Collins said the berries can be eaten fresh but also can be put on cereal, into baked goods or ice cream and more. He said the leaves are also nutritionally valuable.
“We have about an acre under production,” Collins said. “We’ll go for another half acre this next year.”
Collins and his parents, Richard and Judy Collins, run the farm.
Farmers market booths are located in the parking lot outside as well as inside. This week young, Clayton Wright helped out his “pawpaw’s friend” at a booth. Down the way, Kaileyn Spaulding crocheted and answered customers’ questions about goats, goats’ milk and homemade soaps.
From Dreamy Hollow Farm, Spaulding also sells macramé anklets and bracelets. She said they raise and milk Alpine and Toggenburg goats. Heidi might have been caring for and milking Toggenburgs.
Swiss dairy goats are credited as being the oldest known dairy goat breed.
The Alpine is a French dairy goat breed. The variety of colors in this breed make them distinctive.
Spaulding said Dreamy Hollow has had a booth at the Norman Farmers Market for four years.
Want fresh, eggs? Liz Nichols at the Barley’s Garden Patch booth said she has 200 chickens and has been peddling her wares at the farmers market for six years now.
“They’re free-range,” she said. “They have a huge yard. They eat a lot of bugs and grass.”
Nichols also has two varieties of table grapes for sale. Last week was the end of blackberry season, she said.
Another booth offered handmade garden stepping stones. Yet another had specialty teas and spices.
Residents can find peanut butter, nuts, candles and homemade dog treats.
For the next three Saturdays, Col. Dick’s Flea Market also will be at the fairgrounds, so Saturday morning adventure shoppers can get their fill with the opportunity to sort through collectables and antiques, too.
The farmers market runs through October. Col. Dick’s Flea Market runs on the second Saturday of the month yearround, and he picks up other Saturdays whenever events are scheduled in the arena.