Arcadia Farmers Market General Store to open Sept. 11

ARCADIA — The homegrown and home-canned foods that often sell out on summer market days will now be available year-round at the Arcadia Farmers Market General Store.

The shelves will be stocked with locally raised meat, whole milk from a family dairy, farm-fresh eggs, cheese, honey, fresh produce and colorful jars of pickles, relish, salsa and jam when the store opens Friday at 212 Odor St. in the Windmill Shops.

Also available will be specialty teas, coffee, skin care products, fresh and frozen pasta, gluten-free flour and bread mixes, Indian fry bread mix, spices, organic maple syrup, maple and chocolate candy, homemade dog treats, and handmade soap and soy candles.

Most items are grown or made in central Oklahoma.

“We are excited to have new businesses in the town because it represents growth,” Arcadia Mayor James H. Woodard said.

“This is the first time since the 1970s that there has been a food store in Arcadia,” said Linda Simonton, who co-owns the farmers market, along with Jodee McLean. “It offers convenience and Oklahoma-made products, and you can always find something in there to make a meal. We have recipes, and we accept SNAP.”

This is the third season for the farmers market. Simonton and McLean are longtime local business owners who both like to grow vegetables, and McLean also has chickens and a cattle operation, so the market was a natural fit, Simonton said. The market pavilion is also rented out for special events.

The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Masks and social distancing will be encouraged.

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