Prairie Market is a natural outgrowth of Mel Harness' love for the land and people of our region. Raised on a Boone County farm, Mel became fascinated as an adult with our area's native grassland prairie-- so much so that he and his family restored twenty acres of his childhood home back to its native state. Harness Prairie has been repeatedly recognized as one of their region's most successful prairie restorations.
Family conversations overlooking this beautiful prairie led to the next big dream: to provide a local market, cafe, and education center that would support and encourage farms, health and nutrition in our community. The Harness family's long-term passions for organic gardening, natural living, eating well, and nutrition have knit together with Mel's roots in our region's agricultural heritage.
Mel sees an intrinsic connection between these two great endeavors: "I hope Prairie Market brings you experiences similar to my daily prairie walks: new discoveries, delight in the offerings of each season, and joy in the progression of life, health, and happiness. Join me on the trail of a better life!"