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Local produce is a precious commodity in Oklahoma

Sherrel Jones talks local food and local Oklahoma flavor.
BY SHERREL JONES sjones@justdelish.com Modified: April 16, 2013 at 4:15 pm •  Published: April 17, 2013
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I tried his method for braising greens with delicious and healthy results. I added just a tiny sprinkle of kosher salt before chowing on them. The spinach was wonderful and great raw or cooked. My favorite is mixed green salad with some sweet-seasoned pecans from Valley View Pecan Co. and a white balsamic vinaigrette.

I love a little side or two of toast with fresh broiled goat cheese. Waving Wheat Bakery's whole-wheat bread is sliced, toasted and cut in triangles and topped with fresh Canyon Ridge Farms Goat Cheese. Both the bread and the cheese are made right here in Oklahoma. I found the hearty loaf of bread at the Urban Agrarian as well as the goat cheese. Lovera's Grocery in Krebs also is making goat cheese and has one embedded with cranberries. Canyon Ridge Farms operates out of Welling.

If you want to meet some Oklahoma producers, head out to your local farmers market. I have had the pleasure of getting acquainted with a number of them at the OSU-OKC Farmers Market over the years. Several of them offer Community Supported Agriculture arrangements to their growing customer base, making farm-fresh Oklahoma produce even more available.

A recent article spoke about Oklahoma in the future. I see Oklahoma's food future growing with even more farmers markets across the state. I see more Oklahoma consumers searching out locally grown and produced foods. I see more events like the coming Earth Day Spring Fest in the Farmers Market District set for Sunday — bringing food, farming and families together. The event is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with games and crafts, farmers market, vendor booths, local bands and a friendship plant and seed exchange.

Oklahoma food can be a community builder, and like the folks at Made in Oklahoma say, Oklahoma food is good for Oklahoma, and it's good for you.