The Woodward News

May 17, 2013

Season approaching for Farmer’s Market

Rowynn Ricks
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — The Woodward Farmer's Market will be in a new location when it opens for the 2013 season on May 25.

The new market site is located at 13th St. and Locust Ave. near an open field area by the Trinity Lutheran Church.

Richard Kahoe, president of the Woodward Farmer's Market Association, noted that the market has had to do some moving around after it became a separate entity from the Woodward Main Street organization a couple of years ago.

"We had a temporary location last year and it took a while for customers to find us again," Kahoe said.  "So we hope to make this new location a more permanent home for the market."

Kathy Moore, public relations officer for the market, said Trinity Lutheran Church has welcomed the market with open arms.

She said the church members believe, almost as strongly as the farmers themselves, in "promoting healthier lifestyles with organic and local food."

Starting May 25, the farmer's market will be open every Saturday throughout the summer from 7:30 a.m. until noon, Moore said.

However, she said it will be later in the summer before the market will hold it's usual Tuesday and Thursday afternoon sessions.

Both Moore and Kahoe said that this year's "crazy spring weather" has had quite an impact on local producers.

"With so many freezes, it's delayed planting or forced replanting," Moore said.

So this means that harvesting of the produce will be delayed as well, she said.

However, Kahoe said this just means that there will be more for people to discover as the summer moves on.

"We'll be out there doing what we can and just build up as the season progresses," he said.

For example, he said early on the market will offer things such as radishes, lettuce and green onions.

But then by mid-summer more things will begin to ripen, such as tomatoes, which is when the market will start opening up on Tuesdays and Thursdays to sell "those items that won't keep for a week," he said.

And while there might not be as wide of a range of produce available at first, Kahoe said there will be other items for sale.

"We'll have some crafts and that will probably have more of our attention at first," he said.

Both Kahoe and Moore encouraged the public to come support the farmer's market this summer and take advantage of the fresh produce that has been locally grown.

"We want to turn this into a real community organization to promote local food and turn ourselves into a food hub," Moore said.