After much anticipation from both vendors and patrons, Broken Arrow’s fourth annual farmers’ market opened on Saturday, April 14.
Even the threat of rain didn’t deter a steady crowd from strolling through the pavilion, visiting and buying some incredible produce, plants, hot dogs, bird baths and much more. Even a few four legged patrons could be seen with their owners, happily taking in the whole experience and enjoying a pat on the head every once in a while.
The vast array of beautiful produce was a promising start on this first day of the season. A wide selection of herbs were available, along with gorgeous strawberries, lovely, plump tomatoes, carrots, radishes, onions, spinach and Swiss chard, just to name a few.
Besides the produce, patrons could enjoy a hot dog, sausage biscuit or dog treats (Bear Bait) from Catherine Peters, owner of Covenant Concessions, pick up some homemade bread, goat soap, washable sandwich bags, incredible goat cheese from Canyon Ridge Farms or an aloe plant, useful in treating burns.
This week’s featured vendor is Cheryl Stinchcomb from Eden Veggie Farms specializing in hydroponically grown tomatoes. Eventually, she plans on having cucumbers, butter lettuce, mixed greens, herbs, sweet and hot peppers and more.
She and her husband, John, had some land and were trying to decide the best way to use it. Driven by the desire to have fresh tomatoes, even in the winter, they did some research and concluded that they would build a hydroponic greenhouse. This concept originated in South Carolina.
Their 6000 square foot greenhouse was custom built and is located on the corner of 91st and Oneta, in Broken Arrow.
Instead of growing the tomatoes and other veggies in soil, they are grown in a solution consisting of water and fertilizer. No herbicides or pesticides of any kind are used.
The tomatoes are grown in pearlite, which can best be compared to lava rocks. The water comes from a drip system that requires only one-tenth of the water used to grow tomatoes the conventional way. The plants are pollenated by bumble bees.
This is their first year in business and Cheryl says that they have already had tomatoes for three months. Normally, the tomatoes will be available from September to June.
For more information, content Eden Veggies Farm at 918.409.1609.
Be sure to come out to Broken Arrow’s fourth annual farmers’ market, Market on Main, on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. – noon. The outdoor pavilion is located at 418 South Main. The farmers’ market will be open until mid-October.
The following recipe was posted on Eden Veggie Farms Facebook page by Fay Renfro Higinbotham. The recipe is used by permission.
Fresh Summer Corn Salad
- 8 ears sweet corn or 4 cups of frozen corn.
- 1 large red pepper, chopped
- 1 red onion, minced
- 3 large tomatoes, chopped, or 25 mini tomatoes, cut in half
- 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
- 1/3 cup lime juice
- 1/3cup olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cut the fresh corn off the cob or add the frozen corn to the pot and steam for 3 to 5 minutes in 1/4 cup water.
- Remove lid and cook, stirring, 2 minutes more or until water evaporates.
- Toss the corn with all other ingredients and chill.