It is no secret Farmers Market of the Ozarks is made up of hard working, caring vendors. Each vendor adds a special quality to the market. PT Gardens, a market vendor, specializes in herbs, salts, and spices. Their top five selling herbs are: basil, chocolate mint, cilantro, sage, and thyme.
PT Gardens began almost 8 years ago when Paul Spangenberg wanted better herbs to buy. “I love to cook and wanted better herbs to cook with, because some herbs are in the store for much longer than they need to be. Growing herbs started out as a hobby which morphed into something that now controls me,” Spangenberg said.
The Spangenberg’s grow their herbs on their .2-acre. Almost every inch of their normal city lot is planted. “We went from a couple pots on the deck to a thousand square foot garden within the first year,” Spangenberg said.
The family of four grew their own herbs for around 3 years before they joined a farmers market. PT Gardens has been part of Farmers Market of the Ozarks since the beginning. PT Gardens is vendor 7 to be exact. “We thought it would be fun going out and selling herbs, which it is a great time,” Spangenberg said. Shoppers can find PT Gardens at Farmers Market of the Ozarks on both Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings inside the pavilion.
Currently the family is growing a great deal of basil and garlic, they have close to two thousand basil plants right now. PT Gardens is a stickler for only providing the freshest herbs, meaning the Spangenberg’s progressively harvest.
“We work together and support each other. If you don’t have that support the business just doesn’t run as efficiently. One person cannot do it all, especially in a family business,” Tammy Spangenberg explains.
The Spangenberg’s love being a part of Farmers Market of the Ozarks, because they love providing the Ozarks with wholesome herbs, salts, and spices. However, the family agreed their favorite part of Farmers Market of the Ozarks are the people, from the shoppers to their fellow vendors. “Farmers Market of the Ozarks is a community all itself,” Spangenberg said.
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