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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.

 

Iron Chef Competition Helps Fight Hunger on Sept. 17

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thumb_DSC_0650_1024 Three local chefs in the region will bring their culinary skills to market to compete in the Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) 5th Annual Iron Chef Competition on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the market at Farmers Park. The competition will begin at 9:00 a.m., and the 2016 Iron Chef will be named at 12:30 p.m., in the plaza. All proceeds of the event are to support Ozarks Food Harvest (OFH) as part of the organization’s Hunger Action Month Campaign.

“The partnership between Ozarks Food Harvest and Farmers Market of the Ozarks has made a real impact on hunger in our community. Last year’s Iron Chef event provided 8,000 meals that will stay right here to help our neighbors in need. Not only is the event helping feed people, it’s also a lot of fun to attend. The chefs create incredible dishes that highlight food grown by local farmers,” said Christine Temple, communication coordinator at Ozarks Food Harvest.

Iron Chef for this year’s competition includes Chef Aaron Brooks, saucier with the Morris Conservation Center, Daniel Ernce with Progress and Vito Palmietto with Vito’s Kitchen. Chefs will be asked to prepare three dishes, which includes a side, main and dessert. All dishes will highlight a secret market ingredient revealed the day of market.  In addition, one protein will be provided to each chef to use in his or her main dish. All dishes will focus on using locally grown and produced products from FMO and chefs will offer samples of each dish created to the public. Customers will help in scoring the chefs through voting for their favorite chefs and dishes by dropping in monetary donations at each chef station in a provided donation jar. All money collected will be presented to Ozarks Food Harvest at the Iron Chef Awards Presentation at 12:30 p.m.

“Fresh fruits and vegetables are the most requested food items by many families served by OFH, and thanks to donations from local farmers and gardeners, local food is provided to these families, ” said Lane McConnell, FMO Executive Director. “The Iron Chef event will help to inspire locals to take action and raise awareness of the food insecurity in the Ozarks. Our participating chefs will be bringing everything they have to the table to raise funds for this great organization and to help feed our fellow neighbors in the Ozarks.”

Pepper Wars Contest
Also as part of the festivities this weekend, FMO will host the Pepper Wars Contest in conjunction with the Iron Chef Contest and will begin at 9:45 a.m., in the plaza. Assistant Springfield Fire Chief Randy Villines will participate in the Pepper Wars Contest. There will also be fire hydrants set-up at the Market Hub and PT Gardens booth in the pavilion for additional donations “hot spots” through the event that the community can pledge their support as well. Winner will receive a FMO Foodie Gift Basket valued at $200 and Trophy, sponsored by PT Gardens, Copper Colorists and Swan Creek Crafts, all FMO vendors.

For more information about the Iron Chef Competition or the Pepper Wars Contest go online to LoveYourFarmer.com.

Farmers Market Offers SNAP Event for Low-Income Families on August 27

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016, Springfield, MO- The Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) is making it easy for low-income families across the Ozarks to eat healthy with a new Double Up Food Bucks Program which is a healthy food incentive program that helps low-income families eat more fruits and vegetables and supports local farmers. The market will host a SNAP Day at FMO this weekend on August 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for families to learn more about the Double Up Food Bucks Program and how their SNAP dollars can be used at market for healthy foods for their entire family.

“The staff and vendors at FMO are overjoyed with the new Double Up Bucks program,” said FMO Market Manager Sarah Byrd. “We are grateful for any opportunity that puts more fresh fruit and veggies from our market onto the tables of local families. I am so excited for SNAP Day at Market! Most of all, I am excited to get more people taking advantage of the Double Up Bucks program, showing them the variety of foods available at market and the creative ways you can prepare them at home.”

As part of SNAP Day at FMO, participants will learn if they are eligible for SNAP assistance, how the Double Up Food Stamp Program works at FMO, be provided a guided tour of the marketplace, explained what tokens will buy and what foods are eligible and the day will end with a cooking class. The class will be instructed by market staff and will show how to take SNAP-approved products from market to create baby food and other toddler snack ideas. The SNAP Market Tour will take place at 10:00 a.m. and participants should meet at the fountains behind the market pavilion. The cooking class will take place at 11:00 a.m. in the plaza by the fountains.

“Market staff has worked to develop this program for a year now and thanks to assistance from Wholesome Wave, the market was granted $20,000 to use as the funding source for the Double Up Program,” explained FMO Executive Director Lane McConnell. “These funds will be used to double the food dollars that SNAP participants receive at both our Springfield and Branson markets, creating a win-win for EBT users and local farmers.”

Under Double Up, people who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps) can swipe their EBT cards at the market information tent to buy SNAP tokens, and receive a matching number of Double Up Food Bucks tokens (up to $25 per day). They may use the SNAP tokens to buy any SNAP eligible items at the market, and use the Double Up Food Bucks tokens for any fresh fruits and vegetables.

