Well, it is that time of year again, when Oklahoma gardens begin to produce those luscious, local fruits and vegetables. I just had to hop down to the Pott County Farmer’s Co-op Market at the intersection of  U.S. 177 and Hardesty Road. The big deal this year, according to market manager Valerie Scott, is that virtually everything you find at the market is Oklahoma grown.


Well, it is that time of year again, when Oklahoma gardens begin to produce those luscious, local fruits and vegetables. I just had to hop down to the Pott County Farmer’s Co-op Market at the intersection of  U.S. 177 and Hardesty Road. The big deal this year, according to market manager Valerie Scott, is that virtually everything you find at the market is Oklahoma grown. That has not always been the case in past years. The market is open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, and as spring continues and summer nears, there will be more and more available, from edible items, sides of beef, bedding plants, candles, lotions and potions. There will even be a karaoke singer now and then for your entertainment, and on Wednesdays, the OSU extension will conduct classes.
But that is not all. For those of you who live and shop in downtown Shawnee, the Shawnee Community Market Place has several vendors. Hopefully, this market will continue to grow and will offer fresh produce to folks who cannot get to the Pott. County Market.
It is located at the old market site south of Main Street and east of Bell and is open on Saturdays.
But that is not all. Remember the Oklahoma Food Co-op, a model program that continues to grow each year. Oklahoma producers of everything from salad greens to salsa, candles to corn participate. All you have to do is pay a one-time membership fee of $50 and then you can go online to see a large array of products.
You select the items you want and they are delivered the fourth Thursday of each month to Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 501 N. Broadway in Shawnee. You pay at the time of delivery. The Web site is www.oklahomafood.coop.org. Check it out folks! It is a fun way to buy local, buy fresh and gives you another option to bring healthy products into your kitchen and to support Oklahoma producers.
Bon Appetit. My food is free...gotta go catch flies!