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Celebrate With Us at our Holiday 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 Holiday Pop-Up Market on Wednesday Nov 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 Nov 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!”

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FMO’s event will have free hot chocolate for customers, live music, and photos with Santa to keep your shopping experience as merry as ever! 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.

Shopping Local for Holidays

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it might seem easier to rely on big box retailers to fill your holiday needs, but this is just a friendly reminder that you CAN choose to shop local for the holiday season!

Our farmers market is open year-round on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm, and we have just about everything you need to make your holiday season a success. By choosing to shop local you stimulate the local economy, are supporting individual families, and getting to know where your food is actually coming from!

Some ways to think local this Thanksgiving:

  • Source your meat from a local farmer. Many of our vendors have a wide array of meats available – from chicken to duck to turkey to beef. Stop by on a Saturday and chat with them about pre-ordering what you need. Then you can pick it up the week of the holiday and skip the big grocery store crowds!
  • Skip the baking this year and snag some delicious baked goods from one of our bakers at market. This is also something you can pre-order and even order custom desserts that your family will love!
  • Get your fixin’s from our producers! From potatoes to squash, our producers show up to market year round and have a great selection of seasonal produce available or you. They can even give you some of their favorite tips on how to prepare it!
  • Condiments, condiments, condiments. From spices to honey to jam – we have got it ALL!
  • Shop our artisans for your gifts! We have some of the most talented artisans in the Ozark region offering everything from hand-poured candles to unique linens to hand carved wood items. Their items are one of a kind and come with a story!

 

Shop Local, friends!

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.

 

 

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide at FMO

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 

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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!

Shop Local For the Holidays

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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.

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!

Give Your Valentine Some Local Love This Year!

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Valentine’s Day is Sunday, February 14th – do you have your sweet treats picked out yet?  Farmers Market of the Ozarks has you covered for local gifts that your sweetheart will love!

Cake by the Slice from Jenna Cakes

Cake by the Slice from Jenna Cakes (photo credit Jenna Cakes)

Cake by the Slice

If you are a market regular, chances are you have sampled or purchased cake by the slice from Jenna Cakes, our 2015 Best New Vendor of the Year!  Jenna Cakes offers you old fashioned cake flavors that you and your Valentine will love.  Stop by FMO this Saturday and grab a slice – or order a whole cake!  Best selling flavors include:

“Choc-nilla” -chocolate cake with vanilla frosting (Customers say it tastes like an oreo cookie!)

“Strawberry” – a strawberry cake with real chopped strawberries.

“Wedding Cake” – moist vanilla butter cake with real vanilla bean.

Like Jenna Cakes on Facebook and follow them on Instagram for your local cake fix!

 

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Lizzy Jean's Chocolate Covered Strawberries (photo credit Lane McConnell)

Lizzy Jean’s Chocolate Covered Strawberries (photo credit Lane McConnell)

Lizzy Jean’s Chocolate Covered Strawberries make a wonderful local gift for your someone sweet.  Lovingly handmade by our friend Carol Garoutte, each box of chocolate covered strawberries comes beautifully packaged and ready to give away – or treat yourself!

 

Decorated Sugar Cookies from Mae Mae's Sweet Shop (photo credit Lora Gwin)

Decorated Sugar Cookies from Mae Mae’s Sweet Shop (photo credit Lora Gwin)

Sugar Cookies

Our friends from Mae Mae’s Sweet Shop will have cookies for all your Valentines!  Having a party?  Pick up one of their giant heart shaped cookie cakes or some Valentine’s decorated sugar cookies.  For a super special gift, Mae Mae’s Sweet Shop will also be offering Valentine cookie bouquets, and homemade candies and confections wrapped up and ready to give someone special.

Market Gift Baskets and Gift Boxes for the Holidays

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Sometimes, you want to get someone on your list a little bit of everything – which makes gift baskets or gift boxes that contain multiple products the perfect item.  Our market vendors can help you get your Christmas gift baskets and boxes locally!

Fun Christmas Cookie Boxes from KatieMade

Fun Christmas Cookie Boxes from KatieMade

KatieMade Christmas Cookie Boxes

For a great present or holiday party hostess gift, pick up one of KatieMade’s Christmas cookie boxes!  Featuring delicious cookies with whimsical Christmas designs, these treat filled boxes are sure to be a hit.

 

 

 

Red Top Oven Missouri Made Gift Baskets

Amish Made Gift Baskets filled with Red Top Oven Products

Amish Made Gift Baskets filled with Red Top Oven Products

Red Top Oven’s beautiful gift baskets feature handwoven baskets that are made in Missouri, and filled with RTO’s delicious and locally made products!  To give even more local goodness to the recipient, RTO will help you customize a package with a basket, a RTO product and a product of your choice from any other FMO vendor.

 

 

Popcorn Gift Basket from Down to Earth Foods

Popcorn Gift Basket from Down to Earth Foods

Down to Earth Foods Holiday Popcorn Baskets

Popcorn is a tried and true holiday favorite!   Down to Earth Food’s Amish popcorn is packed with coconut oil for healthy popping, and cheese powder for tasty flavor.  This popcorn gift basket is packed in a handy bowl for a great gift!

 

4 Great Local Gift Ideas for Guys

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At FMO, we have something for everyone on your holiday shopping list – including the guys!  Any fellow on your list is sure to love one of these local items from our vendors.

Copper Run Distillery Spirits and Gear

Copper Run Distillery Spirits and Gear

Spirits from Copper Run Distillery

Copper Run Distillery, located in Walnut Shade, Mo, distills and bottles small batches of spirits that are perfect for gift giving.  For that guy on your list who has everything else, wrap up a bottle of Ozark Mountain Moonshine, Whiskey or Rum from Copper Run to put under the tree!  Copper Run also offers branded gear such as shirts, barrels and flasks.

Men's T-Shirt from Chrisara Design Studio

Men’s T-Shirt from Chrisara Design Studio

 

 

Apparel from Chrisara Design Studio

Chrisara Design Studio offers a great line of men’s clothing with their signature designs for stylish guys!  All of the apparel offered by Chrisara features one of their original drawings – and the shirts for guys sport manly designs like lions, eagles and more.

 

Hot Sauce from P T Gardens

Dragon Tears Extreme Hot Sauce from P T Gardens

Dragon Tears Extreme Hot Sauce from P T Gardens

For super tough guys, surprise them with a bottle of Dragon Tears Extreme Hot Sauce from P T Gardens – it’s hot enough to make a grown man cry!  Each small batch of hot sauce is lovingly handmade with incredibly hot peppers grown by P T Gardens.  The Dragon Tears Extreme Hot Sauce makes a great gift on its own, or can be paired with some other spicy products from P T Gardens to make one hot gift basket.

 

 

 

Meat Rubs from Wild Bunch Farm

Got a guy on your list who likes to grill?  Wild Bunch Farm has the perfect gift!  Their signature rubs were inspired by FMO

Wild Bunch Farm's most popular rub

Wild Bunch Farm’s most popular rub

customers inquiring what the Wild Bunch crew cooked their pork cut samples with.  The rubs work well on pork, chicken, beef, bison, and can also be used as seasonings for vegetables. Wild Bunch’s best selling rub is Ray’s Almost Famous Butt Rub. This tasty rub features a paprika and chipotle base with bold flavor and mild heat.  All of the Wild Bunch blends are made with organic spices, and they contain no fillers or MSG.  Be sure to check out their Holiday special, featuring 3 and 5 jar, 4 ounce samplers in festive holiday packaging, as well as promotional options with purchases of their Wild Bunch Berkshire Premium Berkshire Pork.