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Market Meatloaf Recipe

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This meatloaf is made with FMO products from your local producers and will become a family favorite!

This meatloaf is made with FMO products from your local producers and will become a family favorite!

Meatloaf is one of those classic dishes that many recall as youngsters.  Patties or “loaves” of minced meat, mixed with a variety of ingredients, are part of many culinary histories. Germans hid boiled eggs inside meatloaf, the Romans enjoyed theirs made with wine-soaked bread, spices, and pinenuts, Medieval Europe served it mixed with with fruit, nuts and seasonings. Sometimes it was served hot, or wrapped in ham, or served cold with sauces, or was found jiggling in layers of gelatin, all according to Mother Nature Network. Check out these interesting facts about the history of meatloaf.

From the beginning, meatloaf showed us how much potential there is to reinvent a food.  Here is our own classic take on meatloaf, using products found from your producers at FMO.

Market Meatloaf
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup of minced local red onion
1 local carrot, minced
1 local celery rib, minced
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1/2 cup of minced local green onion, including tops
2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 cup ketchup
1 pound of local ground beef (chuck)
1  pound of local Italian ground pork sausage
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
2 large farm-fresh eggs, beaten
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley leaves

Preheat oven to 350° F.  In a large skillet melt butter and add onion, celery, carrot, garlic and green onions.  Stir and cook for 6 minutes.  Stir again and cook until the veggies are tender.  Add pepper, salt, 2/3 cup ketchup, thyme, Worcestershire sauce and liquid smoke. Cook for another minute and remove from heat.

In a separate bowl combine beef, Italian pork sausage, eggs, fresh breadcrumbs and cooked veggies.  Mix with your hands and combine well.  Then add fresh parsley and toss.

Coat a loaf pan with a little butter and press mixture into the pan.  Cover the top with about 1/3 cup of ketcup.  Bake for 55 minutes.  Remove and let set for about 30 minutes.  Slice, serve and enjoy!

Blue Heron Farm – Tiny Greens and Big Pigs

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Microgreens copyAt FMO, we pride ourselves on being a market created by integrity and trust. This is why FMO conducts annual inspections with our vendors to ensure food safety and integrity behind our product brand. Our inspections take us over the river and through the woods, and into the barnyards, kitchens and workshops of some great local people – like the Boosey family of Blue Heron Farm in Marshfield, MO!

About Blue Heron Farm
Blue Heron Farm, family owned and operated by James and Jeannie Boosey and their two sons, is situated on 50 beautiful rolling acres. Featuring open pastures, forested hillsides and a large pond, Blue Heron Farm is home to not only the Boosey family, but also hundreds of chickens, ducks and geese, several enormous Berkshire pigs (Penny, Rosie, Bear and a couple of groups of piglets), a large garden and a room full of microgreens. Everything on Blue Heron Farm is all natural and chemical free, and the poultry are all free range birds. The pigs are often out on pasture and in the woods as well, and it is not uncommon to see poultry and pigs foraging together. Both sets of critters are very friendly with people, and a muddy trip across the marsh was worth it to have Penny the Berkshire pig and her piglets wander out of a thicket to greet the FMO team!

Pig copyThe Boosey family is very passionate about food, and they love to share this passion with others through their duck, chicken and goose eggs, vegetables and microgreens. The living and nutritious microgreens have created a real niche market for Blue Heron Farm – James says that both customers and chefs are excited about this unique product. Examples of sprouts found in the tasty and varied microgreens include radish, broccoli and pea shoots, just to name a few. Blue Heron Farm products can be found at Farmers Market of the Ozarks on Saturdays and most Thursdays, and in local restaurants like Metropolitan Farmers and Farmers Gastropub.

Products: Microgreens, pea shoots, seasonal vegetables, free range chicken, duck and goose eggs

Enter to Win an FMO Raffle Basket on July 4

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raffle basketEveryone loves a raffle – and a raffle with local products as the prize is even better! On July 4, 2015, FMO is giving you the chance to win a raffle basket full of local goodness at our 4th of July Party. Each item in this basket was donated with local love by an FMO vendor. Don’t miss your chance to win!

What’s In the Basket?
This big basket is full to bursting with products you know and trust from FMO. Windwood Farm Goat Milk Soap has donated some of their natural and nourishing goat milk soap as a treat for your skin. Got a real sweet tooth? There are some tasty caramel treats from Dear Caramel tucked into this basket. You will also find some savory pastas from Pastabilities, coffee from Keen Bean Coffee Roasters, and flavored nuts from KT Nuts and Woodworking in the mix! Can’t get enough of Red Top Oven’s jams and jellies? They’ve donated a jar or two just for you! And in case your four legged friend like to eat local too, we’ve got a bag of tasty and healthy snacks from Mattie’s Eats and Treats.

