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Things are happening at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds with the numbers and types of events continually expanding. As part of the Cleveland County’s vision for the fairgrounds and courthouse complex, the Cleveland County Wellness Square (also known as The Well) at 210 S. James Garner Ave., Norman, opened in November.
The Well, along with ongoing upgrades at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, means big changes for how we are able to serve our county. The farm market is now officially operating out of The Well, with vendor applications and training classes already underway.
“Norman Farm Market is the oldest market in the state and has been operating successfully since 1980,” said Farm Market Manager Kate Cooper. “It began with 12 farmers and has seen the swells and troughs of agriculture, but recent growth has provided our county consumers with a place to buy high quality fresh produce, pasture-raised eggs, poultry and other meats, starter plants and many unique, quality products.”
The move to The Well will benefit both the Norman Farm Market and the Cleveland County Fairgrounds as the change opens up more event space for the fairgrounds as well as upgrading the space for the farm market. The Norman Farm Market is a mission-based market that believes in building the local food system from the ground up.
“We do this by working hand in hand with our vendors to provide them with trainings and opportunities to help their businesses be successful and by educating consumers on the local food system,” Cooper said.
The Norman Farm Market will open at The Well in April and run through October on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon and on Tuesdays 4-7 p.m.
“Our new climate-controlled facility is also allowing us to pilot a winter market in 2022 which will run on the second and third Saturday of the off-season months,” Cooper said. “We are really excited about extending the market’s outreach for our vendors, many of whom already distribute products throughout the year.”
Supporting the local food supply to provide fresh, local products to consumers is a primary goal of the Norman Farm Market.
“We believe the local food system starts with the local food producers,” Cooper said. “When I ran a farm I experienced firsthand how much work goes into producing our food. When we empower our local farms, ranches, and food producers, we are also helping making fresh, local products available to our community.”
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For more information, contact Norman Farm Market Manager Kate Cooper at email@example.com.
Register for the upcoming, free Farmers Market Booth Design Class offered by Mid-America Technology Center at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15.