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4 Great Local Gift Ideas for Guys

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At FMO, we have something for everyone on your holiday shopping list – including the guys!  Any fellow on your list is sure to love one of these local items from our vendors.

Copper Run Distillery Spirits and Gear

Copper Run Distillery Spirits and Gear

Spirits from Copper Run Distillery

Copper Run Distillery, located in Walnut Shade, Mo, distills and bottles small batches of spirits that are perfect for gift giving.  For that guy on your list who has everything else, wrap up a bottle of Ozark Mountain Moonshine, Whiskey or Rum from Copper Run to put under the tree!  Copper Run also offers branded gear such as shirts, barrels and flasks.

Men's T-Shirt from Chrisara Design Studio

Men’s T-Shirt from Chrisara Design Studio



Apparel from Chrisara Design Studio

Chrisara Design Studio offers a great line of men’s clothing with their signature designs for stylish guys!  All of the apparel offered by Chrisara features one of their original drawings – and the shirts for guys sport manly designs like lions, eagles and more.


Hot Sauce from P T Gardens

Dragon Tears Extreme Hot Sauce from P T Gardens

Dragon Tears Extreme Hot Sauce from P T Gardens

For super tough guys, surprise them with a bottle of Dragon Tears Extreme Hot Sauce from P T Gardens – it’s hot enough to make a grown man cry!  Each small batch of hot sauce is lovingly handmade with incredibly hot peppers grown by P T Gardens.  The Dragon Tears Extreme Hot Sauce makes a great gift on its own, or can be paired with some other spicy products from P T Gardens to make one hot gift basket.




Meat Rubs from Wild Bunch Farm

Got a guy on your list who likes to grill?  Wild Bunch Farm has the perfect gift!  Their signature rubs were inspired by FMO

Wild Bunch Farm's most popular rub

Wild Bunch Farm’s most popular rub

customers inquiring what the Wild Bunch crew cooked their pork cut samples with.  The rubs work well on pork, chicken, beef, bison, and can also be used as seasonings for vegetables. Wild Bunch’s best selling rub is Ray’s Almost Famous Butt Rub. This tasty rub features a paprika and chipotle base with bold flavor and mild heat.  All of the Wild Bunch blends are made with organic spices, and they contain no fillers or MSG.  Be sure to check out their Holiday special, featuring 3 and 5 jar, 4 ounce samplers in festive holiday packaging, as well as promotional options with purchases of their Wild Bunch Berkshire Premium Berkshire Pork.





6 Local Stocking Stuffer Ideas for the Holidays

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As the holiday season gets into full swing, chances are that you might be looking for some gift ideas for your friends and loved ones.  Local gifts are some of the best gifts, and Farmers Market of the Ozarks has something for everyone on your list!  Check out our handy local gift guide for some ideas that will fit just perfectly in a stocking.

1. Peppermint Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Vanilla Lip Balm from Sweet Girl Bath and Body  

Holiday Lip Balms from Sweet Girl Bath and Body

Holiday Lip Balms from Sweet Girl Bath and Body

Lip balm is something almost everybody uses – and the Peppermint Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Vanilla Lip Balm from Sweet Girl Bath and Body is a sweet scented holiday gift that fits perfectly in a stocking!  Sweet Girl believes that “All Natural Makes All the Difference,” so you can feel good about giving their natural skin care products, which feature  safe and gentle ingredients like shea butter, beeswax and essential oils like peppermint and vanilla.  And nothing smells like the holidays more than peppermint!


2. Blushing Peach Jam from Red Top Oven

Blushing Peach Jam from Red Top Oven

Blushing Peach Jam from Red Top Oven

For a sweet (literally!) gift that any local foodie will love, share the bold, natural flavors made by Red Top Oven!  Their Blushing Peach Jam, featuring local peaches and raspberry liqueur, is a bright taste of summer that is delicious on toast, made into a cookie filling, or cooked into a fruit sauce.  Red Top Oven uses minimal sugar in their products, which allows the true flavors of their ingredients to shine through.  So if there is a peach lover in your life, they will surely be thrilled to find a jar of Blushing Peach Jam in their stocking on Christmas morning!



3. Stone, Crystal and Geode Macrame Necklaces from Chrisara Designs

Macrame Necklaces from Chrisara

Macrame Necklaces from Chrisara

Got someone on your list who loves everything unique?  Chrisara Designs has a necklace for that!  Their handmade Macrame Stone, Crystal and Geode Necklaces are the perfect unique gift idea that will go with any outfit.  Each necklace is a little bit different, and features earthy design elements with just a hint of modern flair.



