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Cinnamon Apple Muffins from the Market

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173362Apples have arrived to market and we’ve got the perfect recipe for your family to enjoy using your local apples.  This recipe comes from blogger 417Localista and includes a variety of FMO vendors!

Cinnamon Apple Muffins from the Market
2 cups all-purpose flour (plus 2 teaspoons for coating apples)
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (plus ½ teaspoon for coating apples)
2 cups diced local apples
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large farm eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
½ cup Edgewood Creamery milk

 For the Topping:
½ cup butter, melted
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375º F. Spray muffin tins with bakers spray or coat well with shortening or butter and flour, making sure to discard any excess flour from the tins after coating.

Prepare topping for muffins while the muffins are baking by melting the butter and allowing to cool slightly. Pour butter into a separate bowl sized easy for dipping tops of muffins. Mix together granulated sugar and cinnamon in a separate bowl and set aside.

Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside. Toss together diced apples and 2 teaspoons of flour to coat apples in a separate bowl. Set aside.

Cream together butter and sugar until lightened in color, about 3 minutes. Add an egg, one at a time, taking care to fully incorporate before adding the other. Mix in vanilla.

Gently fold in flour mixture, alternating with milk. Stir until just combined. Fold in diced apples and scoop mixture into prepared muffin tins, filling about ⅔ to ¾ full. Bake until a toothpick or skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 30 minutes.

Once muffins have baked, remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly in the muffin tin. Then, remove each muffin and dip first into the melted butter and then into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place onto a plate to finish cooling.

Peach Salsa

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peaches--cc--kathleencavalaro_thumbCool off with this simple peach salsa recipe packed full of local products from FMO vendors!  This salsa can be made in advance and simply eaten with salty chips or served with grilled fish, chicken or pork. It’s a favorite at my family’s table served with grilled fish or with chips as a great snack for my kiddos.  The sweetness from the peaches, the tart from the lime and the spiciness from the jalapeño come together for a perfect combination.

Peach Salsa
5 local peaches, pitted, peeled and diced
3 green onions, chopped
1 ½ cups diced fresh jicama or apple
½ cup diced fresh local cucumber
½ teaspoon ground coriander (check out Down to Earth Foods at market for dried spices)
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, washed and patted dry, chopped
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (optional)
Juice of one lime
1 tsp salt
A pinch freshly-grated nutmeg

In a glass mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix well, taste for seasoning and refrigerate until serving.


Market Potato Gratin with Goat Cheese

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We’ve got a new market recipe for you to use up all those amazing market taters!  Pick-up fresh herbs from PT Gardens or dried herbs from Down to Earth Foods for this recipe and don’t forget delicious goat cheese from Terrell Creek Farm.

Market Potato Gratin with Goat Cheese
3 large russet potatoes (about 1½ lb.), scrubbed, cut into ½”-thick wedges
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces fresh Terrell Creek Goat Cheese

Preheat oven to 425°. Toss potatoes with oil and rosemary in a baking dish; season with salt and pepper. Roast, tossing halfway through, until potatoes are golden brown and tender, 25–30 minutes. Pierce with a paring knife, or eat one wedge, to make sure they’re ready.

Remove potatoes from oven and heat broiler. Crumble cheese over potatoes and broil until cheese is golden brown and bubbling.

Whole Kernel Corn Bread with Jalapeno Jelly

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This special market inspired recipe comes from our FMO Market Manager Sarah Byrd.  She incorporates products from three vendors: dry ingredients from Down to Earth Foods, jelly from Red Top Oven and whole corn from Parker Farms or Rocky Mountain Produce.  You can find these vendors and more every Wednesday from 9a to 1p and Saturday from 8a to 1p at FMO- shop local Ozarks!

Whole Kernel Corn Bread with Jalapeno Jelly

2 ears of corn
1 1/2 cups cornmeal
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 1/2 cups milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Tear husks off the ears of corn; tip the ear of corn towards a bowl while slicing downward with a sharp knife to separate the kernels from the cob. In a small bowl, combine cornmeal, corn kernels and milk; let stand for 5 minutes. Grease a 9×13 inch-baking pan. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix in the cornmeal mixture, eggs and oil until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of the cornbread comes out clean.

