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Celebrate With Us at our Holiday Pop Up Market!

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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!”

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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.

Shopping Local for Holidays

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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!

Burgers, Brats, & Brews 2018

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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.

Looking for a Self-Starter to Serve as Lead Role for Farmers Market

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Executive Director
Farmers Market of the Ozarks
Springfield, MO

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:
Marketing/Branding: 40%
Fundraising/Community Partnerships: 35%
Operations: 25%

Desired Qualifications

  • 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

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.

2016 Vendor of the Year Awards

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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

FMO Awards

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

 

Branson Awards

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

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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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

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