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Featured Vendor: Swan Creek Crafts

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This week we are excited to feature one of our artisans, Swan Creek Crafts, as Vendor of the Week. Swan Creek was voted 2016 Artisan of the Year for both our Springfield and Branson markets and will be selling their products at our upcoming Pop-up Holiday market on December 22nd.

Wood carving began as a hobby for artisan and owner Mike Weber that stemmed from a longstanding love and appreciation for trees and wood. In the 1980’s Mike began to play around with wood carving and made his first spoons – he described the spoons as something a “caveman might have turned his nose up at”. Years later after retiring from the Marine Corps,  Mike & his wife Susan settled down out in the hills east of Branson. Looking for a creative outlet to enhance their “retirement” experience, they set up a workshop with proper tools and began learning how to make beautiful, functional wooden utensils. Susan augmented their products by sewing chopstick pouches, quilted hot pads and crocheted dish cloths among other textiles.

Their shop is home to over 70 species of wood that are both domestic and exotic. All the domestic woods are sourced locally while the exotics are purchased from professional sources that follow strict guidelines to ensure the  protection of endangered species. If you purchase one of their products, look closely and you will notice the wood type burned into each wood piece as a special touch for each customer.

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When it comes to the process itself, Mike says that “every spoon is an individual creation that goes through an 18 step process to final completion. My objective is to present beautiful products that showcase amazing woods from around the world and provide useful function for decades. I also believe strongly in continual improvement and strive to evolve my art to a higher level over time.”

This was Swan Creek Craft’s first FMO season and they were able to sell over 1,000 spoons, 270 sets of chopsticks and 600 stirring sticks. Mike’s creations are available at market every Saturday year-round from 8am to 1pm. They also sell via email (swancreekcrafts@gmail.com) and showcase weekly production via Swan Creek Crafts on Facebook.

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Honey Apple Salad

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Try serving up this Honey Apple Salad from 417Localista this holiday for a sweet, crisp salad option to your holiday meal!  Local apples, honey and nuts can all be found at FMO every Saturday.

Here is a simple recipe for a Honey Apple Salad that makes a perfect compliment to a weeknight meal from the grill.

Honey Apple Salad
3 1/2 diced red apples
2 T. lemon juice
2 c. grapes
1 c. sliced celery, thin
1/2 c. chopped dates
1/2 c. mayo
1/4 c. honey
2 T. sour cream
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. chopped walnuts

In a large bowl toss apples with lemon juice. Add grapes, celery and dates. In a small bowl combine mayo, honey, sour cream and salt, mix.

Pour over apple mixture and toss; stir in walnuts.

Shop Local For the Holidays

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Shop Local

It’s that time of year again! The Christmas tree is up, the lights are twinkling, and you are trying to figure out what to get the special ones in your life for Christmas. While your first inkling may be to start browsing online or visiting big box stores like Walmart & Macy’s, we have a better idea – shop local! There are so many benefits to supporting local small businesses and producers, and we would like to highlight just a few this holiday season.

1) Support the Local Economy

One of the biggest benefits to shopping local is you are pouring your dollars back into YOUR local economy. What this does is provide more jobs and long-term sustainability for the economy, as well as enable your tax dollars to actually benefit you because the bulk of what you spend will stay local.

2) Know Where & Who You Are Purchasing From

Shopping locally allows you to better understand the products you are purchasing. You can ask questions, find out more about how products were made, grown, or sourced and hear more of the heart behind these local businesses. You can be proud of the purchases you are making because you get to develop an actual relationship with your small business owners and vendors and know the processes behind the products that you buy.

3) Product Variety & Quality

Let’s be honest – they just don’t make ‘em like they used to! Supporting local artisans and craftsman allows your gifts not only have a story, but also be individual and of the highest quality. When you buy handmade spoons or original pottery, you know that there is not another piece in the world like it because it was carefully and intentionally made by hand. There is also more variety at the local level, because local businesses are more in touch with what you actually want, whereas big box retailers purchase and sell the same merchandise all over the country regardless of what region you are in.

We hope you will consider shopping locally with us this holiday season! Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks is open year-round and we have tons of local products and produce to meet all of your holiday needs.