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story.lead_photo.caption The Farmers Market is open 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays on 5th Street in front of the Courthouse, and 3-6 p.m. Wednesday in the Boyd & Boyd Abstracts parking lot on the corner of 5th and Ravine streets. Photo by Paula Tredway / Fulton Sun.

Fulton's Farmers Market is open rain or shine in the Historical Brick District from May to October.

Though the rainy weather has been making it difficult for some farmers, they are making the best out of it and are looking forward to a good year.

"It's slow today," Plane View Farms owner Lisa Swartword said. "But everyone was scared away because of the weather. And I don't blame the soap people for not coming on a rainy day. Overall, it's been good. I think last year was actually busier because everyone was wanted to get out."

Though Plane View Farms is thriving with is flatbread and wide variety of jams and jellies, they've had a tough time with produce, specifically tomatoes.

"Our gardens have been kind of held back from so much rain," Swartwood said. "Our tomato plants, we've replaced them three times because of the birds and flooding. So right now we have flatbreads, Amish white bread, banana and zucchini breads, jellies, jams, apple butter, green beans, cucumber, kale, but over 100 tomatoes planted and nothing."

Another vendor, Becky Ewing from Maple Lane Farms has seen a little bit more luck with her meats.

She offers organic, pasture-raised chicken, pork and lean, grass-fed beef.

"Because we started doing pork during the pandemic," Ewing said. "We could not find organic feed. We found non-GMO but the pandemic made it hard. We even went to St. Louis and nothing."

When she's not doing meats, she's making jewelry and a variety of cards for difference occasions.

"I have Tangolicous earrings," Ewing said. "It's published in Beadwork Magazine in 2016, and then I have a Barrel Bloom 3 mm and is published with Glass Garden Beads and Art Beads which is a national known website."

On Saturdays the market is open 8 a.m.-noon on 5th Street in front of the Courthouse, and 3-6 p.m. Wednesday in the Boyd & Boyd Abstracts parking lot on the corner of 5th and Ravine streets.

For more information, visit Fulton Missouri Farmers Market on Facebook.

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