Ozark Area Farmers Marke

The Ozark Area Farmers Market was previously held on Thursday evenings at the OC.

The Ozark Farmers Market is relocating to what is anticipated to be one of Ozark’s top attractions.

The farmers market announced a move to the Ozark Mill at Finley Farms for its 2019 season, placing the weekly event on the Finley River near Bass Pro Shops’ redeveloped site of the historic Ozark Mill. The market will open its 13th season at the Finley Farms site Thursday, May 2, and be open every Thursday from 3-7 p.m. through September. 

The farmers market will be reportedly be located just off State Route NN near the entrance of the new Finley Farms development, near what was formerly Wheeler Gardens on McCracken Road.

The Ozark Farmers Market celebrates locally-grown produce, homemade artisanal crafts and goods from dozens of vendors from across the region. The Market is family-friendly and dog-friendly with live music from and food trucks from in and around Christian County. The seasonal selection of local and homemade products includes fresh produce, seasonal fruits, fresh baked goods, grass-fed beef, an on-site fish monger, chocolates, pickles, jams, jellies, salsas, artisanal cheeses, eggs, nuts, local honey, gourmet pet foods, crafts and art.

“We believe in the value of local food, and the importance of gathering spaces like farmers markets to strengthen a community,” said Megan Morris, daughter of Bass Pro Shops founder and Ozarks native Johnny Morris. “The Ozark Farmers Market is a proud community tradition that we think will reach great new heights as part of the Finley Farms experience.”

The 40-acre mixed use Finley Farms development got the green light Dec. 3, 2018 from the Ozark Board of Aldermen. Finley Farms is owned by Ozark Mill, LLC.

The development plan calls for a restaurant, a speakeasy-style bar, agricultural farm development, river access and nature trails and a multi-purpose building that can house educational classes and seminars.

The mill has been in Ozark since the town was settled in the 1830s. It became known as Hoover’s Mill. Bass Pro Shops also announced plans to relocate the historic Riverside Bridge from its current location to the Ozark Mill site.

According to a press release, the farmers market’s move to Finley Farms was “inspired in part by community feedback collected by the newly formed Historic River District, a community-led not-for-profit established to guide revitalization work downtown Ozark.” 

“We have worked closely with the Historic River District when considering the future of the Ozark Farmers Market and are extremely pleased to bring our farmers market to Finley Farms and back into the heart of our Downtown community,” said Katherine Dowdy, co-founder and treasurer of the Ozark Farmers Market. “Guests will enjoy our proximity to the Finley River and park, as well as the city’s walking trails. It’s the ideal setting to showcase the locally grown foods and artisanal products of our vendors.” 

For weekly updates on available products and new offerings, like Ozark Farmers Market on Facebook. To contact the Ozark Farmers Market, call (417) 581-4715 or email ozarkfarmersmarket@gmail.com

The Ozark Farmers Market will be situated near The Workshop at Finley Farms, a former industrial garage being restored to become a venue for culinary, crafts and gardening workshops. Meanwhile, interior restoration efforts are set to begin on the Ozark Mill at Finley Farms following completion of extensive preventative maintenance work to its foundation to prevent further flood damage. The landmark is going through a major revitalization to restore the structure back into a role as community gathering place. 

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