What's Fresh?

Category Archives: Vendor Inspections

Dear Caramel – Made With Local Love

By | Farm Inspections, Meet A Vendor, Vendor Inspections | No Comments

At FMO, we pride ourselves on being a market created by integrity and trust.  This is why FMO conducts annual inspections with our vendors to ensure food safety and integrity behind our product brand.  Our inspections take us over the river and through the woods, and into the barnyards, kitchens and workshops of some great local people – like Yvette Wynne of Dear Caramel in Springfield, MO!

About Dear Caramel: The smooth, creamy, delicious caramel treats from Dear Caramel are created by Springfield local Yvette Wynne and her family.  Yvette has always had a unique and artistic style, and she transfers this to her rich caramel goodies.  FMO had the privilege of visiting Yvette at her home kitchen and learning the finer points of cooking this confection.

Caramel is made with very basic ingredients – sugar, butter, cream and salt – by melting and blending them together on the stovetop in a heavy duty saucepan.  Yvette patiently and loving cooks small batches of caramel that she then bottles in fun, decorative jars, and adds her signature Dear Caramel labels and tags.  Not all of the caramel goes in jars though – some of it is destined to become individual caramel chews, or to coat pecans to make praline bites!

You can find Yvette and her Dear Caramel products located in the food truck alley at FMO on Saturdays – look for her beautiful black and brown caramel cart!  If you just can’t decide which caramel treat to take home with you, Yvette offers samples so you can find which type of caramel speaks to you the most.  Caramel cart

Products: Caramel sauce (sea salt and original), caramel chews, praline bites

Meet Ozarks Natural Foods

By | Farm Inspections, Meet A Vendor, Vendor Inspections | No Comments

 

OFN pic

Ozarks Natural Foods is a longtime member of FMO – it all started with Alan and Meera Scarrow, both founding members of the market. Alan and Meera both work in the medical field – Alan as the President of Mercy Hospital and a neurosurgeon, and Meera as an OBGYN – and they share a passion for healthy lifestyles. The Scarrows loved the idea of a farmers market that invested in both the customers and the farmers, and have been involved with FMO’s mission since the market first began. They connected with mutual friends Weston and Beth Walker over a shared passion for human health, and animal health and welfare. This cohesive partnership became Ozarks Natural Foods, a business with a mission to provide consumers with nutritious and healthy local meat.

The Scarrows and the Walkers raise their meat for Ozarks Natural Food on two different farms – Alan, Meera and their three children reside on their farm in Rogersville, where they raise grass-fed Angus cattle. Weston and Beth, along with their three boys, live on their farm in Dadeville and raise Angus cattle, Berkshire hogs, and hair sheep. Ozarks Natural Foods markets their sustainably and humanely raised meats through FMO, restaurants such Metropolitan Farmer, and wholesale at Mama Jean’s and Horrmann Meat Company.

The goal of Ozarks Natural Foods is not only to provide customers with responsible, healthy local meat choices, but also to help other farmers raise and market sustainable products, and give back to their community. Alan and Meera Scarrow are helping to meet this goal by partnering with the Ozarks Food Harvest and the Glean Team. Meera is an active member of the Ozarks Food Harvest Board and helped start the Glean Team, where Food Harvest volunteers glean produce from local farmers to help the hungry. The Scarrows also donated an extensive gardening set up to Ozarks Food Harvest as a headquarters for the Glean Team on their Rogersville farm, complete with a green house, raised gardening beds and irrigation systems, where volunteers can grow substantial amounts of local, nutrient dense produce to distribute within the community and fight hunger. “Our goal is to provide quality AND quantity,” said Meera. Learn more here.

Products: Beef, pork and lamb products

Best Sellers: Ground meat, Apple Bratwursts and bacon

Blue Heron Farm – Tiny Greens and Big Pigs

By | Farm Inspections, Vendor Inspections | No Comments

Microgreens copyAt FMO, we pride ourselves on being a market created by integrity and trust. This is why FMO conducts annual inspections with our vendors to ensure food safety and integrity behind our product brand. Our inspections take us over the river and through the woods, and into the barnyards, kitchens and workshops of some great local people – like the Boosey family of Blue Heron Farm in Marshfield, MO!

About Blue Heron Farm
Blue Heron Farm, family owned and operated by James and Jeannie Boosey and their two sons, is situated on 50 beautiful rolling acres. Featuring open pastures, forested hillsides and a large pond, Blue Heron Farm is home to not only the Boosey family, but also hundreds of chickens, ducks and geese, several enormous Berkshire pigs (Penny, Rosie, Bear and a couple of groups of piglets), a large garden and a room full of microgreens. Everything on Blue Heron Farm is all natural and chemical free, and the poultry are all free range birds. The pigs are often out on pasture and in the woods as well, and it is not uncommon to see poultry and pigs foraging together. Both sets of critters are very friendly with people, and a muddy trip across the marsh was worth it to have Penny the Berkshire pig and her piglets wander out of a thicket to greet the FMO team!

Pig copyThe Boosey family is very passionate about food, and they love to share this passion with others through their duck, chicken and goose eggs, vegetables and microgreens. The living and nutritious microgreens have created a real niche market for Blue Heron Farm – James says that both customers and chefs are excited about this unique product. Examples of sprouts found in the tasty and varied microgreens include radish, broccoli and pea shoots, just to name a few. Blue Heron Farm products can be found at Farmers Market of the Ozarks on Saturdays and most Thursdays, and in local restaurants like Metropolitan Farmers and Farmers Gastropub.

Products: Microgreens, pea shoots, seasonal vegetables, free range chicken, duck and goose eggs