One of my favorite places in the world is a farmer’s market. I’ll admit it, I have a slight obsession with local, whole foods and it doesn’t get any better than this. There’s something so soothing about spending your morning walking around an open air market. This morning, I took my 2 children to our local farmers market to load up on local fruit and vegetables for the week. In addition to the homegrown seasonal produce, vendors offer local honey, fresh eggs, flowers for your garden, herbs and spices. So many friendly faces to greet you and answer your questions.
Our haul included aloe vera, basil, and mint plants, very reasonably priced at a couple dollars a piece. An entire box full of wild blackberries for 8 dollars! Sweet Oklahoma peaches, a few plums (half of which my children ate before we made it back to the car), a zucchini, a red bell pepper (my favorite and only one dollar!), a basket of grape tomatoes, a few jalapenos, a cucumber, some red onions, and an eggplant.
I also got a packet of steak seasoning from Ms. Netties, Pino’s Prime Steak Seasoning to be exact. I spent the most time here looking at all the different rubs, dips, teas, and seasoning blends they offered. There were so many amazing products, I had such trouble deciding! They even have little recipe cards to tell you what to do with their different products. The gentleman I spoke with was so helpful, and I wish I would have asked his name, he took the time to tell me about all the packets I was interested in and even let me try a few. He smokes a lot of salts, peppers, and garlic. They smell out of this world! I wish I could have bought more but my budget for this week wouldn’t allow more than one. He also offers a variety of homemade herbal teas. I can’t wait to head back next week and pick up something new. If you aren’t in the Norman area and able to visit the market, they have a website available for orders.
Norman Farmer’s Market is located at 615 East Robinson, Cleveland County Fairgrounds. It’s open April through October on Wednesdays 8 a.m. to noon and Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon. For more information on the vendors and their offered products or how to become a vendor please visit their website.
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