Fifth-generation pig farmer Todd Geisert and his wife, Katie, opened Farm to You Market in April in Washington, Missouri, as a place for locals to pick up groceries, all sourced from within 200 miles. Shelves are filled with fresh fruits and veggies, milk, freshly baked bread from Companion Baking Co. and Great Harvest Bread Co., cheese (try Homestead Creamery’s smokehouse Cheddar), grains and, of course, meat. Geisert’s pork products, including brats, smoked kielbasa, pork burgers and baby-back ribs, as well as other local farmers’ wares like Boeckmann Family Farm’s Mangalitsa pork and grass-fed beef, are sold fresh.
Those looking to round out their trip can pick up Stringbean Coffee Co. beans, Excel Bottling Co. sodas, frozen Dogtown Pizzas, Hammons Products Co.’s black walnuts, and myriad canned and preserved goods. Geisert is particularly proud of the salted caramel-honey ice cream from Giofre Apiaries, which incorporates his bacon.
Within the market, 40-seat The Barn Yard Cafe serves seasonal daily sandwiches, soups, salads, Companion cheesecakes and more. Patio seating is also available out front, overlooking planters made from repurposed highway guardrails that grow fresh basil, thyme, rosemary and other herbs for purchase.
Nothing is going to waste here; everything is recycled,” Geisert says. “We’ll never throw food away – at the very least, we can feed it to the pigs.”
Just a ½-mile down the road from Geisert’s hog farm, Farm to You Market also features a rentable commercial kitchen and a massive distribution center to ship Todd Geisert Farms products to its 70-plus retail and restaurant partners. Look for a monthly dinner series with
St. Louis-area chefs – the next features Grapeseed’s Ben Anderson on June 7 – and an online store coming this winter.
Written by Bethany Christo. Photography by Cheryl Waller. This article appears courtesy of Feast Magazine. Feast Magazine is dedicated to broadening the conversation about food and engaging a large, hungry audience of food lovers.
Farm to You Market, 5025 Old Highway 100, Washington, Missouri, 844.682.2266, FarmToYouMarket.com