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Shop Local at our Winter Market and Don’t Miss Holiday Shopping at our Christmas Pop Up!

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Winter Market Allows you to Shop Local All Year Long

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 – SPRINGFIELD, MO
. –Shop for handcrafted gifts and foods to help your Holidays be one to remember. Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) will host a Christmas Market Pop Up Market on Wednesday Dec 19, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the FMOpavilion at Farmers Park.  FMO is the only year-round market housed in a permanent heated pavilion at the Farmers Park Development, off Republic Road.

“Spend your dollars local this season and support your local bakers, farmers, crafters and other producers by purchasing local goods,“ said FMO Market Manager Kali Dick.  “Freshly harvested herbs, beef, chicken, pork, eggs, fresh baked goods, potatoes, tomatoes, hydroponic salad greens, winter squash, jam and jellies, onions, radishes, beets, bread, m, and artisan gifts are just a few of the items that will be available at the Christmas Pop Up Market on Dec 21st.”

After the special Christmas Pop Up Market, Farmers Market of the Ozarks will kick-off winter market season with new market hours from Jan 5th to March 16th. During this time, market will be open from 9am to 1pm, allowing customers to shop local every Saturday of the year.

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 inspired gift at the Market Hub.

For great holiday recipe ideas, check out the market’s blog 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 and 9:00am to 1:00pm starting January 5th.  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, IG, and Twitter @FMOzarks.

Now accepting application for Market Manager…

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APPLY BY CLICKING HERE!

FMO Market Manager (accepting application thru December 4th, 2018). Please submit a resume AND cover letter detailing why you are interested in working with FMO. As we enter a new year we are especially interested in your background with event management, promotions and client/customer experience. Please apply by clicking the link above and submitting a cover letter AND resume online at indeed or by emailing director@loveyourfarmer.com

We are looking for a dynamic market manager excited to create a value added experience at market for vendors and customers alike. Promotional and event experience is highly valued as well as experience working with vendors and customer outreach.

The Market Manager (MM) will operate FMO on market days and run all market day operations, including vetting new members, special events, scheduling music, inspections, hub staff, scheduling community partners, PODS and membership fee collection. It will be the responsibility of the MM to create special events with the ED and Assistant Manager for both FMO-Springfield and Branson locations. The MM will make updates to the website, social media platforms, vendors databases, market rules and regulations and other duties as assigned. The MM will also attend professional development training, help the ED with vendor educational trainings and fundraising and calendar events at market.

FMO Market Manager December 2018 – 20 hours weekly

Weekly Responsibilities. Timings are approximate and listed below for approximately 20 hours weekly (paid for 20 hours with documented invoice). Payment for additional projects upon agreed assignment/s.

6-8 hours (on-site – Saturdays 6/7am – 2pm)

The Market Manager (MM) will operate FMO on market days and all market day operations including:

– Weekly PODS deposit to bank

– Pay and record all PODS with vendors

– Plan and execute market day events (on site) including schedule and set up of market music and execution of “CALENDAR” events/tokens of appreciation

– Weekly “live” post from market to all social media platforms

Ongoing in office:

– Go over updated books (go over checks/SNAP/DUFB) and grant reporting

– Go over checks/vendor requests (as needed)

– Oversee monthly reviews of Branson market (seasonally)

Scheduling and communication with vendors throughout week of market:

– Ongoing communication with vendors and sending out schedule of load in (including)/ Weekly vendor communication (phone, email etc) (cc director)

– Weekly market brief sent out to vendors detailing stalls, music, weather, staff and overview for Saturday

– Schedule day vendors, sponsors, and community partners each week

– Schedule and oversee FMO hub staff on a weekly/monthly basis and add into calendar

– Schedule and oversee Branson management/staff (as needed)

– Weekly social media *hootsuite – mid week update

– Weekly quickbooks entry for PODS deposit and square

– Cut weekly vendor reimbursement checks for Springfield and Branson Markets (as needed)

– Communicate with health department monthly on codes, inspections, licenses etc

– SNAP grant monthly reporting

– DUFB grant reporting weekly for Springfield and Branson Markets

– DUFB large monthly report for Springfield and Branson Markets

Additional project work:

– Write press releases for events

– Monthly vendor newsletter

– write/update monthly blogs for website / hootsuite

– Phone meetings

– Create monthly report for board of directors (sales, marketing, grants, etc)

As scheduled/needed:

– Board meetings/Committee Meetings/Community Meetings

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Burgers, Brats, & Brews 2018

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Join Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) on Oct. 12 from 6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. at the market, located off Republic Road and Highway 60 on Nature Center Way for their annual fall fundraiser, Burgers, Brats, & Brews.

“Our vendors are donating for this event which means the menu is featuring some of the best food in the region,” said Market Manager Kali Dick. “Local spirits, root beer, & kombucha will be served by Springfield Brewing Company, Leaky Roof Meadery, and Spring Branch Kombucha. Music will be perfomed by National Park Radio.”

Tickets are limited to 250 and are on sale at LoveYourFarmer.com. General Admission is $50 and comes with dinner and 2 drinks. VIP Tickets are $75 and come with unlimited drinks. All proceeds will go back to the market to help the non-profit organization with market operations and programs. FMO depends on fundraising effots to be able to provide the 417 community an thriving, year-round market.

