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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!
We are excited to be able to feature several cooking demos through out the 2018 year to help equip you to use that delicious market produce, meat, eggs etc in your weekly meal schedule! This last Saturday we demoed and sampled summer gazpacho. Here is the recipe in case you missed it!
Gazpacho is a cold soup made of raw fresh vegetables and is perfect to serve on a hot summer day. There are many variations to this soup. Get creative, go to your garden or farmers market and pick various veggies and herbs and put them in your blender and voila! Gazpacho is vegan, gluten-free, grain free, no bake/raw, nut-free, refined sugar free, soy free, low in fat, and has lots of vitamins A & C!
Easy Summer Gazpacho
- 3 cups tomatoes 1 red pepper and/or green pepper
- 1 medium cucumber peeled ¼ cup red or sweet onion
- 1 clove garlic 2 celery stalks
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil A hand full of cilantro
- 1 lime juiced ½ teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt A dash of ground pepper
- 1 or 2 Tablespoons of apple cider or balsamic vinegar (optional)
- A little jalapeno pepper if you like it spicy!
Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse to desired consistency. Some people like their gazpacho smooth and others like it chunky. This can also be mixed in a food processor instead of a blender. Pour in a bowl and top with diced avocados. Also, good to chill for a few hours before serving if you can wait that long to eat it!
Recipe and demonstration provided by Joy Stella.
Educational Vegan Chef and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
who helps people transform their lives through food.
THIS Saturday, June 16th, is our Dog Days of Summer event at market! In addition to hosting several pup-oriented activities and partnering with Rescue One to bring out adoptable dogs to market, we are excited to jump into grilling season by highlighting some of our meat vendors here at FMO. You can’t beat locally, pasture-raised meat, and our vendors want to give you a chance to fall in love with their products too! They will be sampling their goods all day Saturday during our event from 8am to 1pm to give you taste test of their meats. This is great way to try some of those different meat products that you had been thinking about!
The following vendors will be participating and sampling so be sure to swing by their booths on Saturday!
Bechard Family Farm – Pasture-raised Chicken and Turkey + Grass fed beef and lamb.
Landers Lean Meat – Beef, Chicken, & Pork.
Brittain Farm – Grass-fed beef, pork, and pasture-raised chicken eggs.
Grandview & Hillside Bison – Pasture-raised bison
Broken Wire Ranch – beef
Come ready to hang out with some pups and sample the best meat in 417Land!
Bok Choy is a green veggie you have probably seen around market quite a bit this summer. Originally cultivated in china, Bok Choy boasts a wealth of vitamins A, C, and K, and is also an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron, making it a veggie powerhouse. There are lots of ways to prepare Bok Choy and its an easy addition to most meals. Our very own Red Top Oven has put together this slaw recipe that we wanted to share!
Baby Bok Choy Slaw Recipe
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 1tbs toasted sesame oil
- 2tsp Red Top Oven Pepper Jam (or sugar)
- 2tsp dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 6 cups of thinly sliced bok choy
- 2 medium carrots, shredded
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
– Whisk vinegar , oil, sugar, mustard, & salt in a large bowl until sugar dissolves. Add bok choy, carrots, & scallions. Toss to coat with dressing and enjoy!
Monday, July. 10 – SPRINGFIELD, MO. – Get your taste buds tingling this weekend at the Farmers Market of the Ozark’s FMO) Food Truck Throw-Down event on Saturday, July 15th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., right off Republic Road and Highway 60.
“Our food truck vendors will sample their best recipes to the public, and customers can cast their vote by picking up a ballot from the market hub and selecting their food truck favorite.” explained Market Manager Kali Dick “A portion of the sales from the tickets will go towards our capitol campaign to put glass doors on our main pavilion ensuring that we can continue to offer 417 Land the best farmers market experience year-round.”
The Throw-down will be featuring FMO food truck veterans Firelight Pizza, Cecil’s To-Go, and London Calling as well as local newcomer, A.M. Donuts. Each vendor will offer one dish for customers to sample and vote on. Cost is $10 to sample all 4 or $3 purchase individual tickets.
The announcement of the winner of the Throw-down will take place at 12:45 p.m. at the end of market and all ballots must be turned in to market management by 12:30pm.
In addition, FMO ‘s normal offerings will be available for customers to peruse and purchase, from fresh veggies to local meat to handmade soaps, customers will be able to find all of their summer needs!
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 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. throughout the winter and every Wednesday from 9:oo a.m. to 1:00p.m. May- Sep. 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 Instagram @FMOzarks.
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.
- Kale from Sunshine Gardens
- Butter crunch lettuce from New Horizon Hydroponics
- Chèvre goat cheese from Terrell Creek Farm
- Radishes from Ava’s Garden
- spicy Beware Honey from Half Crocked Chef
- Southwestern cashews from KT’s Nuts
- Garlic powder
- 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.
- 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
- Next, take your radishes and slice them thinly, then toss in with the kale.
- Sprinkle a tsp of salt and sprinkle with garlic powder, set aside and let the kale soften.
- 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.
- 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
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.
- Wash your roots to get any leftover dirt out of any crevices and then break your ginger and turmeric into single little knobs.
- 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!
- Use a spoon to scrape the peel away on both the ginger and the turmeric.
- Once your roots are all peeled roughly chop the chunks together. Chop them till they are pea sized.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
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!
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