by Ethan Colbert
There is a new business in Curryville that is ripe with opportunity.
Anderson’s Produce is in its second season of operation, moving to Curryville after one year in Eolia. What originally started as a hobby for a veteran farmers market participant, Bill Anderson has now turned his hobby into a full fledge business venture. Anderson operates the stand with his fiancé, Penny Garrett.
The produce stand on Hwy 54 near the city limit sign of Curryville has been open for three months now and is already attracting a wide customer base according to Anderson.
“We have had people from Columbia, St. Louis, Hannibal, and Vandalia stop and buy our flowers,” Anderson said.
The Amish community near Clark, Mo, in southeastern Randolph County, grows all the items available at the produce stand.
Anderson admits that without them, this business would not be possible.
“No way in the world could I ever raise these flowers or the produce like they do,” Anderson said.
In the coming months Anderson says they will be expanding their operation to include produce that is in season and he promises his prices are going to be competitive to that of supermarkets and major retailers in the area.
“We are going to have melons, tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, and onions,” Anderson said. In the fall, the stand will have pumpkins and mums available for purchase. “It is all homegrown by the Amish so you know that it will be good quality for what you are paying.”