The first weekend in May will be one of fruits, vegetables and trees for Independence.

The first weekend in May will be one of fruits, vegetables and trees for Independence.


The opening day of the farmers and craft market at the corner of Truman Road and Main Street on Saturday, May 5, also will include the celebration of the city receiving two awards from the Arbor Day Foundation.


The program begins at 10 a.m. with a proclamation from Mayor Don Reimal’s office. Missouri Department of Conservation Urban Forester Chuck Conners also will speak.


This marks the 12th year for Independence Parks and Recreation earning recognition as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation and the 13th year Independence Power & Light has received the Tree Line USA award.


The Parks and Recreation Department will distribute free seedlings and tree-planting information. IPL also donated five trees in 5-gallon containers that will be raffled off.


Following the program, citizens may shop for locally grown and handmade goods at the farmers and craft market. It will be open from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays until the end of October. The market sells produce, baked goods, jams/jellies, farm-fresh eggs and crafts that come within a 75-mile radius of Independence.


Those who are interested in selling their homegrown fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants or handmade crafts may contact Market Master Joe Antoine at 816-591-3953.