Tuesday, April 6, 2010
It's almost here.
I'm talking about the flagship Cherry Street Farmers Market, and it opens at 7 a.m. this Saturday morning, April 10, for its 13th season.
But, it won't look like this.
The market outgrew its fishbowl in the parking lot at 15th and Quaker. This year it hits the street - Cherry Street, to be exact - and will spread from Quaker to Rockford Avenue. The road will be closed, there will be plenty of parking near the market, and we lovers of local food and the rhythm of weekly trips to this historic part of town to stock up can feel whole again.
This year there will be more vendors, plying wares ranging from produce and breads to beef and baked goods to bat houses. The folks with the Buy Fresh, Buy Local Oklahoma campaign will be on hand this Saturday to discuss with patrons farmers' markets, buying locally and reducing our carbon footprints. Plant vendors will share about how to select and care for plant material.
It's all good stuff.
Look next Saturday, April 17th, for a new kid-friendly booth. Elizabeth Martin, former CSFMA vendor, teaches art at Lee Elementary and will organize an art booth with kids in mind.
Plus, it'll be a great way for parents to relax and unwind and watch the kids play. Tax season will finally over, people.
On April 24th everyone at CSFM will celebrate Earth Day with Up With Trees. They'll give away free trees and discuss the greening of Tulsa and surrounding communities.
Now that you know what events to look forward to as the market gets going for the 2010 season, what are you anticipating from vendors?
I'm pretty sure I couldn't live another weekend without Chef James Shrader's breakfast burritos - a girl can only survive so long without such deliciousness. And I can't wait to see my friends from Three Springs Farm and Bootstrap Farm. And I'm out of Hilltop Honey (have been for a month now - save me!), as well as my favorite Hilltop Honey lotion (patchouli, and no, I'm not a hippie...not every day, anyway).
And I love seeing the Midtowners' dogs on parade. And all the ladies in sun hats with produce peeking out from their fabric shopping bags.
And the samples. I love to try new yums.
I've got a fever, people. And the only prescription is some CSFM.
What will you be thinking about this week as you wait for the market to open?