Fresh, local produce and other delicious goodies are ripe for the picking at the Branson Farmers Market.
When They’re Open: Tuesdays from 3 to 7 p.m., from mid-April through the end of October
What You’ll Find There: Each week 1,500 to 2,000 shoppers can be found at this market buying goods from around 40 or 50 Missouri and Arkansas-based vendors, many of whom are located within a roughly 100-mile radius of Branson.
Why We Love It: Started in 2015 as an offshoot of Springfield’s popular Farmers Market of the Ozarks, the Branson Farmers Market is in the parking lot at the north end of the Branson Landing but may be moved to a different location on the Landing for this upcoming season. It hosts food-focused annual free events such as berry- and squash-themed festivals (in June and September, respectively) and a gathering in July featuring a grilling competition and cooking classes. Each week features live music from local artists like Brett & Sophia and Dallas Jones. As you walk up and down the market, community organizations might hand out information about their business and may sometimes bring free giveaways like mugs and stickers. Some may even put on kid-friendly activities like face painting. For those looking to shop, there are plenty of options to choose from. Some popular regular vendors include Branson’s McKenna Family Farm and Peak View Farm, which provides sustainably raised chicken, lamb, pork and more. Britain Farm also provides beef and pork raised naturally without hormones or GMO treatments.
Besides groceries, the market also hosts artisans like Lake Time Craft, a local vendor who sells handmade sewn pieces like linens and aprons. And when you find yourself getting hungry on your way out, stop at the fleet of food trucks like Spork Express, which serves a mix of salads, sandwiches and soups. Worried about lugging your heavy bags to the car? No matter the location of the market, there is plenty of close parking, so don’t let that fear keep you from making the trip. The best part is that regardless of the entertainment you take in, how many food trucks there might be or the seemingly endless amount of vendors, admission is always free.