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Burgers, Brats & Brews Festival at FMO This Saturday

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This weekend FMO will host the 1st Annual Burgers, Brats & Brews Festival at Farmers Park from 6 p to 9.  Tickets are available online here, Metro Farmer, Springfield Brewing Company or at market on Saturday morning from 8a to 1p.  Enjoy the musical entertainment of Smokey Folk in the plaza while you experience the best burgers and brats in 417 Land, plus loads of special side dishes, blueberry peach cobbler, craft beers from SBC and more.  All food is locally sourced from area farmers to give this festival that added farm-to-table touch.

Purchase a ticket to the event and receive a free FMO coupon booklet, packed with over $500 in savings with FMO vendors.

Grab your friends, a craft beer and load-up on The Trolley Bike for a ride around Farmers Park and area neighborhoods for a truly unique experience! This will be the “Madian Voyage” for  The Trolley Bike outside of its normal Downtown Springfield routes.

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Bitter Eggplant Stir-fry with Ginger Mint Soy Sauce

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Ever wondered what these vegetable were at FMO?  Bitter Eggplant is a specialty crop that a few of our vendors grow and sell at market.  Don’t be afraid of trying something new, that’s the fun of the farmers market.

If you are worried that the eggplant might be bitter, slice or cube it, then salt it liberally and allow it to drain for an hour or so before cooking. Putting salt on the eggplant triggers osmosis, which draws out excess moisture and the bitterness along with it.

Here is a great recipe that our very own Market Manager Sarah Byrd whipped up recently using Bitter Eggplant, all ingredients can be found at the market from our wonderful vendors.  Let us know what you think!

Bitter Eggplant Stir-fry with Ginger Mint Soy Sauce
from Sarah Byrd, FMO Market Manager

3-5 bitter eggplants, thinly sliced
2 medium potatoes, medium diced
1 cup fresh green beans, ends snipped and cut in half
½ red onion, thinly sliced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon of cooking oil (butter, olive oil, etc.)

Ginger Mint Soy Sauce
7-10 PT Gardens Ginger Mint Leaves, rolled and sliced (Chiffonade)
5-8 splashes of Soy Sauce
1 dash of white pepper

Make a lightly salted bowl of water and place your eggplant slices in the water.

Bring a quart of water to a boil, once boiling place your diced potatoes into the water for 3-5 minutes or until slightly tender. With a slotted spoon remove your potatoes, set aside. Repeat the process with your green beans but only for 1-2 minutes, set them aside with the potatoes.

Heat a sauté pan to medium/high heat and add your oil. Using your slotted spoon take the eggplant out of the salt water and pat it dry. Lay the eggplant in the pan and add the sliced red onion and minced garlic on top. Let this lay still in the pan for about 2 minutes while the eggplant browns lightly. After a few minutes go ahead and give the pan a little toss to stir it up.

When the onions start to look translucent and the aroma of the garlic is noticeable add your potatoes and green beans.

Continue to stir or toss your stir-fry around the pan for 3-5 more minutes, and then let it come to a rest.

Add the ingredients for the sauce toss and enjoy!

Thank you for shopping with Farmers Market of the Ozarks! Remember we are open on Wednesdays from 9 a to 1 p and Saturdays from 8a to 1 p.  Shop with farmers you know and trust!

Grilled Up Broccoli

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It’s grilling season and we’ve got a special recipe to share.  While you are busy grilling your favorite protein, throw on some broccoli and add some green to your diet!  You’ll find large, dark green heads of broccoli around market from many of our producers.  You can swap out broccoli for cauliflower in this recipe as well.  This is a kid-approved recipe that will have your little ones begging for more!
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Berry Blast Is Tomorrow!

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Berries Season Has Arrived to FMO

By Jessica Poisal, FMO Intern

 

One of my favorite foods to eat during the summer would have to be berries; strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries… you name it and I could snack on them all day long.  Berries are delicious by themselves and can be the perfect addition to any summer dessert. My favorite way to eat berries would have to be homemade strawberry shortcake with whip cream.  This weekend, I know that I will have a BERRY good time at Berry Blast!

On Saturday, June 11th, the Farmers Market of the Ozarks will be hosting Berry Blast during the market, celebrating the berries grown locally in the Ozarks. Several things will be happening during Berry Blast. Jane Ford from the Red Top Oven will host a cooking demonstration from 9am-10am in the plaza. There will also be a berry cooking competition for customers and vendors to participate in. Desserts can be submitted by 10 am and the winner will be announced by noon. Deb Larsen, producer of Show Me Chefs, will judge the competition. The winner will receive a gift basket from FMO.

Of course guests can purchase local fruits (including berries!) from vendors during the market between 8 am and 1 pm. Come by with your best berry treat for the competition and to join us for all of the fruity fun!

1st Annual Burgers, Brats & Brews

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Burgers-Brats-and-Brews-Logo-PROOF-1 copyJoin us for an evening festival of All-American classics at the 1st Annual Burger, Brats & Brews Festival…in benefit of Farmers Market of the Ozarks, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that focuses on providing greater access to healthy foods throughout the Ozarks region. The event will feature a locally-inspired menu of farm-to-table dining with a backyard BBQ theme.  Local Food, Local Brews and Local Music from Smokey Folk in 417 Land!

