On Saturday, August 9, the Wind Ridge and River Hills Farmers’ Markets will combine to hold their annual Youth Day event.
4-H and FFA youngsters from Lincoln, Pike, Montgomery, Warren, and surrounding counties are invited to set up at the market at no charge. There they can sell their poultry, small stock, and produce and any surplus items from their projects, such as cages and supplies. The market is in the Silex City Park on Hwy. E in Silex and the hours are 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The group has a long history of working with young people including the Spring Poultry Seminar co-sponsored with Central Elevator. The Reserve Grand Champion pen of market birds at the Montgomery County Fair this year was hatched by a regular participant at both of these markets.
On September 13 the two groups will hold their annual Fall Poultry Fest with this year’s emphasis on improving egg quality. It, too, will be held in Silex and has long been known as one of the better markets in the state for acquiring started pullets and rare and heirloom seed stock. Two weeks later, on Sept. 27, the season for the Wind Ridge Market will be re-launched with a special Fall Market on Main Street in Eolia, Mo.
On October 23-25 the group will again be participating in the National Small Farm Show. They will provide numerous speakers and moderators for the seminars and panels. Topics already slated are applying for grant funding, laying flock management, and small beef herd care.
For more information about the River Hills or Wind Ridge Markets contact 636-697-3447 or 573-324-5354.