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Watermelon Cucumber Salad

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Looking for a great way to highlight those delicious local watermelons found at the market?  Here is a quick and easy summer salad recipe that is perfect for backyard bbq outings in 417 Land.

Watermelon-Cucumber Salad
recipe from 417Localista
Thinly sliced red onion
4 cups local watermelon
1 large local cucumber
Mint leaves- from market
Cashews
¼ cup olive oil
1 lemon
PT Gardens Mild Habanero Salt
Terrell Creek Goat cheese

Soak 1/2 thinly sliced red onion in cold water. Pat dry 4 cups diced watermelon and 1 seeded and sliced cucumber; toss with a handful of thinly sliced mint. Drain the onion, squeeze dry and add to the salad along with some chopped cashews. Add 1/4 cup olive oil and the juice of 1/2 lemon; season with salt and toss. Top with crumbled goat cheese.

Feeding Your Baby Local

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How-To-Store-Homemade-Baby-FoodWant to feed your baby the best from the farmers market?  We’ve got a bounty of homemade baby food recipes that will make it easy.

From kale and cabbage to spinach and sweet potatoes- the farmers market is the perfect shopping location to get the freshest ingredients in town and know how your products were raised and harvested.

We suggest stocking up on in-season vegetables and fruits to make your baby food so your little one can savor the season all year long.  Not only will your baby be provided the best tasting food, but you’ll find that making your own baby food will save your family money.

Here are recipes that 417Localist provided FMO to use on our website.  For instructions on methods to make your own baby food, check out the site to learn more.

Asparagus Delight
1 lb. of fresh asparagus, trimmed
1 head of fresh broccoli, cut
1 tsp. olive oil
1 clove of garlic
1/2 tsp. onion powder

After washing and trimming the vegetables- stem until tender. Add all ingredients in a processor and puree.

Spinach and Cauliflower Oh My
1 lb of spinach leaves (or use 1 bag of frozen spinach), cooked
1 head of cauliflower, steamed
1 clove of garlic
2 apples, peeled and cooked

Place all cooked items in a food processor and puree.

Red Cabbage Fun
(When baby is ready, add a cube of chicken to this one)
2 apples, peeled and sliced
1 1/2 cups of red cabbage
3 T. of golden raisins
1 tsp. olive oil
1/2 cup water

Place all ingredients in a pan and boil for 10 minutes and then puree.

Berry Bounty
1 cup of blueberries
1 cup of blackberries
1 cup of strawberries
2 bananas

Simmer the berries in water for 6 minutes, then strain. Place berries and bananas in food processor and puree. When you serve this, you might have to add some cereal to thicken it up. Cereal is great to thicken up fruit purees.

Here’s a great puree that is packed full of nutrients for your growing baby!

Spinach and Sweet Potato Puree
1 bag of spinach, cooked
1 sweet potato, cooked, peeled and cubed
1 clove of garlic
1 tsp of olive oil

Cook spinach and sweet potatoes. Place in a food processor along with garlic and olive oil and puree. Spoon into ice cube trays, cover with plastic wrap and freeze. After frozen place in freezer bag and use within 1 month.

Peach Salsa

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peaches--cc--kathleencavalaro_thumbCool off with this simple peach salsa recipe packed full of local products from FMO vendors!  This salsa can be made in advance and simply eaten with salty chips or served with grilled fish, chicken or pork. It’s a favorite at my family’s table served with grilled fish or with chips as a great snack for my kiddos.  The sweetness from the peaches, the tart from the lime and the spiciness from the jalapeño come together for a perfect combination.

Peach Salsa
5 local peaches, pitted, peeled and diced
3 green onions, chopped
1 ½ cups diced fresh jicama or apple
½ cup diced fresh local cucumber
½ teaspoon ground coriander (check out Down to Earth Foods at market for dried spices)
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, washed and patted dry, chopped
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (optional)
Juice of one lime
1 tsp salt
A pinch freshly-grated nutmeg

In a glass mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix well, taste for seasoning and refrigerate until serving.

 

Farmers Market Offers SNAP Event for Low-Income Families on August 27

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13934997_1170766819650860_7904249649810029208_nDouble Up Food Bucks offers match program for SNAP participants at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks and the Branson Farmers Market

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, Springfield, MO- The Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) is making it easy for low-income families across the Ozarks to eat healthy with a new Double Up Food Bucks Program which is a healthy food incentive program that helps low-income families eat more fruits and vegetables and supports local farmers. The market will host a SNAP Day at FMO this weekend on August 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for families to learn more about the Double Up Food Bucks Program and how their SNAP dollars can be used at market for healthy foods for their entire family.

