By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2011
Organic greens are one of the many healthy finds at Claremore Farmers’ Market.
The Claremore Farmers’ Market is located at 400 Veterans Parkway and held every Wednesday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon. From now until the first frost, usually around the beginning of November, residents can enjoy fresh, locally-grown vegetables and fruits from area farmers.
According to Ken Steele, manager of the Claremore Farmers’ Market, popular items in season for August include watermelons, cantaloupes, peaches, apples, tomatoes, corn and okra. “Everybody loves okra! When I moved here ten years ago, it was obvious that Oklahomans love their okra. It’s definitely one of our biggest sellers.”
During the months of September and October, fall veggies will arrive: green beans, turnips, potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash and more.
Visit the market and you’ll also find berries, farm-fresh eggs, goat’s milk, assorted greens, and a selection of annual and perennial bedding plants.
Buying your produce from a farmers’ market makes sense in more ways than one. It’s an environmentally friendly practice, the prices are comparable to – and often less than – the grocery store, and it’s a fun activity to enjoy with the family. Most importantly, though, is the superior quality of the products. “More and more people want homegrown fruits and vegetables because they taste so much better,” says Ken. “Also, you can talk to the people growing your produce. The farmers eat from the same crop they are selling at the market, so you can really trust that what you’re buying is high quality.”
Another benefit of shopping the Claremore Farmers’ Market is the size of the market. It got its start eight years ago with only three vendors, and has become bigger and more popular each year. Today, the market has 25 or more vendors each time – offering plenty of choices, but small enough for customers to get to know the growers. “Our farmers are really able to develop a relationship with their customers,” says Ken.
The Claremore Farmers’ Market is held every Wednesday and Saturday on the northeast corner of the Claremore Expo Center parking lot from 7 a.m. to when items sell out, typically by noon. Come out, socialize, exchange recipes and gardening tips, and purchase high quality fruits and vegetables from Rogers County farmers. Shoppers are encouraged to arrive early for the best selection.
For more information, visit www.localharvest.org/claremore-farmers-market-M21133 or find Claremore Farmers’ Market on Facebook.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.