The growing season is in full swing with gardens growing and vegetables getting ripe. Farmers markets consistently offer the freshest fruits and vegetables grown in Oklahoma. Strawberries, blackberries, cucumbers, squash and onions are all in season. Shoppers will also find jams, jellies, baked goods, flowers, bedding plants, meat and cheeses.
There are 51 registered markets that are stocked with 100 percent Oklahoma Grown products. In Ardmore, the farmers market can be found at The Market Place on Broadway. Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, beginning at 7:30 a.m., farmers and producers from the area sell produce and other goods.
In addition to taking home green beans, blackberries and more, shoppers can now pick up recipe cards.
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is promoting these markets with a special series of recipe cards funded by a Specialty Crop Block Grant from the USDA.
All Oklahoma Grown markets will offer collectible recipe cards showing delicious ways to prepare seasonal vegetables and fruits. A different recipe card will be distributed each week for 16 weeks. The beautifully illustrated recipes feature produce commonly found in local markets. Peach and Pecan Ice Cream, Three Sisters Stew, Fresh Corn and Rice Salad, Blueberry Pudding and Cantaloupe Salsa are a few of the tempting ideas markets will share with shoppers.
More information is available at www.okgrown.com.