Head to the Ottawa County Farmers Market this week to pick up great summer produce, enjoy free Yoga and for the last week of the Veggie Victors Kid's Club.

We are in the thick of the farmers market season and now is the time to find all your favorites at the market every Thursday until October at 225 B St NW in downtown Miami. The height of summer means plenty of tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, squash, corn, and melons are ripe and ready for purchase. You will also find a few veggies that may not be that familiar like fresh ginger root, kohlrabi, and Asian eggplant.

We have enjoyed being able to have a special kid’s activity this year called the Veggie Victors Kid’s Club, thanks to a Community Grant from The United Fresh Start Foundation. School is starting up again and that means that this week’s market, Aug. 16, is the last chance for children who have signed up for the kid’s club to complete their challenges and win prizes and Market Cash. The veggie of the week will be okra and kids (and adults) will be able to sample some oven-roasted okra. If you have only had okra breaded and fried, you have to try this healthier way of preparing okra. We promise, it will not be slimy!

It's the third Thursday of the month and that means we have a free 30-minute session of Yoga at the Market. This month, Brandi from Bliss Yoga in Miami will be demonstrating how gentle yoga poses and stretches can help prevent and alleviate back pain. Mats and water will be provided. Everyone who comes out and tries yoga this Thursday will receive Market Cash they can use to get free produce at the market.

As always, we will have vendors with lots of fresh, local produce this week at the market. J-M Farms returns, so be sure to pick up some wholesale mushrooms. We will also have baked goods, honey, medicinal oils, jewelry, and bath products for sale. Live country and pop music will be performed by Miami’s Josh Anderson. We will have a free kid’s craft and free food tastings.

We welcome credit cards, SNAP benefits, and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition cards. If you received a Senior Farmers Market card in the mail this year, be sure to get to the market and use your benefits before the season ends on September 27. This year’s Senior cards and tokens expire at the end of the 2018 season.

Let your SNAP benefits go further at the market with our Double Up Oklahoma program. For every SNAP dollar you spend at the market, you will receive a dollar in free produce at the market. Stop by the information table to find out how you can make your SNAP benefits go further at the farmers market.

Don’t have a ride to the market? Grab the Pelivan from Nine Tribes, Miami Towers, Route 66 Landing, Pine Place, and Peoria Housing for free between 4-4:15 p.m. each Thursday during the market season.

Remember to shop local every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church at 225 B St in downtown Miami!