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March 22, 2014

Norman Farm Market changes schedule

NORMAN — The Norman Farm Market is not only the oldest market in the state but truly has one of the best locations for fresh produce in town, organizers say.

Located at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E. Robinson St., the market is a hub for produce that’s been picked off the vine the day of market.

The Norman Farm Market will celebrate its 35th season beginning in April. The market will no longer be open Wednesday mornings, but instead will convene on Tuesday evenings from 4 to 8 Additionally, the Norman

Farm Market will continue to convene every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, beginning April 5 until the end of October.

Wanda Danley, administrative secretary of the Cleveland County Fair Board, said vendors were in favor of switching to a different day and time because a lot of shoppers want to stop by a grocery store after work.

“This way people can pick up items and go home and immediately fix it for dinner,” she said, “whereas before, a lot of people couldn’t make it out because they were at work or they wouldn’t be able to put their groceries in a refrigerator at work.”

The market will start with vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, asparagus and radishes, as well as shrubs and landscaping plants. Then vendors will offer okra, corn, tomatoes and squash, followed by peaches and melons. As fall ascends, winter squashes and pumpkins will be abundant in vendor stalls.

To date, the market has about 50 vendors signed up to appear throughout the market season, nine of which are new to the Norman Farm Market. Danely said the new vendors are young and ready to get to work.

“It’s encouraging to see a young group that’s interested in fresh produce and producing their own and practicing organically without herbicides or pesticides,” she said.

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