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June 10, 2014

Cooler weather increasing yields of early crops

Another week of rain and below-normal temperatures are boosting production of various early season crops and leaving some growers at the Muskogee Farmers’ Market wondering whether they somehow ended up in the Pacific Northwest.

Despite the cooler temperatures, many local growers have been bringing in an abundant variety of late spring and early summer crops, including yellow summer squash, a great source of vitamins C and B6.

Other fresh produce currently available at the Muskogee Farmers’ Market includes arugula, asparagus, beets, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, collard greens, cucumbers (picklers and slicers), garlic, grape tomatoes, green beans, green onions, green tomatoes, greenhouse tomatoes, honey, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, microgreens, mustard greens, new potatoes, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, snow peas, sugar snap peas, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, turnips, yellow squash, yellow wax beans and zucchini (green and gold).

Growers will also be selling fresh-cut herbs such as cilantro, dill and basil; cut-flower bouquets and many types of vegetable and herb transplants for the garden or patio, and bedding plants, water plants and other items.

Other food items available at the market include farm-fresh free-range eggs, various cuts of frozen grass-fed Dexter beef, Lovera’s hand-formed cheese, Italian sausage, pasta sauce and pickled products, jellies, honey, dried herbs and spices, handmade tortillas, tamales and burritos, plus hot dogs, Polish sausages and chicken dogs with grilled veggies and all the fixings.

Vendors will offer jewelry and other handcrafted items including chunks of hickory, pecan and fruitwood for smoking, candles, soaps, incense, natural body care products, pet treats and more.

The Muskogee County Master Gardeners will be on hand with fact sheets and tips on how to grow healthy plants and gardens.

On most Saturdays, B.J. Charbonneau will teach free tai chi classes near the bandshell and lawn area next to the market at about 10 a.m., weather permitting.  

SNAP benefits (food stamps) are accepted at the farmers’ market. To purchase eligible foods with an  Oklahoma Access card, swipe the card in exchange for tokens in the farmers’ market tent and shop with vendors offering qualified items, which include food-bearing plants.

Today and on most Wednesdays, OSU nutrition educators will be at the market fixing simple, affordable and healthy meal and snack ideas with free samples and recipes, featuring items fresh from the market. Demonstrations at today’s market will feature yellow squash and other fresh produce from the market.

The Muskogee Farmers’ Market is under the covered parking pavilions in front of the Muskogee Civic Center at 425 Boston St. It operates from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and 8 a.m. until noon Saturdays, rain or shine.

Not all products listed are available on Wednesdays.

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