When your cornbread is finished baking you can simply spread a spoon of jalapeño jelly on and enjoy! Alternatively you can let the corn bread cool then grill it in a pan with butter and spread the jelly on a hot grilled piece of cornbread!

Bitter Eggplant Stir-fry with Ginger Mint Soy Sauce

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Ever wondered what these vegetable were at FMO?  Bitter Eggplant is a specialty crop that a few of our vendors grow and sell at market.  Don’t be afraid of trying something new, that’s the fun of the farmers market.

If you are worried that the eggplant might be bitter, slice or cube it, then salt it liberally and allow it to drain for an hour or so before cooking. Putting salt on the eggplant triggers osmosis, which draws out excess moisture and the bitterness along with it.

Here is a great recipe that our very own Market Manager Sarah Byrd whipped up recently using Bitter Eggplant, all ingredients can be found at the market from our wonderful vendors.  Let us know what you think!

Bitter Eggplant Stir-fry with Ginger Mint Soy Sauce
from Sarah Byrd, FMO Market Manager

3-5 bitter eggplants, thinly sliced
2 medium potatoes, medium diced
1 cup fresh green beans, ends snipped and cut in half
½ red onion, thinly sliced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon of cooking oil (butter, olive oil, etc.)

Ginger Mint Soy Sauce
7-10 PT Gardens Ginger Mint Leaves, rolled and sliced (Chiffonade)
5-8 splashes of Soy Sauce
1 dash of white pepper

Make a lightly salted bowl of water and place your eggplant slices in the water.

Bring a quart of water to a boil, once boiling place your diced potatoes into the water for 3-5 minutes or until slightly tender. With a slotted spoon remove your potatoes, set aside. Repeat the process with your green beans but only for 1-2 minutes, set them aside with the potatoes.

Heat a sauté pan to medium/high heat and add your oil. Using your slotted spoon take the eggplant out of the salt water and pat it dry. Lay the eggplant in the pan and add the sliced red onion and minced garlic on top. Let this lay still in the pan for about 2 minutes while the eggplant browns lightly. After a few minutes go ahead and give the pan a little toss to stir it up.

When the onions start to look translucent and the aroma of the garlic is noticeable add your potatoes and green beans.

Continue to stir or toss your stir-fry around the pan for 3-5 more minutes, and then let it come to a rest.

Add the ingredients for the sauce toss and enjoy!

Thank you for shopping with Farmers Market of the Ozarks! Remember we are open on Wednesdays from 9 a to 1 p and Saturdays from 8a to 1 p.  Shop with farmers you know and trust!

Grilled Up Broccoli

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It’s grilling season and we’ve got a special recipe to share.  While you are busy grilling your favorite protein, throw on some broccoli and add some green to your diet!  You’ll find large, dark green heads of broccoli around market from many of our producers.  You can swap out broccoli for cauliflower in this recipe as well.  This is a kid-approved recipe that will have your little ones begging for more!
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FMO Launches New Personal Shopper Program

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American National employees happy for delivery day of their Foodie Packs!

American National employees happy for delivery day of their Foodie Packs!

To serve the needs of our community and provide healthy, local foods in a more convenient way to shoppers, Farmers Market of the Ozarks has launched the FMO Foodie Pack Program.  The program is a personal shopper program that is similar to a CSA where participants pay for a weekly seasonal bag of veggies, meats, eggs and other local products from our vendors at the market.  Participants can choose between a $25, $50 and $75 weekly bag and can also add a monthly meat, value-added or artisan bundle.  Bags will include a variety of seasonal products and will change each week, plus a special seasonal recipe will also be include in each Foodie Pack.

Pictured is our $50 Foodie Pack option which includes a dozen eggs, bread and a variety of seasonal veggies.

Pictured is our $50 Foodie Pack option which includes a dozen eggs, bread and a variety of seasonal veggies.

