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.
The fresh flower arrangements continue to be beautiful, and our favorite flower gardener from Kansas is here with her lovely, healthy mums for your fall and perennial enjoyment of their color!
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.
Pumpkins, many shapes, colors, and sizes, are here for fall decoration. The veggie vendors continue to bring lots of seasonal favorites like egg plant, sweet corn, pears, apples, grapes, Chinese (malabar) spinach, and okra! There are still fresh varieties of tomatoes (roma, cherry, large varieties), squash (zucchini, butternut, spaghetti, yellow, golden zuke, acorn), peppers (jalapenos, bell, banana, red sweetie, anaheim, thai and regular chili), cucumbers (regular and pickling), shallots, onions (red and yellow), green beans, and Irish and sweet potatoes. Many kinds of watermelon (shiny boy, crimson sweet, carmen, jade star) will be there--also decorative swan and apple gourds! ! A few "coolie" veggies are still available, like kale, and carrots,. Fresh herbs include basil, and lemon cilantro.
Music this coming Saturday will be the John Griffen Trio.
Other items at the Market include:
--Roark Acres has great honey and related products. Get a flavored honey straw to enjoy (make sure you bite off the correct end!)
--eggs from Lakeview farm!
--Cloverleaf Baking Co. has 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 has those tasty locally prepared products, honey, and cold drinks too!
--The Painted Face has many ideas and patterns to brighten up your appearance!
--Green Country Artists has decorated gourds, herbal salves, and cleansers!
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.