NORMAN — For anyone whose mantra is buy local, the Noble Farmers Market on Main Street on the south end of town is a treasure waiting to be discovered.
“We don’t charge booth rental,” said Robin Stead, market manger. “We’re not going to attract the big producers. This is the way to share your produce with your neighbors.”
Heat slowed things down a little, but the Noble Farmers Market installed misters and kept on going every Saturday morning... even on Aug. 4, the weekend fires raged throughout Cleveland County.
Now, with cooler temperatures, there are an increasing number of vendors with more products and produce than ever.
“A lot of plants were burned up in the fields,” said vendor Patricia McFarland, who said the cooler weather is bringing back her crops including her tomatoes. “Just keep watering, watering,” she said of how she survived the heat.
Squash are doing well as are green peppers, she said.
Carolyn McCabe has locally produced honey for sale. She is part of the Noble Beekeepers Association.
“We have about 30 members in our association,” she said,
Locally bees feed on alfalfa or buckwheat... crops that are genetically modified don’t attract bees, she said.
“They can’t get the nectar,” McCabe said of GMOs. “One out of every three bites that we eat is because of pollinators.”
Norene and Jim DeLoach bring homemade products, many created by daughter Laura Spurgeon. The Noble Farmers Market has everything from crochet afghans, handmade soaps, and fresh vegetables to grass fed meats and organic, free -range eggs.
Betty Leggiero of Kudos Permaculture Farm has soap, foot soap, dish detergent and more.
“You’re creating cycles on your farm,” she said of the permaculture philosophy. “It’s a sustainable method.”
Her rabbits poop and that poop goes into the worm bin and the worms turn it into special earth that acts as a fertilizer, she said.