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The Market Lady, Lane McConnell and Video Producer, Kelsie Young are headed to Lebanon on June 25

The Market Lady, Lane McConnell, will visit the Lebanon Farmers Market on Saturday, June 25.  The Market Lady and video crew will begin at 8:30 a.m., with two cooking demonstrations incorporating products from the market.

“We are all excited about The Market Lady coming to town,” said Kate Bolden, Market Manager.  “Incorporating fresh products from the market is simple and she will demonstrate recipes to show just how easy it is to shop locally.”

One recipe The Market Lady will be preparing at the market is a salad incorporating market products.  Below find the recipe for printing in your publication.

Be sure and come out the Lebanon Farmers Market, located right off Highway 5 in downtown Lebanon on Saturday, June 25.

 

 

Zucchini Salad
1 medium lemon
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
¼ cup fresh basil, chiffonade
2 pounds small zucchini, cut into lengthwise slices about 1/2 inch thick
1/2 cup toasted almonds
1/3 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove the peel from lemon with a vegetable peeler, making sure not to include any white pith. (Reserve the lemon.) Cut the peel into thin slivers. Add to the boiling water and cook until soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool.

Squeeze the juice from the lemon into a small bowl. Add oil, pepper and salt and whisk to combine. Set aside.

Preheat grill to medium-high or place a grill pan over medium-high heat until hot. Grill zucchini slices, turning once, until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Arrange the zucchini on a platter and drizzle with the reserved lemon dressing. Serve sprinkled with almonds, cheese, basil and the lemon peel.

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The Market Lady, Lane McConnell, will visit the Marshfield Farmers Market in Marshfield, Mo., on Friday, June 10.  The Market Lady and video crew will begin at 3:30 p.m., with one cooking demonstration incorporating products from the market and will be interviewing producers and consumers for various other segments.

“We are happy to host The Market Lady to our community farmers market,” said Sue DeWitt, Marshfield Farmers Market Manager,  “She will be using local products from our market vendors and be onsite to answer questions from consumers.  We invite the community to come out and join in the event.”

The Market Lady will be preparing at the market is a.  Below find the recipe for printing in your publication.  Be sure and come out the Marshfield Farmers Market, 1331 Spur Drive in the Orscheln parking lot, on June 10 to meet the Market Lady.

Grilled Market Kabobs
1 pound farm-raised beef, chicken or shrimp
3 medium size Vidalia Onions, quartered
1 zucchini squash, sliced
1 yellow squash, sliced
2 medium size green or red peppers, cut into pieces
6 cherry tomatoes

Sauce Ingredients:
1/4 cup diced onions
1 tsp. salt
2/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. thyme
2 T. olive oil
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1 T. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. pepper

Slice beef or chicken into bite-size pieces. If using shrimp; peel, leaving tails intact. Place beef, chicken or shrimp in shallow dish, Pour marinade over and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.

Remove beef, chicken or shrimp from marinade, reserve. Place all vegetables and meat on skewers with alternating colors.

Grill, beef for 12-15 minutes, chicken for 15-20 minutes or shrimp for 6-8 minutes. Turn and baste kabobs frequently with reserved marinade. Serve on a bed of rice.

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The Market Lady, Lane McConnell, will visit the Lamar Farmers Market in Lamar, Mo., on Wednesday, June 8.  The Market Lady and video crew will begin at 3:30 p.m., with one cooking demonstration incorporating products from the market and will be interviewing producers and consumers for various other segments.

“It’s going to be an exciting day at the market,” said Janet Dermott the Lamar Farmers Market Manager.  “The Market Lady will be cooking two fresh from the market recipes to show the community how easy it is to shop locally at our market.  Come out and join us on June 8.”

One recipe The Market Lady will be preparing at the market is a Farm Salad with Feta Cheese.  Below find the recipe for printing in your publication.  Be sure and come out the Lamar Farmers Market on June 8 to meet the Market Lady.

Farm Salad with Feta
3 small cucumbers, sliced
2 -3 medium tomatoes, cut in chunks
1 medium red onion, sliced
1 green pepper, sliced in rings
1/4 c. oil
1/4 c. vinegar
2 tbsp. sugar
Dash of pepper
1/2 cup feta cheese or goat cheese, optional
1/2 tsp. basil
1 tsp. garlic, minced

Combine all ingredients and chill. Serve cold.

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Wonder what to do with broccoli- Grill It

The Market Lady, Lane McConnell, will visit the Greater Polk County Farmers Market in Bolivar, Mo., on Tuesday, June 7. The Market Lady and video crew will begin at 3:30 p.m., with two cooking demonstrations incorporating products from the market and will be interviewing producers and consumers for various other segments.

