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Trammell Treasures Mushroom Farm – Get Your Fungi From a Fun Guy!

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At FMO, we pride ourselves on being a market created by integrity and trust. This is why FMO conducts annual inspections with our vendors to ensure food safety and integrity behind our product brand. Our inspections take us over the river and through the woods, and into the barnyards, kitchens and workshops of some great local people – like the Trammell family of Trammell Treasures Mushroom Farm in Humansville, MO!

When people think of having a farm, a mushroom farm is probably not one of the first things to come to mind. It wasn’t the first thing Matt and Nora Trammell, of Trammell Treasures Mushroom Farm, thought of either. In fact, Matt admits that when growing mushrooms as a business first became a possibility for the Trammell family, he didn’t even like them. In 2013, Matt, Nora and their two children, Sara and David, were living in an apartment in Chicago, and had taken a growing interest in learning how to grow and raise their own food. They moved to an apartment in Overland Park, Kansas, and shortly after were introduced to fungi. During their family vacation, their washing machine had begun to leak, creating a damp, wet environment that, upon the Trammell’s return, had grown mushrooms. Matt and Nora were fascinated and after that, “I started researching mushrooms!” said Matt.

Matt Trammell

Matt Trammell

After learning about the health and environmental benefits of growing edible mushrooms, Matt purchased a mushroom growing kit – and from there, they were hooked. Matt and Nora soon discovered that there was a niche market for mushrooms, and they decided to try growing and selling their product at the Kansas City Farmers Market and the Overland Park Farmers Market. They purchased and installed a pop-up greenhouse to grow the mushrooms in – and then another, and another – until they had mushroom growing houses from their master bedroom to their patio in order to try and keep up with the market. The demand for the Trammell’s mushrooms continued to grow, and eventually led them Warrensburg, Mo, and then to their current mushroom growing facility, the old Mill Street Market building in Humansville, Mo, right off of Highway 13.

Matt and Nora have created climate controlled growing and clean rooms where they grow pink oyster, gray oyster, lion’s mane and shiitake mushrooms, plus a few other specialty varieties depending on the time of year.

Pink Oyster Mushrooms

Pink Oyster Mushrooms

The growing medium for the mushrooms (typically sawdust) is hydrated before being inoculated with mushroom spawn for the given variety, and stuffed into plastic bags perforated with small holes to create an artificial log. As the mushrooms develop from the spawn, they push their way out of the bag through the holes, and continue to grow until they are ready to be harvested.

There are a few challenges to be had with growing mushrooms – “We really have to balance the moisture,” Matt said. Mold and contamination of the spawn/growing medium mixture can also come into play without careful regulation of the moisture and temperatures. Oxygen levels are also a factor – this affects the color and cap size of the mushrooms, Matt said.

Lion's Mane Mushroom

Lion’s Mane Mushroom

Today, Trammell Treasures Mushroom Farm sells their mushrooms at a select grocery store or two, as well as at the Overland Park Farmers Market and Farmers Market of the Ozarks in Springfield, Mo. Matt and Nora divide and conquer on Saturday market days, with Nora selling product at Overland Park and Matt selling at Farmers Market of the Ozarks. Sara and David take turns visiting each market to sell mushrooms with their folks.   Along with selling the mushrooms, Trammell Treasures Mushroom Farm also sells mushroom spawn and plugs for the majority of mushroom varieties that they grow, value added products like mushroom jerky and imported truffles, and also hosts mushroom growing workshops and educational classes periodically throughout the year, where participants learn about the benefits of fungi and have the opportunity to make their own mushroom logs.  Be sure to check out Trammell Treasures Mushroom Farm the next time you’re shopping at FMO!

Good Luck Farm

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At FMO, we pride ourselves on being a market created by integrity and trust. This is why FMO conducts annual inspections with our vendors to ensure food safety and integrity behind our product brand. Our inspections take us over the river and through the woods, and into the barnyards, kitchens and workshops of some great local people – like the Hamilton Lor of Good Luck Farm in Ash Grove, MO!

Good Luck Farm has almost three acres of garden space, where Hamilton Lor and his family grow beautiful vegetables, strawberries, and flowers to bring to FMO.  Hamilton has been farming for most of his life, and loves being able to connect with his roots by gardening with his family, and raising their chickens and cattle.  The gardens on Good Luck Farm are carefully maintained, especially for weed prevention – Hamilton mulches the plants with old hay to smother the weeds.  This also has the added benefit of adding organic matter back into the garden, which helps keep Hamilton’s soil healthy.

