It's a wonderful blessing to be able to do the farmer's market each week. I love getting to interact with the customers and talk about lavender in its many forms. We chat about cooking with lavender and exchange recipe ideas, about how to use lavender when cooking with the wide variety of fruits and vegetables available there at the market, the aromatherapeutic benefits and how to use lavender for that, too, as well as what to do with bundles and buds, and the soaps. We chat alot about the soaps. Because only essential oils are used in the soaps they, too, become a form of aromatherapy, which leads to lots of wonderful conversation about the different properties of each one.
Tipton Valley Honey is usually there with their wonderful honey products. I take a tablespoon of their honey every day, with 1/8th of a teaspoon of bee pollen and I swear it helps my allergies and gives me energy.
Check out Murphy Farms peaches, apples and extensive produce. You can even pre-order large quantities, like if you want to try our hand at canning green beans or making pickles or jam this summer for Christmas gifts--just like Martha Stewart!
And a few of the other wonderful vendors with their beautiful produce...
...and this is just a few of our vendors. There are the marvelous farm fresh eggs with their rich and creamy yolks, and right now lots of beautiful and delicious melons from Rush Springs and the surrounding area, the local iris society has been bringing iris rhizomes to sell, and Pepper Creek Farms has been bringing their yummy food products, like jams, jellies, relishes and so on.
So here's your challenge for next weekend. Go to the Lawton Farmer's Market and purchase all you will need for a Farm to Table feast. People all over the country are doing this. Perhaps the protein can be your eggs, or make it a vegan meal. What a fun challenge! You will be reaping the benefits of buying directly from a small farmer, one that you have met face to face, nutrient-rich fresh food, and salmonella-free eggs, and helping the local economy. I made a wonderful frittata with zucchini, onions, and peppers this weekend, followed by fresh canteloupe with lavender salt. Mmmmm! Oh, and don't forget to stop by and pick up a pack of Turkey Creek Lavender Culinary Lavender or Herbs de Provence de Oklahoma!
Oh the adventure! Remember the challenge now. I'll see you Saturday!