout the summer.

The Farmers market is a non-profit run by its board. Each vendor pays yearly dues in order to participate. It is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon through September, excluding May 22 due to Sucker Days. It is located in the Nixa Assembly of God parking lot at the junction of Highway 14 and Main Street. All products sold must pass an inspection by the certification committee.

Local plants, crafts and fresh produce will be on display at the Nixa Farmers Market this summer.
Senior Morgan Delloma typically buys fresh tomatoes, flowers and Amish pies at the farmers market.
“I love that you’re helping someone’s small business thrive and you’re supporting something local,” Delloma said. “I would much rather support someone trying to make ends meet for their family and working hard to do so than shopping a big-name company such as Walmart. Shopping at farmers markets also takes care of the worries such as harmful pesticides or chemicals put on supermarket produce.”
Delloma’s grandmother is a member of the farmers market, and she occasionally helps her grandmother in the summer.
“My grandma works with a local beekeeper and jars the honey extracted from the hives and sells it. The honey is all raw and locally sold,” Delloma said.
Algebra teacher Rachel McGowan and her husband Andrew McGowan run Family Through Faith Farm. Her husband was president of the market last season.
“We grow all kinds of produce and then we would sell it at the market,” Rachel McGowan said. “It depends on the time of year. [We] could start off with peas and spinach as an early crop, and then all different kinds of peppers — like hot peppers, sweet peppers — cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, eggplant, and different kinds of squash and gourds.”
Last year, COVID-19 brought new precautions to the farmers market.
“It didn’t change the scheduling at all, but it did change the rules of the market,” McGowan said. “The booths are usually side-by-side-by-side, but last year we kept them separated. … Everyone must mask. The vendors were the only ones who touched the produce, where usually we let other people pick things out. Sometimes we did a one-way walking lane, where traffic could only move in one direction.”
As time went on, restrictions grew a bit more relaxed.
“We weren’t doing the one-way traffic, but we were still keeping things spaced and trying to do vendor-only food handling,” McGowan said. “I would think that a lot of those things will still be in place at least as the market begins.”