The Norman Transcript

Headlines

July 28, 2013

Farmers market has just about everything

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.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Braddy_1. Norman North teen struck by freight train recovering with therapy

    A Norman North teen struck by a freight train in May is on the road to recovery and ready to get back to school after spending most of his summer in a hospital. Harrison Braddy, 16, has been staying busy with rehab and physical therapy ...

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Storm victims face loan dilemma

    The tornadoes, flooding and hail that struck Oklahoma last year left hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage, causing many home and business owners to seek help in the form of low-interest federal loans....

    July 27, 2014

  • Teen critical after rescue

    A 17-year-old Yukon male was transported to the hospital Sunday after a near drowning incident at Lake Thunderbird in the Party Cove area. Emergency crews responded to the lake after a report of a possible drowning around 5:30 p.m. ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Migrant kids go to Mass

    The services have all the elements of a typical Sunday Mass — singing, scripture, a sermon, prayers, communion and worship....

    July 27, 2014

  • Injury accident reported

    Transcript Staff Emergency crews responded to an injury accident around 10:20 p.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of 80th Avenue Southeast where there were reports of someone pinned. Several reports indicated a vehicle struck a tree causing one ...

    July 28, 2014

  • Photo Slideshow: James Garner through the years

    Photos of James Garner...

    July 27, 2014

  • Prisons expand reach to bring training to more officers

    McALESTER — Joshua Drake once was offered the chance to be a corrections officer but turned it down because he didn’t want to leave his wife and aging parents for six weeks to train hundreds of miles away in El Reno....

    July 27, 2014

  • SWIMMER Aquatic center could serve many community needs

    Michael Yoch could have been the kid with asthma sitting on the sidelines — could have been, but wasn’t. Michael had trouble running because of his asthma, which made it difficult to play soccer and many other sports his friends loved. ...

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Director leaves decade of memories

    Maureen Dolan is giving up the post as director of St. Joseph’s Early Childhood Development Center, fondly called “St. Joe’s” by the many parents whose pre-school children have spent their weekdays under her care over the past 10 years....

    July 27, 2014

  • Health officials prepare for flu

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Following a flu season in which a record number of Oklahomans died as a result of the virus, state and county health officials say educating the public and general common sense are vital to reducing both the death rate and ...

    July 27, 2014