NORMAN — The Norman Farmers Market has a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, but it’s much more than homegrown produce.
The farmers market at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E. Robinson St., started in 1980. It is open from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Saturdays.
A venue for fruits and veggies, the market has grown into a place where friends meet and chat. Booths offer everything from jellies, jams, honey and canned veggies to crafts and Tupperware.
A young couple from Florida said they moved to Norman in February and had just learned about the market. They came in search of fresh produce.
Karen Pusin has operated a booth at the farmers market for more than a decade. She loves to chat with customers and is quick to answer questions and help educate people on her wares.
Among Pusin’s offerings is a cypress vine that she said is a drought-tolerant plant used for erosion control in many areas. The pink or red flowers attract hummingbirds, and the plant will either vine on a trellis or cover the ground.
“They’re a serious hummingbird attractor,” she said. “They like lots of sun and drop their seeds. I’m into self-seeding annuals.”
Pusin said with Oklahoma’s weather extremes, self-seeding annuals often fare better than perennials.
Some booths offer doo-dads and gewgaws along with live plants and fresh produce. A row of homemade solar lights made a colorful display. Another booth offered macramé earrings.
Dairy products, eggs and grass-fed beef also can be found at the market along with granola, kosher foods and locally grown goji berries.
The goji berry, or wolfberry, is one of the popular new superfoods and usually comes from China, but a local grower has found that they adapt well to Oklahoma.
“We’re right outside Norman city limits,” said Kevin Collins of Canadian Valley Farms. “No one else is growing them in Oklahoma.”