What's Fresh?

Category Archives: Double Up Food Stamp Program

Branson Farmers Market Holds Squash Festival on Sept. 27

By | Double Up Food Stamp Program, Farm Education, Food, Market Events, Market Recipes, Press Releases | No Comments

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

Watermelon Cucumber Salad

By | 417 Localista, Double Up Food Stamp Program, Market Recipes | No Comments

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Looking for a great way to highlight those delicious local watermelons found at the market?  Here is a quick and easy summer salad recipe that is perfect for backyard bbq outings in 417 Land.

Watermelon-Cucumber Salad
recipe from 417Localista
Thinly sliced red onion
4 cups local watermelon
1 large local cucumber
Mint leaves- from market
Cashews
¼ cup olive oil
1 lemon
PT Gardens Mild Habanero Salt
Terrell Creek Goat cheese

Soak 1/2 thinly sliced red onion in cold water. Pat dry 4 cups diced watermelon and 1 seeded and sliced cucumber; toss with a handful of thinly sliced mint. Drain the onion, squeeze dry and add to the salad along with some chopped cashews. Add 1/4 cup olive oil and the juice of 1/2 lemon; season with salt and toss. Top with crumbled goat cheese.

Farmers Market Offers SNAP Event for Low-Income Families on August 27

By | Double Up Food Stamp Program, Food, Market Events, Press Releases, Things to Know When Visiting FMO | No Comments

13934997_1170766819650860_7904249649810029208_nDouble Up Food Bucks offers match program for SNAP participants at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks and the Branson Farmers Market

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, Springfield, MO- The Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) is making it easy for low-income families across the Ozarks to eat healthy with a new Double Up Food Bucks Program which is a healthy food incentive program that helps low-income families eat more fruits and vegetables and supports local farmers. The market will host a SNAP Day at FMO this weekend on August 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for families to learn more about the Double Up Food Bucks Program and how their SNAP dollars can be used at market for healthy foods for their entire family.

“The staff and vendors at FMO are overjoyed with the new Double Up Bucks program,” said FMO Market Manager Sarah Byrd. “We are grateful for any opportunity that puts more fresh fruit and veggies from our market onto the tables of local families. I am so excited for SNAP Day at Market! Most of all, I am excited to get more people taking advantage of the Double Up Bucks program, showing them the variety of foods available at market and the creative ways you can prepare them at home.”

As part of SNAP Day at FMO, participants will learn if they are eligible for SNAP assistance, how the Double Up Food Stamp Program works at FMO, be provided a guided tour of the marketplace, explained what tokens will buy and what foods are eligible and the day will end with a cooking class. The class will be instructed by market staff and will show how to take SNAP-approved products from market to create baby food and other toddler snack ideas. The SNAP Market Tour will take place at 10:00 a.m. and participants should meet at the fountains behind the market pavilion. The cooking class will take place at 11:00 a.m. in the plaza by the fountains.

“Market staff has worked to develop this program for a year now and thanks to assistance from Wholesome Wave, the market was granted $20,000 to use as the funding source for the Double Up Program,” explained FMO Executive Director Lane McConnell. “These funds will be used to double the food dollars that SNAP participants receive at both our Springfield and Branson markets, creating a win-win for EBT users and local farmers.”

Under Double Up, people who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps) can swipe their EBT cards at the market information tent to buy SNAP tokens, and receive a matching number of Double Up Food Bucks tokens (up to $25 per day). They may use the SNAP tokens to buy any SNAP eligible items at the market, and use the Double Up Food Bucks tokens for any fresh fruits and vegetables.

FMO operates market locations in Springfield on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and in Branson at the Branson Landing on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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 and Instagram @FMOzarks.

FMO Launches Double Up Food Stamp Program

By | Double Up Food Stamp Program, Food, Market Events, Press Releases, Things to Know When Visiting FMO | No Comments

DUFSP 1Farmers Market Benefits Low-Income Families Through New Program

Double Up Food Bucks offers match program for SNAP participants at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks and the Branson Farmers Market

The Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) is making it easy for low-income families across the Ozarks to eat healthy with a new Double Up Food Bucks Program that will launch this weekend at the market, which is located at Farmers Park off Republic Road from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The program is a healthy food incentive program that helps low-income families eat more fruits and vegetables and supports local farmers.

“For over a year we have worked on developing funding and educational programming for this new program and are excited to finally launch,” said FMO Executive Director Lane McConnell. “Thanks to assistance from Wholesome Wave, the market was granted $20,000 to use as the funding source for the Double Up Program. These funds will be used to double the food dollars that SNAP participants receive at both our Springfield and Branson markets, creating a win-win for EBT users and local farmers.”

Under Double Up, people who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps) can swipe their EBT cards at the market information tent to buy SNAP tokens, and receive a matching number of Double Up Food Bucks tokens (up to $25 per day). They may use the SNAP tokens to buy any SNAP eligible items at the market, and use the Double Up Food Bucks tokens for any fresh fruits and vegetables.

“Our markets have become more than places to gather and buy quality food for the family, they are a place the community can connect with each other and with the farmers who grow their food,” said Sarah Byrd, FMO Market Manager. “It is within these connections that we spark healthier habits. The new Double Up Program will include cooking and nutrition education classes, which we will be able to give these habits longevity.”

DUFSP2FMO operates market locations in Springfield on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and in Branson at the Branson Landing on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Double Up Program will be available at both locations for SNAP participants. Individuals interested in participating in the program need to come to the Market Hub at each market location and ask market staff to swipe their EBT card and double it.

The Double Up Food Bucks program in Missouri and Kansas is funded by $5.8 million in grant funds — $2.9 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a matching $2.9 million donated by private foundations and local governments.

Double Up Heartland Coalition partners include the Mid-America Regional Council; Cultivate Kansas City; Douglas County, Kansas; the East-West Gateway Council of Governments; and the Fair Food Network based in Michigan. More information is available online at www.DoubleUpHeartland.org

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 and Instagram @FMOzarks.