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Dear Caramel – Made With Local Love

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At 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 Yvette Wynne of Dear Caramel in Springfield, MO!

About Dear Caramel: The smooth, creamy, delicious caramel treats from Dear Caramel are created by Springfield local Yvette Wynne and her family.  Yvette has always had a unique and artistic style, and she transfers this to her rich caramel goodies.  FMO had the privilege of visiting Yvette at her home kitchen and learning the finer points of cooking this confection.

Caramel is made with very basic ingredients – sugar, butter, cream and salt – by melting and blending them together on the stovetop in a heavy duty saucepan.  Yvette patiently and loving cooks small batches of caramel that she then bottles in fun, decorative jars, and adds her signature Dear Caramel labels and tags.  Not all of the caramel goes in jars though – some of it is destined to become individual caramel chews, or to coat pecans to make praline bites!

You can find Yvette and her Dear Caramel products located in the food truck alley at FMO on Saturdays – look for her beautiful black and brown caramel cart!  If you just can’t decide which caramel treat to take home with you, Yvette offers samples so you can find which type of caramel speaks to you the most.  Caramel cart

Products: Caramel sauce (sea salt and original), caramel chews, praline bites

Farmers Market Celebrates Kids Fest on July 25

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It’s all about the kids this weekend at Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO). Market will be centered on our little sprouts on Saturday, July 25, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., for the market’s Kids Fest Event. With tons of berries, melons, sweet corn, and other delicious produce, it is the perfect opportunity for the entire family to join FMO for a day full of healthy, local fun.

“FMO is all about promoting a healthy, local lifestyle for all ages, and we especially want to help children get a great start,” said Market Manager Klaire Howerton.

The market has an entire day of kid-approved fun, like cooling off from the hot summer sun with a run through the pop-up fountains or maybe even taking in the FMO Dog Show. This Saturday the market will organize a Kid’s Zone in the plaza area that will be centered on family fun for all ages.  Little ones can enjoy balloons from our clown friend Garland, sample healthy snacks from Mama Jean’s Market, and even make a fun craft with the Girl Scouts of the Heartland.  Other kid-friendly highlights include a Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition gardening center and an informational booth about the Dickerson Park Zoo.  Plus, catch a dog show and agility demonstration from our four-legged friends at Springfield Side Kick Dog Training.

Market fresh picks for the kids include freshly squeezed lemonade, fresh blueberries from our farmers, honey donuts, tons of concessionaire foods made with local products, kid-inspired jewelry, henna tattooing, and much more.

With face painting, balloon art, a marketplace full of kid-friendly activities and a bountiful array of locally grown products, this weekend offers something special for every member of the family. Music from Goat Milk Honey will fill the marketplace from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn more online at loveyourfarmer.com about Kid Fest.

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. 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. The market accepts SNAP, credit and debit card transactions. For more go online to LoveYourFarmer.com, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @FMOzarks.

Socialize Your Dog BEFORE Visiting Market

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For a lot of people, attending Farmers Market of the Ozarks isn’t just about getting your local groceries and artisan products (although that is a big part of it!). Farmers market is also all about the social experience – visiting with the farmers who grew your food, meeting up with good friends for a bite to eat from the food trucks, or letting your child play with other kiddos in the pop-up fountains. There is no doubt about it – FMO is one of Springfield’s greatest social scenes! But is it a great social scene for your dog?

Many folks attend FMO (or other busy settings) with their dogs thinking that it will help the dog ‘get their social on,’ so to speak. But the fact of the matter is, our bustling marketplace is NOT an appropriate place to socialize your pup. As a responsible dog owner, you’ll want to think about it from the dog’s point of view – if you have never been acclimated to people, vehicles, live music and other dogs, would you be comfortable sitting still while mom and dad purchase their tomatoes when folks are visiting loudly, PA announcements are booming from the pavilion speakers, or a toddler tries to grab your tail in an attempt to pet you? Probably not, right?

Misti Fry, of Springfield Side Kick Dog Training, offers some stellar advice about proper socialization for Fido: “” Giving dogs proper socialization is a conscious effort to expose the dog to new situations and make sure the dog is not overwhelmed and has a positive experience with the new situation. During this process the owner should be focusing on the dog and making sure it is learning happily. Proper socialization should have already been done with the dog before it is exposed to extremely busy situations like the farmers market. It is very easy to be distracted and allow the dog to encounter things it is not ready for. Even a well socialized dog can be faced with challenges at such a busy place like the market. It is our job as responsible owners to prepare our dogs with training and pay attention to their emotional state whenever we take them into public.”

