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Farmers Market of the Ozarks announces two new ongoing events for the winter months of 2019, and beyond!
Our winter fitness series, Winter Warrior Workouts, will feature a different teacher and workout every Saturday Market morning from 8am to 9am. Winter Market opens after class at 9am until 1pm. The winter wellness program will run for 8 weeks, and will be located indoors at Farmers Park.
Birthdays just got better for everyone– FMO is now providing a monthly Birthday Bonanza on the last Market Saturday of every month, with crowns and market tokens for our birthday celebrants! Bring a friend who is new or old to market to share a celebrational treat and day!
Registration suggested for both events, details and links below:
WINTER WARRIOR WORKOUTS
Thinkin’ ‘bout that summer body, but also thinkin’ ‘bout that pizza? At Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks, you can do both! Our Winter Warrior Workout series kicks off on Saturday, January 26th, runs every Saturday through March 16th. Each Saturday starts your day with a new instructor and a new kind of workout— everything from traditional yoga to strength training— the perfect practice to keep a spring in your step all winter long!
Space is limited (15 Warriors per class) so pre-registration is suggested: Your $10 registration gets you a guaranteed spot in the Workout Session, plus $10 in Market Coins to stop by FMO right after and grab yourself that hot pizza, or all the fresh ingredients to make one yourself!
Where: Guaranty Bank Building, Entrance Lobby, @Farmer’s Park: 2144 E. Republic Rd. Springfield, Missouri 65804
When: Every Saturday morning from 8am to 9am from January 26th, to March 16th
How: Pre-register at http://www.loveyourfarmer.com/programs/
Why: Because carpe that diem, friends. And because, pizza.
BIRTHDAY BONANZA – HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
Happy Birthday from FMO! A Farmers Market celebrates the seasons, the sun and the rain, the creative hands of working people… and now we want to celebrate YOU too!!! Beginning in January, 2019, Farmers Market of the Ozarks will be hosting a monthly birthday bash for anyone born that month.
Preregistration suggested: Your $10 registration gets you a guaranteed spot at the party, a birthday crown for standing out on your big day, and $10 in market coins to spend however you like with our famers, food trucks, and artisans!
Where: Farmers Park, 2144 E. Republic Rd. Springfield, Missouri 65804
When: The last Saturday of every month, 10:00 am
How: Pre-register at http://www.loveyourfarmer.com/programs/
Why: Because the more celebrating in life, the better, and because Farmer’s Markets and Birthday Parties go together like peanut-butter and carrots (it’s a thing, try it)!
It’s crunch time! Christmas is almost here. Did you forget to get a gift for the teacher? Did someone forget to tell you your son’s girlfriend was coming for Christmas? Do the kids want to go Christmas shopping for YOU but you refuse to go to the mall? Farmers Market of the Ozarks has you covered with a fantastic selection of cool gifts for under $30 and a relaxed family-friendly environment to do your shopping.
Reborn Co has an excellent variety of scented candles priced from $22 to $28 that make perfect gifts for a teacher or secret Santa. With catchy names like “All The Jingle Ladies” and “Peppermint ‘Elf’Spresso” their Christmas scents would make any recipient joyful. You can also get a candle in a cute coffee mug that can be enjoyed all year long.
Blue Heron Farm is taking their classic Farm-In-A-Box and dressing it for the holidays. Filled with eggs, sourdough bread, mushrooms, salad mix & microgreens, this decorative and delicious box is just $25. What hostess wouldn’t love that? They will also be selling gift cards for a Farm-In-A-Box, perfect to stuff in someone’s stocking.
Swan Creek Crafts can delight any cook with their beautiful hardwood kitchen utensils. Pair a new spatula with the cookbook for your sister or give a pair of exotic wood chopsticks to the budding gourmet in your family. Almost everything they sell is under $30, so stop by and see what spoon catches your eye.
Maze Ceramics has a gift you can match with that new spoon, a spoon caddy for $28. Matt is also making mugs and oil bottles for that special someone on your list for only $20 each.
Lewd Linens will make your favorite sassy aunt laugh out loud with their tea towels. With colorful, unique designs and sayings like “Don’t Make Me Cut You” and “The Patriarchy Isn’t Going To Smash Itself” your niece would love one or two for her new apartment. You can also get cozy sweater mittens for only $13.
Leaky Roof Meadery will make you the most popular person at the party. If you’re unfamiliar, mead is an alcoholic beverage created from the fermentation of honey, water and yeast. It’s not beer, it’s not wine and it’s naturally gluten-free! They always have a variety of flavors to choose from with gift boxes ranging from $20-$30.
