The Farmers' Market at Fort Leonard Wood kicked off their third season on the installation Friday at the Fort Leonard Wood Commissary parking lot.

The market is the result of a partnership between the installation and the Pulaski County Sheltered Workshop, featuring a variety of home-grown products, including meats, produce, honey, jellies and baked goods.

"The purpose of the market is to support the mission of the installation and servicemen, women, and their Families by making local, fresh, and healthy foods available," said Samantha Kramer, farmers' market manager.

Scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. every other Friday at the Commissary, the market not only provides the community with fresh produce, but also offers the opportunity to socialize with the local farmers.

"Farmers' market is a community event, not just a place to buy food," Kramer said. "You meet your farmer and you get to know them and their Families."

Supporting the market means supporting your local community. Proceeds earned at the market stays local.

"We define local as within 75 miles of Fort Leonard Wood," Kramer said. "This ensures that folks can trust that the food they're buying really is local and that the money they're spending really does benefit a farmer."

Kramer said the market is involved in the Community Supported Agriculture. The CSA is where the farm pledges to provide weekly or monthly shares of goods to Families that pay for shares at the beginning of the season.

"This allows them to essentially buy in to a farm and help the farmer purchase seeds, equipment, etc., through their financial support," she said.

"This year, the market will pilot a multi-farm CSA in which all market vendors (and some additional vendors) will contribute something from their farm to the share," Kramer said.

Dan Breumer, a first-year vendor said his first year at the market is going great.

"I really enjoyed my first Farmer's Market experience on Fort Leonard Wood," Breumer said. "I received several friendly customers and enjoyed talking to all of them."

The next market is scheduled for May 19 at the Commissary. For more information, contact Kramer at 573.765.2500 or visit www.facebook.com/flwfarmersmarket.