Submitted to Branson Globe
Despite a late start due to COVID-19 and social distancing, Farmers Market of the Ozarks will open for the season in Branson Tuesday, May 19, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the south end of Branson Landing.
“Yes! we are opening this coming Tuesday, and we’re so excited to be back in Branson for another great year of fresh food and fantastic fun,” said Jesse Stone, Market Manager for Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks.
“We have a great lineup of new vendors this year, as well as many returning favorites that we couldn’t do without.”
Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks includes local produce, meat, baked goods, ready to eat meals, art, soaps, jellies, dried foods and sauces, all produced by local farming families.
According to Stone, FMO requires their vendors to live within a 150-mile radius of their market, and to produce their goods themselves. FMO frequently completes inspections to make sure this is the case, and to keep a top quality product according to both health codes and FMO standards.
“When you buy at FMO, you are buying from a local farmer in your own community,” said Stone. “That means that for your local economy, every dollar you spend at FMO gets put right back into your local community, and therefore eventually back into your own pocket.”
Because of the delay in opening this spring, FMO received some much needed help from Branson Landing. “We were given help from the Branson Landing to accommodate our rental agreement, given the losses we’ve suffered this spring as a non-profit, so we owe a big thanks to them for lending a helping hand to our market and farmers, and by extension, to the Branson community,” Stone explained.
FMO will be at Branson Landing each Tuesday from 3 until 7 p.m. throughout the summer. For more information about Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks, see www.loveyourfarmer.com.