Scars and Stripes Coffee among fall vendors at Arcadia Farmers Market

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ARCADIA — Scars and Stripes Coffee “is not about the coffee so much as it’s about the veterans,” says Ed Mosier, a squad leader for the Oklahoma City-based company.

“When veterans leave the military, they miss being part of a team, that sense of purpose,” says Mosier, a Navy veteran who lives near McLoud.

Chad Watts and Lt. Col. Brad Dean, of the Army National Guard, founded the company two years ago because “they wanted to do more to empower veterans when they came home,” Mosier said. The premium coffee products are sold only by military veterans, and the company has about 400 sales personnel in 38 states.

Scars and Stripes Coffee is among the vendors that will be on hand for the Saturday fall market day at Arcadia Farmers Market. The market will be from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Division Street and historic Route 66.

Autumn produce, farm-fresh milk, meat and eggs, and decorative items for the fall and winter holiday seasons will be offered during the market. Another fall market day is planned for Oct. 24.

Scars and Stripes sells organically grown, handpicked Brazilian dark roast and Guatemalan medium roast, which is washed by hand, roasted and packaged in Oklahoma City. The veterans are independent representatives who sell at such events as festivals, gun shows and farmers markets, and also through social media and the website scarsandstripescoffee.com.

The company has a military rank structure with squad leaders, and many join the company when they are newly released from the armed services, Mosier said.

Mosier has a hobby farm and sells goat milk and chicken eggs. His wife, Tamatha, who is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy, makes goat milk soap called Mishaps and Miracles, which she sells at the farmers market.

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