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Farmers Market Celebrates Kids Fest on July 25

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294c1292-0448-41eb-8e73-cf365f9a2237SPRINGFIELD, MO. –  This weekend at Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO), it’s all about the kids. If you’re a big sprout, bring your little sprouts to market from 8-1 on Saturday, July 25, for the market’s Kids Fest Event. With tons of berries, melons, sweet corn, and other delicious produce, it is the perfect opportunity for the entire family to join FMO for a day full of healthy, local fun.

“FMO is all about promoting a healthy, local lifestyle for all ages, and we especially want to help children get a great start,” says Market Manager Klaire Howerton.

The market has an entire day of kid-approved fun, including cooling off from the hot summer sun with a run through the pop-up fountains or maybe even taking in the FMO Dog Show.

FMO has assembled a Kid’s Zone in the plaza area that will be centered on family fun for all ages.  Little ones can enjoy balloons from our clown friend Garland, sample healthy snacks from Mama Jean’s Market, and even make a fun craft with the Girl Scouts of the Heartland.famers_market_of_the_ozarks_logo_02

Other kid-friendly highlights include a Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition gardening center and an informational booth about the Dickerson Park Zoo.  Plus, catch a dog show and agility demonstration from our four-legged friends at Springfield Side Kick Dog Training.

Market-fresh picks for the kids include fresh-squeezed lemonade, fresh blueberries from our farmers, honey donuts, tons of concessionaire foods made with local products, kid-inspired jewelry, henna tattooing, and much more.

With face painting, balloon art, a marketplace full of kid-friendly activities and a bountiful array of locally grown products, this weekend offers something special for every member of the family. Music from Goat Milk Honey will fill the marketplace from 9:30-12:30. Learn more online at loveyourfarmer.com about Kid Fest.

Farmers Market of the Ozarks is a non-profit organization that offers consumers a full-range of locally grown farm products from a 150-mile radius of Springfield. Items include vegetables, fruits, pasta, meat, jams, jellies, salsa, eggs, cheeses, yogurt, baked goods, honey, artisan crafts and an assortment of concessions.

Farmers Market of the Ozarks contributes to the success of local food  growers and producers, strengthens the local food economy and serves as a community gathering place for the Ozarks region. The market accepts SNAP, credit and debit card transactions. For more go online to LoveYourFarmer.com, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @FMOzarks.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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