FMO operates market locations in Springfield on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and in Branson at the Branson Landing on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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 and Instagram @FMOzarks.

FMO Launches Double Up Food Stamp Program

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Double Up Food Bucks offers match program for SNAP participants at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks and the Branson Farmers Market

The Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) is making it easy for low-income families across the Ozarks to eat healthy with a new Double Up Food Bucks Program that will launch this weekend at the market, which is located at Farmers Park off Republic Road from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The program is a healthy food incentive program that helps low-income families eat more fruits and vegetables and supports local farmers.

“For over a year we have worked on developing funding and educational programming for this new program and are excited to finally launch,” said FMO Executive Director Lane McConnell. “Thanks to assistance from Wholesome Wave, the market was granted $20,000 to use as the funding source for the Double Up Program. These funds will be used to double the food dollars that SNAP participants receive at both our Springfield and Branson markets, creating a win-win for EBT users and local farmers.”

Under Double Up, people who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps) can swipe their EBT cards at the market information tent to buy SNAP tokens, and receive a matching number of Double Up Food Bucks tokens (up to $25 per day). They may use the SNAP tokens to buy any SNAP eligible items at the market, and use the Double Up Food Bucks tokens for any fresh fruits and vegetables.

“Our markets have become more than places to gather and buy quality food for the family, they are a place the community can connect with each other and with the farmers who grow their food,” said Sarah Byrd, FMO Market Manager. “It is within these connections that we spark healthier habits. The new Double Up Program will include cooking and nutrition education classes, which we will be able to give these habits longevity.”

DUFSP2FMO operates market locations in Springfield on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and in Branson at the Branson Landing on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Double Up Program will be available at both locations for SNAP participants. Individuals interested in participating in the program need to come to the Market Hub at each market location and ask market staff to swipe their EBT card and double it.

The Double Up Food Bucks program in Missouri and Kansas is funded by $5.8 million in grant funds — $2.9 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a matching $2.9 million donated by private foundations and local governments.

Double Up Heartland Coalition partners include the Mid-America Regional Council; Cultivate Kansas City; Douglas County, Kansas; the East-West Gateway Council of Governments; and the Fair Food Network based in Michigan. More information is available online at www.DoubleUpHeartland.org

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 and Instagram @FMOzarks.

1st Annual Burgers, Brats & Brews

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Burgers-Brats-and-Brews-Logo-PROOF-1 copyJoin us for an evening festival of All-American classics at the 1st Annual Burger, Brats & Brews Festival…in benefit of Farmers Market of the Ozarks, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that focuses on providing greater access to healthy foods throughout the Ozarks region. The event will feature a locally-inspired menu of farm-to-table dining with a backyard BBQ theme.  Local Food, Local Brews and Local Music from Smokey Folk in 417 Land!

Tickets can be purchased online, at the market on Wednesdays from 9a to 1p and Saturdays from 8a to 1p, Metropolitan Farmer or Springfield Brewing Company. Adult dinner tix- $30, Adult dinner tix and endless beer- $45 and Children 12 and under dinner tix – $10.   This is a family-friendly event and will include special features like kid’s crafts areas and a farm animal petting zoo. Our menu will also include vegetarian and gluten-free options!

All-American Menu
Country-style Baked Beans- from Metro Farmer
Farmers Potato Salad- from Springfield Brewing Company
Cucumber & Salad Medley – from Metro Farmer
Farmers Burgers (beef and veggie options) – from Metro Farmer with beef from Blackgate, LLC and McDowell Land & Cattle
417 Land Brats- from Springfield Brewing Company with brats from Circle B Ranch and Christopher A. Perkins and hot dogs for the kiddos from Circle B Ranch
Watermelon Slices- from Springfield Brewing Company
Blueberry Cobbler with Benissimo Vanilla Bean Gelato- from Hilton Garden Inn

All the fixings – Circle B Ranch Chop Sauce and Ketchup, local produce from regional farmers and local made sauerkraut from Red Top Oven.

Beverages: Selection of Springfield Brewing Company Beers and root beer, select wines, tea/water

Purchase Tickets Online here!

Savor the Season, Peaches and Blueberries Arrive to the Market

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August peachesTuesday, June 7, 2016 – Springfield, MO. –The season for summer fruit has arrived across the Ozarks and peaches and blueberries can be found at Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) in Springfield and our new franchise market, the Branson Farmers Market.  FMO is open on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from May through September and year-round on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Farmers Park in Springfield, and the Branson Farmers Market is open on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the south end parking lot of the Branson Landing. The market vendors sell fruits and vegetables, locally raised meats and eggs, goat cheese, pizza crusts, honey, breads and desserts, salsa, artisan products and even food trucks offer locally-inspired flavor.

