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Market Closed December 8th

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The Farmer’s Market will be closed this Saturday, December 8th, due to the Winter Weather Advisory and probable storm.

Please continue to plan on joining us on December 15 and 22 8 am-1 pm.

Don’t forget our holiday pop-up market Wednesday, December 19th 4-7 pm!

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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.

Looking for a Self-Starter to Serve as Lead Role for Farmers Market

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Executive Director
Farmers Market of the Ozarks
Springfield, MO

The Farmers Market of the Ozarks is searching for a self-starting individual to fill the lead role of Executive Director for the 501c3 nonprofit based in Springfield, MO. The Executive Director provides business administration to the organization by ensuring all procedures and operating standards are followed, provides fiscal management, and oversight of the market’s business structure, including franchise markets and new market programs. Fundraising and corporate sponsorships will be pursued by the Executive Director to help enhance market programs and special events. The Executive Director will serve as the brand manager of the organization and oversee all marketing programs and initiatives and work with the Market Manager on the creation of marketing plans, place media buys in accordance with marketing plans and budget, develop programs for community based on FMO mission, attend board meetings, and present reports on all marketing, educational and grant programs. This position will serve as the public face for the market through community appearances, speeches, media appearances, and other tasks as necessary. This job will require 5-10 hours a month on weekends during peak months.

Estimated breakdown of time:
Marketing/Branding: 40%
Fundraising/Community Partnerships: 35%
Operations: 25%

Desired Qualifications

  • Previous Executive Director or leadership ideally in the non-profit sector
  • Experience in setting or collaborating on strategic direction and contributing to the strategic plan
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising for an organization
  • Demonstrated success in leadership, volunteer management, and collaborative problem solving
  • Ability to connect to the Springfield philanthropic and business community
  • Proven track record of strong rapport, building effective working relationships across diverse groups of people
  • Expertise in the use of social media and leading edge technology for the purpose of marketing and development
  • Fiscal management and grant writing skills
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and planning experience
  • Degree in related field preferred

Job Type: Full-time, salary based on experience – $35,000 -$50,000

Apply: Send resume, cover letter and references to Lane McConnell Lane@loveyourfarmer.com

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 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.

Fall Farm to Table Dinner to Be Held in Branson

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557118_4213811837565_2130877277_nUNIQUE FARM TO TABLE DINING EXPERIENCE AND EVENING OF ENTERTAINMENT

Saturday October 15, 2016, Branson Landing, Branson, MO. – The Sky Deck at Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline on the Branson Landing along with the Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO), Branson Farmers Market, The Black Horse Pub and Springfield Brewing Company will host a Farm to Table dining experience on Saturday, October 15, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Farmers Market of the Ozarks, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that manages the Branson Farmers Market.

“Farm to table dining is a way for our markets to connect consumers to food grown and raised across the region and we believe in supporting local family farms and keeping our dollars in the community,” explains Lane McConnell, the Executive Director with Farmers Market of the Ozarks. “This is the first dinner like this held in Taney County and we will ensure it’s a top-notch event and the use of fresh, local ingredients will be highlighted.”

Guests will arrive to the SKY Deck in the most unique way by Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline, where they will soar over Lake Taneycomo and enjoy spectacular views. Upon arriving, guests will enjoy complimentary cocktails from Copper Run Distillery and a four-course dinner beginning with a selection of appetizers, as well as beer pairings by Springfield Brewing Company. The dinner will be sourced from local farmers and ranchers and will highlight the harvest season.

“I am very excited to be partnering with the Farmers Market of the Ozarks and Branson Farmers Market for this event,” said Linda Peterson, Event and Media Manager for Parakeet Pete’s Entertainment Group. “It is important to us to be involved with projects that benefit our local community. We particularly like that this event will feature locally raised meats and produce from vendors of the Branson Farmers Market and that funds from the event are used to educate and help these vendors grow their businesses.”

