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Pre-Thanksgiving Market on Tuesday, Nov. 24

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DSC_0846Special Thanksgiving Market Offered to Help Localize Your Holiday Menu
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

If you haven’t visited market in awhile, look what you’re missing!

Farm to Table Harvest Dinner- Tickets On Sale NOW

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American National- Springfield, MO Office, presents the Annual FMO Farm to Table Harvest Dinner, Oct 6, 6 pm to 10 pm, Farmers Park Pavilion.  Tickets are on sale now each market day, Thursday from 4 pm to 7 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm, and at our new Branson Farmers Market at the Landing on Tuesdays from 3 pm to 7 pm.

Get online tickets here!

Celebrate in the harvest season with your friends and farmers at Farmers Market of the Ozarks. This is the 4th Annual Farm to Table Harvest Dinner which aids the market’s 501c3 nonprofit it raising funds for farmer scholarships, educational classes offered at market and vendor training classes. This year FMO has teamed up with Metropolitan Farmer to created a stellar locally sourced menu- featuring Whole Carved Hog! Dine on a special menu crafted to highlight seasonal products, sip of local spirits and enjoy the musical entertainment of the Domino Kings. A special Country Pie Auction will featured delicious pies from the best pie makers in the Ozarks!

Menu
Course 1:
Hydroponic Leaf Salad with a Brunt Honey Vinaigrette Dressing and Goat Cheese

Ozarks Waldorf Salad
(Apples from A & A Orchard and walnuts from Hammons Walnuts)

Artisan Breads
(Aviary Patisserie)

Course 2:
Layered Fall Squash

Roasted Apples
(A & A Orchard Apples)

Sweet Potato Mash with Candied Pecans

Course 3:
Whole Carved Hog
(Ozarks Natural Foods)

Course 4:
Missouri Moonshine Carmel Apple Flambé, served on Pecan Bochee with a Vanilla Bean Whip Cream and Cinnamon Sea Salt
Dessert from Chadwick Isom
(Apples from A & A Orchard and Copper Run Moonshine)

Local Spirits
*Beer pairings from Springfield Brewing Company
*Wine by the glass from local wineries
*Specialty cocktails from Missouri Spirits

More details to come…

 

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Want to Bring Your Four-Legged Friends to Market?

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Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) staff and vendors have strived to address any violations of the dog policy or other problems with dogs and the market has continued to receive a number of complaints from customers about problems with dogs, including dog quarrels, defecation, crowd and safety concerns. Crowded market days are especially stressful for dogs, even those who are exceptionally well socialized. While many farmers’ markets have banned dogs, the market’s board has opted instead to adopt a policy that seeks to accommodate all community members, including those who support dogs at the market and those who do not. Please read and sign the attached liability agreement.

Customers who bring dogs to the market need to follow these rules:

  1. Only dogs with the FMO Good Pet bandana and a signed liability agreement will be allowed in the pavilion, promenade, or plaza areas during market hours.
  2. Your dog must be sociable to people and other dogs to earn the right to shop at the market. Completion of the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program or similar training is essential to help balance the concerns of our customers, the vendors, and the dogs. Dogs who meet this requirement will receive bandanas to show their accomplishment.
  3. Dogs must be current on all vaccinations and meet municipal requirements.
  4. Dogs must be kept on a short (6 ft or less), non-retractable leather or nylon leash. No exceptions.
  5. Keep your dog under control and by your side at all times. Jumping on, licking, or aggressive behavior toward other people will result in the customer being required to immediately return the FMO Good Pet bandana.
  6. Aggressive behavior, barking, and growling are signs of a dog that is stressed. Owners of dogs who fight will be asked to immediately return the FMO Good Pet bandana and remove their dog from the market.
  7. Keep dogs away from produce, plants and other food products. Food safety is a key issue to local food producers. Please control the head and the rear of the dog while visiting vendor’s stalls.
  8. Not everyone is a dog lover: Be considerate.
  9. Come prepared to clean up after your dog! Bags are located in locations in and near the pavilion, and along the paths near the micro orchard.
  10. If a dog is not behaving in accordance with these rules, the market staff will to ask that the owner to return the bandana and remove the dog immediately.
  11. No other pets will be allowed.
  12. Service animals are welcome.

Misti Fry of Side Kick Dog Training Academy presents the Canine Good Citizen Program and it’s new role for shoppers and their family members at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks on this video, watch here:

Need to Know Info When Bringing Pets to FMO

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Two of our dog owners with their Canine Good Citizens sporting their FMO bandanas.

At FMO, we love our farmers AND our four-legged friends!  That is why we created our FMO Canine Good Citizen Program, so that our vendors, customers and dogs can enjoy a safe and harmonious environment centered around local food.  We welcome your dog at market – but we have just a few steps for you to follow!

In order to register your dog in our program for attendance at market, you will need to bring us a form or paperwork proving that your pooch has been through a training class, or successfully passed a performance evaluation.  The class or evaluation can be through our friends at Sidekick Dog Training, Petsmart, the AKC, or a similar organization.  Once you bring us proof of completed training or certification, you will need to purchase an FMO bandana for your dog – these cost $10 and will need to be worn by the dog each time they attend market so we know they are an FMO Good Citizen!  We will also need you to fill out a brief form saying that you take full responsibility for your dog while they are at market.

All FMO approved dogs, and their owners, are expected to follow these rules: 
1.    Only dogs with the FMO Good Pet bandana and a signed liability agreement will be allowed in the pavilion, promenade, or plaza areas during market hours.

2.    Your dog must be sociable to people and other dogs to earn the right to shop at the market. Completion of the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program or similar training is essential to help balance the concerns of our customers, the vendors, and the dogs. Dogs who meet this requirement will receive bandanas to show their accomplishment.

3.    Dogs must be current on all vaccinations and meet municipal requirements.

4.    Dogs must be kept on a short (6 ft or less), non-retractable leather or nylon leash. No exceptions.

5.    Keep your dog under control and by your side at all times. Jumping on, licking, or aggressive behavior toward other people will result in the customer being required to immediately return the FMO Good Pet bandana.

6.    Aggressive behavior, barking, and growling are signs of a dog that is stressed. Owners of dogs who fight will be asked to immediately return the FMO Good Pet bandana and remove their dog from the market.  Aggressive behavior from dog owners towards market staff, vendors, or other customers will not be tolerated either, and may result in both the dog AND the owner being asked to leave the premises.

7.    Keep dogs away from produce, plants and other food products. Food safety is a key issue to local food producers.  Please control the head and the rear of the dog while visiting vendor’s stalls.

8.    Not everyone is a dog lover: Be considerate.

9.    Come prepared to clean up after your dog! Bags are located in locations in and near the pavilion, and along the paths near the micro orchard.

10.    If a dog is not behaving in accordance with these rules, the market staff will to ask that the owner to return the bandana and remove the dog immediately.

11.    No other pets will be allowed.

12.    Service animals are welcome, and will receive an FMO bandana free of charge.

Please stop by the Market HUB, leave us a comment here or private message us on Facebook if you have questions!