Missouri Harvest

A Guide to Growers and Producers in the Show-Me State

Missouri Harvest - Book Cover

Photo by Alvin Zamudio

Did you know that Missouri has the second largest number of farms in the United States? Missouri farmers grow and raise an amazing variety of foods: vegetables, grains, fruits, meats, dairy products, and more. Missouri Harvest takes you on a virtual tour of all that Missouri has to offer anyone interested in eating and shopping locally, whether you are a committed locavore or just developing an interest. We introduce you to the farmers who raise the food to the purveyors who bring it to you, the chefs who prepare it, and some of the people who are active in making it all happen through the support of local businesses. Throughout the book, we also provide ideas and suggestions for preparing the great bounty of our state, right down to the recipes provided by some of the folks featured in the book. By dividing our virtual tour by region, we help you navigate the state's farms and ranches, allowing you to effectively plan your own agri-tour of Missouri.

Missouri Harvest - Authors

Authors Maddie Earnest and Liz Fathman; photo by Dilip Vishwanat

Maddie Earnest is the co-founder and co-owner of Local Harvest Grocery and Café whose interest in local foods stems back to the family garden of her youth and environmental courses in college. The store and the café sell and use as much locally grown and produced food as possible, striving for at least 50&percent; to be locally sourced, and the businesses buy from farmers who use sustainable growing methods. While she loves to eat goat cheese, sheep cheese, grass-fed beef, organic popcorn, and occasionally grows her own food, she doesn't consider herself a foodie. In her dream world, everyone would have access to locally and sustainably grown foods.

Missouri Harvest Trailer by Bill Streeter

Liz Fathman is a food enthusiast with an interest in local food systems and all they imply. From the sustainability of growing and buying locally raised food, to the difference in the flavor and quality, to the act of supporting the local economy, Liz's interest in the Farm to Table movement has, like that of many others, developed along the way. Liz is also an anthropologist who is fascinated by the cultural components of food and food production of people around the world. When she's not cooking and eating locally raised food, Liz is the Publications Manager at the Missouri Botanical Garden.