“The market is ready for The Market Lady’s visit to Bolivar,” said Jim Gulick, The Greater Polk County Farmers Market Manager. “Lane will be there to provide consumers with cooking ideas and available to talk with press about Missouri local foods and the project. We hope everyone will come out next week to learn about cooking locally.”

One recipe The Market Lady will be preparing at the market is Grilled Up Broccoli. Below find the recipe for printing in your publication. Be sure and come out the Greater Polk County Farmers Market on June 7 to meet the Market Lady. Learn more about the market on Facebook.

Grilled Up Broccoli
6 cups fresh broccoli spears
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ teaspoon of lemon zest
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon minced garlic
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Combine the oil, salt, pepper, garlic and lemon juice and zest and drizzle over the broccoli. Toss the broccoli in the mixture. Grill broccoli over indirect heat for 9 minutes on each side until tender, but still a little crisp. Plate the broccoli and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

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The Market Lady is cooking up bacon for a wilted salad at the C-Street Farmers Market. Photos by: Colette Studios

Recent Press Release:  The Market Lady, Lane (Baldwin) McConnell, will visit the Mtn. Grove Farmers Market in Mtn. Grove, Mo., on Saturday, June 4.  The Market Lady and video crew will begin at 8:30 a.m., with two cooking demonstrations incorporating products from the market and will be interviewing producers and consumers for various other segments.

“We are so excited about The Market Lady visiting the Mtn. Grove Farmers Market,” said Mtn. Grove Farmers Market Manager Wayne Simpson. “Lane has some very special recipes she will be sharing during her visit to the market to help consumers understand where their food comes from.  Plus, she will discuss the ease of shopping at our local farmers market and the importance of supporting our local economy here in the area.”

One recipe The Market Lady will be preparing at the market is Pound Cake with Fresh Strawberry Sauce.  Below find the recipe for printing in your publication.  Be sure and come out the Mtn. Grove Farmers Market on June 4 to meet The Market Lady and join the market event on the square in Mtn. Grove.

Pound Cake with Strawberry Sauce
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pan
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
6 large farm eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan; set aside. Whisk flour and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

Put butter, granulated sugar and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer and mix until batter is fluffy, about 5 minutes.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined after each addition. Reduce speed to low; mix in flour mixture until just combined.

Spoon batter into prepared pan, and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until cake is golden and a cake tester inserted into center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes. Turn out onto rack, and let cool completely. Slice and drizzle with fresh berry sauce and a spoonful of whipped cream.

Fresh Strawberry Sauce
1 1/2 cups (Strawberries, Blueberries or Blackberries)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 lemon, zested and juiced
¼ tsp. vanilla

Cook over medium-high heat until reduced and thickened.

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Vidalia Onions

The Market Lady, Lane McConnell, will visit the Fair Grove Farmers Market in Fair Grove, Mo., on Wednesday, May 18.  The Market Lady and video crew will begin at 3:30 p.m., with two cooking demonstrations incorporating products from the market.

“Our market is so excited about The Market Lady visiting this week,” said Fair Grove Farmers Market Manager Debra VanBenthusen. “Eating fresh from the market is simple and healthy and The Market Lady will be cooking two delicious meals at the market to show consumers ways to incorporate fresh products from the market.”

One recipe The Market Lady will be preparing at the market is a Grilled Vidalia Onion & Tomato Dip.  Below find the recipe for printing in your publication.

Be sure and come out the Fair Grove Farmers Market, located just off Highway 65 in Fair Grove, Mo., from 3:30 p.m.

Grilled Vidalia Onion & Tomato Dip
6 ripe Roma Tomatoes
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt, to taste
1 large Vidalia onion
1 cup sour cream
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 cup finely shredded fresh basil leaves
Dash hot pepper sauce, to taste

Cut tomatoes in half lengthwise. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle the cut sides lightly with salt. Peel the onion and cut into 4 or 5 thick lengthwise slices. Brush with olive oil. Grill vegetables on a hot grill until tomatoes are cooked and soften slightly. Turn only once. Grill onion slices until lightly browned on the edges, but still crisp-tender. Remove and cool.

Slide tomato skins off. Chop tomatoes and onions and blend together. Wisk together sour cream, cream cheese and mayonnaise. Fold in vegetable mixture along with the basil. Season to taste with hot pepper sauce. May be served immediately or cover and chilled until ready to serve.

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The Market Lady, Lane McConnell, will visit the Cabool Farmers Market in Cabool, Mo., on Wednesday, May 18.  The Market Lady and video crew will begin at 11:15 a.m., with two cooking demonstrations incorporating products from the market and will be interviewing producers and consumers for various other segments.

