By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2014
Rose District Farmers Market Coordinator Judy Prieto is excited about the Broken Arrow market’s new name and exciting new activities slated for 2014.
This marks the sixth year for the Farmers Market in Broken Arrow, and it now has a new name. Located in the newly renovated heart of town, the Rose District Farmers Market of Broken Arrow is open each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, April through mid-October. The market offers Oklahoma-grown plants, fresh produce, baked goods, prepared foods and much more. The setting is next door to the Broken Arrow Historical Society Museum and offers an inviting destination for the entire family.
Judy Prieto is the Farmers Market coordinator for the City of Broken Arrow and began duties last July. Judy is from New York and says, “Going to the farmers market was a big part of my growing up and has always been a fond memory for me.”
When you visit the Rose District Farmers Market, you will find enticing produce, Amish bread, multiple varieties of plants, pickled vegetables and much, much more. You’ll also find several vendors who feature special varieties of spinach that you won’t see at the grocery store. “We’re adding three new activities to the market this year, including a Kids Corner, a live-music element each week, and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program),” said Judy. “The Farmers Market vendor count is steadily growing. The City expects the newly associated name to help participating farmer vendors and other businesses in the Rose District by increasing foot traffic downtown through great variation in our vendors’ products.”
The Kids Corner will be presented under the small pavilion from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. each Saturday by local non-profit organizations. Participants will include 4-H, Salvation Army, Head Start, Broken Arrow Autism, Spot for Kids, and the Laura Dester Shelter. Judy says there are still some spots open for Broken Arrow non-profits who would like to get involved. If interested, please email her at eat0@eau0eav0eaw0 to receive guidelines.
SNAP serves as a first line of defense against hunger by enabling low-income families to buy nutritious food with Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. EBT cards are recognized in authorized retail food stores where families may spend their benefits to buy food. There are currently three vendors at the Rose District Farmers Market who are in the approval process to accept SNAP. They are expected to be approved by the middle of June. “We anticipate many more vendors to come on board in the future,” says Judy. “This program ensures that high-quality local food will be made available to all area residents.”
All products sold at the Rose District Farmers Market are 100 percent Oklahoma grown or made, and all vendors must abide by the guidelines of ODAFF (Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry).If you are interested in becoming a vendor, the first step is to become familiar with the 2014 guidelines. Email eat0@eau0eav0eaw0 along with two photos or a list of produce to receive a set of guidelines. There is no online application, as all vendors are preapproved.
“Like us on Facebook to receive real-time posts of current market offerings each Saturday morning,” says Judy. “We look forward to seeing you and your family at the market each Saturday.”
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Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.
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