One of my favorite things to do in the Summer is explore farmers’ markets. I am originally from Arizona, which grows some produce here and there, but as Sam Kinnison said — it’s a desert. Nothing grows here. When I moved to Oklahoma, I was excited to discover that yes, Virginia, there ARE green fields that grow delicious juicy snappy fresh crisp fruits and veggies, and they could all be mine. MINE.
When the weather starts to warm, I start stalking farmers’ markets waiting for opening dates and schedules and lists of who’s selling wares. I had to start getting picky, because some “markets” were a parking lot with a few card tables and folks selling crafts and Tupperware. Some had some actual local farmers with fresh veg, but they’d be next to someone who backed up a pickup truck full of cantaloupes from Texas or something equally not cool.
Then, I discovered Brooks Farm Market in Oklahoma City, where the Oklahoma Farm Fresh Association members gather to sell fruits, veggies, meats, cheeses, jams, jellies, eggs, chickens, pasta — YEAR ROUND.