“We are so excited that The Market Lady will be visiting the Cabool Area Farmers Market,” said Cabool Farmers Market Manager Deb French. “People want to try new dishes but don’t know how to fix it. The Market Lady is a great way to let people know all the different ways to prepare fresh fruits and vegetables.”

One recipe The Market Lady will be preparing at the market is Strawberry Soup.  Below find one of the recipes The Market Lady will be preparing.

Be sure and come out the Cabool Farmers Market on May 18 to meet The Market Lady and join the market event in downtown Cabool.

Market Strawberry Soup
1 1/2 pounds fresh or frozen strawberries
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1 pint cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Blend strawberries in blender until smooth. Slowly add vanilla yogurt and keep blending. Pour strawberry mixture into large bowl. Add cream and vanilla and stir until blended.

Chill in fridge for at least 1 hour. Before serving garnish with a fresh strawberry or a mint leave. Serve in soup bowls.

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The Market Lady will visit the C-Street Farmers Market in Springfield, Mo., on Saturday, May 14.  The Market Lady and video crew will begin at 11:30 a.m., with a cooking demo incorporating products from the market and will be interviewing producers and consumers until 1 p.m.  The Market Lady will also be providing selection and storage tips of spring greens that can be found at the market.

“We’re proud to host the Market Lady at our C-Street Market, ‘the sweetest little market in town.’ Commercial Club is working to make our market more social and engaging both for our guests and our vendors.  The Market Lady is an exciting step in that direction,” said Mary Collette, market committee, Commercial Club of Springfield.

One recipe The Market Lady will be preparing at the market is a Wilted Spinach Market Salad.  Below find the recipe for printing in your publication.  Be sure and come out the C-Street Market on May 14 to meet The Market Lady and join in the downtown celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Historic Commercial Street at Jefferson Ave Footbridge. At 10am, C-Street Market vendors will be joined with live music, street-wide sidewalk sale, fun kids activities and a preview of the current exhibition “Commercial Street: The Jewel of the Moon City” by the Springfield Greene County History Museum.  Live music begins on the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge Stage at 10am with Live Oak, followed by Jah Kings at 11am, Maple & Volz at Noon and The Seed at 1pm.

Wilted Spinach Market Salad
From The Market Lady

10 to 12 ounces fresh spinach, washed and torn into bit-size pieces
1/4 cup minced onion
5 to 6 radishes, thinly sliced
2 hard-cooked eggs, 1 chopped, 1 sliced
2 to 4 slices bacon
1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons bacon drippings
1 1/2 tbsp. sugar
3 tbsp. vinegar
1 tbsp. water
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
3 oz. feta cheese or crumbled goat cheese
2 tomatoes, chopped

Place prepared spinach in a large bowl. Add onions and radishes. Refrigerate, tightly covered. Fry or microwave bacon until crisp; remove to paper towel and set aside. In a small jar or measuring cup combine drippings with sugar, vinegar, water, salt and pepper. Refrigerate all ingredients until just before serving. When ready to serve bring mixture to a boil. Toss the chopped egg with the greens then pour the hot dressing over greens mixture; toss again lightly. Top with sliced egg, feta cheese, chopped tomatoes and crumbled bacon.

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Press Release:
The Market Lady project kicks-off filming on Friday, May 6, 2011, at the Webb City Farmers Market in Webb City, Mo.  The Market Lady and video crew will begin at 11:00 a.m., with a baby food cooking demo using fresh produce from the market, followed by interviews with market customers, shopping tips for market visitors and end the day with a two final cooking demos incorporating various market products.

“We’re excited about The Market Lady coming to Webb City.  So often folks want to add fresh produce to their diets and that of their family but don’t know how to prepare it.  Eating fresh doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming and the health benefits, both to your family and to your community, are important,” said Eileen Nichols, Webb City Farmers Market Master. “Those of us raised on boxed, canned and frozen foods – or fast foods – can be intimidated by the market tables loaded with fresh produce.  But it’s easy to go from farm to table and The Market Lady will show us how.”

One recipe The Market Lady will be preparing at the market is a homemade baby food to teach mothers how easy it is to feed their baby locally grown specialty crops from their local farmers market.  Below find one of the recipes that will be demonstrated on May 6 at the market.

Baby’s Asparagus Medley
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 bunch asparagus
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon marjoram or oregano

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat; add onion and sauté until tender. Add asparagus, garlic, chicken broth and marjoram; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until asparagus is tender. Remove from heat; purée in batches in a blender. Heat through to serve.

NOTE: We will post more recipes this week that The Market Lady will be cooking at the market on Friday…stay tuned!

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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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