“We did get some welcome rain this week and more to come, that's really going to help,” said producer Wayne Whitmore, who grows asparagus, tomatoes, squash, sweet corn and melons at his farm in Coyle. He said his crops have been a little slow to peek from the soil this year, but production should pick up soon.
He's been selling at farmers markets for more than 25 years and says shoppers' appetites for locally grown produce have been steadily increasing, although foot traffic slowed last year in the hottest part of the summer.
Whitmore is a vendor in Stillwater, Edmond and at the Agriculture Department, which hosts a weekly farmers market on Tuesdays in its front parking lot at 2800 N Lincoln Blvd.
The department also operates a website, www.okgrown.com, to help consumers locate farmers markets in their area.
The website also indicates which farmers markets are 100 percent Oklahoma-grown, which is important to some people, Arthur said.
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Metro area farmers markets
• OSU-OKC: Saturdays year-round. Hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting Saturday. A weekly Wednesday market begins May 15. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Site: OSU-OKC Horticulture Pavilion, 400 N Portland.
• Norman: Opens Saturday. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and Wednesdays. Site: Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E Robinson.
• Moore: Starts May 23. Hours are 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Aug. 31. Site: 301 S Howard.
• Edmond: Opens April 13. Hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through October; Wednesday market runs 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 5 through Aug. 14. Site: Festival Market Place, 26 W First.
Oklahoma weather can make specialty crop production challenging at times. As we get into warmer weather, we'll get more of those favorites.”
Spokeswoman for the state Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry