OKLAHOMA CITY – A new farmer’s market in northeast Oklahoma City is combating a problem in the area that residents said has been an issue for years.
Devin Dawson and his wife, Sade, as well as Merle Chiles and his wife, Brittany, opened up the brand new Kinfolk Farmer’s Market for the first time Saturday morning.
They said it’s always been their dream, and now it's become a reality.
"It's amazing to me. I mean, it's taken a while to get to this point but, now that we're here and we know that it's viable, I love it,” Chiles said.
“It’s so surreal,” Dawson said.
Their hope is to give those who live in northeast Oklahoma City another option for food due to few grocery stores in the area, while bringing the community together.
"There's a food desert over here, and I feel like that's our main priority is to take care of that food desert and just knowing that our community can really benefit from this gave us more motivation to make this happen,” Chiles said.
The group also hopes this will help promote healthy eating to the youth.
"Our generation, I believe it's our opportunity and our time to make some stuff happen. So, we're here and we're going to make it happen,” Chiles said.
Community members we spoke with love it.
"It's so nice to see it's coming to fruition. I think it's great for this community. Healthy options are definitely what's needed on this side of town,” said Aletha Williams.
Dawson and Chiles said opening was a hit, and they’re excited for many more days at the Kinfolk Farmer’s Market to come.
"I'm shocked. I'm still in shock right now. It'll probably hit me when I get home,” Dawson said.
The Kinfolk Farmer's Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays at the Northeast Community and Cultural Center.