The Norman Farmer’s Market is in it’s 20th year. After going three out of four weeks I notice that:
- There really isn’t much locally grown stuff offered right now – mostly resale. The last two weeks I’ve been looking for asparagus, but either no one is growing it, or they’re selling it to restaurants, or they sell out by 8:15. Spinach was $3 a lb, and I have plenty of that in my own garden.
- Most people are selling plants, both vegetables and ornamentals. There is this one lady who has these large tomato, eggplant and pepper plants (in large Slurpee cups) for $1 each. She has a great variety, too. I’ve bought four different eggplants from her.
- There are a lot more heirloom and native varieties being offered. Two years ago all you could find were Early Girl and Better Boy tomatoes. Last year I couln’t find any poblano peppers. Now everyone has a good or even excellent selection of eggplants, peppers, chiles, and tomatoes. I bought a Juliet tomato yesterday, ’cause I don’t know if any of the ones I’ve grown are a cherry type. (I planted seven that came from a Burpee Mixed Heirloom package. Sort of pot-luck.)
Other observations on the state of garden supplies and selection:
- Ellison’s Feed has started carrying a lot more organic fertilizers, pest control, etc. I bought a huge bag of diotamaceous earth from them last week, and some pyrethrum powder.
- Atwood’s has some very cool heirloom tomato varieties from Chef Jeff’s. I bought a Black Krim yesterday, which I’ve never seen here before. They had some other varieties I’d like to try (Old German), but I don’t have enough room in the garden.