Pick Missouri Grown! (Pt. 2)

Pick Missouri Grown! (Pt. 2)

Pick Missouri Grown! (Pt. 2)

From peaches to pork, hundreds of fresh, tasty and nutritious products are grown by the men and women of Missouri agriculture. Our cheese products rival those from anywhere in the world. Some of the best bottled items come from Missouri also. Read below about some outstanding Missouri companies who will showcase their products at the Tasty Expo May 19-20.

This is just a sampling of what you’ll find when you Pick Missouri Grown!


Freddie Lee and Deborah James were giving their delicious sauce to family and friends for years before deciding to market it. The delicious, multi-purpose sauce has a unique taste that makes a great match for barbecue and much more. Freddie Lee’s Gourmet Sauce comes in both mild and spice to suit everyone’s palate preference. The sauces are gluten-free, vegan-friendly and do not contain high-fructose corn syrup. For a list of locations or to order online, visit the e-store at www.freddieleesgourmetsauces.com


Breakfast is typically the first, and most important, food choice a person makes each morning. Start Right aims to fill the breakfast plate with convenient and delicious options that are packed with the power of protein! Co-founders Clint and Kyle were lucky to stumble on Start Right’s delicious, high-protein waffle recipe and were immediately hooked. Here was a product that was delicious, convenient and packed with the right balance of carbs and protein for a healthy morning. Start Right’s tasty frozen waffles are made with complete egg and dairy protein and contain all the fiber, fruits and vegetables needed to form a well-balanced breakfast. These delicious waffles are also gluten-free, and have no added sugar. You can learn more on their website: www.startright.com


Drawing from a 20-year history of raising dairy cattle outside Sweet Springs, Mo., the Hemme family saw an opportunity to add value to the farm operation. In 2016, Hemme Brothers Creamery opened its doors and began making hand-crafted cheese that is rooted in goodness and family. This creamery starts with family, and this new endeavor was created as an avenue for the families to stay on the farm. All of the Hemme cheeses are made traditionally with milk from cows feeding on flavorful grasses, hay and grain from the family farm. The cows produce milk high in butterfat and protein, making it perfect for a rich, flavorful cheese. At Hemme Brothers, Farmstead goes further: crop to cream to curd. Find their products at https://HemmeBrothers.com.


Small-town girls rooted in the Midwest who grew up with home-cooked, farm-fresh meals are the creators of Homegrown & Happy. Their family backgrounds are diverse, and that diversity inspired a love of wholesome and interesting foods. When the chance to buy a small pickle company was presented, the ladies jumped in. Headquarters are located in Kansas City, with production taking place in Slater, Missouri, in what is lovingly referred to as the “pickle shack.” A great sense of pride stems from producing the product line in their hometown. Homegrown & Happy products can also be found in the online shop (www.homegrownandhappy.com). Some of the family recipes used are more than 100 years old and give consumers a chance to be food adventurous, too! As always, products are hand-packed to ensure the highest quality.


Flavor Market is owned and operated by Jim and Ami Zumalt, organic farmers who wanted to bring to the community products featuring fresh, wholesome food made with ingredients produced by local farms. Their kitchen focuses on using available produce ‘seconds’ and over-abundance during harvest. The Zumalts create unique jams, jellies, pickled foods, meals, breads and desserts that are naturally gluten free, lower in sugars, paleo and keto-friendly, and contain minimal ingredients. Flavor Market goodies can be found at their own retail store in Holden, Mo., and at the Downtown Lee’s Summit Farmers’ Market and the Brookside Farmers’ Market.


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