Farmers markets open for the season, Rub food truck comes truckin' into Cherry Street Farmers Market full time

Joel Bein pulled his Rub food truck into the Cherry Street Farmers Market area around 5 a.m. on those Saturdays last year when he was scheduled to fill in for regulars who couldn’t be there. “I was always pumped when I woke up in the morning to go to the market,” Bein said. “Because of the size of my trailer, I had to be one of the first ones there to move into my spot. “Before the market opened at 7, I could go around and see what was fresh and looked good and get the first pick of the stuff.

I could see who had onions, who had tomatoes and who had jalapenos, then make my salsa fresh that morning. It’s fun to make up stuff on the spot.” Bein said he usually filled in for Teri Fermo and her Bohemia food truck.

After 12 years participating in Cherry Street Farmers Market, Fermo will be preparing to-go brunches from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at her Bohemia: Moveable Feast Caterers shop, 3309 S. Harvard Ave.

So, Rub, whose specialty is smoked meats prepared in a variety of inventive ways, got the nod to take over Fermo’s spot in the market full time this year. “In order to get a space this year as a hot food vendor, you had to pledge to buy as close as you can to 100 percent of your ingredients at the market,” Bein said. “I was doing that anyway. I think it’s a great idea.”

Bein said he already has a working relationship with another Cherry Street partner — Prairie Creek Farms near Kellyville. Prairie Creek provides grass-fed beef, pastured Berkshire pork, pastured chicken and pastured eggs. “Prairie Creek is owned by three guys who are all big and have beards like me, and we were instant friends,” Bein said. “We get our eggs, sausage and pork from Prairie Creek and our bread from Farrell Family Bread, so there are some things we almost always can do.

We always can do things like breakfast tacos, eggs Benedict, French toast and biscuits and gravy.” Eggs Benedict sounds innocent enough, but Bein looks at different ways to present the dish. Perhaps his most decadent is with beef filet, lobster, poached egg, hollandaise sauce and cheese grits.

Food items from Rub generally run £8 to £14. In addition to Cherry Street Farmers Market, Rub has two other regular weekly stops — Taco Tuesdays at Fuel 66, 2439 E.

11th St., and Friday evenings at Heirloom Rustic Ales, 2113 E. Admiral Place.

“After that, it’s whoever wants to book us,” Bein said. He said he is particularly looking forward to a full season at Cherry Street Farmers Market. “Everyone these days wants to know where their food comes from, and that includes us,” Bein said. “The market allows us to develop personal relationships with the farmers and ranchers and do some true farm-to-table cooking.”

TULSA-AREA FARMERS MARKETS

Cherry Street Farmers Market

7-11 a.m.

Saturdays from April 7 through Oct.

20 15th Street between Quincy and Rockford avenues The Cherry Street Farmers Market offers the largest selection of vendors in the state.

Find fresh produce, flowers, dairy products and more from Oklahoma vendors, along with live music, crafts and food trucks.

The Farmer’s Market

8-11 a.m. Saturdays from April 7 through mid-October The Farm shopping center, 5321 S.

Sheridan Road The Farmer’s Market is named after its location within The Farm shopping center at the corner of 51st Street and Sheridan Road. Shoppers can enjoy live music and cooking demonstrations while stocking up on locally grown produce, meat, wine, cheeses, crafts and much more.

Rose District Farmers Market

8 a.m. to noon Saturdays from April 7 through Oct.

27 418 S. Main St., Broken Arrow

This Broken Arrow market under the Pavilion in the Rose District offers protection against the elements while you peruse more than 40 vendors with fresh produce, honey, eggs, meats, gluten-free Amish bread and more. Also, a kids corner keeps little ones entertained with crafts.

Brookside Farmers Market

7:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays from May 2 through Sept.

26 Whole Foods parking lot, 41st Street and Peoria Avenue The Brookside Farmers Market is a smaller version of the Cherry Street Farmers Market and runs Wednesday mornings from May through September.

Shop for fresh produce, eggs, pickled goods and meat from Oklahoma vendors.

Claremore Farmers Market

7-11 a.m. Saturdays from May 5 through Oct.

27 Intersection of Oklahoma highways 20, 66 and 88

Claremore Farmers Market LLC Facebook Shop Oklahoma-made products, from local honey, fresh eggs, fruit, vegetables and flowers.

Living Kitchen Farm & Dairy

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from May 5 through early fall

25198 S.

481st West Ave., Depew This isn’t a traditional farmers market in the sense it has multiple vendors, but it’s worth noting and a trip to Depew. Linda Ford and chef Lisa Becklund will launch their first full farm-store year May 5 and will run every Saturday into the fall.

Look for fresh produce, eggs and prepared foods from Living Kitchen, honey from Roark Acres and pecans from Knight Creek. The farm store also will be open for those attending Living Kitchen weekend dinners throughout the year.

Sapulpa Main Street’s Route 66 Farmer’s Market

7:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays from May 5 through October

222 E. Dewey Ave., Sapulpa Look for local fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts, grains, meats, fiber, eggs, honey, plants and flowers.

The market also includes educational demonstrations from the Creek County OSU Extension Service.

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