When can you shop for all these cool gifts under $30 in Springfield, MO?
Why Farmers Market of the Ozarks, of course!
You’ve got two more chances to pick up the perfect locally made cool gifts under $30 before Christmas. Farmers Market of the Ozarks will be hosting a pop-up holiday market on Wednesday, December 19 from 4 to 7 pm and be available regular winter hours (9 am to 1 pm) on Saturday, December 22. Bring your out of town guests some great coffee, live music and last-minute shopping. It’s so much more fun than the mall!
Winter Market Allows you to Shop Local All Year Long
Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 – SPRINGFIELD, MO. –Shop for handcrafted gifts and foods to help your Holidays be one to remember. Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) will host a Holiday Pop Up Market on Wednesday Dec 19, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the FMOpavilion at Farmers Park. FMO is the only year-round market housed in a permanent heated pavilion at the Farmers Park Development, off Republic Road.
“Spend your dollars local this season and support your local bakers, farmers, crafters and other producers by purchasing local goods,“ said FMO Market Manager Jesse Stone. “Freshly harvested herbs, beef, chicken, pork, eggs, fresh baked goods, potatoes, tomatoes, hydroponic salad greens, winter squash, jam and jellies, onions, radishes, beets, bread, as well as artisan gifts are just a few of the items that will be available at the Holiday Pop Up Market on Dec 19th.”
After the special Holiday Pop Up Market, Farmers Market of the Ozarks will be open for one more 2018 market on December 22nd 8am-1pm. We will then kick-off winter market season with new market hours from Jan 5th to March 16th. During this time, market will be open from 9am to 1pm, allowing customers to shop local every Saturday of the year.
Customers are encouraged to stop in at the Market Hub for use of the market’s wireless card reader that accepts credit, debit or EBT (SNAP) cards, giving everyone access to high-quality local foods in the Ozarks. Or pick-up an FMO inspired gift at the Market Hub.
For great holiday recipe ideas, check out the market’s blog at LoveYourFarmer.com.
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 every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. throughout the winter and 9:00am to 1:00pm starting January 5th. 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, IG, and Twitter @FMOzarks.
Shop for handcrafted gifts and foods to help your holidays be one to remember. Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) will host a Holiday Pop-Up Market on Wednesday Nov 21, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the FMO pavilion at Farmers Park. FMO is the only year-round market housed in a permanent heated pavilion at the Farmers Park off Republic Road and is open every Saturday from 8am to 1pm.
“Spend your dollars local this season and support your local bakers, farmers, crafters and other producers by choosing to purchase local goods,“ said FMO Manager Kali Dick. “Freshly harvested herbs, beef, chicken, pork, eggs, fresh baked pies, potatoes, tomatoes, hydroponic salad greens, winter squash, jam and jellies, onions, radishes, beets, bread, and artisan gifts are just a few of the items that will be available at the Holiday Market on Nov 21st. We will also have artisans there offering natural lotions and soap, pottery, handcrafted linens and totes, wooden gift items such as plant stands, spoons, baby rattles, and so much more!”
FMO’s event will have free hot chocolate for customers, live music, and photos with Santa to keep your shopping experience as merry as ever! Customers are encouraged to stop in at the Market Hub for use of the market’s wireless card reader that accepts credit, debit or EBT (SNAP) cards, giving everyone access to high-quality local foods in the Ozarks. Or pick-up an FMO branded gift at the Market Hub.
“We have great stocking stuffers like FMO gift cards for your foodie friends and family and locally made long-sleeve shirts and sweatshirts,” said Dick. “All proceeds go directly back to the market, which is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.”
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 every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. throughout the winter. 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.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it might seem easier to rely on big box retailers to fill your holiday needs, but this is just a friendly reminder that you CAN choose to shop local for the holiday season!
Our farmers market is open year-round on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm, and we have just about everything you need to make your holiday season a success. By choosing to shop local you stimulate the local economy, are supporting individual families, and getting to know where your food is actually coming from!
Some ways to think local this Thanksgiving:
- Source your meat from a local farmer. Many of our vendors have a wide array of meats available – from chicken to duck to turkey to beef. Stop by on a Saturday and chat with them about pre-ordering what you need. Then you can pick it up the week of the holiday and skip the big grocery store crowds!
- Skip the baking this year and snag some delicious baked goods from one of our bakers at market. This is also something you can pre-order and even order custom desserts that your family will love!
- Get your fixin’s from our producers! From potatoes to squash, our producers show up to market year round and have a great selection of seasonal produce available or you. They can even give you some of their favorite tips on how to prepare it!
- Condiments, condiments, condiments. From spices to honey to jam – we have got it ALL!
