Pick sunflowers, enjoy fresh pizza, grab a cocktail and a whole lot more at these local farms.
Urban Roots Farm
In the heart of the city, Urban Roots Farm offers seasonal produce year-round, and customers can use a self-serve checkout system. The farm also hosts cocktail nights and dinners during the year.
Farmers Market of the Ozarks
Open year-round from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, this outdoor market in south Springfield hosts as many as 80 vendors. Live music and events are always on the calendar, so check its website for details. And arrive hungry. Food trucks line up each Saturday morning.
Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co.
An hour’s drive east of Springfield, a homestead dating back to the mid-1800s serves as the headquarters for Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. Visitors shop for heirloom seeds, listen to music, stop in at an old-time mercantile and natural bakery and take free farm tours. The farm hosts several events each year including an annual spring planting festival.
Gooseberry Bridge Farm
From late May to mid-October on Tuesday through Saturday, it’s you-pick flower season at Gooseberry Bridge Farm, about 30 minutes east of Springfield. You can also check out the baby goats, pigs, sheep and rabbits each spring. Gooseberry Bridge also hosts weekly events like yoga and flower-arranging classes.
Lavender Falls Farm
The popular lavender field sits near an early 20th century farmhouse and a natural waterfall, and visitors can listen to live music and drink craft cocktails while dining on steak or salmon.
Terrell Creek Farm
Thirty minutes east of Springfield are Terrell Creek Farm's Nubian dairy goats. Tours are by appointment only, and “cheese nights” are a good time to see the farm.
Thursday nights from May until October, there’s live music at Millsap Farms plus wood-fired pizzas. Reservations are a must, and lawn chairs are a good idea. Visitors can take free twilight walks on the third Wednesday of every month.