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"Soup-Off" Event at Farmers Market of the Ozarks Encourages Soup Tasters to 'Think Outside the Can'

The event will raise money for Harvest on Wheels, a local non-profit food donation program
a Hearty Bowl of Soup
Patrons can sample hearty bowls of soup this Saturday at Farmers Market of the Ozarks/credit: Deborah Mele

It’s getting colder in the Ozarks, a sign that winter weather is in full swing. A common remedy to the frigid temperatures is hot soup. This Saturday, at Farmers Market of the Ozarks, the first annual “Soup-Off” event allows patrons to taste locally prepared soups and donate money to help combat hunger. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe has this report.

The “Soup-Off” event will help raise funds for Harvest On Wheels. Every week at the market, the local volunteer organization collects food donated by vendors and then transports that food to area hunger relief agencies.

Lane McConnell is the market manager.

“We’ll have entry soups in two different categories. One is a ‘vendor member’ category, and the other is our ‘chefs in restaurants’ category. We’ll have about twenty soups to taste and sample.

We’ll have a soup line set up, and folks can come and drop loose change and money into the jars to help pick their favorite soup of the event,” McConnell said.

McConnell says all the money in those jars will be donated to Harvest On Wheels.

Chefs from area restaurants, such as Farmer’s Gastropub, Aviary Café and Creperie, and the Hilton Garden Inn will prepare soups of all kinds of varieties. McConnell says patrons can expect to taste a Blue She-Crab soup, lavender infused mushroom soup, roasted butternut squash soup with Italian sausage and whole grain rice, and seafood gumbo prepared by a chef from Big Pop’s Louisiana Seafood. Recipes will be available for tasters looking to test their soup cooking chops at home.

The event is free and kicks off at 9 a.m., with the winning soups announced at 12:30 p.m. The event will also feature live music from the Springfield Chamber Chorus and the Forsyth High School Select Choir. Farmers Market of the Ozarks is located off Republic road and Highway 60 in Springfield. Click on the links above for more information about the event.

For KSMU News, I’m Samuel Crowe.