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Gingerbread Cookies

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Recipe from Klaire Howerton, FMO Market Manager

It’s hard to picture the holiday season without gingerbread cookies.  While most people bake and eat these ginger flavored treats around Christmastime, my mom would make them year round when I lived at home!  Aside from the spicy ginger flavor, my favorite thing about these gingerbread cookies is the texture – they look crispy on the outside after being rolled in white sugar and baked, but they are surprisingly soft when you take a bite.  This recipe makes a LOT of cookies, so it’s perfect for making a big batch of treats to give as Christmas gifts.  The cookies also freeze well, so you can enjoy some when you bake and some later!  To add even more gingerbread flavor, you can add some chopped crystallized ginger into the cookie batter – you can find crystallized ginger at FMO from Down to Earth Foods.


Gingerbread Cookies

5 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 cup softened butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 cup molasses

2 tablespoons vinegar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chopped crystallized ginger (optional)

Grease a large cookie sheet with butter.  Stir together flour, baking soda, spices and salt.  Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add egg, molasses and vinegar to the butter/sugar mixture and beat well.  Add to the flour mixture and mix well.  Add crystallized ginger and mix.  Cover the dough and chill for 2-3 hours.  Shape the dough into small balls and roll in white sugar.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for 5-6 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack.  Makes several dozen cookies.

Market Gift Baskets and Gift Boxes for the Holidays

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Sometimes, you want to get someone on your list a little bit of everything – which makes gift baskets or gift boxes that contain multiple products the perfect item.  Our market vendors can help you get your Christmas gift baskets and boxes locally!

Fun Christmas Cookie Boxes from KatieMade

Fun Christmas Cookie Boxes from KatieMade

KatieMade Christmas Cookie Boxes

For a great present or holiday party hostess gift, pick up one of KatieMade’s Christmas cookie boxes!  Featuring delicious cookies with whimsical Christmas designs, these treat filled boxes are sure to be a hit.




Red Top Oven Missouri Made Gift Baskets

Amish Made Gift Baskets filled with Red Top Oven Products

Amish Made Gift Baskets filled with Red Top Oven Products

Red Top Oven’s beautiful gift baskets feature handwoven baskets that are made in Missouri, and filled with RTO’s delicious and locally made products!  To give even more local goodness to the recipient, RTO will help you customize a package with a basket, a RTO product and a product of your choice from any other FMO vendor.



Popcorn Gift Basket from Down to Earth Foods

Popcorn Gift Basket from Down to Earth Foods

Down to Earth Foods Holiday Popcorn Baskets

Popcorn is a tried and true holiday favorite!   Down to Earth Food’s Amish popcorn is packed with coconut oil for healthy popping, and cheese powder for tasty flavor.  This popcorn gift basket is packed in a handy bowl for a great gift!


Farmers Market Quiche

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Recipe from Klaire Howerton, FMO Market Manager 

Quiche is a pretty popular meal choice around my house.  When it’s my turn to cook, I like to keep things hearty but simple, and my husband will eat anything with pie crust – so with quiche, everybody wins!  Quiche is also a great way to use utilize almost anything you might find at the farmers market – eggs are the base, obviously, and then you can use any meat and/or vegetable add-ins you like.  Spinach, cabbage, mushrooms, onions, sautéed beets and carrots can be used for a vegetarian quiche, or you can add bacon, chopped chicken, ground sausage, cubed ham, or diced beef heart in with the veggies for a super filling meal.  Quiche freezes well, so if you want to double the recipe, you can freeze individual baked slices for a quick breakfast, lunch or dinner anytime!

Market Quiche topped with Microgreens

Market Quiche topped with Microgreens

Farmers Market Quiche

Single 9-inch pre-baked pie crust (recipe below)

1 to 2 cups meat of choice (ground, chopped or diced)

1 to 2 cups vegetable of choice

1/3 cup diced onion

1 cup of grated cheddar cheese

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups milk

Cook your meat of choice in a skillet until done.  Saute onions in about 3 tablespoons of reserved meat drippings (or butter or oil if you are omitting the meat).  Place meat, onion and vegetables in pie crust.  Top with grated cheese.  Mix eggs and milk well and pour into the pie crust.  Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.  Makes 1 quiche.


Pie Crust

1 1/4 cups all-pupose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup cold butter, diced

1/4 cup ice water

In a large bowl, combine flour and salt.  Cut in the diced butter until the mixture resembles course crumbs.  Add ice water a tablespoon at a time until dough clings together.  For best results, wrap in plastic and chill before rolling on a floured surface.  Once rolled, pre-bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes.  Makes 1 crust.