NORMAN — For 33 years, Norman residents seeking the freshest fruits and vegetables have headed to the Norman Farm Market.
Held at Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E Robinson, the market offers quite a wide array of seasonal produce including a large selection of Oklahoman-grown goods.
The Norman Farm Market originated as a way for Oklahoma farmers to sell their excess harvest. At the peak of the growing season, the market houses more than 60 booths. Even the fairgrounds parking lot is occupied by vendors selling corn and watermelon in such quantities that the farmers don't waste time unloading, but sell straight from their trucks.
Wanda Danley, administrative secretary of the Cleveland County Fair Board, said the largest draw is the quality of the produce.
“If you go to the store, even if it's not a big chain market, and buy a tomato, it tastes different because it was picked green and ripened,” she said. “The majority of the vendors at the Norman Farm Market will go out and pick their produce the night before.”
Colored tags on the booths indicate what type of produce it is. A green tag means the product is homegrown by the vendor, and a light green tag means it was grown in-state. White tags mean the produce came from a farm outside of Oklahoma.
The Norman Farm Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Saturdays from April through October.