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From the Aurora Farmers Market

The Market Lady, Lane McConnell, will visit the Greater Springfield Farmers Market in Springfield, Mo., Saturday, July 9.  The Market Lady and video crew will begin at 8:30 a.m., with two cooking demonstration incorporating products from the market and will be interviewing producers and consumers for various other segments.

“I strive to inform folks on the ease of preparing homemade meals for their families through shopping at the market,” said McConnell.  “Consumers can log on to our website or Facebook page to view short videos of interviews with the farmers that grow our food, topics such as food safety, organic, naturally grown and learn how to cook simple meals.”

The purpose of The Market Lady Project is to educate consumers about eating healthy, locally produced food found at their farmers market.

“We are happy to welcome The Market Lady crew at our market,” said Market Master Brad Gray.  “We hope that customers will come out to the market and bring their families to watch The Market Lady cooking demonstrations.”

Below is one recipe that The Market Lady will be preparing at the market. Be sure and come out to the Greater Springfield Farmers Market on July 9 to meet the Market Lady and video producer Kelsie Young at the Battlefield Mall parking lot.

Serving a garden pasta salad at the Aurora Farmers Market

Grilled Sweet Corn with a Spicy Sauce
6 ears of sweet corn
2 T. mayo
2 T. sour cream
3 T. parmesan cheese
2 T. chili powder or 1 T. chipotle powder
2 limes
1 ½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
Butter or olive oil

Stir all ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.  Coat sweet corn with olive oil and grill for 10 minutes.

Spread mixture over hot sweet corn and serve.

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Hot off the press from Mu Extension:

Is gardening a new passion for you?  Want to home can, but don’t know how? Maybe you’re fearful of a pressure canner?  Perhaps you need a refresher on home canning techniques?   When harvest time arrives for your summer produce, you’ll want to be ready to preserve the extras your family doesn’t eat right away. University of Missouri Extension is offering a canning workshop in Nevada on June 22 at 1-4 pm.  The workshop will be held at On My Own, Inc. at 428 E. Highland Ave.  The cost for the workshop  is $15.00 per person and paid registration is required by June 20.   Register by calling the University of  Missouri Extension Center at 417-448-2560 or sending registration to UM Extension Center, 100 W. Cherry, Courthouse, RM 2, Nevada, MO 64772.

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Preserving Food

Preserve the Taste of Summer Year Round

It’s that time of the year…preserving the freshness that the farmers market offers will help you savor the tastes of summer year-round.  If you are interested in learning more about ways to preserve your fresh fruits and vegetables check out your local University of Missouri Extension Office for upcoming workshops in your county.

Here is a recent press release I received regarding one such class in Dallas County. 

University of Missouri Extension, in cooperation with the Dallas County Career Center, will be conduct a home food preservation class stating with a meal at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 2 at the Dallas County Career Center, 33 Vo-Tech Drive, Louisburg, Missouri.

Class members will roll up their sleeves and participate in the process of canning fresh green beans. While the green beans are processing participants receive classroom instruction on the basics of home food preservation with an emphasis on safety.

All participants will receive MU Extension guide sheets on basic food preservation and canning vegetables.

This class will be taught by Tammy Roberts, nutrition and health education specialist for MU Extension.

A fee of $15 per person and pre-registration is required by May 31. Call the Dallas County Extension office at 417-345-7551 to pre-registration.

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Press Release

Thursday, April 21, 2011 – SPRINGFIELD, MO. – Looking for a FRESH perspective on eating local in the Ozarks?  Looking for ideas in cooking seasonally that incorporate food that is grown by local farmers?  Want to learn how to shop at your local farmers market?  Ever wonder exactly what the terms organic, all-natural, grass-fed, low pesticide or even humanely-treated mean?  The Market Lady is here to help.

The Market Lady, Lane McConnell, offers consumers healthy eating tips through a rainbow of flavors with weekly visits to local farmers markets across the Ozarks. She will take consumers on a tour of farmers markets to bring families simple recipe solutions using local foods purchased at the farmers market and help consumers put a face to their food.

“I will provide tips on selection, preservation and preparation of produce that you can use in your kitchen and advice on spicing up your family’s dinner table that all ages will appreciate,” said McConnell, The Market Lady. “Farmers markets offer a rich variety of homegrown fruits and vegetables as well as other farm fresh goods such as meats, dairy, eggs and value-added products – something for every family.”

With the help of Missouri State University’s William H. Darr Agricultural Center, The Market Lady project comes to life through television and online video segments.  Videos will include onsite farmers market cooking demonstrations, interviews with farmers about the sustainable methods in which producers grow, raise and harvest farm fresh products and ways to preserve the freshness of local produce year-round.  All information will be archived at themarketlady.com.

Videos will be distributed to KY3 News in Springfield, Mo., and KSNF TV 16 in Joplin, Mo., weekly throughout farmers market season, beginning after May 10, 2011.

The Market Lady plans on filming at the following markets: Aurora Local Farmers Market in Aurora, Mo., C-Street Farmers Market in Springfield, Mo., Cabool Farmers Market in Cabool, Mo., Christian County Farmers Market in Ozark, Mo., Eastland Farmers Market in Springfield, Mo., FARM, Camdenton, Mo., Fair Grove Farmers Market in Fair Grove, Mo., Greater Polk County Farmers Market in Bolivar, Mo., Greater Springfield Farmers Market in Springfield, Mo., Greater Springfield Farmers Market – Downtown Springfield, Joplin Farmers Market in Joplin, Mo., 10th Street Farmers Market in Lamar, Mo., Lebanon Farmers Market in Lebanon, Mo., Marshfield Farmers Market in Marshfield, Mo., Monett Farmers Market in Monett, Mo., Mountain Grove Farmers Market in Mountain Grove, Mo., Neosho Farmers Market in Neosho, Mo, Webb City Farmers Market in Webb City, Mo., and West Plains Farmers Market in West Plains, Mo.

Find Lane and The Market Lady Video Crew at farmers markets across the Ozarks presenting cooking demonstrations, interviewing local food producers about their farming practices and talking with consumers about seasonal produce and other farm fresh products.  Learn more at themarketlady.com or find videos and recipes on The Market Lady Blog at themarketladyblog.com or follow The Market Lady on Facebook.

The Market Lady is funded through a Specialty Crop Block Grant through the Missouri Department of Agriculture and filmed through partnership with Missouri State University’s William H. Darr Agricultural Center. The Market Lady mission is to engage southwest Missouri consumers to buy local food via their local farmers markets and encourages healthy eating habits. The project helps consumers learn about healthy eating, provides fresh recipe ideas and aids in linking consumers with local farmers.

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Have you heard the news?

Slow Food of Southwest Missouri is celebrating “Local Week,” this Friday with their first Farm to Table dinner of the year, followed by Movies at the Moxie. What better way to spend a Friday night, right?

There  is a spring dinner featuring local producers Real Farm Foods, OOVDA Winery and Suncrest Farm. Tickets for the farm to table dinner can be purchased at Homegrown Foods and Pickwick House, 611 S. Pickwick and tickets are $40 per person or $15 for children 12 and younger. 

The group is also highlighting local restaurants that serve locally sourced foods like the Farmer’s Gastropub, Tea Bar & Bites and Mama Jean’s Deli.

If you want to learn more call 417-827-4207.

Dinner from local farms, local drinks and a movie – sound like a great date night!

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