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Tickets on Sale Now for Farm to Table Harvest Dinner

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It’s fall in the Ozarks and you know what that means…the FMO Farm to Table Harvest Dinner, presented by American National Insurance.  This is our largest farm to table dinner of the year where farmers and community meet to share in the bountiful harvest at our pavilion at Farmers Park.

Join us on Friday, October 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for a meal inspirited by local foods from our FMO vendors.  This year FMO has teamed up with Metropolitan Farmer to create a stellar locally sourced menu- featuring Whole Carved Hog from Ozarks Natural Foods!  Dine on a special menu crafted to highlight seasonal products, sip of local spirits from Missouri Spirits, Springfield Brewing Company and Whispering Oaks Winery and tap your shoes to the musical entertainment of the Domino Kings.

Farm to Table Menu
Course 1:
New Horizon Farm Hydroponic Leaf Salad with a Burnt Honey Vinaigrette Dressing and Terrell Creek Farm Goat Cheese

Ozarks Waldorf Salad with apples from A & A Orchard and walnuts from Hammons Walnuts

Artisan Breads from Aviary Patisserie

Course 2:
Layered Fall Squash

A & A Orchard Roasted Apples

Sweet Potato Mash with Candied Missouri Pecans

Course 3:
Ozarks Natural Foods Whole Carved Hog

Course 4:
Copper Run Moonshine Carmel Apple Flambé, served on an Artisan Oven Pecan Bochee with a Vanilla Bean Whip Cream and PT Gardens Cinnamon Sea Salt with apples from A & A Orchard
*Dessert from Chadwick Isom

Tickets are on sale at the Market Hub every market day, at the Branson Farmers Market on Tuesdays from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm and on BrownPaperTickets.com.  Get yours today before we are sold out!  Check out this video from the 2014 Farm to Table Harvest Dinner.

Apothefaery Fiber – A Modern Look at a Time Honored Art

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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 Faery Mirto of Apothefaery Fiber in Dunnegan, MO!

About Apothefaery Fiber: If you have passed by the Apothefaery Fiber booth at market on Saturdays, chances are that you have seen Faery hard at work at her spinning wheel!  Faery creates hand spun yarns, rugs, knitted accessories and other beautiful fiber art not just during FMO hours, but at home too!

Faery, her husband and their two sons live on a beautiful farm in an Amish community in Dunnegan, MO.  There, Faery practices the time honored art of weaving, spinning, carding and more in her spinning room.  Faery uses all American made equipment and earth friendly dyes to make her products.  She also uses local fiber – her family owns two wool sheep and several Angora rabbits – the fiber from these animals is what Faery uses in many of her crafts.

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Want to learn how to spin, card, weave and knit yourself?  Faery also gives lessons and offers group classes!  Be sure to ask her about how you can learn when you visit her in the pavilion on Saturdays!

Products: Hand spun yarns, bats, knitted accessories and other fiber art

Bechard Family Farm – A Passion for Pastured Livestock

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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 Armand and Teddi Bechard of Bechard Family Farm in Conway, MO!

About Bechard Family Farm:  The Bechard family are familiar faces in the FMO marketplace – folks know them by their unique barn-themed chalkboard signs, their well-stocked homemade soap display, and their outstanding selection of pastured lamb, beef and poultry products.  Teddi and Armand Bechard, along with their children, raise or make all their products themselves on their beautiful farm in Conway, MO.  Not only do they sell their meat, eggs and soap at FMO on Saturdays, but they also have an on-farm general store where customers can purchase their items as well!

Pastured turkey houses

Pastured turkey houses

Turkeys, chickens, cattle and sheep all make their home on the Bechard’s farm.  Armand and Teddi place a strong emphasis on raising their animals outdoors and on grass with careful forage management, and it shows in the quality of their pastures.

A carefully managed pasture on the Bechard's farm

A carefully managed pasture on the Bechard’s farm

Clover and a host of other native forages make up much of the Bechard’s livestock’s diet.  Their sheep and cattle are free to forage within their pastures, while the turkeys and chickens are raised in portable ‘poultry tractors’ and moved to fresh grass on a daily basis.

Teddi Bechard is also a talented soap maker, and creates beautiful bars of quality soap out of a designated soap making room in their farmhouse.  The Bechard’s soap and pastured meat and egg products can be purchased from their promenade booth at FMO, and Teddi’s trademark soap can also be purchased at local stores like Mama Jean’s Market.

Products: Homemade soap, and pastured beef, lamb and poultry products

 

Some of Teddi's soaps!

Some of Teddi’s soaps!

Sharpen-All – Staying Sharp with Knife Sharpening, Chickens and More!

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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 Ann Horsman of Sharpen-All in Niangua, MO!

About Sharpen-All:  A sharp knife can be your best friend in the kitchen or in your pocket – and Ann Horsman can help you stay sharp with her unique services that she provides to our FMO customers.  It’s said that you should never cut with a dull knife – a sharp knife is actually safer.  Sharpen-All to the rescue!  The Sharpen-All booth features state of the art equipment for sharpening, grinding and polishing knives, scissors and other equipment.

