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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.

FMO Loyalty Card Program

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Earlier this year we were excited show our FMO shoppers some love by launching our FMO Loyalty Punch Card Program. These cards can be picked up at our market hub and are the perfect way to make each one of your purchases at market count!

It’s pretty simple!

  • You get a punch for every $5 you spend at market
  • Once you fill up all 20 punches you can turn your card in to receive 10% off of FMO swag as well as be entered to win $50 to spend at market in our monthly drawing.
  • You can turn in as many cards per month as you like, so if you fill yours up be sure to turn it in and grab another one!
  • We also offer Free Punch Wednesday at our Wednesday Markets (Open May to Sep from 9am to 1pm), so be sure to stop by for a FREE punch.

Check out our infographic for more of the in’s & out’s of how it works:

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Jumpstart Your Mornings: Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe

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Looking for a way to utilize all of those beautiful greens you see at market each week? Try packing all of that raw, green goodness into a smoothie to jumpstart your mornings! Green smoothies have TONS of health benefits, and can include all types of greens such as spinach, kale, swiss chard and collard greens – or for the more adventurous, you could add parsley, sprouts, dandelion greens, watercress or any leafy, green veggie your palate can handle. Bananas, blueberries, strawberries, apples, avocado, and mango also make great companions but the key to keeping your smoothie’s health benefits at a maximum is to make sure your alkalizing greens are dominant (at least 60%) – luckily, that doesn’t mean a compromise on taste because your veggies should blend right into the tropical flavors of your smoothie!

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Veggie-Packed Tropical Green Smoothie

  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1/2 cup of dino kale (any variation of kale works)
  • 1/2 zucchini chopped
  • 1/3 cup of frozen cauliflower
  • 1/3 cup of frozen fruit (I used mango and strawberry)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of coconut water
  • 1/3 cup water (if you like a thicker smoothie do 1/2 cup of ice instead)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp ginger/tumeric paste (our recipe can be found here)
  • 2 tsp chia seed
  • 1/2 tbs of honey

Throw all of your ingredients in to your blender to mix & then enjoy!

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide at FMO

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Valentine's Day Gift Guide

The last thing you want to happen on Valentine’s Day is get stuck in a bind with nothing to give that special someone, or even worse, end up with cheesy, overpriced chocolates from that convenient store down the road. Ensure your V-Day is free of clichés and original this year, all while supporting local, with these gift and treat ideas from Farmers Market of the Ozarks.

Sweet Girl Bath & Body

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Sweet Girl Bath & Body is a family owned and operated business that raises the standard on body products. Sweet Girl uses all-natural ingredients and high quality moisturizers that contain no artificial preservatives or fragrances. Not only are these products that you can trust but they actually work! From sugar scrubs to lotions, you are sure to find the perfect gift at their booth.

Windwood Farm

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Windwood Farm specializes in goat milk soap and lotion, and uses only raw milk from a herd of humanely raised Saanen Dairy goats to make their products. The oils used are coconut, olive, jojoba, avocado, palm, canola and Shea Butter – the combination of the oils and goat’s milk produces a soap that is truly moisturizing and healing to the skin. Windwood offers their soaps and lotions in a variety of scents and beautiful color variations, ensuring that you’re able to find the perfect gift!

Birchtree & Lula

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There isn’t more original, wearable art out there than what is available at our very own Birchtree & Lula’s booth at market. From cozy mittens to beautiful hair pieces to handcrafted linens, Birchtree & Lula will be sure have one-of-a-kind, local gifts available for that special lady in your life!

Mae-Mae’s Sweet Shoppe

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Take your Valentine’s dessert to new heights with a treat from Mae-Mae’s Sweet Shoppe. You can snag some special V-day desserts this year such as strawberry brownies (we tried them, and they are melt in your mouth good) or Nutella sweet rolls. Baked fresh for market every week!

Pizza Crust Creations by Color My World 

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Looking for dinner ideas? Stop by market and grab one of Crust Creations heart-shaped pizza crusts to set the mood for your V-day dinner. They have a variety of flavors available and yummy pizza sauces to accompany your pizza! Easy and delicious!

 

We are open every Saturday year round from 8am to 1pm. Stop by this weekend, not only for tons of fun products for Valentine’s Day but also browse our large selection of fresh meats, produce & other local goods!