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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.

 

 

FMO Loyalty Card Program

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Earlier this year we were excited show our FMO shoppers some love by launching our FMO Loyalty Punch Card Program. These cards can be picked up at our market hub and are the perfect way to make each one of your purchases at market count!

It’s pretty simple!

  • You get a punch for every $5 you spend at market
  • Once you fill up all 20 punches you can turn your card in to receive 10% off of FMO swag as well as be entered to win $50 to spend at market in our monthly drawing.
  • You can turn in as many cards per month as you like, so if you fill yours up be sure to turn it in and grab another one!
  • We also offer Free Punch Wednesday at our Wednesday Markets (Open May to Sep from 9am to 1pm), so be sure to stop by for a FREE punch.

Check out our infographic for more of the in’s & out’s of how it works:

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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.

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.

Meet Our Interns!

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The summer interns for Farmers Market of the Ozarks are excited to get started this summer! Meet Sara and Jessica, and don’t be afraid to say hi on Wednesdays or Saturdays at the market, they would  love to get to know everyone!

 

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Hometown: Hume, MO (very small town) population of 300

Education: Bachelor’s of Science in Health Services in December 2015 from Missouri State. I am now pursing my Master’s in Public Health at Missouri State.

Q: Why did you want to work with FMO?

A:I wanted to do something this summer that I thought would be fun, and after I heard about the internship positions offered at FMO I was hooked. I also am from a farming community and grew up on a farm so I’m really looking forward to being around that type of community.

Q: What is your favorite aspect of the market?

A:I love meeting the vendors and the customers. I also really enjoy seeing what all the vendors have to offer at the market.

Q: What is one goal you have this summer?

A:I love to travel, so I hope to travel to at least one new place this summer.

Q: What is an interesting fact about you?

A:I graduated high school with a class of 11 and I’m left handed.

Q: What is one thing that you want to tell the vendors and customers?

A:I would like to say thank you all for being so welcoming and nice!! I am excited to get to know all of you better this summer!

 

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Hometown: Harrisonville, MO

Education: A Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business with an emphasis in marketing and sales. I am also minoring in nutrition. I just finished my first year in college.

Q: Why did you want to work with FMO?

A: I first visited FMO back in 2013 as a sophomore in high school through the Missouri Agribusiness Academy. I was involved with FFA and 4H, but there are not a lot of farmers markets in my hometown. When I found out about the internship program I was really excited, it has been a dream of mine to work at a market that I have loved for so long.

Q: What is your favorite aspect of the market?

A: I love the interaction between the vendors and the customers. My family raises beef cattle so I know the production process, but we never had the chance to meet the customers. I believe that the social interaction between consumer and farmer helps customers ask questions about how their food is produced.

Q: What is one goal you have this summer?

A: To train and prepare to run my first 5k in the fall!

Q: What is an interesting fact about you?

A: I love to try new recipes, my dream job would be to own a bakery!

Q: What is one thing that you want to tell the vendors and customers?

A: Thank you for letting me come and work with you in the summer and I can’t wait to meet all of you!

 

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.

Meet Your Management Team

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At FMO, we have a lot of friendly faces around the marketplace.  You’ve met the wonderful vendors and our dedicated Market Hub staff, and we want you to get to know our management team too!

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FMO Executive Director, Lane McConnell

Lane McConnell, FMO Executive Director

Lane McConnell has had a passion for telling the story of agriculture from a young age.  She was raised on her family’s cattle farm deep in the heart of southwest Missouri and grew up showing registered Charolais and Angus cattle and was an avid FFA member- serving as the Missouri State FFA Association’s Vice President in 2000-2001.  Lane wanted a career in agriculture and attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she majored in Agricultural Education, Leadership and Communications and minored in Agricultural Economics.  

Lane has worked as a freelance writer and Editor for Ozark Farm & Neighbor, as the Promotions and Marketing Coordinator for the Brownfield Farm Radio Network and as a Marketing Specialist and Local Foods Program Manager for the Missouri Department of Agriculture in the areas of local foods, farmers’ markets, organics and agritourism.  In her previous role at the Missouri Department of Agriculture Lane was responsible for implementing statewide producer workshops, assisting communities in organizing farmers’ markets, developing local food marketing and promotional activities, grant writing and supporting small farmers with  marketing and business planning.  

