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Winter Greens + Spring Salad Wrap Recipe

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If you weren’t able to make it to our veggie cooking demo this weekend at market then be sure to check out the recipe below to get all the details! These are spring veggie wraps that utilize winter greens and local products that you can find right here at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks.



  1. Start your salad by finely shredding your kale and adding a splash of red wine vinegar. Enough to lightly coat the kale – this helps to break down the kale and fights against that bitter taste that fresh kale can have.
  2. Then drizzle with the spiced honey from Half Crocked Chef. It’s sweet and spicy so add a little bit at a time according to your taste preferences
  3. Next, take your radishes and slice them thinly, then toss in with the kale.
  4. Sprinkle a tsp of salt and sprinkle with garlic powder, set aside and let the kale soften.
  5. In another bowl crush your choice of nuts – we used the southwestern flavored cashews from our own KT’s Nuts. After allowing the kale mixture to sit for 10 minutes, toss in the crushed nuts and goat cheese.
  6. Optional: we also added in kale flowers and red buds. These can both be found at market.

Presto! You have a spring salad of winter greens! This can be served as a salad or spooned into lettuce cups for a wrap.

Recipe by: Sarah Byrd, FMO Management team & culinary extrordinaire 

FMO Celebrates Spring with the Spring Gardening Kick-off

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Monday, March 27, 2017 – SPRINGFIELD, MO. – Spring has finally sprung and the Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) is the perfect Saturday outing for any backyard gardeners looking to get a jump start on their planting season. On Saturday, April 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the market will host an array of free gardening activities, education opportunities, and cooking demos for the entire public to enjoy as part of the annual Spring Gardening Kick-Off Event.

“When you purchase locally at the market, you have the added benefit of getting information directly from the growers themselves,” said FMO Market Manager Kali Dick. “Let our farmers help you plan your family’s backyard gardening projects this year and pick-up everything you need for your spring gardening projects!”

In addition to cooking demos, the MSU campus Garden’s and Grad assistants will be at FMO ready with helpful growing tips! White Harvest Seed Company will also be present with a booth set up at market that day.

While visiting market be sure and snap photos of your family and friends enjoying the Spring Gardening festivities and tag FMO on Facebook and @FMOzarks on Instagram. Market management can be found at the Market Info Hub booth inside the pavilion to provide customers with an easy way to shop at market with the use of the market’s wireless machine that accepts SNAP benefits, credit and debit cards. In addition, the management staff will guide customers to specific vendors offering plants, vegetable starts, herbs, vegetable seeds, organic supplies and more.


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 accepts SNAP, credit and debit card transactions. For more go online to LoveYourFarmer.com, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @FMOzarks.

Growing Sustainably Day at FMO

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – SPRINGFIELD, MO. – Interested in learning how to grow sustainably? Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) is hosting a Growing Sustainably Day on Saturday, March 25th from 8 am to 1 pm at their Farmers Park location in south Springfield.

FMO is bringing in local experts such as Melissa Millsap from Urban Roots Farm to give presentations that will cover sustainable growing practices such as soil rehabilitation and cover crops. These presentations will begin at 10 am and continue throughout the day until 1 pm.

In addition to the presentations, there will also be informational booths from MSU Agriculture, MSU Campus Gardens, & other sustainable local businesses that are set up to answer questions and provide other educational opportunities.

“Being educated in sustainable growing practices helps to establish local economies that are viable and environmentally friendly, as well inform the public to the importance of implementing these practices,” explained Market Manager Kali Dick, “FMO is very excited for the opportunity to offer this free, educational event to our local community.”

Live music will begin in the morning and will run throughout the day featuring local artist and musician, David Greathouse. Join FMO for one of their first community-oriented events of the season!


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 Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and has a sister market in Ozark, MO., that operates on Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more go online to LoveYourFarmer.com, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @FMOzarks.

FMO Loyalty Card Program

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Earlier this year we were excited show our FMO shoppers some love by launching our FMO Loyalty Punch Card Program. These cards can be picked up at our market hub and are the perfect way to make each one of your purchases at market count!

