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May 13, 2014

Cooking demo set Saturday at market

Special cooking demonstrations with free samples will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Muskogee Farmers’ Market. Chef Sam Bracken from the Canebrake in Wagoner will be there preparing and sharing great tasting recipes that won’t break the bank, featuring farm-fresh items available at the farmers’ market.

Local musician Harley Hamm will play some tunes throughout the day and help emcee the event, while Bracken slices and dices. Free reusable shopping bags will be available to attendees.

Farmers and market gardeners will have a good mix of springtime produce such as strawberries, asparagus, green onions, new potatoes, yellow squash, turnips, carrots, cilantro, dill, radishes, sweet potatoes, bok choy, lettuce, spinach, kale, collards, mustard, turnip and micro greens and other leafy veggies.

Local growers also will be selling cut flowers and many types of vegetable and herb transplants for the garden or patio, as well as lots of bedding plants, hanging baskets and potted containers, kitchen herb fairy baskets and other items.

Other food items available at the market include farm-fresh free-range eggs, grass-fed Dexter beef in a variety of frozen cuts, Lovera’s cheese, dried herbs and spices, honey, egg noodle pasta, handmade tortillas, tamales and burritos, plus caprese salad and hot dogs, links and sausages w/grilled veggies and all the fixings.

Vendors also will be there with handmade crafts, special firewood chunks for smoking, jewelry, 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. 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.

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 fresh kale, one of the most nutritious greens available.

The Muskogee Farmers’ Market is located under the covered parking pavilions in front of the Muskogee Civic Center, 425 Boston St., and will run from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday, rain or shine, and on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Information: Doug Walton, (918) 360-2012, or doug.ewalton@gmail.com.

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