“The staff and vendors at FMO are overjoyed with the new Double Up Bucks program,” said FMO Market Manager Sarah Byrd. “We are grateful for any opportunity that puts more fresh fruit and veggies from our market onto the tables of local families. I am so excited for SNAP Day at Market! Most of all, I am excited to get more people taking advantage of the Double Up Bucks program, showing them the variety of foods available at market and the creative ways you can prepare them at home.”

As part of SNAP Day at FMO, participants will learn if they are eligible for SNAP assistance, how the Double Up Food Stamp Program works at FMO, be provided a guided tour of the marketplace, explained what tokens will buy and what foods are eligible and the day will end with a cooking class. The class will be instructed by market staff and will show how to take SNAP-approved products from market to create baby food and other toddler snack ideas. The SNAP Market Tour will take place at 10:00 a.m. and participants should meet at the fountains behind the market pavilion. The cooking class will take place at 11:00 a.m. in the plaza by the fountains.

“Market staff has worked to develop this program for a year now and thanks to assistance from Wholesome Wave, the market was granted $20,000 to use as the funding source for the Double Up Program,” explained FMO Executive Director Lane McConnell. “These funds will be used to double the food dollars that SNAP participants receive at both our Springfield and Branson markets, creating a win-win for EBT users and local farmers.”

Under Double Up, people who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps) can swipe their EBT cards at the market information tent to buy SNAP tokens, and receive a matching number of Double Up Food Bucks tokens (up to $25 per day). They may use the SNAP tokens to buy any SNAP eligible items at the market, and use the Double Up Food Bucks tokens for any fresh fruits and vegetables.

FMO operates market locations in Springfield on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and in Branson at the Branson Landing on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Farmers Market of the Ozarks is a 501c3 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, bottled milk, 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. For more go online to LoveYourFarmer.com, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @FMOzarks.

FMO Launches Double Up Food Stamp Program

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DUFSP 1Farmers Market Benefits Low-Income Families Through New Program

Double Up Food Bucks offers match program for SNAP participants at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks and the Branson Farmers Market

The Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) is making it easy for low-income families across the Ozarks to eat healthy with a new Double Up Food Bucks Program that will launch this weekend at the market, which is located at Farmers Park off Republic Road from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The program is a healthy food incentive program that helps low-income families eat more fruits and vegetables and supports local farmers.

“For over a year we have worked on developing funding and educational programming for this new program and are excited to finally launch,” said FMO Executive Director Lane McConnell. “Thanks to assistance from Wholesome Wave, the market was granted $20,000 to use as the funding source for the Double Up Program. These funds will be used to double the food dollars that SNAP participants receive at both our Springfield and Branson markets, creating a win-win for EBT users and local farmers.”

Under Double Up, people who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps) can swipe their EBT cards at the market information tent to buy SNAP tokens, and receive a matching number of Double Up Food Bucks tokens (up to $25 per day). They may use the SNAP tokens to buy any SNAP eligible items at the market, and use the Double Up Food Bucks tokens for any fresh fruits and vegetables.

“Our markets have become more than places to gather and buy quality food for the family, they are a place the community can connect with each other and with the farmers who grow their food,” said Sarah Byrd, FMO Market Manager. “It is within these connections that we spark healthier habits. The new Double Up Program will include cooking and nutrition education classes, which we will be able to give these habits longevity.”

DUFSP2FMO operates market locations in Springfield on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and in Branson at the Branson Landing on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Double Up Program will be available at both locations for SNAP participants. Individuals interested in participating in the program need to come to the Market Hub at each market location and ask market staff to swipe their EBT card and double it.

The Double Up Food Bucks program in Missouri and Kansas is funded by $5.8 million in grant funds — $2.9 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a matching $2.9 million donated by private foundations and local governments.

Double Up Heartland Coalition partners include the Mid-America Regional Council; Cultivate Kansas City; Douglas County, Kansas; the East-West Gateway Council of Governments; and the Fair Food Network based in Michigan. More information is available online at www.DoubleUpHeartland.org

Farmers Market of the Ozarks is a 501c3 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, bottled milk, 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. For more go online to LoveYourFarmer.com, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @FMOzarks.

Market Potato Gratin with Goat Cheese

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We’ve got a new market recipe for you to use up all those amazing market taters!  Pick-up fresh herbs from PT Gardens or dried herbs from Down to Earth Foods for this recipe and don’t forget delicious goat cheese from Terrell Creek Farm.

Market Potato Gratin with Goat Cheese
3 large russet potatoes (about 1½ lb.), scrubbed, cut into ½”-thick wedges
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces fresh Terrell Creek Goat Cheese

Preheat oven to 425°. Toss potatoes with oil and rosemary in a baking dish; season with salt and pepper. Roast, tossing halfway through, until potatoes are golden brown and tender, 25–30 minutes. Pierce with a paring knife, or eat one wedge, to make sure they’re ready.

Remove potatoes from oven and heat broiler. Crumble cheese over potatoes and broil until cheese is golden brown and bubbling.