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Cooking Series: Watermelon Gazpacho

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Summertime in a Bowl Watermelon Gazpacho

Gazpacho is a cold soup made of raw fresh vegetables and fruits and is perfect to serve on a hot summer day.  There are many variations to this soup. Get creative, go to your garden or farmers market and pick various veggies, fruits and herbs and put them in your blender and voila! Gazpacho is vegan, gluten-free, grain free, no bake/raw, nut-free, refined sugar free, soy free, low in fat, and has lots of vitamins A & C!

  • 3 cups watermelon, seeded & pureed in a blender ½ cup green pepper, diced small
  • 1 cup watermelon, seeded and diced small 2 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup tomato, seeded and diced small 1 Tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced small 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 green onion, white and 1 inch of green diced small
  • ½ small jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced if you like it spicy!

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir. Ladle into soup bowls and serve.  Also, good to chill for a few hours before serving if you can wait that long to eat it!

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Recipe and demonstration provided by Joy Stella.  Educational Vegan Chef and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who helps people transform their lives through food.  (573)821-1616

2018 Food Truck Palooza

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FOODTRUCK

Come out to Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) for a Food Truck Palooza on Saturday, July 14th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m and taste the best 417 Land has to offer in food truck cuisine!

We are celebrating summer by highlighting the wide array of local food trucks available in the Ozarks. In addition to our regular vendors, there will be 4 guest trucks in attendance. The food trucks include London Calling, Firelight Pizza, Cecils To-Go, AM Donuts, Twisted Mikes, Speedy Cowabunga, and Twisted Tacos.

“We are really excited to host an event that brings our community together and highlights local food trucks, all while offering an amazing farmers market experience in addition to the event”, said Kali Dick, FMO Market Manager. The event is free admission with attendees purchasing food directly from the food trucks of their choice. Menu items will include everything from wood fired pizza, to donuts, to tacos, to pasties, to sliders – you name it, and it is probably on the menu! There will be something that the whole family can enjoy!

Live music begins in the morning and will run throughout the day with local artists. Pack up the family and come out to market for a day of food, family and fun at FMO.

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. 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. The market operates on year-round on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for June, July, & August. For more go online to LoveYourFarmer.com, find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram at @FMOzarks.

Cooking Series: Gazpacho

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We are excited to be able to feature several cooking demos through out the 2018 year to help equip you to use that delicious market produce, meat, eggs etc in your weekly meal schedule! This last Saturday we demoed and sampled summer gazpacho. Here is the recipe in case you missed it!

Gazpacho is a cold soup made of raw fresh vegetables and is perfect to serve on a hot summer day.  There are many variations to this soup. Get creative, go to your garden or farmers market and pick various veggies and herbs and put them in your blender and voila! Gazpacho is vegan, gluten-free, grain free, no bake/raw, nut-free, refined sugar free, soy free, low in fat, and has lots of vitamins A & C!

Easy Summer Gazpacho

  • 3 cups tomatoes 1 red pepper and/or green pepper
  • 1 medium cucumber peeled ¼ cup red or sweet onion
  • 1 clove garlic 2 celery stalks
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil A hand full of cilantro
  • 1 lime juiced ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt A dash of ground pepper
  • 1 or 2 Tablespoons of apple cider or balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • A little jalapeno pepper if you like it spicy!

Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse to desired consistency.  Some people like their gazpacho smooth and others like it chunky. This can also be mixed in a food processor instead of a blender.  Pour in a bowl and top with diced avocados. Also, good to chill for a few hours before serving if you can wait that long to eat it!

 

 

 

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Recipe and demonstration provided by Joy Stella.

Educational Vegan Chef and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

who helps people transform their lives through food.

(573)821-1616 Cell

Grill Fest Samples: Dog Days of Summer

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GRILL FEST SAMPLES

THIS Saturday, June 16th, is our Dog Days of Summer event at market! In addition to hosting several pup-oriented activities and partnering with Rescue One to bring out adoptable dogs to market, we are excited to jump into grilling season by highlighting some of our meat vendors here at FMO.  You can’t beat locally, pasture-raised meat, and our vendors want to give you a chance to fall in love with their products too! They will be sampling their goods all day Saturday during our event from 8am to 1pm to give you taste test of their meats. This is great way to try some of those different meat products that you had been thinking about!

The following vendors will be participating and sampling so be sure to swing by their booths on Saturday!

