Next, we were ready to go to market, to market, to buy a fat pig. Well, maybe not a whole pig, but some local bacon and other goodies at Joplin Empire Market (931 E. Fourth Street).
This enclosed, year-round market features vendors from a 150-mile radius selling produce, meats, eggs, local products, crafts, and art. On this Saturday exploration of the market, my family members bought some coffee and pastries for breakfast, and found some locally made products like salad dressing and lavender room spray to bring back home with them. My favorite moment was watching their expressions as they examined the jewelry and art pieces crafted by our area artisans. I could see the appreciation in their eyes, and I knew the creative juices were flowing in their veins – which was the ideal setup for our next stop.