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April 22, 2014

Spring blossoms at market

Warmer weather promotes greens growth

After a very well-attended opening day Saturday, the Muskogee Farmers’ Market prepares for its second market day of the season from 8 a.m. to noon April 26.

Warmer conditions this week will help warm the soil and speed the growth of spring crops, hopefully resulting in continued bountiful quantities available for the choosing by market shoppers.

The farmers’ market, located downtown directly in front of the Muskogee Civic Center, will boast a wide variety of early spring produce including green onions, green garlic, radishes, bok choy, lettuce, spinach, kale, collards; mustard, turnip and micro greens and other leafy veggies.

It’s hard to find a greater selection of spring greens any other single place in town.

A limited quantity of asparagus, carrots and Stilwell strawberries will also be available.

Other food items available at the market this Saturday include farm-fresh free-range eggs, dried herbs, honey, handmade tortillas, tamales and burritos.

Nursery and plant growers will be selling many types of vegetable and herb transplants for the garden or patio, as well as lots of bedding plants, hanging baskets and planted containers.

Vendors will also be there with handmade crafts, special firewood chunks for smoking, jewelry, candles, soaps, incense, natural body care products, pet treats and more.

For shoppers and visitors needing help with gardening information, the Muskogee County Master Gardeners will be on hand with fact sheets and tips on growing gardens.

On most Saturdays, B.J. Charbonneau will teach free Tai Chi classes near the band-shell and lawn area next to the market at about 10 a.m., weather permitting.

SNAP benefits (food stamps) are accepted at the farmers market. Customers wishing to purchase eligible foods with their Oklahoma Access card can visit the farmers market tent, swipe their card in exchange for tokens, and shop with vendors offering qualified items, which also include food-bearing plants.

The Muskogee Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. until noon every Saturday, rain or shine. It will open Wednesdays beginning May 7.

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