It's time for farmers markets, with some in Oklahoma opening as early as this weekend

Norman Farmers Market opens Saturday, and the Edmond Farmers Market starts next week. Additionally, the year-round OSU-OKC Farmers Market in Oklahoma City has extended its hours.
by Jennifer Palmer Modified: April 5, 2013 at 9:44 pm •  Published: April 6, 2013

“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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by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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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.

To find more, go to www.okgrown.com/markets.

Oklahoma weather can make specialty crop production challenging at times. As we get into warmer weather, we'll get more of those favorites.”

Blayne Arthur,
Spokeswoman for the state Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

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