Dates: Every Saturday, May 7 through Mid-Oct. 2016
Time: 8:00 - 11:30 am
Contacts: President - Mike Melton: 918-534-6542
Market manager - Steve Forsythe: 918-914-3791
MARKET VENDOR OF THE WEEK
The vendor of the week is Rock Acres, operated by Mike and Tammy Melton. Their farm is located five miles north of Copan, Oklahoma. They have been vendors at the Market or on the Market Board for nine years, which is the entire life of the Bartlesville Market. In the past they have sold vegetables, eggs, herb based soaps, wood chips, and brought their food wagon. This year they are concentrating on growing and selling Kiowa blackberries.
They mulch the berry canes in the fall and fertilize with 10-10-10. They use no pesticides. In the spring they dig up “off” shoots and replant them in new rows.
They started in 2012 buying Kiowa plants from a commercial nursery and now they only replant shoots from their blackberry plants. Kiowa blackberries are purported to be the largest marketable blackberry. Mike and Tammy also think they have the most thorns!
When the blackberries are maturing in late-June and early July, they pick every
day and a half, and clean and sort the berries into containers for sale. They freeze the rest for later use in jellies and cobblers. Some of their blackberries have been used by the Market’s Cloverleaf Bakery to make blackberry cobbler!
Of all the produce the Meltons have grown, they like blackberries the best.
If this winter is “kind” they should double their production in 2017!
Music, Fun & Friends
Come out and listen to some great music, see friends,
connect with neighbors and enjoy.
Friend of the Farmers
Please sign up to support the market by becoming a Friend of the Farmers. For a $20.00 donation you will receive the new market bag, participate in specials during the season and have your name entered into the monthly drawing for $50.00 of Market Money. Join at the Market Managers Booth.
This week will have more happening down by the Market, in coordination with the College High Reunion! For example there will be a car show right there on Second Street and the band has been especially selected to appeal to folks who graduated from high school in the late sixties! Specifically the band will be Let It Ride, playing county and rock sounds!
The Market is still accepting SNAP cards! Use your card to get tokens from the Market Manager
and then make a purchase from many accepting vendors.
The veggie vendors are still bringing seasonal favorites like egg plant, sweet corn, peaches, pears, Chinese (malabar) spinach, and okra! There are many beautiful, fresh varieties of tomatoes (grape, roma, cherry, large varieties), squash (zucchini, butternut, spaghetti, yellow), peppers (jalapenos, bell, sweeties), cucumbers (regular and pickling), onions (red and yellow), green beans, and Irish and sweet potatoes. Many kinds of watermelon (black diamond, shiny boy, crimson sweet, carmen, jade star), large and small cantaloupe, and honeydew melons will be there! The fresh flower arrangements are quite beautiful too! A few "coolie" veggies are still available, like kale, and carrots,. Fresh herbs include basil, and lemon basil.
Other items at the Market include:
--Roark Acres has great honey and related products. Get a flavored honey straw to enjoy!
--eggs from Lakeview farm!
--Cloverleaf Baking Co. will have all sorts of tasty items!
--grass fed beef from Jubilee Acres!
--bingo at 10:00 with two chances to win a nice sampling from the Market!
--clay products from Kutt'n Up Klay--order a work of art made right before your eyes!
--essential oils, glycerin soaps, herbal tea, herbal salves, and natural baby products from Jordan's Crossing!
--pasture pork, grass fed beef, eggs, and pecans from Luman's Farm!
--Tucker will have those tasty locally prepared products, honey, and cold drinks too!
--check out The Incredible Edible Tower for a wonderful way to grow things in a small space!
--Two Girls and a Brush has canvas paintings, gifts, and other treasures!
--Face painting will be here again, with new ideas and patterns!
--Green Country Artists will have an assortment of locally made crafts, herbal salves, and cleansers!
--Kettle Korn offers a new aroma and taste to the Market!
Paula Crawford spending some of the $50.00 worth of Bartlesville Market Bucks she won in the June drawing from the Friends of the Farmers membership. Join soon because there are still four monthly drawings for $50.00 worth of Market Bucks left this season! You get this great chance, plus a neat Market Bag, and pen for a mere $20.00. Plus your membership helps fund market operations
There is more, so much more, at YOUR BARTLESVILLE FARMERS MARKET!
2016 Market Manager
918-914-3791 for more information.