Many of our crafters and artisans have donated to our local raffle – Alley Cat Design Studio creates beautiful and functional pieces of reclaimed wood art that they want to share with you. And don’t forget our friends from Birchtree and Lula – you will find some of their unique and vintage jewelry in the FMO raffle basket as well!

Raffle Rules
Raffle tickets for this beautiful basket can be purchased at the Market HUB inside the pavilion on July 4. Tickets cost $2 each; raffle entrants will need to provide us with their name and phone number on each ticket. The winner will be announced at 12:30pm on July 4 – you don’t need to be present to win!

Need to Know Info When Bringing Pets to FMO

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Two of our dog owners with their Canine Good Citizens sporting their FMO bandanas.

At FMO, we love our farmers AND our four-legged friends!  That is why we created our FMO Canine Good Citizen Program, so that our vendors, customers and dogs can enjoy a safe and harmonious environment centered around local food.  We welcome your dog at market – but we have just a few steps for you to follow!

In order to register your dog in our program for attendance at market, you will need to bring us a form or paperwork proving that your pooch has been through a training class, or successfully passed a performance evaluation.  The class or evaluation can be through our friends at Sidekick Dog Training, Petsmart, the AKC, or a similar organization.  Once you bring us proof of completed training or certification, you will need to purchase an FMO bandana for your dog – these cost $10 and will need to be worn by the dog each time they attend market so we know they are an FMO Good Citizen!  We will also need you to fill out a brief form saying that you take full responsibility for your dog while they are at market.

All FMO approved dogs, and their owners, are expected to follow these rules: 
1.    Only dogs with the FMO Good Pet bandana and a signed liability agreement will be allowed in the pavilion, promenade, or plaza areas during market hours.

2.    Your dog must be sociable to people and other dogs to earn the right to shop at the market. Completion of the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program or similar training is essential to help balance the concerns of our customers, the vendors, and the dogs. Dogs who meet this requirement will receive bandanas to show their accomplishment.

3.    Dogs must be current on all vaccinations and meet municipal requirements.

4.    Dogs must be kept on a short (6 ft or less), non-retractable leather or nylon leash. No exceptions.

5.    Keep your dog under control and by your side at all times. Jumping on, licking, or aggressive behavior toward other people will result in the customer being required to immediately return the FMO Good Pet bandana.

6.    Aggressive behavior, barking, and growling are signs of a dog that is stressed. Owners of dogs who fight will be asked to immediately return the FMO Good Pet bandana and remove their dog from the market.  Aggressive behavior from dog owners towards market staff, vendors, or other customers will not be tolerated either, and may result in both the dog AND the owner being asked to leave the premises.

7.    Keep dogs away from produce, plants and other food products. Food safety is a key issue to local food producers.  Please control the head and the rear of the dog while visiting vendor’s stalls.

8.    Not everyone is a dog lover: Be considerate.

9.    Come prepared to clean up after your dog! Bags are located in locations in and near the pavilion, and along the paths near the micro orchard.

10.    If a dog is not behaving in accordance with these rules, the market staff will to ask that the owner to return the bandana and remove the dog immediately.

11.    No other pets will be allowed.

12.    Service animals are welcome, and will receive an FMO bandana free of charge.

Please stop by the Market HUB, leave us a comment here or private message us on Facebook if you have questions!

Summer Farm to Table Dinner Welcomed 200 Guests

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DSC_0316The excessive rain didn’t stop us from hosting our third Summer Farm to Table Dinner at Ballou Farm in Ozark, MO., on June 20, 2015. We welcomed 200 guests to Dave and Sharon Ballou’s farm and the evening was warm and sunny- unlike the week’s rain and storms that went through the Ozarks.  We were fortunate for a beautiful day for our dinner festivities.

The Ballous, which are FMO vendors, were our host farm and entertained guests with a farm tour of the farm’s cattle, llama and hydroponic greenhouse operation.  (The llamas were quite the stars of the evening with the children and adults alike.) Guests commented on how much they enjoyed the tours that Dave Ballou presented and how interesting it was to learn about hydroponic agriculture.  Guests came away not only with a plate full of delicious, locally-inspired foods, but a new found appreciation for the local farmers that produce their foods.

Besides the educational farm tours, guests enjoyed a four course meal, local spirits and the sweet sounds of Mark Bilyeu and Cindy Woolf- which were their perfect musical pairing for our event.

