Tahlequah Farmers’ Market opened for its third season Saturday.

TAHLEQUAH — Saturday’s dreaded early morning deluge failed to materialize, and a few rays of sun even peeked out as shoppers wandered through the colorful tents displaying fresh items at the Tahlequah Farmers’ Market.

The market, now in its third year, offered garden-fresh vegetables, locally produced meats, and other specialty items such as homemade soaps and artisan breads. The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday in the parking lot of First Lutheran Church, behind Reasor’s.

While shoppers at the market may not be able to meet the hens that laid the eggs they’re buying, they can talk with the person who fed the chickens and gathered the eggs fresh that morning. They can discuss how the produce they purchase was raised, and frequently exchange gardening gossip with fellow enthusiasts.

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Hundreds flock to Prescott Farmers Market opening

Tom Moore swears by the Prescott Farmers Market and the pure, organic food it offers residents for purchase.

Over the past several years, the Prescott Valley resident says he has bought vegetables, coffee and plants for his garden at the market, which prides itself on the natural foods it supplies from Arizona farmers, many of whom are from Yavapai County.

“Once my family started on organic food, we found out that there is nothing like it,” Moore said Saturday morning from the market, which opened its 14th season in the main parking lot at Yavapai College. “It’s so much better than store-bought food. If we can grow or buy organic, that’s the way we’ll go.”

In 1997, the Prescott Farmers Market, a non-profit farmers cooperative in this county, opened with less than a handful of vendors, but it remained ambitious nonetheless.

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Rohnert Park to launch a farmers market

Rohnert Park, taking a slice out of its own history book, will launch a farmers market in June, joining a long list of Sonoma County cities that have embraced the markets as a way to focus on local food while providing ongoing community events.

The county’s third largest city, once the site of a massive seed farm, will kick off its market season June 4, a Friday.

Organizers chose the last day of the working week because only Cloverdale and Occidental hold their markets on Fridays.

“This is something fun and exciting finally for Rohnert Park residents to do on a Friday,” said Laure Tatman, the market manager. “I’ve been a resident for 33 years and there’s not a whole lot to do in our town on Friday nights.”

The market is to be located in the parking lot of the Rohnert Park Library, between Rohnert Park Expressway and City Center Drive. Tatman said 20 of 30 vendor spaces are filled so far. It is a Certified Farmers Market, which means farmers sell their produce directly to the public.

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