Area farmers markets put a bow on 2020
Both markets to return on January 2nd, 2021.
JASPER COUNTY, Mo. – Fresh vegetables for Christmas dinner, last-minute gifts, and a whole lot of Christmas cheer.
That’s some of what could be found at the Joplin Empire Market’s final market of the year, aptly named Tinsel and Tidings.
“You know, we’re kind of just making a party out of the last few hours that we’re open here,” says Market Manager Ivy Hagedorn.
It’s the last day of the year for both the Joplin Empire Market and the Webb City Farmers Market. So they decided to hold events on Christmas Eve to make the occasion special after several trying months.
“2020 has brought us some excitement, we’re happy this morning to be opening with just a festive thing to do,” says Racheal Lynch with the Webb City Farmer’s Market. “Christmas Eve market has been something we’ve been doing for several years, and we wanted to carry on that tradition.”
Just like any other business or non-profit, the markets have made several changes to navigate the pandemic. The Webb City Farmers Market expanded to make more room for social distancing, and both added online ordering and curbside pickup to limit exposure.
“Just like for most people, 2020’s been a challenge. But, I think we’ve actually risen to meet it for the most part,” explains Hagedorn. “Definitely our vendors have. And honestly, we’ve been able to add new vendors this year and our vendor revenue as a whole is up for the year.”
“We have survived and we have been able to continue our services the entire year. It’s been incredible and our community is incredible,” says Lynch.
So the events are more than just the ending of a year… they’re a celebration of their accomplishments, and the love they’ve received from the community.
“Ending 2020 in a positive way is gonna set the stage for our next year. And we’re really looking forward to having a different, but better year,” says Lynch.
Both markets will be open again on January 2nd, 2021.