By Roseanne McKee,
Hominy Economic Development/Tourism Consultant
Many gardeners know what it’s like when a bumper crop of something comes in and one household just can’t use that much produce. I have a solution! Hominy will have a Gardener’s Market during June and July downtown on the gazebo area next to the First Bank in Hominy at 117 N. Price Ave.
At no cost, gardeners may bring their produce and set up a stand/tent from which to sell their produce. No long-term commitment is required, just call me and I’ll reserve a spot for you on any given week to sell your overabundance of whatever produce. Even if you don’t call ahead, just come on down, I’ll find a spot for you!
The good news is that according to the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture, there is no sales tax on a gardener’s produce!
However, the Dept. of Agriculture does have additional requirements if plants and crafts are sold, so we are going to limit the Gardener’s Market to produce and honey this year.
The Dept. of Agriculture and the Osage County Health Dept. do not allow cut produce or home jarred items. The Osage County Health Dept. food inspector, Brian Coatney, says that a recent Oklahoma law allows beekeepers to sell up to 50 gallons of their own honey without a license.
Commercial honey sales are also allowed, but sales tax is due from the seller to the state; I hope to sell commercially jarred Hannaford Honey from area beekeepers.
The Gardner’s Market will take place at 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. each Saturday in June and July except for July 22.
On Sat., July 22, the Hominy Community Center will hold a Classic Car and Native American Food Festival from 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. with proceeds to benefit the Community Center (old high school), which needs a new roof.
For the classic car portion of the festival prizes will be awarded to the best cars in various categories. Those interested in participating in the car show, may e-mail me at email@example.com and I will pass this along to Chris Cox, who is coordinating this.
Regarding the Native American Foods part of the festival, participants will have an opportunity to sell their: meat pies, fry bread, meat gravy, hominy, grape dumplings, corn soup and specialty dishes. This will not be a competition, just an opportunity to let the larger community enjoy Native American foods.
For food and craft vendors, booth space will be available for rent. Booth space, set up along Main Street, will be offered at a rate of $10 for non-electric and $20 with electricity.
Booth spaces will be approximately 10 ft. by 10 ft. If larger space is needed, participants may rent more than one booth space.
Not all spaces will have electricity available and booth spaces will be rented on a first-come, first-serve basis, so I recommend that you reserve your spot early.
April Brown will be coordinating the booth space rental and Main Street layout grid. If you’d like to have a booth space, just e-mail me and I’ll pass this along to her.
Possibilities that are also in the works: the festival organizers hope to sell festival tee shirts, offer car and owner photos in front of the historic Marland Gas Station, have a pie auction, a raffle, a dunk tank and car “burn-out” contest.
Contact me about the Gardener’s Market or the Classic Car and Native American Food Festival via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 918-287-8784, where I prefer a text message to a voicemail. See you in Hominy!