Support your local farmers markets near your new home
May 11, 2021
With the onset of spring comes the desire for fresh fruits and veggies. Yum! Don’t you love it when your Ideal neighbors plant gardens? Maybe you’ll be reaping some of that harvest! There’s nothing better than a new home-grown, vine-ripened beefsteak tomato or a fresh jalapeno plucked from the plant and chopped into a favorite salsa. So, what if you don’t have a green thumb?! Head to your nearest farmers market near your Ideal Homes Community! Not only will you support local farmers, you’ll get produce at the peak of freshness and meet the people who grow your food.
The fruits and vegetables you buy at the farmers market are the freshest and tastiest available. Fruits ripen in the field and are brought directly to you—no long-distance shipping, no artificial ripening process, no sitting for weeks in storage. This food is fresh from the farm.
Farmers markets also give you the chance to support local businesses. Small family farms have a hard time competing in the food marketplace. Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their produce and gives them a fighting chance in today’s economy.
Food in the U.S. travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to your plate. All this shipping uses large amounts of natural resources, contributes to pollution and creates trash with extra packaging. Food at the farmers market is transported shorter distances and is generally grown using methods that minimize the impact on the earth.
Most food found at a farmers market is minimally processed, and many of our farmers go to great lengths to grow the most nutritious produce possible by using sustainable techniques, picking produce right before the market, and growing heirloom varieties.
Variety is the spice of life
At the farmers market you find an amazing array of produce that you don’t see in your average supermarket: red carrots, a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes, purple cauliflower, stinging nettles, green garlic, watermelon radishes, quail eggs, maitake mushrooms, and much, much more.
Cooking tips and recipes
Few grocery store cashiers or produce stockers will give you tips on how to cook the foods you buy, but many farmers, ranchers, and artisans at the farmers market are often passionate cooks with plenty of free advice about how to cook the produce they are selling.
So where can you find a farmers market near your Ideal Homes Neighborhood?
Here’s where you can shop local.
Providence Farms • 14475 S. Western, Edmond 73025
Open 7 days a week, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Chemical-free veggies right from the farm. Also offer workshops and classes on organic gardening and other ways to be self-sustainable.
Choctaw Creek Farmers Market • 2001 N. Harper St., Choctaw 73020
Open Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m.
Local honey-baked goods, crafts, vegan soaps, eggs and lots of produce. New things every week. Food trucks and music.
Stillwater Farmers Market • 1001 S. Duck St., Stillwater 74074
Open Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fresh, locally produced fruits and vegetables; choice beef, pork and chicken; farm fresh eggs; hand-crafted breads and jellies; garden fresh flowers; fresh-cut herbs and a variety of seasonal plants.
Out west, you can see three of our new home communities in Mustang/Yukon, OK:
Growing Paynes • 12900 S. Czech Hall Road, Mustang 73064
Call for hours.
Seasonal produce, strawberries, tomatoes, okra, cucumbers, squash, melons, green beans, potatoes, pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn.
Moore Farmers Market • Central Park Multipurpose Pavilion, 700 S. Broadway Ave., Moore 73160
405-793-5090 • Opens June 5 for the 2021 season
Open Saturdays, 8 a.m. to Noon
Arctic Farms • 10176 280th St., Blanchard 73010
Open Mondays, 5 to 9 p.m.
Year-round growing of gourmet hydroponic produce. No pesticides or any kind of spray. We farm lettuce, herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. Clean, fresh, high-quality food!
You can find other farmers markets in most any community in Oklahoma. Here are a few others in the heart of Oklahoma City:
Farmers Public Market • 311 S. Klein, Oklahoma City 73106
405-232-6506 • okcfarmersmarket.com
Open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., March through mid-December
OSU-OKC Farmers Market • 300 S.W. 7th, Oklahoma City 73102
Open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Uptown Farmers Market • 416-428 N.W. 23rd St., Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Open last Sunday of the month, May through October
Kinfolk Farmers Market • 3815 N. Kelley Ave, Oklahoma City 73162
Open Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Urban Agrarian • 1233 S.W. 2nd St., Oklahoma City 73108
405-231-1919 • urbanagrarian.com
Open Monday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.