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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Local shops offer bevy of fresh produce

  • Bright sunlight plays off the flowers at the edge of the Farmers Market, making it look all the more inviting. Locals bag juicy red tomatoes and crisp green cucumbers to take home to their families.
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  • Bright sunlight plays off the flowers at the edge of the Farmers Market, making it look all the more inviting. Locals bag juicy red tomatoes and crisp green cucumbers to take home to their families.
    "I know who grows [the produce]," said Becky Maylen of Shawnee as she picked out her vegetables. "That's why I like it."
    The Pottawatomie County Farmers Market, located at Highway 177 and Hardesty Road, is open April-October, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Although people may want fresh produce, they may not have the time, space, or knowledge to grow their own. Sonya McDaniel of Shawnee uses produce from the market to make something different every week and pass out samples to shoppers. It is nice for people to be able to ask questions about the produce they are buying, McDaniel said.
    Not only can shoppers find fresh produce, but a variety of other products as well.
    Wayne Mortimore, of Tecumseh, sells hand pumps and hopes to expand to solar powered stations. On his table at the market are lines of organic hand scrubs made by his wife. Mortimore said she wanted to keep her family away from the harsh chemicals in many scrubs.
    Mortimore said he likes the family friendly atmosphere at the Farmers Market. "I can bring my two and three year olds here and not worry," he said.
    Ann Ross of Shawnee grows some of her own produce, but still comes to the Farmers Market for the rest. She likes that it is fresh and healthy, and that it is all locally grown.
    The Farmers Market is only one of several places to buy fresh produce and other specialty items in Shawnee.
    Harvest Creek Farms Market, located 10165 N. Harrison buys their produce from small farms in Oklahoma, but they also buy specialty products such as fresh salsas and spreads from small farms in Chicago, Pennsylvania, and Kansas. Along with their produce and spreads, shoppers can find gluten free products and over 70 different kinds of fresh jellies.
    Tammi Johnson, owner of Harvest Creek, said they do not refrigerate their produce. "We like it fresh like you just picked them." This doesn't allow for as long of a shelf life, but the market gets fresh produce daily. If the produce gets too ripe, they donate it to a local food bank and soup kitchen in Shawnee. If it is too ripe to eat, the produce is given to a local pig farmer.
    Crow's Main Fruit Market, owned by Claudia Crow and her husband, is located at 730 E. Main. Crow describes the market as "what an old fashioned store used to be."
    While Crow's was originally known for its produce when they opened in 2000, they now sell beef, pork, chicken, buffalo, lamb, milk, and eggs from local farmers as well. They have also started selling canned goods, spices, and baking mixes from small, family owned companies. "It is important for us to help each other," said Crow.

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