Claremore Daily Progress

June 10, 2014

Farmer’s market features local produce, goods

Kristy Sturgill
Progress Intern


Every Saturday morning at the northeast corner of the Claremore Expo Center parking lot, several local venders line up to sell fresh produce and hand-made organic products to the community. 
The Claremore Farmer’s Market features goat-milk soaps, fresh fruits and vegetables, wooden jewelry boxes and spoons, and organic baby products. 
Diane Lay is a shopper and a dietitian.
“I like supporting local farmers, and it’s always fresher and lasts longer than anything bought in the grocery store,” she said.
“It’s a good way to find different vegetables and new things to eat,” said her husband, Andy.
Nim Watkins sells several different types of unique vegetables, such as Chinese kale, Italian kale, Swiss chard and kohlrabi. She also sells more common vegetables like collard greens, cauliflower and squash. 
Her husband, Marvin, said, “Our vegetables were picked yesterday, and the freshness is the key to good flavor.”
The Rocking V Ranch makes it to the farmer’s market every Saturday to sell broccoli, cabbage and corn. 
Several vendors sell items that are not produce. Amanda Ross is best known for her goat milk soaps. 
She has been selling at the farmer’s market for six years and sells a lot of soap and lip balm. 
She said that the soap usually takes two weeks to cure and that the hardest part is the cleanup. She also sells vegetables, homemade carrot cake and zucchini bread, and sometimes baked cookies. 
“Goat milk is good for sensitive skin, and I make any custom scent,” she said.
Ross mentioned that some of the popular scents are lavender, double mint, and sandalwood. 
Cedar Grove Sundries, owned by Lorelei Lovette, sells baby-friendly products. She also makes soaps, eczema cream, sunblock, and deodorant. She said she spends nearly 2 or 3 hours a day making her products, and this week she will be harvesting honey.
“This concept really stemmed from having my kids,” Lovette said. “I don’t want to put anything on my kids that is questionable.”
Janie and Mike Howard specialize in needle felting. They get the wool from Shepherd’s Cross and they sell finger puppets, face scrubbers, and knitted blankets. 
Lloyd Rader makes bird houses, wind chimes, and is known for his wooden spoons. 
“My spoons can take three to five hours to make, but it really depends on the type of wood,” he said.
Curtis Charley is currently selling his wooden crafts such as jewelry boxes and his masterpiece, a child’s rocking chair. His crafts are made from solid hickory, red oak, or pecan. 
His wife, Lois, sells her hand knitted pot holders. However, they really enjoy selling watermelons, cantaloupe, and peaches when they are in season. Charley said he sells nearly 200 watermelons every week. 
Marvin Watkins has been the manager of the farmer’s market for the past three years. He coordinates with the city and the vendors and makes sure that all of the permits and insurance are correct and updated.
Watkins said, “Rain or shine, we are open.”
To become a member of the farmer’s market costs $25 dollars for a season. The farmer’s market is open at 7 a.m. on Saturdays until produce is sold out, and from 7-11 a.m. and from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesdays.