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Fall Farm to Table Dinner to Be Held in Branson

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Saturday October 15, 2016, Branson Landing, Branson, MO. – The Sky Deck at Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline on the Branson Landing along with the Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO), Branson Farmers Market, The Black Horse Pub and Springfield Brewing Company will host a Farm to Table dining experience on Saturday, October 15, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Farmers Market of the Ozarks, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that manages the Branson Farmers Market.

“Farm to table dining is a way for our markets to connect consumers to food grown and raised across the region and we believe in supporting local family farms and keeping our dollars in the community,” explains Lane McConnell, the Executive Director with Farmers Market of the Ozarks. “This is the first dinner like this held in Taney County and we will ensure it’s a top-notch event and the use of fresh, local ingredients will be highlighted.”

Guests will arrive to the SKY Deck in the most unique way by Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline, where they will soar over Lake Taneycomo and enjoy spectacular views. Upon arriving, guests will enjoy complimentary cocktails from Copper Run Distillery and a four-course dinner beginning with a selection of appetizers, as well as beer pairings by Springfield Brewing Company. The dinner will be sourced from local farmers and ranchers and will highlight the harvest season.

“I am very excited to be partnering with the Farmers Market of the Ozarks and Branson Farmers Market for this event,” said Linda Peterson, Event and Media Manager for Parakeet Pete’s Entertainment Group. “It is important to us to be involved with projects that benefit our local community. We particularly like that this event will feature locally raised meats and produce from vendors of the Branson Farmers Market and that funds from the event are used to educate and help these vendors grow their businesses.”

The evening will include VIP transportation to the SKY Deck by Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline, spectacular views of the evening sunset, a delicious four course dining experience prepared by local Chef Jonas Romines of The Black Horse Pub with products from the farmers markets, beer pairings by Springfield Brewing Company and entertainment by Nashville recording artists, Makenna and Brock.

Tickets for the event are on sale for $65 per person, limited to 100 guests, and portions of the event will benefit the Farmers Market of the Ozarks.

For more information about this event or to book tickets, call Linda Peterson at 417-827-0061, via email at Linda@ParakeetPetes.com. Booking and information also available online at parakeetpetes.com and skydeckbranson.com.

Direct link to tickets here!

About Parakeet Pete’s Entertainment Group and FMO

Specializing in fun, cutting-edge and unique attractions, Parakeet Pete’s Entertainment Group features Branson’s first waterfront zipline, a world class urban adventure at Branson Landing where folks soar over Lake Taneycomo on Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline! Also at Branson Landing (and the first of its kind in North America) Parakeet Pete’s Steampunk Balloon allows visitors to float 188 feet up in the air while enjoying 360 degree bird’s eye views of Branson, Lake Taneycomo and the Ozark Mountains. The SKY Deck is THE place in Branson for parties, reunions, weddings, meetings, and celebration get-togethers, plus featuring a host of special events like Zip & Sip Evenings on Friday and Saturdays. Located next to Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline at Branson Landing is also Fast Shot Gallery. Also affiliated with Parakeet Pete’s Entertainment Group is Branson Zipline Canopy Tours, a world class eco-adventure just 7 miles north of Branson.

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, 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.


Linda Peterson, Email: Linda@parakeetpetes.com phone: 417-827-0061, Event and Media Manager for Parakeet Pete’s Entertainment Group

Lane McConnell, FMO Executive Director, email: Lane@loveyourfarmer.com or 417-766-8711


Branson Farmers Market Holds Squash Festival on Sept. 27

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thumb_DSC_0831_1024 The Branson Farmers Market is busting with fall color and a bountiful harvest of fall crops like apples, winter squash, eggplant, peppers, greens and more. To celebrate the fall season the 1st Annual Squash Festival will be held at the market on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the southend parking lot of the Branson Landing.