Not only does Ann offer knife sharpening at the market, but she also sells beautiful eggs from her free range hens, and wild mushrooms foraged from her farm!  She is a knowledgable poultry producer, and also a certified mycologist.

Happy hens foraging on Ann's farm

Happy hens foraging on Ann’s farm

Ann’s farm in Niangua, MO, is home to almost 100 chickens, turkeys and exotic poultry, a Great Pyrenees puppy, and abundant wildlife.  Part of Ann’s goals for her farm include restoration of native forages, trees and aquatic life – deer, herons, toads, monarch butterflies and caterpillars, and songbirds of all kinds are just a sampling of the native flora and fauna that call her farm home.

The poultry at Sharpen-All headquarters are provided with plenty of access to insects, forages, and dust bathing sites – it is not uncommon to have a few feathered friends follow around visitors to the farm!  Ann takes pride in her hens, and even takes some of her purebred exotics to poultry shows.  Be sure to ask how the flock is doing when you stop by at market on Saturdays to buy eggs, or get your knife sharpened!

Ann's exotic pheasant

Ann’s exotic pheasant

Products and services:  Knife and tool sharpening, eggs, wild mushrooms

Iron Chef Competition Helps Fight Hunger on Sept. 19

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Three of the best chefs in the region will bring their culinary skills to market to compete in the Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) Iron Chef Competition on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the market. The competition will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the 2015 Iron Chef will be named at 12:30 p.m. All proceeds of the event are to support Ozarks Food Harvest (OFH) as part of the organization’s Hunger Action Month Campaign.

“Farmers Market of the Ozarks is a strong supporter of The Food Bank,” explained OFH Communication Coordinator Christine Temple. “The annual Iron Chef competition is a fun event that brings the community together to raise awareness of the one in six people, and one in four kids, who struggle with hunger right here in the Ozarks.”

Iron Chef for this year’s competition includes Chef Brian Taylor of Iguana Rojo, Kevin Lane with Lifepoint Church and culinary student and home cook Caleb Howerton.

“Fresh fruits and vegetables are the most requested food items by many families served by OFH, and thanks to donations from local farmers and gardeners, local food is provided to these families, ” said Lane McConnell, FMO Executive Director. “The Iron Chef event will help to inspire locals to take action and raise awareness of the food insecurity in the Ozarks. Our participating chefs will be bringing everything they have to the table to raise funds for this great organization and to help feed our fellow neighbors in the Ozarks.”

Chefs will be asked to prepare three dishes, which includes a side, main and dessert. All dishes will highlight a secret market ingredient revealed the day of market.  In addition, one protein will be provided to each chef to use in his or her main dish. All dishes will focus on using locally grown and produced products from FMO and chefs will offer samples of each dish created to the public. Customers will help in scoring the judges through voting for their favorite chefs and dishes by dropping in monetary donations at each chef station in a provided donation jar. All money collected will be presented to Ozarks Food Harvest at the Iron Chef Awards.

For more information about the Iron Chef Competition go online to our Facebook page. Live music begins at 9:30 a.m. from the Adam Johnston Band from Branson, MO.

Enjoy photos from the 2014 Iron Chef Competition where Chef Chadwick Isom was named Iron Chef.

Farm to Table Harvest Dinner- Tickets On Sale NOW

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American National- Springfield, MO Office, presents the Annual FMO Farm to Table Harvest Dinner, Oct 6, 6 pm to 10 pm, Farmers Park Pavilion.  Tickets are on sale now each market day, Thursday from 4 pm to 7 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm, and at our new Branson Farmers Market at the Landing on Tuesdays from 3 pm to 7 pm.

Get online tickets here!

Celebrate in the harvest season with your friends and farmers at Farmers Market of the Ozarks. This is the 4th Annual Farm to Table Harvest Dinner which aids the market’s 501c3 nonprofit it raising funds for farmer scholarships, educational classes offered at market and vendor training classes. This year FMO has teamed up with Metropolitan Farmer to created a stellar locally sourced menu- featuring Whole Carved Hog! Dine on a special menu crafted to highlight seasonal products, sip of local spirits and enjoy the musical entertainment of the Domino Kings. A special Country Pie Auction will featured delicious pies from the best pie makers in the Ozarks!

Menu
Course 1:
Hydroponic Leaf Salad with a Brunt Honey Vinaigrette Dressing and Goat Cheese

Ozarks Waldorf Salad
(Apples from A & A Orchard and walnuts from Hammons Walnuts)

Artisan Breads
(Aviary Patisserie)

Course 2:
Layered Fall Squash

Roasted Apples
(A & A Orchard Apples)

Sweet Potato Mash with Candied Pecans

Course 3:
Whole Carved Hog
(Ozarks Natural Foods)

Course 4:
Missouri Moonshine Carmel Apple Flambé, served on Pecan Bochee with a Vanilla Bean Whip Cream and Cinnamon Sea Salt
Dessert from Chadwick Isom
(Apples from A & A Orchard and Copper Run Moonshine)

Local Spirits
*Beer pairings from Springfield Brewing Company
*Wine by the glass from local wineries
*Specialty cocktails from Missouri Spirits

More details to come…

 

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