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Mushrooms and More – A Recap from a Vendor Workshop

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At FMO, some of our vendors hold educational workshops, classes and farm field days throughout the year that are open to the public.  This weekend, some of the FMO crew had the opportunity to attend one of these workshops, hosted by Matt and Nora Trammell of Trammell Treasures Mushroom Farm in Humansville, Mo!

The mushroom growing workshop was held at Matt and Nora’s store/mushroom fruiting facility.  Matt and Nora explained to the workshop participants how they first became involved in growing mushrooms, and how their business grew to incorporate the store, and mushroom sales at three farmers markets: the Overland Park Farmers Market, Farmers Market of the Ozarks, and the Branson Landing Farmers Market.  Matt then gave an informative presentation on what mushrooms are, the benefits of growing and eating mushrooms (turns out mushrooms can help clean up oil spills, and are being used medicinally to try and treat dementia!), and some tips on how to grow tasty ‘shrooms at home.

An inoculated shiitake plug

An inoculated shiitake plug

Drilling the plug holes

Drilling the plug holes

After the presentation, the group headed outside for some hands on mushroom inoculating!  Matt and Nora provided each participant with their very own mushroom log – everyone drilled holes on each side of their log, 4 inches apart, that were then filled with inoculated shiitake plugs (the plugs were wooden dowels cut into small pieces and coated with shiitake spawn).  After tapping a plug into every hole, the plugs were then coated with melted soy wax to seal them in tight.

Sealing the mushroom log with soy wax

Sealing the mushroom log with soy wax

After learning how to inoculate the logs, Nora did a demonstration of how to plant mushrooms in a garden bed using grey oyster spawn, straw, sawdust, and newspaper.  Her demo was followed by a delicious five course meal that featured many local ingredients, including Matt and Nora’s mushrooms!  Each participant went home well educated and fed, with an inoculated mushroom log and a bag of grey oyster spawn to plant.

Learning some mushroom facts

Learning some mushroom facts

You can find Trammell Treasures Mushroom Farm at the Branson Landing Farmers Market on Tuesdays, and Farmers Market of the Ozarks on Saturdays.  Visit their website at www.trammelltreasures.com and find them on Facebook and Instagram!

Nature Valley Farm – Bringing You Beautiful Produce

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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 Teng Yeng of Nature Valley Farm in Fairview, MO!

About Nature Valley Farm:  Most regular farmers market customers know Teng Yeng of Nature Valley Farm – his friendly smile and his beautiful vegetables are a familiar sight!  The great value and selection of produce from Nature Valley Farm make them a great vendor to shop with.

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Teng and his family garden on their farm in rural Fairview, MO, and have dedicated 5 acres of their farm strictly to gardening.  Each carefully planted and tended row features a different vegetable or herb, which are then harvested, washed at a designated washing station, and packed for market customers.  Teng has also built two greenhouses at the edge of his garden, which house tomatoes, ginger and other produce, and helps him extend his growing season on into the fall.

Nature Valley Farm features a selection of common  produce, like tomatoes, peppers and lettuce, but Teng likes to keep things interesting for his customers by also providing new and exciting vegetables like Asian eggplants, yard-long green beans, Jamaican sorrel and herbs.  You can find Teng under the pavilion on Thursdays and Saturdays with his amazing veggies!

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Products: Tomatoes, ginger, pepper, green beans, yard-long green beans, peas, herbs, greens, lettuce, okra, corn, yellow squash, zucchini, radishes and other seasonal produce

Raspberry Jalapeno Jelly

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Has your garden ever produced so many jalapenos you wondered why you planted four plants for a family of four? When I garden, I go all-out! And plants are like really good potato chips, you can’t just have one. I can’t just plant one variety of a plant…I want another and another and another.

This season we installed raised beds at our house, as we started a three-year backyard project that consists of raised beds, a micro orchard and a small greenhouse. I might even throw in a moveable chicken coop if the hubby agrees to build one.

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We installed only three raised beds early this spring and I have to say that my garden really impressed me with the amount of produce harvested for my family of four. Swiss chard, kale, carrots, beets and spinach were our spring crops, huge variety of herbs, seven tomato plants, lots of pepper plants, more carrots, Swiss chard and beets, cucumbers, and we even harvested a couple pie pumpkins and six delicious cantaloupe and banana melons. Now, our garden has turned to fall with our pepper plants and herbs still producing, lots of spinach and bibb lettuce, carrots, beets and tons of winter squash (spaghetti, acorn and butternut).

