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!

 

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