“Come on down and “squash around” with your farmer friends at the Branson Farmers Market for our Squash Festival and learn unique ways to prepare winter squash,” said Lane McConnell, Executive Director with the market. “Butternut, acorn and spaghetti squash are available at market and we want to show you how to prepare and cook these delicious vegetables.”

McConnell said that many consumers aren’t as versed on preparing fall squash, as they are the traditional yellow crookneck squash, seen at market during the summer months. Market management and University of Missouri Extension will provide cooking demonstrations on ways to incorporate fall squash in weekly meals as part of the festival and tasty samples of recipes will be offered.   In addition, Maple Hill Ceramics, a vendor at the market, will provide a children’s pumpkin painting area. Children can pick out a baby boo pumpkin from McKenna Family Farm, paint the pumpkin and take home their gift from market.

Even the market’s food trucks and other vendors will be highlighting fall squash in their products during the festival.

Fall is the perfect time to shop at the farmers market according to McConnell, as the crop diversity includes end of the summer crops and fall produce.

“Our producers provide a harvest perfect for your family’s table,” said McConnell. “And, SNAP participants can now double their food dollars spent at market through our new Double Up Food Stamp Program.”

The market was awarded $20,000 by Wholesome Wave to provide SNAP (food stamp) participants the opportunity to double their dollars on fruits and vegetables purchased at the market. Participants can stop in at the Market Hub, which is the green tent at market and ask how to double their dollars at market using their SNAP card.

Farmers Market of the Ozarks, FMO, 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, 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. FMO manages the Branson Farmers Market which operates on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., April through October. For more go online to LoveYourFarmer.com, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @FMOzarks

Farmers Market of the Ozarks Seeks Motivated, Flexible, Self-Starter

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FMO seeks highly motivated professionals who welcome new challenges, a creative environment and the ability to make a greater impact on the community. The Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) is a growing organization that services the Ozarks region with fresh, local foods from farmers, artisans and other food-based businesses. FMO 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 was ranked as the number 6th market in the country in 2015 and has also been named the best farmers market in Missouri.

Market Values

Sustainability: Our market operates focusing on social, ecological and economic sustainability. Excellence: Through combining innovation and business we create a beautiful, functional and exciting farmers market for the community.
Fostering Relationships: We strive to promote positive connections between local producers, and the community members who support them.
Nourishment: Local food is at the heart of the market and community, therefore we strive to provide access to fresh and nutritious food throughout the region.
Education: Our market believes it is our duty to educate the community about the value of locally produced products.


Applicant should have experience in daily market operations, vendor training/ education and be able to demonstrate positive conflict resolution skills. Building solid member relations while promoting the FMO brand throughout the region via social media marketing will be critical. Applicant should also have a working knowledge of general accounting practices/record keeping.

Applicants are expected to have strong communication and leadership skills as well as proven success in event planning. This is an exceptional opportunity for an entrepreneurial, creative leader to affect change for local foods on a regional scale throughout the Ozarks.

How to Apply

Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks is looking for a driven, tenacious, friendly, independent, collaborative, communicative, self-motivated person who is dedicated to our mission! Interested applicants should submit a resume and a cover letter to Lane@loveyourfarmer.com no later than midnight September 30th (please share with people who may be interested).

In your cover letter please let us know what you can contribute to the continued and growing success of the Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks! Due to volume (we are a small but dedicated team) we will only contact candidates that are shortlisted for interview. We sincerely appreciate your interest and thank you for your continued Farmer’s Market support. Questions please email Lane@loveyourfarmer.com or call 417-766- 8711.


Iron Chef Competition Helps Fight Hunger on Sept. 17

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thumb_DSC_0650_1024 Three local chefs in the region will bring their culinary skills to market to compete in the Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) 5th Annual Iron Chef Competition on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the market at Farmers Park. The competition will begin at 9:00 a.m., and the 2016 Iron Chef will be named at 12:30 p.m., in the plaza. All proceeds of the event are to support Ozarks Food Harvest (OFH) as part of the organization’s Hunger Action Month Campaign.

