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June 10, 2014

Farmer’s market features local produce, goods

CLAREMORE —

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.

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