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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.

 

 

Looking for a Self-Starter to Serve as Lead Role for Farmers Market

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Executive Director
Farmers Market of the Ozarks
Springfield, MO

The Farmers Market of the Ozarks is searching for a self-starting individual to fill the lead role of Executive Director for the 501c3 nonprofit based in Springfield, MO. The Executive Director provides business administration to the organization by ensuring all procedures and operating standards are followed, provides fiscal management, and oversight of the market’s business structure, including franchise markets and new market programs. Fundraising and corporate sponsorships will be pursued by the Executive Director to help enhance market programs and special events. The Executive Director will serve as the brand manager of the organization and oversee all marketing programs and initiatives and work with the Market Manager on the creation of marketing plans, place media buys in accordance with marketing plans and budget, develop programs for community based on FMO mission, attend board meetings, and present reports on all marketing, educational and grant programs. This position will serve as the public face for the market through community appearances, speeches, media appearances, and other tasks as necessary. This job will require 5-10 hours a month on weekends during peak months.

Estimated breakdown of time:
Marketing/Branding: 40%
Fundraising/Community Partnerships: 35%
Operations: 25%

Desired Qualifications

  • Previous Executive Director or leadership ideally in the non-profit sector
  • Experience in setting or collaborating on strategic direction and contributing to the strategic plan
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising for an organization
  • Demonstrated success in leadership, volunteer management, and collaborative problem solving
  • Ability to connect to the Springfield philanthropic and business community
  • Proven track record of strong rapport, building effective working relationships across diverse groups of people
  • Expertise in the use of social media and leading edge technology for the purpose of marketing and development
  • Fiscal management and grant writing skills
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and planning experience
  • Degree in related field preferred

Job Type: Full-time, salary based on experience – $35,000 -$50,000

Apply: Send resume, cover letter and references to Lane McConnell Lane@loveyourfarmer.com

2017 Christmas Pop-Up Market

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Shop for handcrafted gifts and foods to help your holidays be one to remember. Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) will host a Christmas Pop-Up Market on Thursday, Dec 21, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the FMO pavilion at Farmers Park. FMO is the only year-round market housed in a permanent heated pavilion at the Farmers Park off Republic Road and is open every Saturday from 8am to 1pm.

“Spend your dollars local this season and support your local bakers, farmers, crafters and other producers by choosing to purchase local goods,“ said FMO Manager Kali Dick. “Freshly harvested herbs, beef, chicken, pork, eggs, fresh baked pies, potatoes, tomatoes, hydroponic salad greens, winter squash, jam and jellies, onions, radishes, beets, bread, and artisan gifts are just a few of the items that will be available at the Holiday Market on Dec 21st. We will also have artisans there offering natural lotions and soap, pottery, handcrafted linens and totes, wooden gift items such as plant stands, spoons, baby rattles, and so much more!”

FMO’s event will have free hot chocolate for customers and live music to keep your shopping experience as merry as ever! There will also be an ugly sweater contest with a prize for the winner. 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 branded gift at the Market Hub.

“We have great stocking stuffers like FMO gift cards for your foodie friends and family and locally made long-sleeve shirts and sweatshirts,” said Dick. “All proceeds go directly back to the market, which is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.”

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 9:00 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 @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 Iron Chef Event

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The Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) is hard at work once again to raise funds for Ozarks Food Harvest. On Saturday, Sept. 23, FMO will host the 6th Annual Iron Chef Competition from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Chefs will battle it out for 2017 Iron Chef to help raise funds for Ozarks Food Harvest for Hunger Action Month.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with Ozarks Food Harvest for the 6th year in a row” said FMO Market Manager Kali Dick. “We look forward to this event every year and love being apart of mobilizing our local community to take steps towards solving the hunger crisis.”

The Iron Chef competition will feature three chefs including Chef Grant Smith of the University Plaza, Alice Oh of the Press, and Cat Lix of Farmers Gastro Pub. The chefs will be given a secret ingredient to include in their dishes and will shop for all of their supplies at FMO. Attendees will be able to sample their dishes and vote with cash donations.

