Aaron Templemire of Missouri River Bluff Foods has introduced Columbia Farmers Market customers to young fruit and nut trees since 2017. In addition to providing information about trees that grow well in Missouri, Aaron sells garlic, gourds, pumpkins, basil, melons, and tomatoes.
Finding more efficient, low-impact ways to grow crops is what Aaron enjoys most about operating his business in New Franklin. “We have orchards of young trees and around those we grow a variety of annual crops. All of our crops are grown with no pesticides or herbicides.”
Aaron is happy to share what he knows about native fruit and nut trees and hopes to learn more through new avenues, such as the Missouri Nut Growers Association. “It is a statewide organization that has multiple meetings a year around the state and discusses all aspects of growing nut trees,” Aaron said.
When it comes to selling at the farmers market, Aaron appreciates his customers’ commitment to shopping local.
“Some advantages of locally produced food are that you can ask farmers how they grow it, and you can often get fresher food,” he said.
“The market has great management, staff, and vendors. It also has great customers. These are the reasons why I sell here.”