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Give Your Valentine Some Local Love This Year!

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Valentine’s Day is Sunday, February 14th – do you have your sweet treats picked out yet?  Farmers Market of the Ozarks has you covered for local gifts that your sweetheart will love!

Cake by the Slice from Jenna Cakes

Cake by the Slice from Jenna Cakes (photo credit Jenna Cakes)

Cake by the Slice

If you are a market regular, chances are you have sampled or purchased cake by the slice from Jenna Cakes, our 2015 Best New Vendor of the Year!  Jenna Cakes offers you old fashioned cake flavors that you and your Valentine will love.  Stop by FMO this Saturday and grab a slice – or order a whole cake!  Best selling flavors include:

“Choc-nilla” -chocolate cake with vanilla frosting (Customers say it tastes like an oreo cookie!)

“Strawberry” – a strawberry cake with real chopped strawberries.

“Wedding Cake” – moist vanilla butter cake with real vanilla bean.

Like Jenna Cakes on Facebook and follow them on Instagram for your local cake fix!


Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Lizzy Jean's Chocolate Covered Strawberries (photo credit Lane McConnell)

Lizzy Jean’s Chocolate Covered Strawberries (photo credit Lane McConnell)

Lizzy Jean’s Chocolate Covered Strawberries make a wonderful local gift for your someone sweet.  Lovingly handmade by our friend Carol Garoutte, each box of chocolate covered strawberries comes beautifully packaged and ready to give away – or treat yourself!


Decorated Sugar Cookies from Mae Mae's Sweet Shop (photo credit Lora Gwin)

Decorated Sugar Cookies from Mae Mae’s Sweet Shop (photo credit Lora Gwin)

Sugar Cookies

Our friends from Mae Mae’s Sweet Shop will have cookies for all your Valentines!  Having a party?  Pick up one of their giant heart shaped cookie cakes or some Valentine’s decorated sugar cookies.  For a super special gift, Mae Mae’s Sweet Shop will also be offering Valentine cookie bouquets, and homemade candies and confections wrapped up and ready to give someone special.

The Grove Salsa Company – Sharing the Salsa Love

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At FMO, we love our farmers, bakers, artisans – and our salsa!  Have you met our friends from The Grove Salsa Company?

The Grove Salsa Company is a family business, owned by Sean and Shaunda Killingsworth and their three children, Kaedance, Kye and Kaymbria.  Their love of creating and sharing fresh, homemade salsa goes back seven years and since 2015, they have been crafting and selling their salsa to the public.  Sean and Shaunda kickstarted The Grove Salsa Company at FMO, and since then they have expanded to selling their product in 18 different stores, including Price Cutter and Mama Jean’s Market.

Photo credit: The Grove Salsa Company

Photo credit: The Grove Salsa Company

The Grove Salsa Company produces seven different varieties of salsa, ranging from hot to mild.  Their best selling recipe is their Cilantro Lime salsa – but make sure you try the Salsa Verde, the Mango Habanero and their other varieties too!  Sean and Shaunda use local produce from Fassnight Creek

Shaunda Killingsworth (left) and Sean Killingsworth (right) Photo credit: The Grove Salsa Company

Shaunda Killingsworth (left) and Sean Killingsworth (right) Photo credit: The Grove Salsa Company

Farms here in Springfield to make their salsa.

Be sure to like them on Facebook, and stop by their booth at FMO to try some samples, and pick up a jar (or two, or three!) of The Grove Salsa the next time you shop!

Red Dress Dash Supports Go Red For Women at Farmers Market

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red dress dash v2During American Heart Month in support of Go Red for Women Movement, the Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) has partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) to bring the Red Dress Dash to Farmers Park on Saturday, Feb 6. Registration for the event will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the market plaza, and the dash starts at 10:00 a.m. Emcee Paul Adler with KY3 News will provide highlights of the event.

“The Red Dress Dash is a wrap-around event that raises funds to support the Go Red For Women Luncheon during Heart Month.  It’s a fun run that promotes awareness and healthy lifestyle choices,” explained Corporate Events Director with AHA Lauren Thiel. Participants can register for free, or register and purchase a shirt for $25. Registration is available online at springfieldmogoredforwomen.org or a printable paper registration form is also available.

“We are honored to be the host sponsor of the Red Dress Dash this year, to support the world’s largest network of women standing together to save women’s lives from heart disease,” said FMO Executive Director Lane McConnell. “What better of a place to hold the event than at FMO, where our vendors bring a variety of healthy, local foods to our community every week.”

Special highlights of the event include:

  • Diva Closet-an area where participants can borrow red items to use during the dash.
  • What’s Your Why Wall-a wall where people can honor or memorialize someone that has suffered from heart disease or stroke.
  • Diva Lounge-at the finish line there will be a festive atmosphere for runners to enjoy beverages and food to fuel up.

About the Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks:
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 Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., year-round, Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (May-Sept) and in Branson on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (April-October). 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.

About the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association:
The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.heart.org.