Ok, enough rambling on about my three little raised beds (I work around real produce farmers that produce FIELDS of produce) and here I am rambling….Back to the massive amounts of Jalapeno peppers that I was left with this season (and still harvesting from my garden). I decided to try my hand at making jalapeno jelly to not waste any produce from our garden. (I shared with all our neighborhood and there are only so many jalapeno peppers one family can actually consume.)

I did some research on the web and talked to my own farmers about any good recipes for pepper jelly and finally decided to take a base pepper jelly recipe and add my favorite fruit- raspberries- to it. The result- HEAVEN! I think raspberries are the perfect compliment to the hotness of the jalapeno and this recipe is super easy- no canning needed, just lots of freezer space.

This is a freezer jam that is easy and tasty- guaranteed. I’ve put up 30 half pint jars thus far and will be making more this weekend. I plan to use these as Christmas gifts for family and friends. Plus, I just love to share good, wholesome food with friends!

NOTE: Two key things I learned about messing with jalapenos- wear gloves and whatever you do- DON’T TOUCH YOUR EYES! I made this mistake in the middle of my third batch and found myself crying the entire day, not to mention my burning hands that continued to last for THREE SOLID DAYS. (I’ve sliced a jalapeno before, but never so many at once- wear gloves- you will thank me!)

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Raspberry Jalapeno Jelly
6 cups whole berries
1/2 c. minced fresh jalapeno pepper, add more for a stronger heat
1 c. water
1 box SURE-JELL fruit pectin
5-1/4 c. sugar

Have 8, half pint jars washed, rinsed and dried. In a food processor add the berries and plus the processor a few times to crush the berries. Next add the jalapeños and sugar and plus about 10 times. Pour this mixture into a large bowl and let stand 10 minutes, stirring every so often.

While the berry mixture is hanging out, doing it’s thing, bring the water and pectin to a boil over high heat in a small saucepan. Boil this mixture for about 1 minute.

Pour the pectin mix over the berry mixture and stir for 3 minutes, constantly. Fill the jars with the mixture, leaving about ½” of container top. Clean off the edges of the jars to remove any spilled mixture. Cover with lids and let stand at room temperature for 24 hours.

You can use the jam after 24 hours, store it in the fridge for a month or freeze for up to a year. To use after being froze, thaw in the refrigerator.

Uses for Raspberry Jalapeño Jelly

  • Top crackers with cream cheese and jelly
  • Use as a baste for pork chops and chicken
  • Make spicy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
  • Use a couple tablespoons with a spicy stir-fy
  • Use for a terrific baste for salmon: Mix together bourbon liquor, honey, melted butter and pepper jelly and spread over salmon and cook

What’s your favorite way to use pepper jelly?

The Importance of Soil Sampling

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By MU Extension Agronomist Jill Scheidt
Obtaining a quality soil sample is vital for receiving accurate nutrient recommendations for your field.

“In a 20 acre field, there are 40 million pounds of soil. Of those 40 million pounds, you send 1 pound to the lab for results,” said Jill Scheidt, an agronomy specialist with the University of Missouri Extension.

Soil samples need to be obtained every 3-4 years; sampling costs range anywhere from 14-20 dollars depending on where you go and which nutrients you want to test. The average soil test assesses nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, organic matter, neutralizable acidity, cation exchange capacity and pH levels. Micro nutrients are not tested for unless the producer requests it at an additional charge.

Different soil types and soil needs are in the same pasture or field. Several samples bags need to be collected if the land is uneven. For example, if a pasture was once 2 pastures, separate samples should be taken on either side of the old fence line. Hillsides and waterways should be sampled differently as well. If a pasture has been converted to a crop field, separate samples need to be taken if a pond or tree line has been removed.

Sample cores need to be at least 6-8 inches deep. Every core should be the same depth and quantity. If using a shovel instead of a soil probe, dig a hole and slice off one side. Collect 10-20 cores in a bucket, crumble and mix them well. Then remove sticks, rocks and grass and place about one pint of soil into a plastic bag or soil sample box. Always label the bag in reference to where the sample was taken.

