Local residents seeking fresh produce this winter will be able to find it at Cameron University, thanks to a new collaboration with the Southwest Growers Association. The Lawton Farmers Market will operate each Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon, beginning November 5 and continuing through the end of March 2017 in Cameron’s Animal Sciences Building located on the west side of the 900 block of SW 38th Street. Parking is available adjacent to the building.
“One of our goals for the Lawton Farmers Market has always been to offer a year-round source,” says Dr. Ed Legako, board president of the Southwest Growers Association. “Thanks to the sponsorship of Cameron University’s Department of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, that is going to be possible this year. Weather has always been a challenge for our vendors once the regular season ended at the current outdoor location. Now, with an indoor market, we can offer a warm and dry place for our vendors and patrons to come in the winter months. Additionally, the market will be able to offer classes on gardening, food demonstrations, and nutrition in collaboration with the Lawton Farmers Market Institute and Cameron.”
Shoppers will find a variety of items at the winter market, including winter produce, sprouts, micro greens, meat, eggs, honey, nuts, and handmade and artisan items.
The Lawton Farmers Market attracts vendors from across southwest Oklahoma and welcomes new vendors to the winter market. Vendors are required to have an Oklahoma Sales Tax Number and must be a member of the Southwest Growers Association. Additionally, vendors must pay a small booth fee each time they set up. Meat and egg vendors must comply with all USDA requirements. All baked goods and food items must be produced in a certified commercial kitchen for which the vendor is licensed, and all crafts and handmade items must be made by the vendor. For more information, visit www.lawtonfarmersmarket.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
November 3, 2016