Business Times of Edmond, Oklahoma May 2018 - Page 23

Fresh Is Best Farmers Market Opens for Season BY JAMES COBURN | Special to The Business Times S arah Davis said she loves supporting local farms and businesses, and Lainee Copeland enjoys meeting local farmers to purchase fresh produce. The opening of the Edmond Farmer’s Market brings the freshness of spring to your cuisine with produce. Saturday, April 24 marked this year’s opening of the annual event. The community event runs 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday through Oct. 27. “In our home we do Meatless Mondays,” said Carol Farmer. “Our meals are so tasteful when we get our produce from Edmond Farmers Market.” Shoppers and their families and friends may choose from a variety of regionally grown produce. The event is held at the Festival Market Place & Plaza, one block west of Broadway and First Street behind The Edmond Sun. City spokesman Casey Moore said items “will include cut flowers, fresh baked breads and fresh local produce.  Shoppers can also find Angus beef, eggs, honey, wine, pasta, salsa, jams and jellies, cheeses, and other Made in Oklahoma products. Please note that the Edmond Farmers Market is a pet free zone.” “We meet every week except May 5 because that is the Downtown Edmond Arts Festival,” said Diane Self, Parks and Recreation manager. Special Wednesday Markets will take place June 6 to Aug. 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mitch Park. “That is the parking lot in front of the park,” Self said. Farmer’s market parking at Mitch Park is between the basketball court and baseball fields. Mitch Park is located at 2733 Marilyn Williams Drive on Covell Road between Kelly Avenue and Santa Fe Avenue. “The farmers market brings together like-minded citizens in a city that doesn’t seem to know how to slow down. It’s hard to not smile when browsing the produce of smiling, hard-working farmers,” said Maggie Murdock Nichols. “I love being able to thank them in person for the food that feeds my family.” John Roy said it is a true community market where shoppers can see their friends and neighbors. The farmer’s market is a way to keep farmers part of the community, said Kourtney Strauss. “I love supporting our local farmers! It’s fun and a great way to get my 4-year- old interested in trying new veggies,” Sara Dame McDaniel added. May 2018 | The Business Times 23