Farmers Market of the Ozarks has become one the fast-growing markets in the country and was named the Number 15 market in the nation in 2013. FMO is the only market in the region housed in a permanent pavilion.
The market takes applications on a continuous basis. All applicants are placed on our waiting list and will be notified by the Market Manager after review of the application by the membership committee.
If you have specific questions about membership to the market or want to check on the status of your application, please contact the manager directly at 417-766-8711 or email Lane@LoveYourFarmer.com.
Below you will find our market rules, by-laws and application. We suggest you read through all materials carefully to learn about how our market operates.
$350 fee are due MARCH 4, 2014 at the Spring Membership Meeting.
Any members wanting more than a 10 x 10 stall space will be required to pay extra for a 10 x 20 and must be approved to do so by the Board. Any vendors that has been approved by the board to “supplement” produce for the 2014 season will also pay an additional $25 per day charge when supplementing.
The market offers four fee structures. Percentage of sales is based on sales reported by the vendor to the market manager. If the market manager believes a vendor is falsifying sales figures the market manager may investigate using any reasonable means. In addition, each vendor that has permission to supplement by the board, will pay a $25 a day fee when supplementing. Vendors may choose from the following pricing structures and membership privileges:
Four Tier Payment Options
Tier 1 Vendor:
Tier 1 Vendors receive premium Prime Space Selection market space in direct proximity to Permanent Pavilion Space the core retail plaza space. Electrical is provided.
- $850 and 3% of daily sales (or a minimum of $5)
Tier 2 Vendor:
Tier 2 Vendors occupy the space in promenade / covered space. Electrical is provided.
- $650 and 3% of daily sales (or a minimum of $5)
Tier 3 Vendor:
Tier 3 vendors are open air vendors next to the promenade that will be stationed in a pop-up tent provided by the market.
- $350 and 3% of daily sales (or a minimum of $5)
Tier 4 Vendor:
Tier 4 vendors are vendors that will have a short season and want to pay a daily stall fee. These vendors will pay $30 per day and 4 % of sales each day.
Tier 5 Vendor “THURSDAY ONLY VENDOR”:
Tier 5 vendors are vendors only wanting to join the Thursday evening market from 4 to 8 pm. Vendors will be under the pavilion, pay $250 for the entire year, pay 3% of sales each day (or a minimum of $5) and will be provided with tables.
Join Our Sister Market in Ozark
FMO operates a sister market in Ozark, Mo., April-October. The Ozark Downtown Farmers Market (ODFM) joined the FMO family in 2013. FMO has helped to grow the community market to over 50 vendors. The market operates on Wednesday Evenings from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., on the square in downtown Ozark, Mo. ODFM operates under the same rules and regulations as FMO-Springfield. For an application go here. Learn more about the ODFM from the market’s Facebook page.
Vendors from across the Ozarks gather at Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) to sell their handmade, raised, grown and harvested products to the community. The special aspect of shopping at the farmers market is getting to know the farmers and vendors that work so hard to bring their local offerings to market. Our producers are truly passionate about bringing your family the best, freshest local food available and each has a unique story to tell.
FMO’s end objective is to improve the financial success of farmers and artisans across the Ozarks, through a large, well-structured city market in Springfield, Mo., in turn creating increased sales of the crops producers grow. Secondly, our market focuses on increasing the consumption of fruits and vegetables in the region, therefore resulting in a healthier population. This is achieved through tactical consumer educational marketing for adults and children through marketing materials, online media promotion, nutritional value of crops, cooking demonstrations and organic school gardens.
The market devotes training to increase the production of its growers to provide an increasing amount of produce vended and works with producers on salesmanship, extending the growing season and farm visits with vendors. In addition
vendors are encouraged to be trained on “Good Agricultural Practices” and “Good Handling Practices” to ensure a safe food supply to our community.
All vendors that sell at FMO are required to participate in the Market Inspection Program, which is designed to ensure products are of the highest quality and safe for your family’s table. The Market Manager visits with every vendor to conduct a routine inspection of the farm, workshop, certified or home kitchen and evaluates the producer’s skills, fields, livestock and products. The Market Manager also works very closely with local and state health department officials to ensure FMO vendors are supplying safe food to consumers.
Our Rules & Regulations
Market rules, by-laws and regulations are subject to change. The Board of Directors and Market Manager will notify all market vendors of any changes within one week of the decision. Notification will be provided through email and letters given to vendors at market.