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Market's popularity grows

Above, right: Organic asparagus available from the Urban Agrarian during opening weekend of the farmers market at Edmond Festival Market Place. [Photos by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman]

Above, right: Organic asparagus available from the Urban Agrarian during opening weekend of the farmers market at Edmond Festival Market Place. [Photos by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman]

EDMOND — The Edmond Farmers Market has become a Saturday fixture for the community and the farmers who offer their produce.

Each Saturday through Oct. 29, the Festival Market Place, near Second and Broadway, will be a hub for people wanting the freshest of produce as well as special items such as pasteurized milk, eggs, pretzels and wine.

Those who enjoy crafts can check them out the second Saturday of the month from June through October.

For the public, it can be a fun way to spend a casual Saturday morning, strolling from vendor to vendor to check out what's for sale.

Whether it's the vendors, the produce or the overall relaxed atmosphere, the Farmers Market remains a popular attraction, as evidenced by its opening April 16.

“We probably had the largest opening day in quite a few years,” said Diana Self, Edmond Parks and Recreation Department recreation programs manager.

The market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday. In addition, there is the Junior Market, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 17.

It's free to enter the market, but there is one rule: pets, due to health codes, have to stay home.

Even if the weather is less than ideal, people are invited to come out Saturday mornings.

“Yes, we stay open even during the rain,” Self said.

One of the regular patrons is Mayor Charles Lamb, who shops with his wife, Cheri.

“What I like about the pavilion and the market is the wonderful community space that it brings to an area of downtown Edmond,” Lamb said.

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<p><span class="bold">Above:</span> Tables are filled with flowers during opening weekend of the farmers market at Edmond Festival Market Place.</p>

Above: Tables are filled with flowers during opening weekend of the farmers market at Edmond Festival Market Place.

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Diana Baldwin

Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote the original stories about the... Read more ›

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