“The partnership between Ozarks Food Harvest and Farmers Market of the Ozarks has made a real impact on hunger in our community. Last year’s Iron Chef event provided 8,000 meals that will stay right here to help our neighbors in need. Not only is the event helping feed people, it’s also a lot of fun to attend. The chefs create incredible dishes that highlight food grown by local farmers,” said Christine Temple, communication coordinator at Ozarks Food Harvest.

Iron Chef for this year’s competition includes Chef Aaron Brooks, saucier with the Morris Conservation Center, Daniel Ernce with Progress and Vito Palmietto with Vito’s Kitchen. Chefs will be asked to prepare three dishes, which includes a side, main and dessert. All dishes will highlight a secret market ingredient revealed the day of market.  In addition, one protein will be provided to each chef to use in his or her main dish. All dishes will focus on using locally grown and produced products from FMO and chefs will offer samples of each dish created to the public. Customers will help in scoring the chefs through voting for their favorite chefs and dishes by dropping in monetary donations at each chef station in a provided donation jar. All money collected will be presented to Ozarks Food Harvest at the Iron Chef Awards Presentation at 12:30 p.m.

“Fresh fruits and vegetables are the most requested food items by many families served by OFH, and thanks to donations from local farmers and gardeners, local food is provided to these families, ” said Lane McConnell, FMO Executive Director. “The Iron Chef event will help to inspire locals to take action and raise awareness of the food insecurity in the Ozarks. Our participating chefs will be bringing everything they have to the table to raise funds for this great organization and to help feed our fellow neighbors in the Ozarks.”

Pepper Wars Contest
Also as part of the festivities this weekend, FMO will host the Pepper Wars Contest in conjunction with the Iron Chef Contest and will begin at 9:45 a.m., in the plaza. Assistant Springfield Fire Chief Randy Villines will participate in the Pepper Wars Contest. There will also be fire hydrants set-up at the Market Hub and PT Gardens booth in the pavilion for additional donations “hot spots” through the event that the community can pledge their support as well. Winner will receive a FMO Foodie Gift Basket valued at $200 and Trophy, sponsored by PT Gardens, Copper Colorists and Swan Creek Crafts, all FMO vendors.

For more information about the Iron Chef Competition or the Pepper Wars Contest go online to LoveYourFarmer.com.

Cinnamon Apple Muffins from the Market

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173362Apples have arrived to market and we’ve got the perfect recipe for your family to enjoy using your local apples.  This recipe comes from blogger 417Localista and includes a variety of FMO vendors!

Cinnamon Apple Muffins from the Market
2 cups all-purpose flour (plus 2 teaspoons for coating apples)
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (plus ½ teaspoon for coating apples)
2 cups diced local apples
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large farm eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
½ cup Edgewood Creamery milk

 For the Topping:
½ cup butter, melted
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375º F. Spray muffin tins with bakers spray or coat well with shortening or butter and flour, making sure to discard any excess flour from the tins after coating.

Prepare topping for muffins while the muffins are baking by melting the butter and allowing to cool slightly. Pour butter into a separate bowl sized easy for dipping tops of muffins. Mix together granulated sugar and cinnamon in a separate bowl and set aside.

Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside. Toss together diced apples and 2 teaspoons of flour to coat apples in a separate bowl. Set aside.

Cream together butter and sugar until lightened in color, about 3 minutes. Add an egg, one at a time, taking care to fully incorporate before adding the other. Mix in vanilla.

Gently fold in flour mixture, alternating with milk. Stir until just combined. Fold in diced apples and scoop mixture into prepared muffin tins, filling about ⅔ to ¾ full. Bake until a toothpick or skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 30 minutes.

Once muffins have baked, remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly in the muffin tin. Then, remove each muffin and dip first into the melted butter and then into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place onto a plate to finish cooling.