The Missouri Vegetable Growers Association and University of Missouri Extension will be hosting a vegetable tour in Audrain County on June 28. The tour is an opportunity to learn about vegetable production and marketing. Each stop will be unique, showing features and techniques that participants can gain ideas from to modify and improve their own vegetable production.
The tour will begin at 10 am at the Clark Produce Auction, where participants will have the opportunity to see how the auction works. The second stop on the tour will be S & M Produce Farm in rural Centralia. S & M grows a variety of vegetables (lettuces, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, and much more). Produce is grown in high tunnels and in the field, and is sold at local farmer’s markets. Maxwell Gardens in rural Mexico will be the third stop on the tour. Tom Maxwell will share what he has learned growing plants outdoors and in the greenhouse. An heirloom tomato variety, Mrs. Maxwell’s Big Italian, was named for Tom’s late mother Sallie Maxwell. He will be sharing the story of the tomato.
To register, call the Audrain County Extension Center at 573-581-3231 by June 25, and provide your name, phone number, and county of residence. If you have special dietary requirements, please indicate that when registering. Lunch will be held at the Audrain 4-H Center. Lunch is sponsored by the Missouri Vegetable Growers Association. There is no cost to attend.