Thursday, September 30, 2010

What's In Store...for October 2nd

This Saturday, we'll have music from 9-11 AM. We'll also have this fabulous line-up of vendors:
Shenandoah Soaps with handmade soaps
Steve Heuer with potatoes, okra, and other fresh produce
St. Andrew's with coffee and muffins
Stuart J. Lippman with birdfeeders and crocheted items

Save the Date

Our next special event at the market will be October 23rd. It will also be the last market for the season, so mark your calendars. We'll get more details about what is planned for that date once they are finalized.

Kress Farm Garden Preserve Fall Festival

If you haven't catapulted a pumpkin lately, here's your chance!

Thank You

To all the emergency services personnel, veterans, and active duty military who showed up at Remembrance Day, thank you for your service.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

What's In Store...for September 25th

This Saturday, we have a few regulars at the market and a few people that come less frequently. If you haven't seen Lori's jewelry or Padre's paintings, then you might want to stop by. They are fabulous artisans but aren't always at the market. Here's the list for this Saturday:

Padre's Gallery with oil paintings
St. Andrew's with muffins and coffee
Bug Doctor answers all your late season pest questions
Harold Underwood with wooden arts
Idle Time Jewelry with hand-made jewelry
Grandma Mb's Baked Goods with bread* and pies
The Rep Room with EGGS

*If the french bread that you buy from Mary has a chance to get a week old without being eaten, it makes excellent french toast!

September 25th: Remembrance Day

Since plans changed unexpectedly on September 11th, we moved the free cake to this Saturday. Police Chief Ernie Paul will open the market by playing Reverie on the trumpet. He'll also close the market with Taps. There will be a brief ceremony at 10AM beginning with the Star Spangled Banner and then three speakers representing military and service personnel from our community. If you show up in uniform (and we mean service personnel; your band uniform doesn't count), then you'll be served a free piece of cake. De Soto Police, De Soto City & Rural Fire Departments, Valle & Joachim-Plattin Ambulance will have booths to hand out information about their community services. Please come and honor those who serve you.

Our band this weekend will be Sugar Moon, and they'll take the stage from 9-11 AM. We hope to see you there.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

What's in Store...for September 18th

We have a great line-up of vendors this Saturday. Here's what you can expect:

Au Naturale Jewelry
Carter's Produce with fresh produce; pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks, radishes, and baked goods
DAP's with prepared baking mixes and soup mixes
Julie's Produce with fresh produce; squash, peppers, tomatoes, etc.
Lippman's Crafts
Margret Pillen with jams, jellies, and quilts
Robin Warren with jams, jellies, and fudge
St. Andrew's with muffins and coffee
Steve Heuer with fresh produce; potatoes, peppers, etc.
Wood Unlimited
Less Stress - massage
Dan Buttry - wooden trellis

Farmer and Rancher Grant Writing Workshop

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) is offering a grant writing workshop for farmers. There will be four workshops throughout the state, and one of those is in Jefferson County on October 5th from 9 AM to 3 PM. The cost is $20 per person, and lunch will be provided. You do need to register though by calling the Extension office: 636.797.5391.

For more information about the workshop, check out the SARE blog: NCR-SARE's Field Blog

October Gardening Calendar

The October Gardening Calendar is now available from the Missouri Environment and Garden Newsletter. To preview the entire newsletter, click here. To just view the calendar, click here.

Music for Saturday

This Saturday, we'll have music at the market from 8-12, instead of the normal 9-11. Ed Null will play from 8-10 and then we'll have Seniors from 10-12. Bring a chair, or at the very least, sing along as loud as you can!