Shoppers can subscribe to the program and pick-up the bags on Wednesdays at the FMO pavilion during the Wednesday market between 11 am and 1 pm.  Deliveries will be made to Farmers Park retailers and residents.

We have partnered with American National Insurance and are also making deliveries on Wednesday afternoons to the business. If you would like more information about the program please email Lane@loveyourfarmer.com.

Here is a $25 Foodie Pack which includes a seasonal variety of market veggies and fruits.

Here is a $25 Foodie Pack which includes a seasonal variety of market veggies and fruits.


Delivery of Foodie Packs...Wednesday will be your favorite day!

Delivery of Foodie Packs…Wednesday will be your favorite day!

Here is our $75 Foodie Pack option which includes two meat products, a dozen eggs, bread, value-added item and a selection of seasonal veggies.

Here is our $75 Foodie Pack option which includes two meat products, a dozen eggs, bread, value-added item and a selection of seasonal veggies.

Farmers Market Opens on Wednesday Mornings Starting in May

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Fresh lettuce from Teng Yang of Nature Valley Farm.

Asparagus shoots have arrived, spring greens are flourishing and even strawberries are shifting colors in the fields. Tables at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) are busting with spring colors and good eats. The market, which operates year-round on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., is adding Wednesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., May through September, to provide shoppers with better service.

“We are pleased to be adding Wednesday mornings this year to provide customers more ways to shop local,” said Klaire Howerton, FMO Market Manager. “The new weekday hours will provide more access to local foods and we will be offering a variety of cooking classes, kid’s activities and gardening demonstrations on Wednesdays.”

The market has grown steadily since opening in 2012. FMO was named the number sixth farmers market in the country by Food52 in 2015, voted the Best Outdoor Event in the region by 417 Magazine’s Best Of 417 and named the best farmers market in Missouri by both Missouri Life and FEAST Magazines.

FMO accepts SNAP (food stamps), debit and credit cards, making shopping easy and convenient for everyone. Customers wishing to shop at the market can use their cards by going to the Market Info Hub inside the pavilion and ask market staff to swipe their card. Customers are then given market tokens to spend just like cash with vendors.

Market will also be offering a food subscription program called the FMO Foodie Box as part of the Wednesday morning market. Businesses and customers can join this personal shopper program for weekly pick-up services at the market. Bags of seasonal local foods will be put together and available for pick-up or delivery. For more information about this program and upcoming events, farm to table fundraising dinners, market classes and more go online to LoveYourFarmer.com.

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.

FMO Foodie Pack Program Makes Shopping Easy

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Looking for fresh, healthy local foods and can’t shop the farmers market each week? Join the FMO Foodie Pack Program and we will shop the seasonal selection from farmers and producers each week at market for you. You can pick-up your FMO Foodie Pack every Wednesday from 10 am to 1 pm at the market at Farmers Park. Food substitutions may be made throughout the season due to product demand and/or weather conditions. Payments are made at the beginning of the month.

Three Foodie Pack Options to choose from:

  • $25 Foodie Pack includes: an array of selection of seasonal vegetables from the market and one surprise item and a seasonal recipe (Enough for one to two people)
  • $50 Foodie Pack includes: a larger array of seasonal vegetables from the market, one dozen eggs, 1 lb meat or value added products (cheese, bread, jam, honey, dessert) and a seasonal recipe (Enough for 2-3 people)
  • $75 Foodie Pack includes: largest array of seasonal vegetables from the market, one dozen eggs, 2lbs. meat products and two value added products (bread, jam, honey, desserts) and a seasonal recipe (Enough for 4-5 people)

Or make your own FMO Foodie Pack by starting with an above option and adding on the following:

  • Monthly Meat Bundle: $100 a month- Approximately, 13 lbs of meat products
  • Value-Added Add-on: $50 a month- choose from a huge array of value-added products such as honey, fried pies, cookies, breads, jams, jellies, pasta, pizza crusts and more
  • Artisan Craft Add-on: $50 a month- choose from a huge array of local crafted artisan products like jewelry, bath and body products, artwork and more

For more information about joining the FMO Foodie PackProgram email Klaire@loveyourfarmer.com for a sign-up sheet!