Wednesday, August 8, 2018

National Farmers Market Week is Aug. 5-11.  During this week every year farmers markets across Cleveland County and the country, join together to celebrate their contributions to the community. 

As demand for local food continues to grow, so have the opportunities for America’s farmers to market fresh food directly to the consumer. According to statistics recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), farmers markets and farm stands account for roughly $2 billion of the $3 billion that Americans spend annually on farm-direct products. This revenue, in turn, supports the livelihoods of more than 165,000 mostly small and mid-sized farms and ranches. Shopping at farmers markets supports local farmers and a healthy community.

This month is a great time to visit your farmers market, too, because it’s peak summer season, and all of summer’s favorite fruits and vegetables fill the booths. Many markets accept SNAP benefits, with The Farmers Market at Central Park offering this service for the first time this year, along with the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition program

Cleveland County has lots of options when it comes to celebrating National Farmers Market Week. The oldest farmers market in the state makes its home in Norman. The Norman Market is open from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.  Moore opens its farmers market from 3:30-7 p.m. on Thursdays and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. You can also make your way a little farther south and explore what the Noble Farmers Market has to offer. The Noble market is open from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. 

By Aley Cristelli, Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Healthy Living Program Coordinator

The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations working towards shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans. TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working with local coalitions and initiatives across the state, by cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and by working across public and private sectors to develop, support, implement and evaluate creative strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve the public’s health. TSET – Better Lives Through Better Health. Click here to learn more.