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.
Last week we enjoyed beautiful flamenco guitar music at the Market. This week we will have Colton Lane and Don Pearson. Colton is a singer/songwriter; has recorded several songs in Nashville; is getting Oklahoma airtime; and will be playing a mix of rock/blues covers and originals.
Now that we are really into the hot summer weather, you find some seasonal favorites like cantaloupe, watermelon, sweet corn, peaches, and okra. And of course there are many beautiful, fresh varieties of tomatoes, squash, peppers, cucumbers, onions, garlic, shallots, beets, green beans, and potatoes. The fresh flower arrangements are quite beautiful too! Some "coolie" veggies are still available, like celery, kale, asparagus, carrots, and turnips. Fresh herbs will include basil, lemon basil, mint, and cilantro.
Luman Farms will be back with fresh pork, pecans, and eggs. Ask them about some hillbilly bacon to go with some fresh tomatoes for a killer BLT! Speaking of tomatoes, the Manager's Booth will have a simple recipe for tomato sauce.
Don't forget that the Market now accepts SNAP cards! Get your market tokens from the Market Manager
Other items at the Market include:
--Two Girls and a Brush sells canvas paintings, gifts, and treasures!
--Cloverleaf Baking Co. will have banana rum bread, Irish whiskey cake, spinach quiche, and other tasty items!
--essential oils, glycerin soaps, herbal tea, herbal salves, and natural baby products from Jordan's Crossing!
--specialty sewn items from Martha's Task--find many representing your favorite team or school!
--beef from Jubilee Acres!
--eggs from Lakeview Farm!
--Green Country Artists will have decorated gourds, baskets, crocheted items, Mom's Bug Spray, and assorted herbal products!
--bingo at 10:00 with two chances to win a nice sampling from the Market!
--Tuckerbee's honey, jams, jellies, and other tasty items, now including baked goods!
--clay products from Kutt'n Up Klay--order a work of art made right before your eyes!
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.