20th Central Missouri Vegetable and Greenhouse Tour

Wednesday August 28, 2019*

 The 20th Central Missouri Vegetable & Greenhouse Tour -   “Rain  or Shine”.

 Consistent with previous years, we will meet at the Central Missouri  Produce Auction (CMPA) and the set out.

This event is free and open to all. 

Tentative schedule (you are welcome to arrive up until noon) 

10:00   AM                  Gather & visit ‘on your own’ the auction.

  • The Central Missouri Produce Auction - During sale time, two auctioneers are selling. Their email sales reports are a standard of efficiency and transparency. They accept credit cards!       

    Also during this time, you may want to check out:

  • Missouri Department of Agriculture will be available to answer questions about food safety regulations. 

    11 until 11:45             Grab lunch if you want some

  • For those registering in time for a free lunch**, you’ll get a coupon of $7 value to use at the food stand. 

    11:45 to 12:15             Introductions and discussion at the produce auction. Representatives from places such as:

  • MVGA, MU Extension, MO Dept. of Ag,

    12:30 to 2:00 PM      Field Tomatoes Under Cover – James Shirk; Melon growing & tasting, James Quinn & James Shirk.

  • James Shirk and some other growers became frustrated with foliar diseases and field tomatoes some years back. They responded by moving all their ‘field’ tomatoes under cover. James’s ‘tunnel’ can be moved and has no sides. Given its been in use a few years we thought this would be a good time to hear how it has worked out.

  • A novelty melon trial was funded by MO Dept. of Ag to MU Extension/James Quinn. He’ll have those melons to taste test and melon production will be discussed with James Shirk, who is one of the leading melon growers for the produce auction.

  • A variety of other vegetable crops are also grown at the Shirk farm, including greenhouse tomatoes. 

2:00 to 3:30 PM        Next farm stops to be determined. Check back the week of Aug. 19-24 for details. 

To register or for more information:  call 573-378-5358 or e-mail  klindworthd@missouri.edu.  Just let us know you are coming and how many will be in your party.

* Directions to the farms will be provided at the auction at the check-in table.

**Free lunch is limited to the first 70

Sponsored by: University of Missouri Cole County and Morgan County Extension. Thanks to the NRCS for sponsoring the lunches through a grant program. 

 This is the produce auction web site which includes directions.


For those that do e-mail but not internet, here is the address:

37808 Highway E
Fortuna MO 65034

 Questions? Send an email…….

MVGA State Tour

June 28th, 2019 (Friday)

10: 00 a.m. Clark Produce Auction 2048 Hwy Y, Clark, MO

Clark Produce Auction is a wholesale auction located in the heart of an Amish community. The growers for the auction are mostly Amish. The manager of the auction will meet with the group to discuss how the auction works, quality of produce, qualifications to sell, and more. Sale starts at 10:30 a.m. Participants will have the opportunity to see how the auction works and make a purchase, if you choose. (Look for University of Missouri Extension personnel when you arrive. Directions for the rest of the tour will be passed out.)

11: 30 a.m. S & M Produce (Sonny & Mary Orth) Farm (rural Centralia, MO)

The Orths became Master Gardeners several years ago and continue building their produce farm. They raise a variety of vegetables (lettuces, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, and much more). They raise produce outdoors and in high tunnels. Their primary market is farmer’s markets. Sonny and Mary will share the successes and challenges they have experienced.

1:00 p.m. Lunch at the Audrain 4-H Center (air conditioning and restrooms)

Courtesy of Missouri Vegetable Growers Association

2:00 p.m. Maxwell Gardens (rural Mexico, MO)

Tom Maxwell is a Master Gardener and will share some of the helpful things 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, who was also a Master Gardener. He will be sharing the story of the tomato.

How to Register: Registration is required by June 25th. Call the Audrain County Extension Center at            573-581-3231 and provide your name, phone number, and county of residence. If you have special dietary requirements, please let them know when registering. There is no cost. Farm owners have graciously opened their farms for the tour. Security is always a concern, so farm owners will be given the registration list ahead of time since the tour will be on private property.

 This 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. There is something new to learn at each stop.


For more information contact:

Jennifer Schutter University of Missouri Extension Horticulture Specialist

660-665-9866 schutterjl@missouri.edu

Mary Sobba

University of Missouri Extension Agriculture Business Specialist

573-581-3231 sobbam@missouri.edu