The evening will include VIP transportation to the SKY Deck by Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline, spectacular views of the evening sunset, a delicious four course dining experience prepared by local Chef Jonas Romines of The Black Horse Pub with products from the farmers markets, beer pairings by Springfield Brewing Company and entertainment by Nashville recording artists, Makenna and Brock.

Tickets for the event are on sale for $65 per person, limited to 100 guests, and portions of the event will benefit the Farmers Market of the Ozarks.

For more information about this event or to book tickets, call Linda Peterson at 417-827-0061, via email at Linda@ParakeetPetes.com. Booking and information also available online at parakeetpetes.com and skydeckbranson.com.

Direct link to tickets here!

About Parakeet Pete’s Entertainment Group and FMO

Specializing in fun, cutting-edge and unique attractions, Parakeet Pete’s Entertainment Group features Branson’s first waterfront zipline, a world class urban adventure at Branson Landing where folks soar over Lake Taneycomo on Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline! Also at Branson Landing (and the first of its kind in North America) Parakeet Pete’s Steampunk Balloon allows visitors to float 188 feet up in the air while enjoying 360 degree bird’s eye views of Branson, Lake Taneycomo and the Ozark Mountains. The SKY Deck is THE place in Branson for parties, reunions, weddings, meetings, and celebration get-togethers, plus featuring a host of special events like Zip & Sip Evenings on Friday and Saturdays. Located next to Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline at Branson Landing is also Fast Shot Gallery. Also affiliated with Parakeet Pete’s Entertainment Group is Branson Zipline Canopy Tours, a world class eco-adventure just 7 miles north of Branson.

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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Linda Peterson, Email: Linda@parakeetpetes.com phone: 417-827-0061, Event and Media Manager for Parakeet Pete’s Entertainment Group

Lane McConnell, FMO Executive Director, email: Lane@loveyourfarmer.com or 417-766-8711

 

Branson Farmers Market Holds Squash Festival on Sept. 27

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thumb_DSC_0831_1024 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

Farmers Market of the Ozarks Seeks Motivated, Flexible, Self-Starter

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FMO seeks highly motivated professionals who welcome new challenges, a creative environment and the ability to make a greater impact on the community. The Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) is a growing organization that services the Ozarks region with fresh, local foods from farmers, artisans and other food-based businesses. FMO 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 was ranked as the number 6th market in the country in 2015 and has also been named the best farmers market in Missouri.

Market Values

Sustainability: Our market operates focusing on social, ecological and economic sustainability. Excellence: Through combining innovation and business we create a beautiful, functional and exciting farmers market for the community.
Fostering Relationships: We strive to promote positive connections between local producers, and the community members who support them.
Nourishment: Local food is at the heart of the market and community, therefore we strive to provide access to fresh and nutritious food throughout the region.
Education: Our market believes it is our duty to educate the community about the value of locally produced products.

Qualifications

Applicant should have experience in daily market operations, vendor training/ education and be able to demonstrate positive conflict resolution skills. Building solid member relations while promoting the FMO brand throughout the region via social media marketing will be critical. Applicant should also have a working knowledge of general accounting practices/record keeping.

Applicants are expected to have strong communication and leadership skills as well as proven success in event planning. This is an exceptional opportunity for an entrepreneurial, creative leader to affect change for local foods on a regional scale throughout the Ozarks.

How to Apply

Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks is looking for a driven, tenacious, friendly, independent, collaborative, communicative, self-motivated person who is dedicated to our mission! Interested applicants should submit a resume and a cover letter to Lane@loveyourfarmer.com no later than midnight September 30th (please share with people who may be interested).

In your cover letter please let us know what you can contribute to the continued and growing success of the Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks! Due to volume (we are a small but dedicated team) we will only contact candidates that are shortlisted for interview. We sincerely appreciate your interest and thank you for your continued Farmer’s Market support. Questions please email Lane@loveyourfarmer.com or call 417-766- 8711.