Hamburger Seasoning from P T Gardens

Hamburger Seasoning from P T Gardens

4. Hamburger Seasoning from P T Gardens

For the person who likes to grill, or is a saucier in the kitchen, the Hamburger Seasoning from P T Gardens is an ideal stocking stuffer.  Packaged in a convenient glass shaker jar, this seasoning highlights the simple and savory flavors of locally grown oregano and sage, and good old fashioned sea salt.  And it’s not just good on hamburgers – scrambled eggs, chicken, potatoes, rice, stir fry and more all pair beautifully with this seasoning salt!



5. Baseball Glove Wallets from Salt River Leather

If you have someone on your list who is all about baseball, the Baseball Glove Wallets made by Salt River Leather are a stellar

Baseball Glove Wallets from Salt River Leather

Baseball Glove Wallets from Salt River Leather

stocking stuffer gift idea.  Salt River Leather prides themselves on their quality handmade items that are practical enough for everyday use.  Their great selection of sturdy Baseball Glove Wallets is sure to have one that  catches your eye – or, if you or someone you know has a glove that holds sentimental value, Salt River Leather can also make custom orders!



FMO logo6. FMO Gift Card from the Market HUB

For that one person who already has everything, slip a Gift Card to Farmers Market of the Ozarks in their stocking this holiday season!  Gift cards can be purchased in any amount, and can be redeemed at the Market HUB for tokens to spend around the market like cash on any item (s).  Your purchase will help support your local farmers market and the vendors who sell there!

Trammell Treasures Mushroom Farm – Get Your Fungi From a Fun Guy!

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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 the Trammell family of Trammell Treasures Mushroom Farm in Humansville, MO!

When people think of having a farm, a mushroom farm is probably not one of the first things to come to mind. It wasn’t the first thing Matt and Nora Trammell, of Trammell Treasures Mushroom Farm, thought of either. In fact, Matt admits that when growing mushrooms as a business first became a possibility for the Trammell family, he didn’t even like them. In 2013, Matt, Nora and their two children, Sara and David, were living in an apartment in Chicago, and had taken a growing interest in learning how to grow and raise their own food. They moved to an apartment in Overland Park, Kansas, and shortly after were introduced to fungi. During their family vacation, their washing machine had begun to leak, creating a damp, wet environment that, upon the Trammell’s return, had grown mushrooms. Matt and Nora were fascinated and after that, “I started researching mushrooms!” said Matt.

Matt Trammell

Matt Trammell

After learning about the health and environmental benefits of growing edible mushrooms, Matt purchased a mushroom growing kit – and from there, they were hooked. Matt and Nora soon discovered that there was a niche market for mushrooms, and they decided to try growing and selling their product at the Kansas City Farmers Market and the Overland Park Farmers Market. They purchased and installed a pop-up greenhouse to grow the mushrooms in – and then another, and another – until they had mushroom growing houses from their master bedroom to their patio in order to try and keep up with the market. The demand for the Trammell’s mushrooms continued to grow, and eventually led them Warrensburg, Mo, and then to their current mushroom growing facility, the old Mill Street Market building in Humansville, Mo, right off of Highway 13.

Matt and Nora have created climate controlled growing and clean rooms where they grow pink oyster, gray oyster, lion’s mane and shiitake mushrooms, plus a few other specialty varieties depending on the time of year.

Pink Oyster Mushrooms

Pink Oyster Mushrooms

The growing medium for the mushrooms (typically sawdust) is hydrated before being inoculated with mushroom spawn for the given variety, and stuffed into plastic bags perforated with small holes to create an artificial log. As the mushrooms develop from the spawn, they push their way out of the bag through the holes, and continue to grow until they are ready to be harvested.

There are a few challenges to be had with growing mushrooms – “We really have to balance the moisture,” Matt said. Mold and contamination of the spawn/growing medium mixture can also come into play without careful regulation of the moisture and temperatures. Oxygen levels are also a factor – this affects the color and cap size of the mushrooms, Matt said.

Lion's Mane Mushroom

Lion’s Mane Mushroom

Today, Trammell Treasures Mushroom Farm sells their mushrooms at a select grocery store or two, as well as at the Overland Park Farmers Market and Farmers Market of the Ozarks in Springfield, Mo. Matt and Nora divide and conquer on Saturday market days, with Nora selling product at Overland Park and Matt selling at Farmers Market of the Ozarks. Sara and David take turns visiting each market to sell mushrooms with their folks.   Along with selling the mushrooms, Trammell Treasures Mushroom Farm also sells mushroom spawn and plugs for the majority of mushroom varieties that they grow, value added products like mushroom jerky and imported truffles, and also hosts mushroom growing workshops and educational classes periodically throughout the year, where participants learn about the benefits of fungi and have the opportunity to make their own mushroom logs.  Be sure to check out Trammell Treasures Mushroom Farm the next time you’re shopping at FMO!