Summer Farm to Table Dinner Menu
Course 1: Vichyssoise Soup from Chef Matt Hales at the Hilton Garden Inn
Local products from Kou Song’s Garden, PT Gardens and Netzer Farm

Course 2: Summer Market Salad from New Horizon Farm
Local products from New Horizon Farm, Quickly Produce Farm and Metro Farmer dressing

Course 3: Wood-fired oven pizzas from Firelight Pizza Company
Local products from Quickly Prodice Farm, PT Gardens, Millsap Farm, Wild Bunch Farm, Landers Lean Meats, Terrell Creek Farm, Willow Mtn. Mushrooms

Course 4: Dessert: Ronda’s Peach and Cherry Fried Pies with Benissimo Vanilla Bean Gelato
Local products: Ronda’s Fried Pies from Norwood, Ozark Mountain Orchard, Benissimo Gelato

DSC_0377The evening couldn’t have been possible without the gracious support of our sponsors, which included the following: Nationwide Insurance, Mother’s Brewery, Firelight Pizza, New Horizon Farm, Dark Horse Distillery, Whispering Oaks Vineyard, Benissimo Gelato, Ronda’s Fried Pies, Terrell Creek Farm, Millsap Farm, Quickly Produce Farm, Ozark Mountain Orchard, Willow Mtn. Mushrooms, Kou Song’s Garden, Landers Lean Meats, Wild Bunch Farm, Netzer Farms, and PT Gardens.

Our next dinner event will be this fall- look for details soon about your next opportunity to join us in celebrating local foods in the Ozarks.

Feel free to tag yourself in our complete set of photos from the event and share with your friends! Write a review on our market’s Facebook page and tell us about your experience from the Summer Farm to Table Dinner.

Here is a glimpse of the evening…

Limited Tickets Left for the Summer Farm to Table Dinner

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Don’t miss out on the FMO Summer Farm to Table Dinner this week on Saturday, June 20, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at Ballou Farm in Ozark, MO.  Get tickets at market this week or online here.  We have limited tickets left, hurry and get yours and celebrate the summer harvest with your friends at FMO.

Here are images from last year’s event to give you an idea of the fun to be had by everyone!


Summer Farm to Table Dinner

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Tickets on Sale for Summer Farm to Table Dinner

The Annual FMO Summer Farm to Table Dinner will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Dave and Sharon Ballou’s farm outside of Ozark, Mo., from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The dinner includes a four-course meal, carefully created using the finest ingredients grown and raised in the Ozarks by FMO vendors. The dinner is a fundraising effort for the market, which is a 501c3 non-profit organization, and profits will enable to market to organize culinary classes, special events and festivals at the marketplace.

Dave and Sharon Ballou operate New Horizon Farm, which produces hydroponic watercress and lettuces and hanging baskets for the market. The farm will be the host for the summer dinner and will open their farm to the community for farm tours, which include cattle, llamas and hydroponic greenhouses. Guests will dine in the pasture at the Ballou Farm with special musical entertainment from Mark Bilyeu and Cindy Woolf.

“We invite you to come out and enjoy the fresh bounty of the Ozarks,” said FMO Executive Director Lane McConnell. “Our farm to table dinners have become yearly events for families and friends to celebrate in the summer harvest from our FMO vendors and help support our efforts for consumer education at market.”

The menu is an extensive collaboration of the diversity of market vendors and includes donated local beer from Mother’s Brewery and whiskey and wine sampling from Dark Horse Distillery and Whispering Oaks Vineyards.

Course 1: Vichyssoise Soup from Chef Matt Hales at the Hilton Garden Inn
Course 2: Summer Market Salad from New Horizon Farm
Course 3: Wood-fired oven pizzas from Firelight Pizza Company
Course 4: Dessert: Ronda’s Peach and Cherry Fried Pies with Benissimo Vanilla Bean Gelato

Tickets are limited to 250 and on sale at the market on Thursdays from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Saturdays from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, or purchase tickets online here. Adult tickets are $30 and children 13 and under are $10. No tickets will be sold at the door.  For directions to the farm go here.

Sponsors of the dinner include Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance, Mother’s Brewery, New Horizon Farm, Firelight Pizza Company, Hilton Garden Inn, Whispering Oaks Vineyard, Dark Horse Distillery, Ronda’s Fried Pies, Benissimo Gelato, Terrell Creek Farm, Millsap Farms, Kou Song’s Garden, Ozark Mountain Orchard, Willow Mountain Mushrooms, Netzer Farm, Wild Bunch Farm, PT Gardens, Quickly Produce Farm and Lander’s Lean Meats.

Farmers Market of the Ozarks is a non-profit organization that offers consumers a full-range of locally grown farm products from a 150 mile radius of Springfield. Items include: vegetables, fruits, pasta, meat, jams, jellies, salsa, eggs, cheeses, yogurt, baked goods, honey, artisan crafts and an assortment of concessions. FMO operates Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (April – October) and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., year-round. Farmers Market of the Ozarks operates a vibrant farmers market that contributes to the success of local food growers and producers, strengthens the local food economy and serves as a community gathering place for the Ozarks region. For more go online to LoveYourFarmer.com, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @FMOzarks.

Check out the event listing on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FMO2012/photos/gm.1642918439264580/1011509202207164/?type=1&theater