Bitter Melon Tunnel at Good Luck Farm

Bitter Melon Tunnel at Good Luck Farm

Good Luck Farm grows a vast amount of produce varieties – some of the highlights on the farm include their bitter melon tunnel, and their huge asparagus patch.  Come spring, you will see Hamilton and his family at market with plenty of asparagus!

Waving Asparagus Ferns on Good Luck Farm

Waving Asparagus Ferns on Good Luck Farm

Country Bee – ‘Bee-ing’ Local with Honey and Beeswax Products

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At FMO, we pride ourselves on being a market created by integrity and trust. This is why FMO conducts annual inspections with our vendors to ensure food safety and integrity behind our product brand. Our inspections take us over the river and through the woods, and into the barnyards, kitchens and workshops of some great local people – like Lesley Malone of County Bee in Clever, MO!

About Country Bee:  Lesley Malone and her family are best known around Farmers Market of the Ozarks for their amazing honey donuts.  Customers doing their shopping while munching on a chocolate, vanilla, or seasonally flavored donut is a common sight – especially since Country Bee’s honey donuts pair perfectly with a cup of coffee from Keen Bean Coffee Roasters!  There’s a reason those donuts taste so good – local honey from Lesley’s family farm!

While Lesley may be a professional beekeeper, she didn’t always love bees.  She admits that she was frightened of bees, but felt that the best way to conquer her fear was to jump right in and get to know them.  Today, Lesley has around a dozen hives, and she extracts the honey and beeswax for use in her products.

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All of the great products brought to you by Country Bee – donuts, honey caramel apples, soaps, lotions, shaving products for men and more – are produced in a renovated kitchen building just up the road from Lesley’s farm at her mother’s home.  Lesley renovated the kitchen herself and fondly refers to it as ‘ Building Bee.’

Country Bee can be found at market most Saturdays – be sure to grab one of their tasty honey donuts for breakfast, and watch for new products from Lesley – she is always thinking up something new!

Products:  Honey donuts, honey caramel apples (seasonally), pure honey, honey sticks, honey and beeswax body care products including soap, lotion, hand cream and more

Dear Caramel – Made With Local Love

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At FMO, we pride ourselves on being a market created by integrity and trust.  This is why FMO conducts annual inspections with our vendors to ensure food safety and integrity behind our product brand.  Our inspections take us over the river and through the woods, and into the barnyards, kitchens and workshops of some great local people – like Yvette Wynne of Dear Caramel in Springfield, MO!

About Dear Caramel: The smooth, creamy, delicious caramel treats from Dear Caramel are created by Springfield local Yvette Wynne and her family.  Yvette has always had a unique and artistic style, and she transfers this to her rich caramel goodies.  FMO had the privilege of visiting Yvette at her home kitchen and learning the finer points of cooking this confection.

Caramel is made with very basic ingredients – sugar, butter, cream and salt – by melting and blending them together on the stovetop in a heavy duty saucepan.  Yvette patiently and loving cooks small batches of caramel that she then bottles in fun, decorative jars, and adds her signature Dear Caramel labels and tags.  Not all of the caramel goes in jars though – some of it is destined to become individual caramel chews, or to coat pecans to make praline bites!

You can find Yvette and her Dear Caramel products located in the food truck alley at FMO on Saturdays – look for her beautiful black and brown caramel cart!  If you just can’t decide which caramel treat to take home with you, Yvette offers samples so you can find which type of caramel speaks to you the most.  Caramel cart

Products: Caramel sauce (sea salt and original), caramel chews, praline bites

Jenna Cakes – Keeping It Simple and Delicious

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Jenna CakesAt FMO, we pride ourselves on being a market created by integrity and trust. This is why FMO conducts annual inspections with our vendors to ensure food safety and integrity behind our product brand. Our inspections take us over the river and through the woods, and into the barnyards, kitchens and workshops of some great local people – like Jennifer Walker of Jenna Cakes in Springfield, MO!

About Jenna Cakes: Jennifer Walker and her family are cake aficionados – walking into Jennifer’s sparkling clean home kitchen, the smell of sweet and tasty cakes can really make a person’s mouth water. One of the best parts about purchasing local baked goods from Jenna Cakes is that you don’t have to commit to a whole cake – you can buy it by the slice! Of course, if you happen to fall in love with a particular flavor, you do have the option to order the entire cake.

