“On Market Day, Market Day, folks are out to work and play! On Market Day, Market Day, hooray for Market Day!”
I absolutely, completely, 110% LOVE farmers markets. That Raffi song quoted above plays on the daily in our house. I grew up listening to Raffi. Seriously, look him up.
Not only do I love fresh fruits and vegetables, but I also love being able to support local farmers – families whose job it is to grow and provide food for others. Getting to meet the person who grew your food is pretty awesome. You could argue there’s no job more important than farming, but you could also argue it’s one of the more difficult paths to choose, especially in today’s economic climate.
So it’s more important now than ever to support our local farmers! I’ve rounded up my top favorite farmer’s markets in the OKC metro area. Please consider giving them your support this spring/summer!
Paseo Farmers Market opens Saturday, April 27 at SixTwelve, 612 NW 29th Street in the Paseo Arts District. The market offers a selection of locally grown produce, locally raised, pastured meats and eggs, handcrafted baked goods, crafts and more.
The location, SixTwelve, provides opportunities for people both young and old to learn skills in the arts, music, cooking, gardening and sustainable local living. The space sports a cooperative garden, a soon-to-be commercial kitchen, a gallery, an outdoor performance stage, and four flexible classrooms. They actually offer a Young School Pre-K program three days a week, which is awesome!
Every Saturday morning SixTwelve hosts Community Coffee Talk from 8 – 9 a.m. where you can enjoy free locally roasted coffee and conversation. The market accepts SNAP and Senior Citizen benefits.
On opening day, there will be a SixTwelve Fundraising Cake Walk in the morning and a Community Trash-Free Potluck and Free Plant & Seed Exchange in the afternoon.
The OSU-OKC Farmers Market is open ALL YEAR LONG! They have seasonal items throughout the year, which is so cool.
Since 1988, the Edmond Farmer’s Market has been a destination for Oklahoma’s freshest produce and manufactured food items. It’s located downtown, so it’s the perfect shopping spot for residents, office workers, and visitors. There are also flower and gardening vendors, and a full calendar of events. It’s also offered on Saturdays AND Wednesdays, so you have two options to choose from!
Bonus: If your kiddo is into trains, this market is close to the tracks, so you might actually get to see a train up-close and personal. My nephew LOVED it.
OK, this isn’t “technically” a farmers market, but it’s basically a grocery store version of a farmers market, so if the markets above conflict with weekend plans or nap times, you can check out Urban Agrarian for local produce, meats, dairy, pasta, baked goods, preserved foods and more. You can shop online for pickup, at the original storefront in the Historic Farmers Market District, or their new location in downtown Edmond. Lots of what you might find at the farmer’s markets above, you can get at UA, but with extended hours.
The Norman Farm Market opens April 6 at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds. It began in 1980 and is the longest-running farm market in Oklahoma, now in its 40th season! It was named one of the top 20 medium-level farmers markets in the nation in 2012. Not too shabby, Norman! I have to admit, as an OU graduate, I have a soft spot for Norman and will make it a goal of mine to visit this market this spring and check out what they have to offer!