De Soto Fall Festival

The De Soto Fall Festival is this Saturday. It will be held in Walther's Park and starts at 9 AM. However, the 5K run begins at 8 AM and registration will be at SMCI. The Mayor's Pancake Breakfast will begin at 7 AM and will be held at St. Andrew's. I heard that it will end at 9 AM, but I encourage you to come early. Here's a list of events that will be held throughout the day:

  • Volleyball Tournament
  • Washers Tournament
  • Basketball Tournament
  • Hula Hoop Contest
  • Three-Legged Race
  • Little Miss & Little Miss DeSoto Contest (ages 3-5 yrs)
  • Hot Dog Eating Competition (16 yrs & older)
  • 5K Walk/Run
  • Car Show
The farmers' market will share a booth with Get Healthy De Soto, so be sure to stop by.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Remembrance Day

Saturday is September 11th, and there aren't many Americans that don't know exactly where they were when they heard about the terrorist attacks on that day in 2001. In an effort to honor those that died in the attacks, those that continue to fight to bring the attackers to justice, and those that did so much to rescue those trapped in the buildings that day, we wanted to have a short ceremony. However, with the tragic death of James Ide V, we thought it best to postpone the ceremony. We would still like for everyone to come by the market and take a moment to write any words of remembrance about September 11th on a large banner that we have. We will display the banner at the market on September 25th, which is also when we'll have the postponed ceremony.

The Kids' Corner activity is to make American flags, so your youngsters won't want to miss it. We'll also have pony rides! that the unbearable heat seems to be done, and we don't have to worry about heat exhaustion from riders or horses.

Come by the market, talk to neighbors about what you remember from September 11, 2001, and let's all remember together.

What's in Store...for September 11th

This Saturday has several great vendors:

Shenandoah Soaps-see the Vendor Spotlight for items
St. Andrew's-with muffins and coffee
Stuart J. Lippman-with crocheted and wooden crafts
Bardenherer Wine Cellars-with wine
Nick Stateler-cedar furniture
Bug Doctor-bug knowledge galore
Pauline Seidl-
Steve Heuer with tomatoes and potatoes
Margaret Pillen with jams & jellies
Grandma Mb's Baked Goods-she's bringing pies and bread
Kriete Farms-pumpkins, zucchini, & yellow squash
Julie Ott-assortment of produce
Team Miller Homestead-fresh french bread, seasonal produce, and baked goods

The Back Porch Band is playing as well from 9-11 AM. Bring your chair and sit a spell!

4-H Beginning Horsemanship Clinics

The Dreamcatcher's 4-H Club National Horse Bowl team is offering a ten hour, week long course, to introduce new riders to the basic techniques and theory involved in caring for, training, and riding horses.

Youth, ages 8-18, will have the opportunity to groom, lead and ride a horse. They will be taught basic safety in both working on the ground with their horse and when mounted. They will be introduced to theory which will cover horse anatomy, parts of tack, and basic management practices. Youth will also learn exercises which will prepare them to ride with a balanced seat.

Up to 18 youth will be divided into three groups so that each student gets a maximum amount of personalized instruction. The groups will rotate through a ground station, theory station and riding station at each meeting. Upon completion of the course students should be able to safely lead, groom, mount, dismount, and control their horse while riding in an arena. They will also be familiar with the parts of the horse, saddle, and bridle, and have a basic understanding of the management practices involved in owning and caring for a horse.

Students will be enrolled in 4-H as a part of participating in the course, which will enable them to access 4-H materials to continue their study in horsemanship. This clinic is designed to introduce your children to the joy of working with horses and encourage more families to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities 4-H offers.

For more information about the available dates, check out the 4-H calendar of events.

Vendor Spotlight: Shenandoah Soaps

Kelly Berger is the vendor behind Shenandoah Soaps. She's originally from De Soto but now lives in St. Louis. She'll be at the market this weekend selling handmade lye soap, lotion bars, handmade-crocheted washcloths, & handbags. She has a website that you might enjoy checking out:, or if you'd like to contact her outside the market, you can always email her.
Kelly is new to the market this year, but she's excited to be a part of our market. Her favorite part is seeing so many people that she knows and meeting the many new ones. She also gave us kudos for emphasising healthy living and for being so friendly and open, so be sure to stop by her booth. You'll have to ask her about her next endeavor: upcycled items! She only sells at the De Soto Farmers' Market, so if you missed her, be sure to check out her website or email her.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Market Closed September 4th

Don't forget that the market will be closed this Saturday. We'll be back next week though! Enjoy the Labor Day weekend.

If you'd like more information about why we celebrate Labor Day, check out this website.