Jennifer’s philosophy regarding cake is to keep it simple – she offers a handful of proven flavors to FMO customers, with a seasonal flavor or two every now and again to keep it interesting. She uses quality ingredients combined with time honored recipes and baking techniques that create moist, layered cakes with rich frostings; she uses minimal decorating on the finished cakes, letting the flavors speak for themselves – it truly is a beautiful creation!

You can find Jenna Cakes under the pavilion on Thursdays and Saturdays – look for Jennifer’s nostalgic cake counter display! She also offers samples of her scrumptious cakes to help you decide which slice you just can’t live without.

Products: Old fashioned cakes by the slice, with flavors including strawberry, coconut, choc-nilla and birthday cake

Meet Ozarks Natural Foods

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Ozarks Natural Foods is a longtime member of FMO – it all started with Alan and Meera Scarrow, both founding members of the market. Alan and Meera both work in the medical field – Alan as the President of Mercy Hospital and a neurosurgeon, and Meera as an OBGYN – and they share a passion for healthy lifestyles. The Scarrows loved the idea of a farmers market that invested in both the customers and the farmers, and have been involved with FMO’s mission since the market first began. They connected with mutual friends Weston and Beth Walker over a shared passion for human health, and animal health and welfare. This cohesive partnership became Ozarks Natural Foods, a business with a mission to provide consumers with nutritious and healthy local meat.

The Scarrows and the Walkers raise their meat for Ozarks Natural Food on two different farms – Alan, Meera and their three children reside on their farm in Rogersville, where they raise grass-fed Angus cattle. Weston and Beth, along with their three boys, live on their farm in Dadeville and raise Angus cattle, Berkshire hogs, and hair sheep. Ozarks Natural Foods markets their sustainably and humanely raised meats through FMO, restaurants such Metropolitan Farmer, and wholesale at Mama Jean’s and Horrmann Meat Company.

The goal of Ozarks Natural Foods is not only to provide customers with responsible, healthy local meat choices, but also to help other farmers raise and market sustainable products, and give back to their community. Alan and Meera Scarrow are helping to meet this goal by partnering with the Ozarks Food Harvest and the Glean Team. Meera is an active member of the Ozarks Food Harvest Board and helped start the Glean Team, where Food Harvest volunteers glean produce from local farmers to help the hungry. The Scarrows also donated an extensive gardening set up to Ozarks Food Harvest as a headquarters for the Glean Team on their Rogersville farm, complete with a green house, raised gardening beds and irrigation systems, where volunteers can grow substantial amounts of local, nutrient dense produce to distribute within the community and fight hunger. “Our goal is to provide quality AND quantity,” said Meera. Learn more here.

Products: Beef, pork and lamb products

Best Sellers: Ground meat, Apple Bratwursts and bacon

Blue Heron Farm – Tiny Greens and Big Pigs

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Microgreens copyAt FMO, we pride ourselves on being a market created by integrity and trust. This is why FMO conducts annual inspections with our vendors to ensure food safety and integrity behind our product brand. Our inspections take us over the river and through the woods, and into the barnyards, kitchens and workshops of some great local people – like the Boosey family of Blue Heron Farm in Marshfield, MO!

About Blue Heron Farm
Blue Heron Farm, family owned and operated by James and Jeannie Boosey and their two sons, is situated on 50 beautiful rolling acres. Featuring open pastures, forested hillsides and a large pond, Blue Heron Farm is home to not only the Boosey family, but also hundreds of chickens, ducks and geese, several enormous Berkshire pigs (Penny, Rosie, Bear and a couple of groups of piglets), a large garden and a room full of microgreens. Everything on Blue Heron Farm is all natural and chemical free, and the poultry are all free range birds. The pigs are often out on pasture and in the woods as well, and it is not uncommon to see poultry and pigs foraging together. Both sets of critters are very friendly with people, and a muddy trip across the marsh was worth it to have Penny the Berkshire pig and her piglets wander out of a thicket to greet the FMO team!

Pig copyThe Boosey family is very passionate about food, and they love to share this passion with others through their duck, chicken and goose eggs, vegetables and microgreens. The living and nutritious microgreens have created a real niche market for Blue Heron Farm – James says that both customers and chefs are excited about this unique product. Examples of sprouts found in the tasty and varied microgreens include radish, broccoli and pea shoots, just to name a few. Blue Heron Farm products can be found at Farmers Market of the Ozarks on Saturdays and most Thursdays, and in local restaurants like Metropolitan Farmers and Farmers Gastropub.

Products: Microgreens, pea shoots, seasonal vegetables, free range chicken, duck and goose eggs