“We are so fortunate to have the community embrace our market like they have,” said Dick. “We want this to be a special night to celebrate our successes with our community and our vendors.”
Sponsors of the dinner include American National Insurance Company, Guarentee Bank, Sun Solar. Food sponsors include Springfield Brewing Company, Leaky Rood Meadery, Spring Branch Kombucha, Peak View Farm, Brittain Farm, Broken Wire Ranch, Dove Creek Wagyu, Red Top Oven, Pastabilities, New Horizons Hydroponics, and Millsap Farm.
The menu is an extensive collaboration of the diversity of local farmers market, but will of course be feature artisan burgers and brats supplied by your local farmers.
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. 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 IG @FMOzarks.

Bok Choy Slaw Recipe

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Bok Choy is a green veggie you have probably seen around market quite a bit this summer. Originally cultivated in china, Bok Choy boasts a wealth of vitamins A, C, and K, and is also an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron, making it a veggie powerhouse. There are lots of ways to prepare Bok Choy and its an easy addition to most meals. Our very own Red Top Oven has put together this slaw recipe that we wanted to share!

Baby Bok Choy Slaw Recipe

  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1tbs toasted sesame oil
  • 2tsp Red Top Oven Pepper Jam (or sugar)
  • 2tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 cups of thinly sliced bok choy
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

– Whisk vinegar , oil, sugar, mustard, & salt in a large bowl until sugar dissolves. Add bok choy, carrots, & scallions. Toss to coat with dressing and enjoy!

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.

Red Dress Dash 2017

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SPRINGFIELD, MO, Friday, January 30, 2017 – During American Heart Month and in support of the 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 4. 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 Go Red For Women during Heart Month.  It’s a fun run that promotes awareness and healthy lifestyle choices,” explained AHA Corporate Events Director Dana Werdehausen. Participants can register for free, or register and purchase a shirt for $25. Registration is available online at www.localraces.com/swmoamericanheartassociation or participants can register the day of the Dash.

“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.
  • Tribute Stickers: A way 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

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Milkweed Plants – Support Your Local Butterflies!

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By Jessica Poisal, FMO Intern

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I have ridden horses with my family in southern Missouri through the years; giving me the chance to see many wildflower species and the butterflies that were attracted to the brilliant colors. I always wanted to bring the beauty of both the flowers and the butterflies back home with me, so naturally I was excited when I found out that the Broken Wire Ranch was selling milkweed plants on Saturdays.

Milkweed is a species of wildflower native to Missouri that attracts butterflies and even hummingbirds when it is in bloom. According to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the bright orange flowers of the plant bloom from May to September and grow naturally in prairie environments. The milkweed plant has a high drought tolerance and just needs sunlight and some water. Milkweed is also a perennial plant, meaning that it will live for two years or more. This can be a perfect low-maintenance plant for any gardener! Customers are able to plant these flowers in their home gardens to add color to their homes and attract butterflies.

The Broken Wire Ranch will be selling milkweed plants at the market on Saturday, May 28th. This will be the last time that they will sell milkweed so make sure you stop by their booth!

Coffee Fest

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For many, coffee is a simple pleasure that can help kick start the day. Some enjoy it on the go, while others prefer a corner in a coffee shop listening to music.  Regardless of your coffee preferences few can resist the perks (pun intended) of coffee for a good cause like the the java served at Coffee Fest.

 

On Saturday May 21st, Missouri Safe and Sober will be hosting Coffee Fest at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion.  The festival benefits Missouri Safe and Sober, an organization that educates high school students about the dangers of driving and drinking. Nine different vendors will compete in a drip coffee taste test with 5 different categories that will include; house brew, dark roast, medium roast, single regional origin and slow brew. There will also be a category for best coffee shop, where people can vote for their favorite place to get a cup of Joe.

 

Country Girls Espresso will also have samples to taste test and Jack’s Bean will be there as well, offering their monthly subscription of coffee. During the event there will be giveaways every half hour and the first 1,000 people will get free doughnuts complimentary of St. George’s. Coffee Fest will also have coffee house music for guests to enjoy.

 

While you are at the market make sure to stop by to support a good cause and to get some good coffee! Coffee Fest will be held at the Farmer’s Park from 8 am to 1 pm and admission is $10.

AKC Canine Good Citizen Class and Test to Be Hosted at FMO!

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Wally, one of our FMO Good Dogs!  Photo Credit: Su Rogers

Wally, one of our FMO Good Dogs! Photo Credit: Su Rogers

Our FMO Good Dog Project is better than ever this year with the addition of monthly Canine Good Citizen classes and testing at market, brought to us by Springfield Side Kick Dog Training!  The second Saturday of each month from April to June (fall classes will pick up after the hot summer weather passes), starting at 10am in the plaza, bring your dog to our CGC Primer Class, where accredited dog trainers will help you and your dog learn the behaviors needed to pass the GCG test.  Following the hour long class, you and your dog can take the test and receive your FMO Good Dog Project bandana, which is your all access pass to the busy marketplace!  Class+Test+Bandana Package: $45

Is your pup already prepared to take the CGC?  Evaluators from Side Kick will run you though the test!  Upon passing, your pooch will receive their Good Dog Project bandana.  Test+Bandana Package: $25

Maybe your dog is already an awesome Canine Good Citizen!  If they are, bring a copy of their certificate to the Market Hub to get an FMO Good Dog Project bandana for them to wear proudly in the busy marketplace.  Bandana Only (Must present proof of CGC test): $10