Now, does this mean you can’t ever bring your dog into a busy social atmosphere? Not at all – but it will take time and proper training. Start out by taking your dog for a walk around the community garden and micro-orchard on market day – they’ll still be close to the action, but no so close as to put them in a stressful situation. (Plus, there is a ‘doggy bag’ station in the micro-orchard!) Having training sessions with Springfield Side Kick Dog Training will also help with proper socialization skills, plus get you and your dog on track to register with FMO’s Canine Good Citizen program!

Dogs can learn to enjoy some of the same fun social atmospheres that you do – but make sure you have set them up for success first!

Jenna Cakes – Keeping It Simple and Delicious

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Jenna CakesAt 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 Jennifer Walker of Jenna Cakes in Springfield, MO!

About Jenna Cakes: Jennifer Walker and her family are cake aficionados – walking into Jennifer’s sparkling clean home kitchen, the smell of sweet and tasty cakes can really make a person’s mouth water. One of the best parts about purchasing local baked goods from Jenna Cakes is that you don’t have to commit to a whole cake – you can buy it by the slice! Of course, if you happen to fall in love with a particular flavor, you do have the option to order the entire cake.

Jennifer’s philosophy regarding cake is to keep it simple – she offers a handful of proven flavors to FMO customers, with a seasonal flavor or two every now and again to keep it interesting. She uses quality ingredients combined with time honored recipes and baking techniques that create moist, layered cakes with rich frostings; she uses minimal decorating on the finished cakes, letting the flavors speak for themselves – it truly is a beautiful creation!

You can find Jenna Cakes under the pavilion on Thursdays and Saturdays – look for Jennifer’s nostalgic cake counter display! She also offers samples of her scrumptious cakes to help you decide which slice you just can’t live without.

Products: Old fashioned cakes by the slice, with flavors including strawberry, coconut, choc-nilla and birthday cake

Want to Bring Your Four-Legged Friends to Market?

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Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) staff and vendors have strived to address any violations of the dog policy or other problems with dogs and the market has continued to receive a number of complaints from customers about problems with dogs, including dog quarrels, defecation, crowd and safety concerns. Crowded market days are especially stressful for dogs, even those who are exceptionally well socialized. While many farmers’ markets have banned dogs, the market’s board has opted instead to adopt a policy that seeks to accommodate all community members, including those who support dogs at the market and those who do not. Please read and sign the attached liability agreement.

Customers who bring dogs to the market need 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.
  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.

Misti Fry of Side Kick Dog Training Academy presents the Canine Good Citizen Program and it’s new role for shoppers and their family members at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks on this video, watch here:

Meet Ozarks Natural Foods

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Ozarks Natural Foods is a longtime member of FMO – it all started with Alan and Meera Scarrow, both founding members of the market. Alan and Meera both work in the medical field – Alan as the President of Mercy Hospital and a neurosurgeon, and Meera as an OBGYN – and they share a passion for healthy lifestyles. The Scarrows loved the idea of a farmers market that invested in both the customers and the farmers, and have been involved with FMO’s mission since the market first began. They connected with mutual friends Weston and Beth Walker over a shared passion for human health, and animal health and welfare. This cohesive partnership became Ozarks Natural Foods, a business with a mission to provide consumers with nutritious and healthy local meat.

The Scarrows and the Walkers raise their meat for Ozarks Natural Food on two different farms – Alan, Meera and their three children reside on their farm in Rogersville, where they raise grass-fed Angus cattle. Weston and Beth, along with their three boys, live on their farm in Dadeville and raise Angus cattle, Berkshire hogs, and hair sheep. Ozarks Natural Foods markets their sustainably and humanely raised meats through FMO, restaurants such Metropolitan Farmer, and wholesale at Mama Jean’s and Horrmann Meat Company.

The goal of Ozarks Natural Foods is not only to provide customers with responsible, healthy local meat choices, but also to help other farmers raise and market sustainable products, and give back to their community. Alan and Meera Scarrow are helping to meet this goal by partnering with the Ozarks Food Harvest and the Glean Team. Meera is an active member of the Ozarks Food Harvest Board and helped start the Glean Team, where Food Harvest volunteers glean produce from local farmers to help the hungry. The Scarrows also donated an extensive gardening set up to Ozarks Food Harvest as a headquarters for the Glean Team on their Rogersville farm, complete with a green house, raised gardening beds and irrigation systems, where volunteers can grow substantial amounts of local, nutrient dense produce to distribute within the community and fight hunger. “Our goal is to provide quality AND quantity,” said Meera. Learn more here.

Products: Beef, pork and lamb products

Best Sellers: Ground meat, Apple Bratwursts and bacon