Behind the sandwich counter at Shirk’s Country Market in Centertown, Missouri, a baker removes oversized loaves of bread from metal pans. Made fresh in-house each day, the bread – available in oatmeal, rye, white and wheat – makes a delicious base for Shirk’s popular build-your-own sandwiches.
Customers can tap into their culinary creativity by selecting their bread, meat, cheese, condiments and other accouterments, such as local lettuce from The Salad Ranch in Versailles, Missouri, and tomatoes grown by the local Mennonite community, including Ervin Shirk, a cousin of co-owner Randy Shirk.
The sandwiches are just one reason customers come from across central Missouri to visit Shirk’s, a family-owned and -operated business now in its second generation. In addition to the sandwich counter, from-scratch bakery and on-site greenhouse, expansion has allowed Shirk’s to grow its selection of bulk food offerings, produce and other merchandise from about 50 small businesses, including cheese curds from Hemme Brothers Farmstead Creamery, eggs from Martin Family Farms and coffee from Lakota Coffee Co. “I like to support people who are trying to make a go of something,” Randy says. “That’s what we’re all about.”
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Shirk’s Country Market, 341 Route U, Centertown, Missouri, 573.584.3650, shirkscountrymarket.com