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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!

2018 Food Truck Palooza

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Come out to Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) for a Food Truck Palooza on Saturday, July 14th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m and taste the best 417 Land has to offer in food truck cuisine!

We are celebrating summer by highlighting the wide array of local food trucks available in the Ozarks. In addition to our regular vendors, there will be 4 guest trucks in attendance. The food trucks include London Calling, Firelight Pizza, Cecils To-Go, AM Donuts, Twisted Mikes, Speedy Cowabunga, and Twisted Tacos.

“We are really excited to host an event that brings our community together and highlights local food trucks, all while offering an amazing farmers market experience in addition to the event”, said Kali Dick, FMO Market Manager. The event is free admission with attendees purchasing food directly from the food trucks of their choice. Menu items will include everything from wood fired pizza, to donuts, to tacos, to pasties, to sliders – you name it, and it is probably on the menu! There will be something that the whole family can enjoy!

Live music begins in the morning and will run throughout the day with local artists. Pack up the family and come out to market for a day of food, family and fun at FMO.

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. 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. The market operates on year-round on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for June, July, & August. For more go online to LoveYourFarmer.com, find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram at @FMOzarks.

Grill Fest Samples: Dog Days of Summer

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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!

2017 Christmas 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 Christmas Pop-Up Market on Thursday, Dec 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 Dec 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!”

FMO’s event will have free hot chocolate for customers and live music to keep your shopping experience as merry as ever! There will also be an ugly sweater contest with a prize for the winner. 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.

 

2017 Iron Chef Event

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The Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) is hard at work once again to raise funds for Ozarks Food Harvest. On Saturday, Sept. 23, FMO will host the 6th Annual Iron Chef Competition from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Chefs will battle it out for 2017 Iron Chef to help raise funds for Ozarks Food Harvest for Hunger Action Month.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with Ozarks Food Harvest for the 6th year in a row” said FMO Market Manager Kali Dick. “We look forward to this event every year and love being apart of mobilizing our local community to take steps towards solving the hunger crisis.”

The Iron Chef competition will feature three chefs including Chef Grant Smith of the University Plaza, Alice Oh of the Press, and Cat Lix of Farmers Gastro Pub. The chefs will be given a secret ingredient to include in their dishes and will shop for all of their supplies at FMO. Attendees will be able to sample their dishes and vote with cash donations.

“Iron Chef makes for such a fun day at market, but more importantly it’s an event that allows thousands of people to support our mission,” said Christine Temple, communication & PR coordinator for Ozarks Food Harvest. “Market-goers will be able to taste delicious samples from local chefs and then vote for their favorite with a donation. For every $1 donated, we can provide four meals. Every bit counts, and we hope it all adds up to the best year yet.”

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 a

2017 Food Truck Throw-down

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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.

FMO Celebrates Spring with the Spring Gardening Kick-off

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Monday, March 27, 2017 – SPRINGFIELD, MO. – Spring has finally sprung and the Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) is the perfect Saturday outing for any backyard gardeners looking to get a jump start on their planting season. On Saturday, April 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the market will host an array of free gardening activities, education opportunities, and cooking demos for the entire public to enjoy as part of the annual Spring Gardening Kick-Off Event.

“When you purchase locally at the market, you have the added benefit of getting information directly from the growers themselves,” said FMO Market Manager Kali Dick. “Let our farmers help you plan your family’s backyard gardening projects this year and pick-up everything you need for your spring gardening projects!”

In addition to cooking demos, the MSU campus Garden’s and Grad assistants will be at FMO ready with helpful growing tips! White Harvest Seed Company will also be present with a booth set up at market that day.

While visiting market be sure and snap photos of your family and friends enjoying the Spring Gardening festivities and tag FMO on Facebook and @FMOzarks on Instagram. Market management can be found at the Market Info Hub booth inside the pavilion to provide customers with an easy way to shop at market with the use of the market’s wireless machine that accepts SNAP benefits, credit and debit cards. In addition, the management staff will guide customers to specific vendors offering plants, vegetable starts, herbs, vegetable seeds, organic supplies and more.

 

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. 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. The market accepts SNAP, credit and debit card transactions. For more go online to LoveYourFarmer.com, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @FMOzarks.

Growing Sustainably Day at FMO

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – SPRINGFIELD, MO. – Interested in learning how to grow sustainably? Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) is hosting a Growing Sustainably Day on Saturday, March 25th from 8 am to 1 pm at their Farmers Park location in south Springfield.

FMO is bringing in local experts such as Melissa Millsap from Urban Roots Farm to give presentations that will cover sustainable growing practices such as soil rehabilitation and cover crops. These presentations will begin at 10 am and continue throughout the day until 1 pm.

In addition to the presentations, there will also be informational booths from MSU Agriculture, MSU Campus Gardens, & other sustainable local businesses that are set up to answer questions and provide other educational opportunities.

“Being educated in sustainable growing practices helps to establish local economies that are viable and environmentally friendly, as well inform the public to the importance of implementing these practices,” explained Market Manager Kali Dick, “FMO is very excited for the opportunity to offer this free, educational event to our local community.”

Live music will begin in the morning and will run throughout the day featuring local artist and musician, David Greathouse. Join FMO for one of their first community-oriented events of the season!

 

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. 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. The market operates on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and has a sister market in Ozark, MO., that operates on Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more go online to LoveYourFarmer.com, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @FMOzarks.