Bechard Family Farm – Pasture-raised Chicken and Turkey + Grass fed beef and lamb.

Landers Lean Meat – Beef, Chicken, & Pork.

Brittain Farm –  Grass-fed beef, pork, and pasture-raised chicken eggs.

Grandview & Hillside Bison – Pasture-raised bison

Broken Wire Ranch – beef

Come ready to hang out with some pups and sample the best meat in 417Land!

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

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We kept it simple for you this year and compiled all of the best gift ideas into one comprehensive guide. Lavish these gifts on those you love, from family to friends to co-workers. The best part about spending your dollars with small, local businesses, is that the quality and craftsmanship is unrivaled. Each gift is unique, thoughtful, and made to last. Plus you know what they say, “When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a happy dance.”

Enjoy this list of gift items available at market this winter!

Swan Creek Crafts

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Mike of Swan Creek has won artisan of the year for 2 years running and continues to blow customers away with his artisanship and design. Spoons are his specialty, but Mike is known for his creativity with wood and offers tons of other great products that even include great stocking stuffers like bacon flippers and book marks.

Sweet Girl Bath & Body

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If you are looking for all natural body products, look no further! The Didier’s of Sweet Girl are a market staple at FMO and make their business a family affair – you can often times find Devin and Carrie, along with several of their kiddos working their booth. Their products feature all-natural ingredients like coconut oil and are handcrafted making the quality of their stuff through the roof. Their product line include items such as soaps, lotions, chapstick and even deodorant!

Birchtree & Lula

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Does your family contain a sassy young person crossing that first-apartment threshold? Or someone outspoken of any age? Then Jesse Stone is here to cater to you. In addition to her edgy linens, Jesse also offers an array of other products perfect for the gift giving season such as totes, journals, and mittens. All handmade with a lot of love and sass.

Copper Colorist Legacy 

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Phillip and Marny are the husband and wife team behind Copper Colorist and they make beautiful and unique flame painted copper art and jewelry that just about anyone would LOVE. Their product line is diverse and unique, from jewelry to wind chimes, their offerings are impressive!

Windwood Farm Goat Milk Soap

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The Malas family makes some of the best goat milk soap in the region. They have a huge selection of scents for soap and lotion making it easy to find the perfect one! Goat milk soap has a ton of benefits for your skin and is the perfect gift for skin care connoisseur!

KT’s Nuts & Woodworking 

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Karen and Truman are the KT behind KT’s Nuts and Woodworking. Their nut selection is AMAZING and would make a great hostess gift or stocking stuffer. Truman is our market handyman and can make just about anything he puts his mind to! They offer wood products that include plant stands, benches, checkers, keepsake boxes, animal feed and storage, and more!

Salt River Leather

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Don’t you just love the smell of fresh leather? We do to! Which is why you can usually find us walking circles around Jason’s booth to try and catch a whiff. He creates leather masterpieces such as wallets, field notebook covers, jewelry, and clutch purses just to name a few. Each piece is different and beautifully made!

Reborn Candle Co

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Reborn Candle Co products are made in Springfield, MO by hand and are 100% soy, which burns clean. Reborn has what feels like a million different scents and candle sizes for your choosing, and they are constantly adding new products to their line-up. They also have delicious smelling wax melts.

Mad Mars Design

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Mad Mars has just about everything you need for luxury! Bath bombs, soaps, and other amazing products make it your must-stop for the person who loves to relax. Rhizza and her girls are know their stuff and love their products, and you’ll leave their booth with gifts and new friends!

Rare Earth Woodturning:

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Rare Earth is another woodworker at market, and has an absolutely beautiful array of products. Bowls, rattles and other finds are sure to make gift giving a breeze! They are passionate about their craft and getting it into the hands of all who admire it, which means their prices are incredible for the kind of craftsmanship they are offering.

Afromation Pottery

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Denise of Afromation pottery has a special style that shines through every piece she makes. Her work doesn’t look like anyone elses, making each gift that much more special and unique. She also offers hand-knit products such as scarves and hats, and most Saturdays you can even catch her spinning her own yarn at market.

Mama Lane’s All Natural

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Mama Lane’s has been a newcomer to market this year and has a very diverse product line of natural body products. From salves to serums to beard balms she is sure to have the perfect gift for the gent or lady in your life. She is very passionate and knowledgeable about her products, so come armed with questions and have the opportunity to be educated about the products you use.

