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Milkweed Plants – Support Your Local Butterflies!

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By Jessica Poisal, FMO Intern

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I have ridden horses with my family in southern Missouri through the years; giving me the chance to see many wildflower species and the butterflies that were attracted to the brilliant colors. I always wanted to bring the beauty of both the flowers and the butterflies back home with me, so naturally I was excited when I found out that the Broken Wire Ranch was selling milkweed plants on Saturdays.

Milkweed is a species of wildflower native to Missouri that attracts butterflies and even hummingbirds when it is in bloom. According to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the bright orange flowers of the plant bloom from May to September and grow naturally in prairie environments. The milkweed plant has a high drought tolerance and just needs sunlight and some water. Milkweed is also a perennial plant, meaning that it will live for two years or more. This can be a perfect low-maintenance plant for any gardener! Customers are able to plant these flowers in their home gardens to add color to their homes and attract butterflies.

The Broken Wire Ranch will be selling milkweed plants at the market on Saturday, May 28th. This will be the last time that they will sell milkweed so make sure you stop by their booth!

FMO Launches New Personal Shopper Program

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American National employees happy for delivery day of their Foodie Packs!

American National employees happy for delivery day of their Foodie Packs!

To serve the needs of our community and provide healthy, local foods in a more convenient way to shoppers, Farmers Market of the Ozarks has launched the FMO Foodie Pack Program.  The program is a personal shopper program that is similar to a CSA where participants pay for a weekly seasonal bag of veggies, meats, eggs and other local products from our vendors at the market.  Participants can choose between a $25, $50 and $75 weekly bag and can also add a monthly meat, value-added or artisan bundle.  Bags will include a variety of seasonal products and will change each week, plus a special seasonal recipe will also be include in each Foodie Pack.

Pictured is our $50 Foodie Pack option which includes a dozen eggs, bread and a variety of seasonal veggies.

Pictured is our $50 Foodie Pack option which includes a dozen eggs, bread and a variety of seasonal veggies.

Shoppers can subscribe to the program and pick-up the bags on Wednesdays at the FMO pavilion during the Wednesday market between 11 am and 1 pm.  Deliveries will be made to Farmers Park retailers and residents.

We have partnered with American National Insurance and are also making deliveries on Wednesday afternoons to the business. If you would like more information about the program please email Lane@loveyourfarmer.com.

Here is a $25 Foodie Pack which includes a seasonal variety of market veggies and fruits.

Here is a $25 Foodie Pack which includes a seasonal variety of market veggies and fruits.

 

Delivery of Foodie Packs...Wednesday will be your favorite day!

Delivery of Foodie Packs…Wednesday will be your favorite day!

Here is our $75 Foodie Pack option which includes two meat products, a dozen eggs, bread, value-added item and a selection of seasonal veggies.

Here is our $75 Foodie Pack option which includes two meat products, a dozen eggs, bread, value-added item and a selection of seasonal veggies.

Meet Our Interns!

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The summer interns for Farmers Market of the Ozarks are excited to get started this summer! Meet Sara and Jessica, and don’t be afraid to say hi on Wednesdays or Saturdays at the market, they would  love to get to know everyone!

 

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Hometown: Hume, MO (very small town) population of 300

Education: Bachelor’s of Science in Health Services in December 2015 from Missouri State. I am now pursing my Master’s in Public Health at Missouri State.

Q: Why did you want to work with FMO?

A:I wanted to do something this summer that I thought would be fun, and after I heard about the internship positions offered at FMO I was hooked. I also am from a farming community and grew up on a farm so I’m really looking forward to being around that type of community.

Q: What is your favorite aspect of the market?

A:I love meeting the vendors and the customers. I also really enjoy seeing what all the vendors have to offer at the market.

Q: What is one goal you have this summer?

A:I love to travel, so I hope to travel to at least one new place this summer.

Q: What is an interesting fact about you?

A:I graduated high school with a class of 11 and I’m left handed.

Q: What is one thing that you want to tell the vendors and customers?

A:I would like to say thank you all for being so welcoming and nice!! I am excited to get to know all of you better this summer!

 

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Hometown: Harrisonville, MO

Education: A Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business with an emphasis in marketing and sales. I am also minoring in nutrition. I just finished my first year in college.

Q: Why did you want to work with FMO?

A: I first visited FMO back in 2013 as a sophomore in high school through the Missouri Agribusiness Academy. I was involved with FFA and 4H, but there are not a lot of farmers markets in my hometown. When I found out about the internship program I was really excited, it has been a dream of mine to work at a market that I have loved for so long.

Q: What is your favorite aspect of the market?

A: I love the interaction between the vendors and the customers. My family raises beef cattle so I know the production process, but we never had the chance to meet the customers. I believe that the social interaction between consumer and farmer helps customers ask questions about how their food is produced.

Q: What is one goal you have this summer?

A: To train and prepare to run my first 5k in the fall!

Q: What is an interesting fact about you?

A: I love to try new recipes, my dream job would be to own a bakery!

Q: What is one thing that you want to tell the vendors and customers?

A: Thank you for letting me come and work with you in the summer and I can’t wait to meet all of you!

 

Coffee Fest

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For many, coffee is a simple pleasure that can help kick start the day. Some enjoy it on the go, while others prefer a corner in a coffee shop listening to music.  Regardless of your coffee preferences few can resist the perks (pun intended) of coffee for a good cause like the the java served at Coffee Fest.

 

On Saturday May 21st, Missouri Safe and Sober will be hosting Coffee Fest at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion.  The festival benefits Missouri Safe and Sober, an organization that educates high school students about the dangers of driving and drinking. Nine different vendors will compete in a drip coffee taste test with 5 different categories that will include; house brew, dark roast, medium roast, single regional origin and slow brew. There will also be a category for best coffee shop, where people can vote for their favorite place to get a cup of Joe.

 

Country Girls Espresso will also have samples to taste test and Jack’s Bean will be there as well, offering their monthly subscription of coffee. During the event there will be giveaways every half hour and the first 1,000 people will get free doughnuts complimentary of St. George’s. Coffee Fest will also have coffee house music for guests to enjoy.

 

While you are at the market make sure to stop by to support a good cause and to get some good coffee! Coffee Fest will be held at the Farmer’s Park from 8 am to 1 pm and admission is $10.