Roberson Orchards of Omaha, Ark., has grown peaches for 38 years and offers nine different varieties. “This year’s crop looks very good and we starting picking one week ago,” said Scott Lambeth, with Roberson Orchards. “As long as there is no significant damaging weather we should pick peaches into late August.”

Roberson Orchards is located 10 minutes south of Branson, Mo., right over the Missouri/Arkansas state line, therefore the season starts a bit earlier to the south.

The peach season varies each year, but harvest typically takes place from June through August. Cling peaches are those whose flesh clings to the pit, generally ripen in June. Semi-freestones, are not quite as clingy, usually ripen in late June. And Freestones, whose flesh readily separates from the pit, generally ripen in late June and July.

The market encourages customers to ask farmers questions about their peach and blueberry harvest and variety. Both FMO and the Branson Farmers Market inspects all vendor businesses and farms that sell at the market, according to FMO Executive Director Lane McConnell. “The market provides vendors from a 150-mile radius of each market location  the opportunity to bring the best from the country to the city. Our market inspects farms and businesses that sell at our market to ensure farmers are growing, raising and making the products using proper food safety measures,” McConnell said.

Additionally, consumers have the ability to “Put a Face to Their Food” each week with a visit to the market, and have easy access to purchase local foods at FMO, through the market’s wireless system, which accepts SNAP (food stamps), debit and credit cards.  To use these forms of payment, please go to the Market Info Hub and the market management will swipe your card and provide tokens to spend with market vendors, just like cash.

There are both vendor and community booths available at both market locations and an application for membership to the market can be found online at LoveYourFarmer.com.

FMO and the Branson Farmers Market is structured through the Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO), which is a non-profit organization that offers consumers a full-range of locally grown farm products from a 150-mile radius. 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 and Instagram @FMOzarks.

Berry Blast Festival at FMO Comes June 11

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Berries Season Has Arrived to FMO

Tuesday, June 8, 2016 – SPRINGFIELD, MO. – Join Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) in celebrating berry season this Saturday, June 11, for the Berry Blast-Off Event at the market, located right off Republic Road and Highway 60 at Farmers Park.

“We will have more than 85 vendors this coming Saturday and it’s the perfect time to come and visit market because booths are busting with summer produce including peaches, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, beets, green beans, squash, zucchini, cabbage, greens, herbs and much more, “ said Market Manager Klaire Howerton. “Visitors will also find cooking demonstrations, berry sampling and a dessert contest as part of the festivities to celebrate berry season.”

Catch a Berry Cooking Class from Red Top Oven from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in market plaza, and watch a Berry Cooking Contest from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, with the winner be announced at 12:30pm. Or, stop in for a sample of a special market berry smoothie from Mama Jean’s Natural Food Store and pick-up a recipe to prepare at home with market berries.

Children will enjoy playing in the market plaza’s pop-up jet fountains or the outdoor musical instruments at Harmony Park. Musical entertainment presented by Hilton Garden Inn will be Adam Johnston from 9:30 a.m. to noon and food trucks and local spirits will be served.

FMO also accepts SNAP benefits and debit/credit card transactions to make shopping more accessible for everyone in the community. Customers wishing to shop at the market can use their cards by going to the Market Info Hub inside the pavilion and ask market management for use of the machine.

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 Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (May – September) and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., year-round. 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.

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.

Red Dress Dash Supports Go Red For Women at Farmers Market

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red dress dash v2During American Heart Month in support of Go Red for Women Movement, the Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) has partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) to bring the Red Dress Dash to Farmers Park on Saturday, Feb 6. Registration for the event will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the market plaza, and the dash starts at 10:00 a.m. Emcee Paul Adler with KY3 News will provide highlights of the event.

“The Red Dress Dash is a wrap-around event that raises funds to support the Go Red For Women Luncheon during Heart Month.  It’s a fun run that promotes awareness and healthy lifestyle choices,” explained Corporate Events Director with AHA Lauren Thiel. Participants can register for free, or register and purchase a shirt for $25. Registration is available online at springfieldmogoredforwomen.org or a printable paper registration form is also available.

“We are honored to be the host sponsor of the Red Dress Dash this year, to support the world’s largest network of women standing together to save women’s lives from heart disease,” said FMO Executive Director Lane McConnell. “What better of a place to hold the event than at FMO, where our vendors bring a variety of healthy, local foods to our community every week.”

Special highlights of the event include:

  • Diva Closet-an area where participants can borrow red items to use during the dash.
  • What’s Your Why Wall-a wall where people can honor or memorialize someone that has suffered from heart disease or stroke.
  • Diva Lounge-at the finish line there will be a festive atmosphere for runners to enjoy beverages and food to fuel up.

About the Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks:
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 Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., year-round, Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (May-Sept) and in Branson on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (April-October). 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.

About the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association:
The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.heart.org.