417Studio 

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Tracey of 417Studio is a specialty vendor that will only be with us this December. She has a huge array of christmas-oriented gift ideas and is also offering customizable shirts that she screen prints on site!

Steve’s Santas

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Another specialty vendor that we bring in every December just for you! Steve is a craftsman who hand carves and paints wooden Santas. The details in his work are insane, and you can even watch him carve on site. Great for decor in your own home or a gift for the Santa lover in your life!

JRAE Pottery

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Jennifer is a long-time market vet, who recently grew out of market to focus on her brick and mortar location. However, she is back just in time for December and the gift-giving season. If you want to shop her wide selection of pottery items be sure to stop by market on December 16th.

 

 

2017 Christmas 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 Christmas Pop-Up Market on Thursday, Dec 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 Dec 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 and live music to keep your shopping experience as merry as ever! There will also be an ugly sweater contest with a prize for the winner. 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.

 

Bok Choy Slaw Recipe

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Bok Choy is a green veggie you have probably seen around market quite a bit this summer. Originally cultivated in china, Bok Choy boasts a wealth of vitamins A, C, and K, and is also an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron, making it a veggie powerhouse. There are lots of ways to prepare Bok Choy and its an easy addition to most meals. Our very own Red Top Oven has put together this slaw recipe that we wanted to share!

Baby Bok Choy Slaw Recipe

  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1tbs toasted sesame oil
  • 2tsp Red Top Oven Pepper Jam (or sugar)
  • 2tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 cups of thinly sliced bok choy
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

– Whisk vinegar , oil, sugar, mustard, & salt in a large bowl until sugar dissolves. Add bok choy, carrots, & scallions. Toss to coat with dressing and enjoy!

2017 Iron Chef Event

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The Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) is hard at work once again to raise funds for Ozarks Food Harvest. On Saturday, Sept. 23, FMO will host the 6th Annual Iron Chef Competition from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Chefs will battle it out for 2017 Iron Chef to help raise funds for Ozarks Food Harvest for Hunger Action Month.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with Ozarks Food Harvest for the 6th year in a row” said FMO Market Manager Kali Dick. “We look forward to this event every year and love being apart of mobilizing our local community to take steps towards solving the hunger crisis.”

The Iron Chef competition will feature three chefs including Chef Grant Smith of the University Plaza, Alice Oh of the Press, and Cat Lix of Farmers Gastro Pub. The chefs will be given a secret ingredient to include in their dishes and will shop for all of their supplies at FMO. Attendees will be able to sample their dishes and vote with cash donations.

“Iron Chef makes for such a fun day at market, but more importantly it’s an event that allows thousands of people to support our mission,” said Christine Temple, communication & PR coordinator for Ozarks Food Harvest. “Market-goers will be able to taste delicious samples from local chefs and then vote for their favorite with a donation. For every $1 donated, we can provide four meals. Every bit counts, and we hope it all adds up to the best year yet.”

Farmers Market of the Ozarks is a 501c3 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 a

2017 Food Truck Throw-down

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Monday, July. 10 – SPRINGFIELD, MO. – Get your taste buds tingling this weekend at the Farmers Market of the Ozark’s FMO) Food Truck Throw-Down event on Saturday, July 15th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., right off Republic Road and Highway 60.

“Our food truck vendors will sample their best recipes to the public, and customers can cast their vote by picking up a ballot from the market hub and selecting their food truck favorite.” explained Market Manager Kali Dick “A portion of the sales from the tickets will go towards our capitol campaign to put glass doors on our main pavilion ensuring that we can continue to offer 417 Land the best farmers market experience year-round.”

The Throw-down will be featuring FMO food truck veterans Firelight Pizza, Cecil’s To-Go, and London Calling as well as local newcomer, A.M. Donuts. Each vendor will offer one dish for customers to sample and vote on. Cost is $10 to sample all 4 or $3 purchase individual tickets.

The announcement of the winner of the Throw-down will take place at 12:45 p.m. at the end of market and all ballots must be turned in to market management by 12:30pm.

In addition, FMO ‘s normal offerings will be available for customers to peruse and purchase, from fresh veggies to local meat to handmade soaps, customers will be able to find all of their summer needs!

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 every Wednesday from 9:oo a.m. to 1:00p.m. May- Sep. 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 Instagram @FMOzarks.