“Iron Chef makes for such a fun day at market, but more importantly it’s an event that allows thousands of people to support our mission,” said Christine Temple, communication & PR coordinator for Ozarks Food Harvest. “Market-goers will be able to taste delicious samples from local chefs and then vote for their favorite with a donation. For every $1 donated, we can provide four meals. Every bit counts, and we hope it all adds up to the best year yet.”

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 a

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.

Winter Greens + Spring Salad Wrap Recipe

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If you weren’t able to make it to our veggie cooking demo this weekend at market then be sure to check out the recipe below to get all the details! These are spring veggie wraps that utilize winter greens and local products that you can find right here at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Start your salad by finely shredding your kale and adding a splash of red wine vinegar. Enough to lightly coat the kale – this helps to break down the kale and fights against that bitter taste that fresh kale can have.
  2. Then drizzle with the spiced honey from Half Crocked Chef. It’s sweet and spicy so add a little bit at a time according to your taste preferences
  3. Next, take your radishes and slice them thinly, then toss in with the kale.
  4. Sprinkle a tsp of salt and sprinkle with garlic powder, set aside and let the kale soften.
  5. In another bowl crush your choice of nuts – we used the southwestern flavored cashews from our own KT’s Nuts. After allowing the kale mixture to sit for 10 minutes, toss in the crushed nuts and goat cheese.
  6. Optional: we also added in kale flowers and red buds. These can both be found at market.

Presto! You have a spring salad of winter greens! This can be served as a salad or spooned into lettuce cups for a wrap.

Recipe by: Sarah Byrd, FMO Management team & culinary extrordinaire 

FMO Celebrates Spring with the Spring Gardening Kick-off

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Monday, March 27, 2017 – SPRINGFIELD, MO. – Spring has finally sprung and the Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) is the perfect Saturday outing for any backyard gardeners looking to get a jump start on their planting season. On Saturday, April 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the market will host an array of free gardening activities, education opportunities, and cooking demos for the entire public to enjoy as part of the annual Spring Gardening Kick-Off Event.

“When you purchase locally at the market, you have the added benefit of getting information directly from the growers themselves,” said FMO Market Manager Kali Dick. “Let our farmers help you plan your family’s backyard gardening projects this year and pick-up everything you need for your spring gardening projects!”

In addition to cooking demos, the MSU campus Garden’s and Grad assistants will be at FMO ready with helpful growing tips! White Harvest Seed Company will also be present with a booth set up at market that day.

While visiting market be sure and snap photos of your family and friends enjoying the Spring Gardening festivities and tag FMO on Facebook and @FMOzarks on Instagram. Market management can be found at the Market Info Hub booth inside the pavilion to provide customers with an easy way to shop at market with the use of the market’s wireless machine that accepts SNAP benefits, credit and debit cards. In addition, the management staff will guide customers to specific vendors offering plants, vegetable starts, herbs, vegetable seeds, organic supplies and more.

 

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. 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 @FMOzarks.

Growing Sustainably Day at FMO

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – SPRINGFIELD, MO. – Interested in learning how to grow sustainably? Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) is hosting a Growing Sustainably Day on Saturday, March 25th from 8 am to 1 pm at their Farmers Park location in south Springfield.

FMO is bringing in local experts such as Melissa Millsap from Urban Roots Farm to give presentations that will cover sustainable growing practices such as soil rehabilitation and cover crops. These presentations will begin at 10 am and continue throughout the day until 1 pm.

In addition to the presentations, there will also be informational booths from MSU Agriculture, MSU Campus Gardens, & other sustainable local businesses that are set up to answer questions and provide other educational opportunities.

“Being educated in sustainable growing practices helps to establish local economies that are viable and environmentally friendly, as well inform the public to the importance of implementing these practices,” explained Market Manager Kali Dick, “FMO is very excited for the opportunity to offer this free, educational event to our local community.”

Live music will begin in the morning and will run throughout the day featuring local artist and musician, David Greathouse. Join FMO for one of their first community-oriented events of the season!

 

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. 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 operates on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and has a sister market in Ozark, MO., that operates on Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more go online to LoveYourFarmer.com, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @FMOzarks.