Our Market Family
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.