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The Norman Farm market kicked off its 31st season on Saturday, April 3. As always, the market opens at 8 a.m. and runs until noon on Saturdays at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E. Robinson St., Norman. Tuesday hours are from 4-7 p.m.
“We have a lot of new vendors this year as well as our tried and true favorites,” said Farm Market Manager Kate Cooper. “As I’ve visited our farms and gardens this year, the common theme is how excited everyone is. This will be a special season, as it is the last year at the fairgrounds before moving to our new location at The Well in 2022. We want to make it a memorable year.”
In addition to making in-person visits, Cooper has been busy posting bios and videos of market vendors on the Norman Farm Market’s Facebook page.
“We have an incredible lineup of vendors and products this year,” Cooper said. “We also have some new surprises and events in store.”
The Online Farmers Market is another new addition this year.
“Technology has opened the door for us to reach more people in a safe way with farm-to-table produce and unique products,” Cooper said.
Patrons order online from the convenience of their home or office then pick up their products at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds during either the Tuesday evening or Saturday morning market.
“Whether you’re a busy professional who wants to grab some fresh produce on the way home on Tuesdays or you just don’t have time to browse the booths on Saturday mornings, the online market provides a great opportunity to eat fresh and eat local,” said Farm Market Manager Kate Cooper. “We also carry skin care products, plants, meat, eggs, coffee, baked good, jellies and jams and so much more.”
As a busy mom with hungry kids to feed, Cooper said she knows Saturday morning can be busy with soccer games, softball practice or other activities.
“The online market provides an opportunity for more people to shop local,” she said. “Our vendors also benefit because they’re going to reach people who weren’t being served by the traditional market.”
Farm market vendors are not charged for this service, Cooper said.
Customers order online at www.thewellok.org/norman-farm-market. For Saturday pickup, order between Sunday and Thursday then simply pick your products up between 8:30 and 11 a.m. inside the market building on the far east wall. For Tuesday pickup, order between Wednesday and Sunday and pick up your goods between 4:30 and 6 p.m. at the same location.
Credit cards are accepted.
“Just like the in-person farm market, we also accept SNAP and DUO online for qualifying purchases,” Cooper said. “You just need to stop by the SNAP booth to withdraw tokens before picking up your order.”
The Norman Farm Market has a variety of family-friendly activities each week, including live music.
Street musician Ashlyn Turner will make several appearances at the market this year adding to the complement of performing instrumental artists, and Cooper has worked with OSU Cleveland County Extension educator and horticulturist Courtney DeKalb-Myers on the free “Food for Thought Garden Series” on Tuesday evenings.
“We thought the series would be a nice complement to our Tuesday evening farm market,” Cooper said. “You can stop by when the market opens at 4, buy your produce and then go to the free workshop.”
Also new this year, Business Boot Up in conjunction with Loveworks Leadership will allow several youthful vendors to ply their wares.
“We have some really creative young entrepreneurs who will be selling some interesting products at the Norman Farm Market this year,” Cooper said.
From farm-to-table, fresh food to a wide range of unique products and family-oriented experiences, the Norman Farm Market is gearing up to make this a year to remember.