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August 26, 2012

After 33 years Norman Farm Market still building relationships

NORMAN — The Norman Farm Market has been ongoing for 33 years and a few vendors — like Perrys’ Farm in Goldsby — have been selling their produce at the market located at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds on Robinson Street for those entire 33 years.

There are a wide number of vendors inside and outside including those that sell handmade candles and large rose rocks.

Janetta Tesch of Tesch Farms in Bethel Acres, Okla. said this is their first year at the Norman Farm Market and they love it. And while some high temperatures the end of July and first of August impacted the growing season, cooler weather means crops are coming back.

“It wasn’t as bad as last year,” Tesch said. “In August everything dries up. If we can just keep it alive, it comes back.”

At the Tesch Farms booth they are also selling peanuts and peanutbutter for their friend at Snider Farms, a fourth generation peanut farmer.

Tesch and her husband are researching aquaponics — that’s a method that uses water, but unlike hydroponics which uses chemicals, it’s chemical free and allows the farmer to grow fish as well as plants.

For now, that’s in the future.

“We always like to research things well,” she said.

Butternut squash is available at many of the booths and at Perrys’ Farms, the pumpkins are just starting to come in with the cooler nights.

“We had a very good beginning but when 113 hit it was tough,” Charlene Perry said.

Perry said the next couple of weeks the Farm Market will move strictly outside because of the Cleveland County Free Fair, but the market will continue and products will be available.

Then the market will move back inside with some outside booths again on Sept. 12.

“We’ll have lots of pumpkins come fall,” she said.

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