It is a sure sign summer has arrived when the local open-air Farmers’ Markets open. There are several non-profit lake area Farmers’ Markets well worth a visit this time of year.

It is a sure sign summer has arrived when the local open-air Farmers’ Markets open. There are several non-profit lake area Farmers’ Markets well worth a visit this time of year. 

You can find all the traditional things like free-range eggs, breads and produce, but can also come across organic meats, jewelry, homemade soaps and a few other things that you will find you just have to take home with you.

There are some who rise early and make the rounds every Saturday to pick up a week’s worth of supplies. And at each stop, there is something new.

Camdenton Farmers’ Market

Every Saturday 7 a.m.-noon for the season; On the Square in Camdenton

It’s safe to say the Camdenton Farmers’ Market has been around the longest. Go early, it closes at noon but it is well worth heading out a little early to make sure you have plenty of time. The Camdenton Farmers Market is your one stop shop for fresh local produce, eggs, herbs, beef, pork, goat, baked goods, plants, flowers, soaps and unique artisan crafts. Every Saturday during the season, rain or shine from 7am-noon on the square in Camdenton. There is truly something for every member of the family. Be sure to check out the homemade jams and baked goods for sale. 

Osage Beach Farmers’ Market

Every Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; In front of the Osage Beach Outlet Marketplace

This market has farmers and artisans offering everything from yard ornaments to fresh meat (rabbit, chicken and beef), gluten-free products, pottery and produce. Every item there has been grown, raised or produced within a 100-mile radius.

You can order a gallon of milk or eggs to pick up at a later date. ($7/gallon). Highland Ranch has a freezer full of fresh different cuts of beef from cattle that are natural-grass fed. Order steak, ground beef, ribs, brisket and other cuts, either by the pound or in bulk. Pick up a few steaks for an upcoming backyard barbecue. We also saw yard ornaments made from vinyl records, fresh bread and pies, vegan barbeque sauce, kale and lettuce, strawberry plants, flowering plants, tomatoes and jams.

Eldon Farmers’ Market

Every Friday from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. through late September; Rock Island Park

Farmers and gardeners from the Miller County area set up under tents at the Rock Island Park on Friday nights offering a wide variety of products. You can find Missouri grown and raised produce, herbs, plants, home baked and canned goods as well as organic and free range eggs. Be sure to be prepared to spend some time wandering among the tents. There are also a nice selection of crafters with jewelry, things for your garden and yard and other great finds. It’s a great family outing in the park. Kids can swing and climb on the playground equipment while the adults enjoy the outdoor market.