Rural Missouri - August 2017 - 18
Fordland market offers rustic farmhouse décor in a unique setting
by Zach Smith | firstname.lastname@example.org
walk around Schoﬁeld and Gray market is akin to an all-in-one trip
to a home and garden show, farmers market and outdoor antiques
bazaar. There are, after all, not many places where contemporary
sofas and chairs ﬁt right in with old store inventory registers, sugar
molds and hen houses.
To co-owner Clive Gray, the nearly 2-acre farm near downtown Fordland is
many things: part business, part lifestyle and also fulﬁlling the wish of his late
grandmother, Lula Schoﬁeld Lawson.
"She left me that property and she never wanted me to work for anybody,"
Clive says. "You can do that if you live real simply and never beyond your
Clive and co-owner Ryan Rosenquist started the market about four years
ago, roughly the same time they opened a store, Grayson Home, in Springﬁeld.
There, you might see a buffalo head mount hanging over an antique dresser adorned with handcrafted candles and locally made grooming supplies.
On the farm, 30 vendors help emulate that look and feel by ﬁlling the farmhouse, greenhouse and equipment garages on the property to the brim with
one-of-a-kind ﬁnds. With everything from clothing and jewelry to hand-painted
signs and repurposed furniture, there's something at the market for just about
anyone and everyone.
There's also a bit of Lula's legacy in Schoﬁeld and Gray, besides being part
of the market's namesake. She held her own informal gatherings on the farm in
the late 1970s and early '80s selling whatever she happened to have on hand,
be it butter, eggs, fresh vegetables, canned fruits or quilts.
"She did it off and on whenever she wanted to," Clive, a Webster Electric
Cooperative member, says. "It wasn't an advertised thing, people just knew on
a certain Saturday she would do it."
Lula might be surprised to see the farm now, where her crowds of 15 to 30
Above: Grayson Home owners Clive Gray, left, and Ryan Rosenquist operate open house and market Schoﬁeld and Gray quarterly at the farm in Fordland. Below left: Signs point the way to
the entrance where shoppers line up to browse ﬁnds supplied by 30 vendors. Below right: Encore Gallery owner and craftsman Jim Faulkner sells a customer pieces from a pressed tin ceiling.