Pre-Thanksgiving Market on Tuesday, Nov. 24

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DSC_0846Special Thanksgiving Market Offered to Help Localize Your Holiday Menu
Prepare a Thanksgiving Day feast with fresh, local ingredients by shopping at Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO), the only year-round market housed in a permanent heated pavilion at the Farmers Park Development off Republic Road. The market will offer a special Thanksgiving Market on Tuesday, Nov. 24 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

“Shoppers will have the opportunity to spend their dollars local this season with farmers, bakers and other producers they know and trust, “ said FMO Executive Director Lane McConnell. “Freshly harvested herbs, lamb, beef, chicken, pork, eggs, fresh baked pies, potatoes, tomatoes, salad greens, winter squash, jam and jellies, shrimp, mushrooms, onions, radishes, beets, marshmallows, and apples are just a few of the items that will be available at our special Thanksgiving Market.”

FMO vendors have been busy all year making plans to satisfy customers Thanksgiving Day needs. Cheeses from local dairies, beautiful pies and cakes from bakers, sweet potatoes for mashing and breads for stuffing will all be available from local vendors across the Ozarks.

The market makes it easy for anyone to shop local for their holiday needs through use of a wireless terminal system. Customers don’t have to bother with bringing cash to market; they can simply swipe their credit, debit or EBT (SNAP) cards at the Market Hub, in return for tokens to spend with every vendor.

“Our market’s mission is to not only contribute to the success of local food growers and producers, but to strengthen the local food economy in the Ozarks region. Our token system helps our market provide more access to fresh and nutritious foods for everyone in the community,” said McConnell.

Learn more about the offerings at the Pre-Thanksgiving Market online at LoveYourFarmer.com.

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 every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. throughout the winter. 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.

Hawaiian Ahi Tuna Poke Farro

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Ahi Tuna picToday’s market recipe comes from Red Top Oven and features Red Top Jam and Express Foods Tuna.  This is a great dish to serve for your holiday festivities.

from Red Top Oven, FMO vendor

1/4C to 1/2C soy sauce, reduced sodium
1/2 T Red Top Oven Habanero Jam ( a type of Sambal Oelek)
1 tsp sesame oil
3 scallions, slice thin on the bias and keep white and green parts separated
2 cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped
1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped/grated fine
1/2 sweet onion, julienned
1 # ahi tuna, cut into 1/2” chunks
2 T roasted macadamia nuts (optional)

Use a non-reactive bowl and combine first 7 ingredients (save the green tops of scallions for serving). Toss in the tuna and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes. I like to stir or shake every 30 minutes until service. Plate and garnish with green scallions and nuts.

**The tuna MUST come from a reliable source, never the grocery store.  You can be assured the best at Express Seafoods.

Good Luck Farm

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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 the Hamilton Lor of Good Luck Farm in Ash Grove, MO!

Good Luck Farm has almost three acres of garden space, where Hamilton Lor and his family grow beautiful vegetables, strawberries, and flowers to bring to FMO.  Hamilton has been farming for most of his life, and loves being able to connect with his roots by gardening with his family, and raising their chickens and cattle.  The gardens on Good Luck Farm are carefully maintained, especially for weed prevention – Hamilton mulches the plants with old hay to smother the weeds.  This also has the added benefit of adding organic matter back into the garden, which helps keep Hamilton’s soil healthy.

Bitter Melon Tunnel at Good Luck Farm

Bitter Melon Tunnel at Good Luck Farm

Good Luck Farm grows a vast amount of produce varieties – some of the highlights on the farm include their bitter melon tunnel, and their huge asparagus patch.  Come spring, you will see Hamilton and his family at market with plenty of asparagus!

Waving Asparagus Ferns on Good Luck Farm

Waving Asparagus Ferns on Good Luck Farm

Perfect Pizza Pairings from Crust Creations

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Pizza Crust Creations by Color My World Farms is a familiar vendor around the FMO marketplace.  Kirk and Sue Nulph, of Highlandville, Mo, have really made a name for themselves at market with their delicious pizza crusts, and have also expanded their business to sell pizza crusts at Mama Jean’s Natural Market.  With flavors like Pepper Jack and Herbs with Garlic, Parmesan, Wheat 3-Cheese and Paleo Italian Herb, you are only limited by your imagination with the tasty pizzas you can create at home using these local crusts.  The topping options are even better with Crust Creations’ very own line of pizza sauces.  One of our favorite crust/saucy goodness parings from Kirk and Sue’s products is the combination of an Italian Herb Paleo Pizza Crust and Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce!

