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Red Dress Dash 2017

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SPRINGFIELD, MO, Friday, January 30, 2017 – During American Heart Month and in support of the Go Red For Women movement, the Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) has partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) to bring the Red Dress Dash to Farmers Park on Saturday, Feb 4. Registration for the event will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the market plaza, and the dash starts at 10:00 a.m. Emcee Paul Adler with KY3 News will provide highlights of the event.

“The Red Dress Dash is a wrap-around event that raises funds to support Go Red For Women during Heart Month.  It’s a fun run that promotes awareness and healthy lifestyle choices,” explained AHA Corporate Events Director Dana Werdehausen. Participants can register for free, or register and purchase a shirt for $25. Registration is available online at www.localraces.com/swmoamericanheartassociation or participants can register the day of the Dash.

“We are honored to be the host sponsor of the Red Dress Dash this year, to support the world’s largest network of women standing together to save women’s lives from heart disease,” said FMO Executive Director Lane McConnell. “What better of a place to hold the event than at FMO, where our vendors bring a variety of healthy, local foods to our community every week.”

Special highlights of the event include:

  • Diva Closet: An area where participants can borrow red items to use during the dash.
  • Tribute Stickers: A way people can honor or memorialize someone that has suffered from heart disease or stroke.
  • Diva Lounge: At the finish line, there will be a festive atmosphere for runners to enjoy beverages and food to fuel up.

About the Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks:
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 Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., year-round, Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (May-Sept) and in Branson on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (April-October). 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.

About the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association:
The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.heart.org

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Health Powerhouses: Ginger & Turmeric

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Fresh ginger and turmeric can sometimes look a little alien to us, but the staff here at Farmers Market of the Ozarks is here to give you some pointers on how to handle these funny-looking, little rhizomes (roots).

Millsap Farm is currently supplying FMO with our fresh ginger and turmeric every Saturday so we encourage you to stop by and pick some up. Our hope is that this post will show you the best way to make a combination paste of ginger and turmeric that can be used in savory or sweet preparations. Think of it as creating your own ingredient that can be added to soups, stir fry’s, or even smoothies. We will use equal parts of ginger and turmeric for this recipe, about 2 ounces of each (or fill the palm of your hand with each root). This will produce between a ½-3/4 a cup of paste.

The Steps

  1. Wash your roots to get any leftover dirt out of any crevices and then break your ginger and turmeric into single little knobs.
  2. The fresh turmeric will turn everything orange! So we recommend having gloves, clean dishtowels or sandwich bags around so once you start peeling you can hold the peeled root with something and avoid getting your fingers dyed!
  3. Use a spoon to scrape the peel away on both the ginger and the turmeric.
  4. Once your roots are all peeled roughly chop the chunks together. Chop them till they are pea sized.
  5. Combine your chopped goods into a bowl and add 2-3 Tablespoons of olive oil and an optional teaspoon of honey. Other oils can be substituted.
  6. We used a small hand mixer to blend our pea sized chunks and oil. You can use a food processor but we suggest emptying the mixture as soon as it is blended so to avoid staining your processor with the orange turmeric!
  7. Once the mixture is evenly blended and stored in a sealed glass container or sandwich bag you can keep the mixture in your fridge for two weeks!

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This mixture can now be spooned into a stir fry or easily stirred into a savory soup. We suggest adding chopped garlic if cooking a savory meal and adding honey or agave if making something sweet. The turmeric ginger combination is great when sweetened and added into baked goods! Start with a ½ teaspoon at a time and then increase the amount to your liking.
Both turmeric and ginger have wonderful health benefits! Full of antioxidants and well known for their anti-inflammatory properties. They are good for stiff bones in the winter and great for keeping our digestion system working strong, so come by Market and pick some up and stay tuned for future recipes using your new paste!