Flowers, plants and baked goods were among the most popular sellers at the Hannibal Farmer’s Market on May 31 at the Kerley’s Pub patio.

Flowers, plants and baked goods were among the most popular sellers at the Hannibal Farmer’s Market on May 31 at the Kerley’s Pub patio.

Steve and Peg Colyar, accompanied by Michelle Bailey, had been buying from several vendors.

Peg explained they bought cookies, mint plants and four packages of lettuce. “We bought all their lettuce,” she said.

The cookies were bought from Betty McNeill, who also had  several kinds of breads. “I make everything with real butter,” she was telling her customers.

“So do I,” said Carla Gordon, as she selected cookies.

Gordon and Diane Link said they are artists from Quincy, Ill., and came to Hannibal to see a new exhibit at the Hannibal Arts Council.

McNeill was also disp0laying her flameless candles, and explained she makes them with donated wine bottles. She paints them and cuts off the bottoms.

Another vendor was William Jennings of Hannibal, accompanied by his daughter, Cheryl Lybarger of Laddonia.

Jennings said he comes to the Farmer’s Market every year. He was selling his tomato plants and flowers. He had several kids of lilies, such as “sugar babies,” which had pink-tipped petals.

The number of vendors bringing their food and other items to Kerley’s patio at 210 N. Main St. is expected to keep increasing, said Market Master Tina Sanders.

May 31 was the Farmer’s Market second Saturday this year, and Sanders said “We started off with about seven,” she said.

“Next week (on June 7) we will have six new vendors,” Sanders said. “They are getting their (city) licenses. … Our policy is it has to be home grown. It has to be able to be checked out.”

The Hannibal Farmer’s Market is scheduled each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at Kerley’s patio, but on one Saturday, June 21, it will be in Central Park, Sanders said. The reason for the change of location is so it will be part of an event that day in the park, she said.

Sanders hopes to make it possible for Food Stamps recipients to shop at the Farmer’s Marker soon.

“We are working with the state of Missouri to get an EBT machine, so people with Food Stamps can use it,” she said. “I am hopeful we will have it by the end of June.”

She also is planning new events for the Farmer’s Market this summer. “We will have a kid’s zone with projects for kids to do every Saturday,” she said.

A monthly wellness clinic is another goal, Sanders said. “We hope to work with the Hannibal Clinic and bring a wellness clinic once a month.”

On May 31, the vendors and customers were treated to some impromptu entertainment. Musicians Mike Moore and Seth Wade were playing their guitars and singing in the patio, because it provided shade for them.

One vendor, Gary Jordan, was eager to stress the importance of organic gardening.

As he displayed his mint plants and tomato plants, Jordan said “I sell everything organic. And I only water with rainwater.”

Jordan reported his mint plants are not just for flavoring drinks. “Mint is a natural bug deterrent.

“I promote the community garden,” he continued. “It is all organic. We are real proud of it.

“I stand behind Jessie Dryden,” he said, as she coordinates the community garden.

“It is watered with a ‘tea’ made of compost and water,” he said. “It purifies it.”

Jordan said he retired, “then I heard about this community garden and got back into it.”

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