The Indoor Winter Farmer’s Market in Edmond
The Edmond Farmer’s Market has been part of the landscape of Edmond since it opened in 1988. And while you may be aware of the outdoor Farmer’s Market that takes place in the Festival Marketplace on Saturdays from mid-April to late October, did you know there’s an Indoor Winter Market as well?
History of the Edmond Farmer’s Market
In 1988, the Farmer’s Market began in Edmond as a place for farmers to sell their crops directly to consumers. In the 2004 season, it became part of the Parks and Recreation department. In 2005, it made its permanent home in the Festival Marketplace.
“We’ve got some vendors that have been with the market since its inception back in the eighties,” shared Emily Young, The Edmond Farmer’s Market Coordinator.
Origin of the Winter Market
During the height of COVID, the vendors wanted more opportunities to sell to the public, including during the market’s off-season. Young explained, “They were wanting opportunities to sell throughout the year, not just in the peak months.”
The Parks and Recreation department decided to utilize the MAC building located at Mitch Park, partially because it’s attached to the Parks and Recreation administration building.
“We started with just ten vendors the first season,” Young shared. “Because we were still dealing with the COVID restrictions. Now we’re at twenty-five or twenty-six.”
How the Winter Market works
The Indoor Winter Farmer’s Market is open on Saturdays from early November through the third Saturday in March.
“It’s a different type of produce,” Young said. “It’s primarily potatoes, onions, winter squash, and we’re hoping to have broccoli.”
Young shared that because it’s a smaller market, you can see the best each vendor has to offer. Young explained, “They bring the best of the best. And it’s a really good place if they’ve got new products they want to test out.”
How to get involved
If you want to get involved in the Farmer’s Market, there’s an application process. You can learn more about the Farmer’s Market and email Emily to apply on the official Edmond Farmer’s Market web page.
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