- Shop our artisans for your gifts! We have some of the most talented artisans in the Ozark region offering everything from hand-poured candles to unique linens to hand carved wood items. Their items are one of a kind and come with a story!
Shop Local, friends!
Join Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) on Oct. 12 from 6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. at the market, located off Republic Road and Highway 60 on Nature Center Way for their annual fall fundraiser, Burgers, Brats, & Brews.
“Our vendors are donating for this event which means the menu is featuring some of the best food in the region,” said Market Manager Kali Dick. “Local spirits, root beer, & kombucha will be served by Springfield Brewing Company, Leaky Roof Meadery, and Spring Branch Kombucha. Music will be perfomed by National Park Radio.”
Tickets are limited to 250 and are on sale at LoveYourFarmer.com. General Admission is $50 and comes with dinner and 2 drinks. VIP Tickets are $75 and come with unlimited drinks. All proceeds will go back to the market to help the non-profit organization with market operations and programs. FMO depends on fundraising effots to be able to provide the 417 community an thriving, year-round market.
“We are so fortunate to have the community embrace our market like they have,” said Dick. “We want this to be a special night to celebrate our successes with our community and our vendors.”
Sponsors of the dinner include American National Insurance Company, Guarentee Bank, Sun Solar. Food sponsors include Springfield Brewing Company, Leaky Rood Meadery, Spring Branch Kombucha, Peak View Farm, Brittain Farm, Broken Wire Ranch, Dove Creek Wagyu, Red Top Oven, Pastabilities, New Horizons Hydroponics, and Millsap Farm.
The menu is an extensive collaboration of the diversity of local farmers market, but will of course be feature artisan burgers and brats supplied by your local farmers.
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. 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 IG @FMOzarks.
Farmers Market of the Ozarks
The Farmers Market of the Ozarks is searching for a self-starting individual to fill the lead role of Executive Director for the 501c3 nonprofit based in Springfield, MO. The Executive Director provides business administration to the organization by ensuring all procedures and operating standards are followed, provides fiscal management, and oversight of the market’s business structure, including franchise markets and new market programs. Fundraising and corporate sponsorships will be pursued by the Executive Director to help enhance market programs and special events. The Executive Director will serve as the brand manager of the organization and oversee all marketing programs and initiatives and work with the Market Manager on the creation of marketing plans, place media buys in accordance with marketing plans and budget, develop programs for community based on FMO mission, attend board meetings, and present reports on all marketing, educational and grant programs. This position will serve as the public face for the market through community appearances, speeches, media appearances, and other tasks as necessary. This job will require 5-10 hours a month on weekends during peak months.
Estimated breakdown of time:
Fundraising/Community Partnerships: 35%
- Previous Executive Director or leadership ideally in the non-profit sector
- Experience in setting or collaborating on strategic direction and contributing to the strategic plan
- Demonstrated success in fundraising for an organization
- Demonstrated success in leadership, volunteer management, and collaborative problem solving
- Ability to connect to the Springfield philanthropic and business community
- Proven track record of strong rapport, building effective working relationships across diverse groups of people
- Expertise in the use of social media and leading edge technology for the purpose of marketing and development
- Fiscal management and grant writing skills
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
- Strong organizational and planning experience
- Degree in related field preferred
Job Type: Full-time, salary based on experience – $35,000 -$50,000
Apply: Send resume, cover letter and references to Lane McConnell Lane@loveyourfarmer.com
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.
We celebrated our 2016 season on Nov. 15 at our Annual Fall Membership Dinner & Meeting. At the dinner we presented our Corporate Sponsor, American National Insurance, with a Foodie Appreciation Award for the company’s commitment to agriculture and local foods. Plus, we celebrated our vendors at both our markets in Springfield and Branson with our Vendor of the Year Awards. Check out the big winners!
Vendor of the Year: Parker Farms
Most Improved Market Business: Parker Farms
Best New Vendor: Edgewood Creamery
Best All-Around Must Eat at FMO: Cubano from Cecil’s To Go
Best Artisan: Swan Creek Crafts
Best Baker or Value-Added Vendor: Grove Salsa
Best Rancher: Grandview Bison
Best Concessionaire: Firelight Pizza
Best Specialty Crop Vendor: Parker Farms
Best New Vendor: McDowell Land & Cattle
Best All-Around Must Eat at Branson: Shrimp Tacos from Sarah’s Food Truck
Best Artisan: Swan Creek Crafts
Best Baker or Value-Added Vendor: Rhonda’s Fried Pies
Best Rancher: Brittian Farms
Best Concessionaire: Spork Express
Best Specialty Crop Vendor: McKenna Family Farm