Italian Herb Paleo Crust and Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce waiting to be paired

Italian Herb Paleo Crust and Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce waiting to be paired

Made from almond flour instead of the traditional wheat flour, the Paleo crusts from Crust Creations are a great option for folks who are following the Paleo lifestyle, or those who can’t tolerate gluten.  They are also just a really healthy crust for pizza loving people in general!  These crusts are a little thinner than some traditional pizza crusts, so make sure to monitor them in the oven to prevent over-browning the edges.  The almond flour lends the Paleo crusts a rich, nutty flavor with a touch of sweetness.

The Fire Roasted Tomato sauce features a rich, hearty blend of tomatoes and herbs for a tasty traditional sauce.  The tomatoes are fire roasted (the name says it all!) and blended with garlic, a touch of salt, and your staple pizza flavoring herbs, oregano and basil.  The result is a thick, flavorful blend that can accompany any pizza toppings!

When the Fire Roasted Tomato sauce is paired with a Paleo crust, the authentic flavors of the sauce balance out the sweetness of the almond flour in the crust, creating a match made in pizza heaven.  This delectable duo can be topped with any ingredients – goat cheese, peppers, or barbecued chicken, just to name a few.  Next time you are at market, be sure to pick up this crust and sauce combo for a great meal at home!

Skip the Can, Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree

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thumb_DSC_0324_1024With Thanksgiving Day coming soon we thought it was the perfect time to share a traditional Pumpkin Pie recipe and ways to process all those pumpkins you might have for decorations at home or can find at the farmers market.

From Lane McConnell, FMO Executive Director and author or 417Localista.com
I grew-up in a home where everything was homemade- including the pumpkin puree used to make our Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. We always grew our own pumpkins on the farm. My dad always planted heirloom seeds and planted a French variety pumpkin that made the BEST pumpkin pie.

Using your own homemade puree is a simple process and worth the extra effort.  First, pick out a small sugar pumpkin or French variety. Not the large Jack –o’-lanterns you see in many farmer’s fields. Those types of pumpkins have a very fibrous flesh and are not as sweet tasting as the smaller varieties. The smaller variety only weighs about 4-8 lbs, has a good stem intact and needs to have no soft spots of blemishes. You can find these smaller cooking pumpkins at farmers markets, specialty stores and sometimes even grocery stores.

The taste and texture of using homemade pumpkin puree, compared to canned puree, produces a richer, creamier pie filling.

To make your puree:
Cut the pumpkin in half lengthwise, remove seeds (but save them, they make excellent garnishes for dishes and are great toasted) and stringy fibers, and place cut-side down in a greased baking pan. Add about 2 cups of water. Bake at 350 degrees F until the pumpkin is soft to the touch. Scoop out the pulp and puree in a food processor until smooth. You may have to add a little bit of water in the food processor or blender to get the mixture to puree smoothly. Cool before using or store in freezer bags.

*I like to pre-measure all my puree in freezer bags. This way it’s very easy to go to the deep freeze and grab a pre-measured bag for a recipe.  I also like to add some spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to some of my puree and freeze in ice cube trays to use for smoothies.

*We make pumpkin soup, muffins, bread, pie, smoothies and more with our puree all-year.

Pumpkin Pie
Mix Together:
2 Eggs
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Ginger
1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 1/2 C. Sugar
1 1/2 C. Fresh Pumpkin (key to making this pie the best it can be)
2 C. milk (1,5 oz can of evaporated milk fill rest with milk)

Mix well. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then turn oven down to 350 degrees. It will be done when you can insert a knife into the pie and the knife comes out clean.

Country Bee – ‘Bee-ing’ Local with Honey and Beeswax Products

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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 Lesley Malone of County Bee in Clever, MO!

About Country Bee:  Lesley Malone and her family are best known around Farmers Market of the Ozarks for their amazing honey donuts.  Customers doing their shopping while munching on a chocolate, vanilla, or seasonally flavored donut is a common sight – especially since Country Bee’s honey donuts pair perfectly with a cup of coffee from Keen Bean Coffee Roasters!  There’s a reason those donuts taste so good – local honey from Lesley’s family farm!

While Lesley may be a professional beekeeper, she didn’t always love bees.  She admits that she was frightened of bees, but felt that the best way to conquer her fear was to jump right in and get to know them.  Today, Lesley has around a dozen hives, and she extracts the honey and beeswax for use in her products.


All of the great products brought to you by Country Bee – donuts, honey caramel apples, soaps, lotions, shaving products for men and more – are produced in a renovated kitchen building just up the road from Lesley’s farm at her mother’s home.  Lesley renovated the kitchen herself and fondly refers to it as ‘ Building Bee.’

Country Bee can be found at market most Saturdays – be sure to grab one of their tasty honey donuts for breakfast, and watch for new products from Lesley – she is always thinking up something new!

Products:  Honey donuts, honey caramel apples (seasonally), pure honey, honey sticks, honey and beeswax body care products including soap, lotion, hand cream and more