In 2009, Lane started Agri-Comm Services where she works as an Agricultural Marketing Consultant, focusing on sustainable farming and local food projects.  Lane has more than 10 years of social media marketing experience, has presented more than 125 presentations regarding Local Foods and specializes in business and marketing planning for producers and agricultural businesses. In addition, she is a freelance journalist that focuses on sustainable agricultural and rural living.  Lane created and organized FMO in 2011 and was a founding FMO Board Member.  She was the market manager of the market from 2012-2014 and now serves as the Executive Director for FMO focusing on fundraising, marketing and promotions and FMO branded programs. 

Lane, her husband Charlie, son, Caston and daughter, Cora, reside in Branson, Mo. Lane is the author of the cooking blog, 417localista.com where she includes a variety of locally-inspired recipes from FMO vendors.  

FMO Market Manager, Klaire Howerton

FMO Market Manager, Klaire Howerton

Klaire Howerton, FMO Market Manager

Klaire Howerton spent most of her childhood on her family farm in southwest Missouri, riding her horses in the surrounding countryside, playing in the creek with her younger siblings, and learning how to grow her own food in her parents’ garden.  At 14, Klaire began training horses for clients and her horsemanship career led her to Texas and Montana to train working ranch horses, and resulted in her CHA Riding Instructor Certification.

Klaire also has a passion for writing, and freelances for Ozarks Farm and Neighbor, FARM SHOW, Thousand Hills Hotel and Golf Resort blog, and other publications.  When she is not managing and promoting market or writing an article, Klaire’s other side job is taking care of indoor plants at offices and hotels through local company Urban Jungle.

Klaire attended College of the Ozarks, where she met her husband, Caleb.  The two spent their first year of marriage managing a bison ranch, and they currently reside on their urban mini farm in Springfield, Mo, where they raise meat rabbits, chickens, quail and a garden.  Klaire still rides her two horses from childhood and enjoys cooking with farm fresh ingredients, reading, working out, exploring the Ozarks Greenways trails with her husband and training her Pyrenees, Venus, to perform tricks and to (sometimes!) walk on a loose leash.

Pre-Thanksgiving Market on Tuesday, Nov. 24

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Prepare a Thanksgiving Day feast with fresh, local ingredients by shopping at Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO), the only year-round market housed in a permanent heated pavilion at the Farmers Park Development off Republic Road. The market will offer a special Thanksgiving Market on Tuesday, Nov. 24 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

“Shoppers will have the opportunity to spend their dollars local this season with farmers, bakers and other producers they know and trust, “ said FMO Executive Director Lane McConnell. “Freshly harvested herbs, lamb, beef, chicken, pork, eggs, fresh baked pies, potatoes, tomatoes, salad greens, winter squash, jam and jellies, shrimp, mushrooms, onions, radishes, beets, marshmallows, and apples are just a few of the items that will be available at our special Thanksgiving Market.”

FMO vendors have been busy all year making plans to satisfy customers Thanksgiving Day needs. Cheeses from local dairies, beautiful pies and cakes from bakers, sweet potatoes for mashing and breads for stuffing will all be available from local vendors across the Ozarks.

The market makes it easy for anyone to shop local for their holiday needs through use of a wireless terminal system. Customers don’t have to bother with bringing cash to market; they can simply swipe their credit, debit or EBT (SNAP) cards at the Market Hub, in return for tokens to spend with every vendor.

“Our market’s mission is to not only contribute to the success of local food growers and producers, but to strengthen the local food economy in the Ozarks region. Our token system helps our market provide more access to fresh and nutritious foods for everyone in the community,” said McConnell.

Learn more about the offerings at the Pre-Thanksgiving Market online at 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, 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. 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 Ranked TOP Market in the Country

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DSC_0219It’s been a little over three years since our market opened to 417 Land and since the market has grown as quickly as the produce our farmers tote to market every Thursday and Saturday.

In 2014, FMO was named the Number 15th Farmers Market in the County by The Daily Meal, out of 101 markets nationwide.  We were excited and thankful for such a blessing.  Then in 2015, Food 52 named FMO the Number 6th Farmers Market in the Country, and FEAST Magazine voted FMO the best farmers’ market in the 2015 Feast 50.  Again, we are thankful and humbled by the love shown from our community, vendors and weekly shoppers.

THANK YOU for choosing LOCAL and shopping with FMO every Thursday from 4 pm to 7 pm and Saturdays (year-round) from 8 am to 1 pm.  #loveyourfarmer

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