MARYVILLE, Mo. — Saturday morning offered Maryville residents a plethora of things to do: garage sales, the Abbey Trails 5K and, of course, the opening of the Maryville Farmers Market.

Located at Fourth and Buchanan streets, the market had several booths offering anything from earrings and an FFA plant project to fresh flower baskets, honey, cookies and doughnuts.

Maryville High School student Owen Walker had aloe vera and other plants for sale as part of his FFA supervised agricultural experience. He learned to propagate plants to make new plants for sale.

Ryan Hargrave of Black Bee Honey Farm, LLC, out of Ravenwood offered honey from their farm.

Mostly a hobby right now, he said they have about 20 hives that are harvested annually in the fall. For more information Hargrave said call or text him at 660-582-1672.

If in the mood to get some Thanksgiving preparation out of the way, Josie Baker was on hand to presell turkeys. She and her family raise the free-range, natural turkeys "with love," their sign read. 

In the fall the Bakers will contact pre orderers when the turkeys are ready to be picked up. For more information call 816-536-0067 or email thankfullygobbled@gmail.com

Offering home baked cinnamon rolls as well as chocolate chip and snickerdoodle cookies, Jennifer O'Gwin with Hello Cookies and Company said she enjoys the farmers market feel. She said having moved to town within the last two years, she didn't feel like she knew very many people. 

Her husband suggested she offer something at the farmers market to get out and meet the community. 

"I liked to bake, but my main reason for doing the farmers market was to get out and meet people and invest in the community," she said. "I think it's a really amazing thing that our community has to offer. It's a great way for people to come together."

For more information about Hello Cookies & Company, visit her Facebook page.

For more information about the Farmers Market visit http://www.farmersmarket64468.com/

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