Planning to visit the Oklahoma City Farmers Market? Known officially at the Farmers Public Market, it’s a popular Saturday morning spot in OKC and the centerpiece of the Farmers Market District. Here’s what you need to know to plan the perfect visit!
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Where to Stay in Oklahoma City
Many of you guys are probably OKC locals, or you live in Oklahoma. However, I know some of you guys are out-of-towners (or even out-of-staters) looking to plan your trip to the Big Friendly, here’s where I recommend you stay.
These are suggestions for where to stay in each budget category, plus an Airbnb recommendation. Recs are based on listed prices at the time, but keep in mind they can fluctuate based on availability, so always double-check the linked-to website for pricing for your exact dates.
Best Budget Option (Under $75 a Night)
If you are looking for a budget option near downtown, the Motel 6 Oklahoma City-Bricktown is two miles from Chesapeake Arena, and its location near I-40 means it is a convenient drive to most parts of OKC. I personally like to stay at Motel 6’s that are updated (like this one) when I need to pinch pennies or travel with my dog (most are pet-friendly).
Check availability and rates here.
Best Mid-Range Option ($75-150 a Night)
If you love historic hotels (which I do!) the Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City is a special place to stay if you want to swing it. With a seriously Instagrammable lobby, the perfect location, and gorgeous rooms, this hotel would be far pricier if it was in a different city.
Check availability and rates here.
Best Luxury Option ($150 a Night or More)
If you want a unique stay with a modern twist, check into the 21c Museum Hotel. The rooms are something really special, with a level of design rarely seen in a hotel. There’s an onsite spa if you want to relax, but the highlight (for me, at least) is the artwork on display.
Check availability and rates here.
Best Airbnb Option
If you want a little more privacy or at-home amenities, the THUNDER UP! New Modern and Chic Condo is a private condo with a great location as a beautiful design. This is a great place to stay for anyone coming to town for a Thunder Game, to enjoy downtown and Bricktown, or who wants a sophisticated city escape.
Tip for Visiting the Oklahoma City Farmers Market
Here’s what you need to know!
About the Farmers Public Market
The building is quite a striking one. It was built in 1928, so it’s almost one hundred years old! The Antique Mall followed, opening in 1971.
I encourage you to read the newspaper story in the photo above, as it highlights how excited the areas farmers, ranchers, and dairies were when the market opened and they finally had a permanent market to sell their wares.
What to Wear & Bring to the Farmers Market
You don’t need to dress up in anything special, but you do need to wear a mask. (At least for now). Dress comfy and wear functional shoes, as there aren’t really places to sit down in between booths.
As for what to bring with you, you’ll want your cell phone, wallet, and a reusable shopping bag or two if you don’t want to use plastic or paper bags from the vendors.
Come Down on Saturday Mornings
Unlike some other permanent standing markets in other cities, the OKC Farmers Public Market is only open on Saturdays and then only from 9 am until 2 pm. The attached Antique Mall is open every day of the week but Mondays, so there is always something to do in the area.
Make Sure to Park Legally
The parking situation here can be confusing. There are a few spots out front and many people park at the empty gas station across the street. However, there are parking spots all around the building and in the back, so keep looking if you don’t see a spot.
Don’t Bring Your Pets
Unlike some farmer’s markets, this one does not allow pets. Only service animals can go inside. The entire market is inside the building, so there aren’t vendors to visit with your pets outside.
Check for Special Events
The OKC Farmers Market has lots of special events throughout the year. You can find out what will be happening during your visit on their website, but I personally think the OKC Farmers Market Instagram account @okcfarmersmarket is the best source of up-to-date information.
Check Out Everything the Farmers Public Market has to Offer
There are so many vendors at the OKC farmer’s market. Don’t just focus on one kind! When you get there, do a full walk-through and see all they have to offer. Vendors bring different kinds of wares along with the food vendors. From soaps to jewelry, you can support lots of locals artisans.
What You Can Buy to Eat at the Market
There are fruits and veggies, but the main event really is the specialty producers. You’ll find fish, meat, dairy, local farm-fresh cheeses, homemade tortillas, tortilla chips, salsas, and so much more!
On our most recent trip, we bought a few items to test them at home…and the tests were quite yummy.
We brought home the fresh catfish, collard greens, and the local salsa. Spoiler alert…everything was insanely good!
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to take a picture of the catfish and collard greens because as we sat down to eat, my son ended up having to be taken to the emergency room. (He’s fine, but it was a scary night).
However, these are the tacos we made with the salsa and they were so good! I even bought a second jar of salsa when I saw the same brand for sale at another local store.
What You Can Buy to Drink at the Market
You’ll find local sodas and root beers available. We tried the root beer and it was so refreshing!
How to Pay for Your Goods
All the vendors we visited accepted both credit cards and cash. There are ATMs on site if you try to buy from a vendor that doesn’t take credit cards.
Visit the Antique Mall
The Antique Mall is located next to the Farmers Market. Make sure to stop by before you leave the premises! It’s got great vintage and antique finds from multiple vendors.
What to Do After the Farmers Market
There’s a lot to do in the Farmers Market District besides going to the market itself. You can shop at other stores and vendors in the area, see fun murals, and grab a delicious brunch. You can find ideas and details in my guide to the best things to do in the Farmers Market District.
Don’t Forget About Travel Insurance!
Before you leave for your trip make sure you have a valid Travel Insurance Policy because accidents happen on the road. I have used World Nomads when I travel since 2016, and I happily recommend them.
Getting coverage is important whenever you’re more than a hundred miles from home in case of an accident, sickness, theft, etc.
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Stephanie is a born-and-bred Oklahoma mom and travel expert who has been to over fifty countries. After living in Eastern Europe for four years, she has moved with her family back to Oklahoma to write about her favorite places growing up: Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, & Route 66!