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November 2, 2013

Farmers’ Market continues in November

Lisa Henderson said she still hoped to find fresh produce at Muskogee Farmers’ Market even into November.

Saturday morning, she found what she was seeking — rows of vendors under the covered parking spaces at Muskogee Civic Center.

“I drove by here just to see, then I drove by and said, ‘yes,’” Henderson said after buying a bag of greens. “I love fresh vegetables, homegrown.”

The Muskogee Farmers’ Market, which normally ends in October, will remain open into November. The market will be open 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

“We’re open while supplies last, meaning our vendors, unless we get a hard freeze,” said Charley Walton, son of Farmers’ Market manager Doug Walton.

Shoppers still will find plenty of produce, Charley Walton said.

“We have lots of fall greens — lettuce, spinach. They’ve got pumpkins, winter squash,” he said.

Vendor Deno Clopton had all sorts of winter squash, including plump butternut, thinner delicata, deep green acorn, multicolored carnival squash. Clopton told customers all sorts of ways to prepare the squash.

“Put the butternut squash in a slow cooker and make butter,” she said. “Carnival squash is just like acorn squash, but it has a more nutty flavor. With the delicata, Doug (Walton) had a recipe in the newspaper with cheese, but I like it with cinnamon and sugar.”

Clopton is a longtime vendor at the farmers’ market. She sells coleus and flowers in the spring, tomatoes and other produce through summer. She said she appreciates the market staying open into November.

“It helps us get rid of some of the stuff we planted late in the fall,” she said. “We had fall tomatoes, turnips, sweet potatoes.”

She also had loaves of homemade banana nut bread and pumpkin bread.

“Oklahoma honey, a lot of people are looking for honey,” she said.

Charley Walton said people also can expect root crops such as carrots, radishes and turnips.

“And mums, tons of mums,” he said, pointing to pots of chrysanthemums, bursting in yellow, red, orange, even purple.

Cecilia Jackman and her terrier-mix dog Ella spent much of the morning sampling the herbs and pet treats at Sharon Owen’s stall.

“I love vegetables, and it’s Oklahoma-grown,” she said. “I saw this little tea place. It’s homegrown and it’s supporting the community.”

Owen was selling dried herbs from her MoonShadow Herb Farm as well homemade treats from her Dog Deli and Kitty Cuisine.

Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or cspaulding@muskogeephoenix.com.

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