Interpreting soil tests are the most difficult part of the process. The first section of the soil test represents the current level of nutrients. Macro nutrients are expressed in pound per acre and micro nutrients are expressed in particles per million (ppm) and rated on a scale of very low, low, medium, high, very high, to excessive.

The lower section is the recommended additions of the nutrients expressed in pounds per acre according to the desired yield goal. Limestone tonnage recommendations can be calculated by dividing the Effective Neutralizing Material (ENM) by the guarantee of the limestone dealer. ENM guarantees are usually 400-450.

Bio-Security on the Farm

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How simple safety measures can go a long way towards protecting your investments

By Klaire Howerton
If you have spent time in and around the agriculture business, chances are that you have heard the phrase ‘bio-security’ used before. Just what is bio-security?

“Bio-security is the precautionary measures taken on a livestock operation to prevent the introduction of new diseases,” said Dr. Craig Payne, Associate Professor of Veterinary Medicine for MU Extension.  “A component of biosecurity is bio-containment, which refers to the actions we take to prevent the spread of disease if it’s already present on an operation or there is an accidental introduction.”

Keeping your farm or ranch disease free should be a top priority as a livestock producer. With a little preparation and preventative measures, you can put bio-security to work for you.

“With proper bio-security a farmer reduces chances of disease or parasite infestation to their livestock.  Diseases can be brought in on contaminated footwear and clothing, perhaps even on our hands,” said Ann Horsman, of Meadowlands Farm in Niangua, Mo.

She advocates that “all ranchers and farmers should make an effort to educate visitors and also at minimum, apply a disinfectant to all footwear before allowing any access to barn yard areas.” Disease transportation can cause devastating losses on livestock, or very expensive veterinary treatment if good bio-security measures are not adhered to.  Crop loss can also be a major issue without preventive bio-security measures – ensuring that visitors have clean footwear and clothing before entering crop areas can help limit the spread of seeds and disease from aggressive non-native or exotic invasive to your fields.

There are several ways that you can implement good bio-security practices on your own farm or ranch to ensure disease prevention. “Maximize herd immunity by providing adequate nutrition, minimizing stressors, controlling parasites, and implementing a vaccine program designed by your herd veterinarian,” Dr. Craig Payne suggested. Quarantine is also a very effective bio-security measure, one that Ann Horsman uses regularly in her poultry operation. “I follow strict quarantine programs for incoming stock,” she said. “New fowl are penned separately for a month to observe their health status.  All new fowl are de-parasitized immediately before being placed in a quarantine pen.  I apply a liquid Ivermectin to the skin of each new bird.  They are then placed in a suitable pen where they cannot have physical contact with the other fowl on the property.” Ann observes the new fowl daily to make sure they exhibit no signs of illness, and are eating well and remaining hydrated.  Only after they pass a quarantine period does she release them to the designated flock and pasture area on her farm. Dr. Craig Payne recommends testing stock for high impact diseases such as Trichomoniasis or Bovine Virus Diarrhea Virus (BVDV) after the quarantine period.

General cleanliness is also vital to maintaining a solid bio-security program within your livestock operation. “Keep feeding equipment, housing facilities, and animal handling facilities as clean as possible,” Dr. Craig Payne said. Ann Horsman recommends maintaining dry bedding areas and roosting areas for livestock to help prevent the spread of disease. Making a simple disinfectant solution of household bleach and water for shoes, clothing and other supplies that have or could have come into contact with contaminated animals can also aid in disease prevention.

“No disease program will be effective without biosecurity,” said Dr. Craig Payne. Making sure you have good bio-security practices in place can save you a lot of time, trouble and money down the road.

FMO Ranked TOP Market in the Country

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DSC_0219It’s been a little over three years since our market opened to 417 Land and since the market has grown as quickly as the produce our farmers tote to market every Thursday and Saturday.

In 2014, FMO was named the Number 15th Farmers Market in the County by The Daily Meal, out of 101 markets nationwide.  We were excited and thankful for such a blessing.  Then in 2015, Food 52 named FMO the Number 6th Farmers Market in the Country, and FEAST Magazine voted FMO the best farmers’ market in the 2015 Feast 50.  Again, we are thankful and humbled by the love shown from our community, vendors and weekly shoppers.

THANK YOU for choosing LOCAL and shopping with FMO every Thursday from 4 pm to 7 pm and Saturdays (year-round) from 8 am to 1 pm.  #loveyourfarmer

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