It’s pretty simple!

  • You get a punch for every $5 you spend at market
  • Once you fill up all 20 punches you can turn your card in to receive 10% off of FMO swag as well as be entered to win $50 to spend at market in our monthly drawing.
  • You can turn in as many cards per month as you like, so if you fill yours up be sure to turn it in and grab another one!
  • We also offer Free Punch Wednesday at our Wednesday Markets (Open May to Sep from 9am to 1pm), so be sure to stop by for a FREE punch.

Check out our infographic for more of the in’s & out’s of how it works:


Jumpstart Your Mornings: Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe

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Looking for a way to utilize all of those beautiful greens you see at market each week? Try packing all of that raw, green goodness into a smoothie to jumpstart your mornings! Green smoothies have TONS of health benefits, and can include all types of greens such as spinach, kale, swiss chard and collard greens – or for the more adventurous, you could add parsley, sprouts, dandelion greens, watercress or any leafy, green veggie your palate can handle. Bananas, blueberries, strawberries, apples, avocado, and mango also make great companions but the key to keeping your smoothie’s health benefits at a maximum is to make sure your alkalizing greens are dominant (at least 60%) – luckily, that doesn’t mean a compromise on taste because your veggies should blend right into the tropical flavors of your smoothie!

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Veggie-Packed Tropical Green Smoothie

  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1/2 cup of dino kale (any variation of kale works)
  • 1/2 zucchini chopped
  • 1/3 cup of frozen cauliflower
  • 1/3 cup of frozen fruit (I used mango and strawberry)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of coconut water
  • 1/3 cup water (if you like a thicker smoothie do 1/2 cup of ice instead)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp ginger/tumeric paste (our recipe can be found here)
  • 2 tsp chia seed
  • 1/2 tbs of honey

Throw all of your ingredients in to your blender to mix & then enjoy!

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide at FMO

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Valentine's Day Gift Guide

The last thing you want to happen on Valentine’s Day is get stuck in a bind with nothing to give that special someone, or even worse, end up with cheesy, overpriced chocolates from that convenient store down the road. Ensure your V-Day is free of clichés and original this year, all while supporting local, with these gift and treat ideas from Farmers Market of the Ozarks.

Sweet Girl Bath & Body


Sweet Girl Bath & Body is a family owned and operated business that raises the standard on body products. Sweet Girl uses all-natural ingredients and high quality moisturizers that contain no artificial preservatives or fragrances. Not only are these products that you can trust but they actually work! From sugar scrubs to lotions, you are sure to find the perfect gift at their booth.

Windwood Farm


Windwood Farm specializes in goat milk soap and lotion, and uses only raw milk from a herd of humanely raised Saanen Dairy goats to make their products. The oils used are coconut, olive, jojoba, avocado, palm, canola and Shea Butter – the combination of the oils and goat’s milk produces a soap that is truly moisturizing and healing to the skin. Windwood offers their soaps and lotions in a variety of scents and beautiful color variations, ensuring that you’re able to find the perfect gift!

Birchtree & Lula


There isn’t more original, wearable art out there than what is available at our very own Birchtree & Lula’s booth at market. From cozy mittens to beautiful hair pieces to handcrafted linens, Birchtree & Lula will be sure have one-of-a-kind, local gifts available for that special lady in your life!

Mae-Mae’s Sweet Shoppe


Take your Valentine’s dessert to new heights with a treat from Mae-Mae’s Sweet Shoppe. You can snag some special V-day desserts this year such as strawberry brownies (we tried them, and they are melt in your mouth good) or Nutella sweet rolls. Baked fresh for market every week!

Pizza Crust Creations by Color My World 


Looking for dinner ideas? Stop by market and grab one of Crust Creations heart-shaped pizza crusts to set the mood for your V-day dinner. They have a variety of flavors available and yummy pizza sauces to accompany your pizza! Easy and delicious!


We are open every Saturday year round from 8am to 1pm. Stop by this weekend, not only for tons of fun products for Valentine’s Day but also browse our large selection of fresh meats, produce & other local goods!

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! 

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.


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.



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.