Tickets can be purchased online, at the market on Wednesdays from 9a to 1p and Saturdays from 8a to 1p, Metropolitan Farmer or Springfield Brewing Company. Adult dinner tix- $30, Adult dinner tix and endless beer- $45 and Children 12 and under dinner tix – $10.   This is a family-friendly event and will include special features like kid’s crafts areas and a farm animal petting zoo. Our menu will also include vegetarian and gluten-free options!

All-American Menu
Country-style Baked Beans- from Metro Farmer
Farmers Potato Salad- from Springfield Brewing Company
Cucumber & Salad Medley – from Metro Farmer
Farmers Burgers (beef and veggie options) – from Metro Farmer with beef from Blackgate, LLC and McDowell Land & Cattle
417 Land Brats- from Springfield Brewing Company with brats from Circle B Ranch and Christopher A. Perkins and hot dogs for the kiddos from Circle B Ranch
Watermelon Slices- from Springfield Brewing Company
Blueberry Cobbler with Benissimo Vanilla Bean Gelato- from Hilton Garden Inn

All the fixings – Circle B Ranch Chop Sauce and Ketchup, local produce from regional farmers and local made sauerkraut from Red Top Oven.

Beverages: Selection of Springfield Brewing Company Beers and root beer, select wines, tea/water

Purchase Tickets Online here!

Savor the Season, Peaches and Blueberries Arrive to the Market

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August peachesTuesday, June 7, 2016 – Springfield, MO. –The season for summer fruit has arrived across the Ozarks and peaches and blueberries can be found at Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) in Springfield and our new franchise market, the Branson Farmers Market.  FMO is open on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from May through September and year-round on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Farmers Park in Springfield, and the Branson Farmers Market is open on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the south end parking lot of the Branson Landing. The market vendors sell fruits and vegetables, locally raised meats and eggs, goat cheese, pizza crusts, honey, breads and desserts, salsa, artisan products and even food trucks offer locally-inspired flavor.

Roberson Orchards of Omaha, Ark., has grown peaches for 38 years and offers nine different varieties. “This year’s crop looks very good and we starting picking one week ago,” said Scott Lambeth, with Roberson Orchards. “As long as there is no significant damaging weather we should pick peaches into late August.”

Roberson Orchards is located 10 minutes south of Branson, Mo., right over the Missouri/Arkansas state line, therefore the season starts a bit earlier to the south.

The peach season varies each year, but harvest typically takes place from June through August. Cling peaches are those whose flesh clings to the pit, generally ripen in June. Semi-freestones, are not quite as clingy, usually ripen in late June. And Freestones, whose flesh readily separates from the pit, generally ripen in late June and July.

The market encourages customers to ask farmers questions about their peach and blueberry harvest and variety. Both FMO and the Branson Farmers Market inspects all vendor businesses and farms that sell at the market, according to FMO Executive Director Lane McConnell. “The market provides vendors from a 150-mile radius of each market location  the opportunity to bring the best from the country to the city. Our market inspects farms and businesses that sell at our market to ensure farmers are growing, raising and making the products using proper food safety measures,” McConnell said.

Additionally, consumers have the ability to “Put a Face to Their Food” each week with a visit to the market, and have easy access to purchase local foods at FMO, through the market’s wireless system, which accepts SNAP (food stamps), debit and credit cards.  To use these forms of payment, please go to the Market Info Hub and the market management will swipe your card and provide tokens to spend with market vendors, just like cash.

There are both vendor and community booths available at both market locations and an application for membership to the market can be found online at LoveYourFarmer.com.

FMO and the Branson Farmers Market is structured through the Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO), which is a non-profit organization that offers consumers a full-range of locally grown farm products from a 150-mile radius. Items include: vegetables, fruits, pasta, meat, jams, jellies, salsa, eggs, cheeses, yogurt, baked goods, honey, artisan crafts and an assortment of concessions. 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. The market accepts SNAP, credit and debit card transactions. For more go online to LoveYourFarmer.com, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @FMOzarks.

Berry Blast Festival at FMO Comes June 11

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Berries Season Has Arrived to FMO

Tuesday, June 8, 2016 – SPRINGFIELD, MO. – Join Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) in celebrating berry season this Saturday, June 11, for the Berry Blast-Off Event at the market, located right off Republic Road and Highway 60 at Farmers Park.

“We will have more than 85 vendors this coming Saturday and it’s the perfect time to come and visit market because booths are busting with summer produce including peaches, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, beets, green beans, squash, zucchini, cabbage, greens, herbs and much more, “ said Market Manager Klaire Howerton. “Visitors will also find cooking demonstrations, berry sampling and a dessert contest as part of the festivities to celebrate berry season.”

Catch a Berry Cooking Class from Red Top Oven from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in market plaza, and watch a Berry Cooking Contest from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, with the winner be announced at 12:30pm. Or, stop in for a sample of a special market berry smoothie from Mama Jean’s Natural Food Store and pick-up a recipe to prepare at home with market berries.

Children will enjoy playing in the market plaza’s pop-up jet fountains or the outdoor musical instruments at Harmony Park. Musical entertainment presented by Hilton Garden Inn will be Adam Johnston from 9:30 a.m. to noon and food trucks and local spirits will be served.

FMO also accepts SNAP benefits and debit/credit card transactions to make shopping more accessible for everyone in the community. Customers wishing to shop at the market can use their cards by going to the Market Info Hub inside the pavilion and ask market management for use of the machine.

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 Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (May – September) and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., year-round. 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 @FMOzarks.