Farmers Market of the Ozarks 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. Depending on the vendor category in which the applicant is applying for, the applicant will be placed on a waiting list until a stall becomes open or the Board of Directors sees a niche to be filled.
FMO takes applications on a regular basis. There is a waiting list for most all categories except specialty crops…print off our application below.
Rules and Regulations
Why join FMO?
Vendor Questions and Answers
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.
Farmers Market of the Ozarks Market Day Guidelines
- Vendors must inform the Market Manager (by email or phone) if they plan on being at market each week so that the Manager can make proper stall assignments.
- If you are supplementing at market- your $25 fee will be collected each day.
- If you are a pop-up tent vendor- check in with the Market Manager each day of market. These vendors will be moved to different stall spaces from time to time, depending on the size of market.
- All vendors will be set-up to sell at market bell. Market operates 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
- All vendors MUST BE set-up in their stall space 30 minutes before opening bell. Any vendor not in their stall will forfeit their regular assigned space and be placed in an easy and out space as determined by the Market Manager. NO EXCEPTIONS!
- Every vendor is required to submit their total daily sales and percentage of daily sales (PODS) for 2013 at the close of market day to the Market Info Hub in the provide envelop.
- If you are sampling, please bring a small waste basket.
- The market bell will ring at opening time signaling that vendors may begin conduction of business. No sales prior to the bell.
- All vendors MUST use a table covering on their table.
- You are responsible for cleaning up your area after market, which includes placing tables and tents back into the storage units, placing tents in blue carry cases and following instructions from Market Assistant on how items should be packed into the storage unit.
- Do not block the drive lane/ street any longer than is absolutely necessary. Unpack your vehicle with product to your area, move your rig and then set-up. If you unload in the front parking area (where meat and concession trailers go) then you must have your vehicle moved by 7:00 a.m.
- If you do not use a trailer, your car cannot be by your booth.
- If you use a trailer to set up but do not use it to vend, minimize the parking spaces that you take up. On busy days, shorter trailers should be parked and unhooked with vehicles parked next to them. OR, rigs can be “stacked” horizontally with two truck/ trailer combos side by side. Large rigs need to unhook and park the truck in one spot.
- If you require power, you need to bring at least 40′ extension cord AND a power strip. ALL extension cords will need to be 3 prong commercial cords. FMO will not supply power strips. Every two plugins have a 30 amp capacity. Please be mindful of overloading or daisy chaining multiple cords or power strips. Contact Market Info Hub if concerns arise and additional cords or plugins will be used.
- The Market Manager will collect $5 per month from each vendor using power. If excessive power use is obvious, an additional $5 may be required. 110 only. Otherwise generators must be provided by any 220 users and can’t cause noise pollution at market.
- Cinder blocks need to be gathered in your spot at the close of market. Please gather them up neatly for the next market day.
- WiFi is provided for free at market. See the Market Manager for the code.
- If you sense extra space between your booth and the next closest booth to the center of market, please check with the Market Manager. The intent is to always consolidate vendors to the middle of market for shop-ability and attractiveness.
- If you are vending from the front row (street stalls), please push your trailer off the curb and the tent should be propped up with two cinder blocks on the road with the two tent legs on top. (Ask Market Manager about this set-up). This is to allow an even traffic flow lane.
- Volunteers have jobs to get done. If you have a serious problem- contact the Market Manager or Market Assistant and they will assist you or assign a volunteer.
- Any rear or side vendors need to set up last in order to allow circulation of vendor vehicles to the rear.
- Vendors MUST use the market provided sign and post prices for all items.
- Vendors showing up less than 45 minutes early will not have access to rear parking.
- Absolutely NO vendors or market personnel will be permitted to leave their cars in customer parking.
- Vendor parking will be blocked off by cones to prevent erosion and mud from in-out customer parking.
- The drives into vendor parking will be gravel while the rest is compacted. If it’s muddy the parking needs to consolidate to gravel and overflow to the street.
- Vendors cannot block the ramp/ driveway areas into vendor parking.
- BE PATIENT AND BE KIND to one another.