The Bartlesville Farmers’ Market will start its 9th season in 2016 and will run from May 7 through Mid-October. The Market had its best year in 2014 with a weekly average of 800 to 1,000 participants. The Market is the place to obtain fresh local produce and crafts, hear free live music, see friends, connect with neighbors and enjoy the beauty of Bartlesville. The Market provides a great outlet for local vendors to sell their products, helping to better the quality of life for these dedicated individuals. See an introduction to the Bartlesville Farmers' Market here.
The Bartlesville Farmers' Market is registered with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry that meets all licensure requirements for vegetable production. Live plant sales are licensed by Dept. of Agriculture . Other vendors, such as baked goods and other food, must meet Oklahoma Department of Health requirements.
The Bartlesville Farmers’ Market is supported by memberships, sponsorships, grants, donations, and vendor fees.
The Bartlesville Area Farmers’ Market Association is a 501(c) (4) non-profit corporation.
Mission of the Bartlesville Farmers Market:
• To improve local access to locally grown and made products
• To promote the economic well-being of area farmers and growers
• To support the nutritional needs of our community
New 2016 Board Members:
Vice President--Gwen Harris
Public Affairs--Kathy Davis
Members at Large--Bob and Georgia Gates, and Annie Piper
The Board of Directors is elected at the annual meeting and consists of a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, public relations, and one or more at large members.
Market Manager--Mike Melton 918-534-6542
President - Mike Melton 918-534-6542
view our Bylaws
view our Vendor Guidelines
History of Market
The idea for a local farmers' market was born when members of Sustainability Nowata Osage Washington (SNOW) recognized that most of our area's food came from far away and depended on cheap fossil fuels. Should fuel prices escalate sufficiently, long distance shipment of food might not be feasible. Or how about a prolonged drought in California's Imperial Valley or other circumstances beyond local control?
A farmers’ market was founded to improve our local food security and to strengthen our local economy. As added benefits, local food is fresher and more varied than commercial mass-produced varieties, and customers can get to know the people who produce their food.
How do you start a farmers’ market? With a lot of help--in the beginning, from the Buy Fresh Buy Local network. Founders attended many meetings, and gained lots of information about legalities, insurance and operational guidelines. The network shared lists of names of potential vendors, which were divided up and called.
Bylaws and Vendor Guidelines were developed and adopted (elsewhere on this site). List of board members for each year can be obtained by request from the Market e-mail.
The Chamber of Commerce offered Frank Phillips Park as a downtown site for the market. This has been a good location for the Market, with ample street parking, some shade and seating, paved walking areas, and a raised stage area with electricity for a band. As the Market continues to grow, other space arrangements are anticipated.
The Market joined the Chamber, obtained a business license, and later a sign permit from the city of Bartlesville. The Market has received grants from the OK Dept. of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and local sponsorships.
The Market has a checking account and debit card. The Market has offered workshops for potential vendors on how to grow and market their products.