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June 17, 2014

GreEnid promotes sustainable living

ENID, Okla. — Enid Farmers Market is teaming up with local businesses to bring green practices to the community through the GreEnid celebration Saturday.

With the help of a few sponsors, the market will host the fifth annual GreEnid event 8-11 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Garriott and Grand.

Corey Groendyke, executive director of Enid Farmers Market, said the purpose of the event is to remind the community about sustainable living.

“The overall theme and focus of GreEnid is to focus on all things green and healthful, which is really our overall focus throughout the year, but we typically bring in some of our community partners as well,” Groendyke said.

Frank Baker, director of Eagle Marketing, said the event will allow people to experience the market as well as learn the value of green practices.

“It’s early enough in the season where we always think it’s kind of a nice way to reintroduce people if they haven’t made it out since the Enid Farmers Market has been open,” Baker said.

In addition to the variety of vendors and goods the market provides weekly, the celebration will offer other perks like free GreEnid recyclable bags, courtesy of the city of Enid, Communication Federal and StarTek.

The NBC Oklahoma Potato Races are sure to be a favorite with the young crowd, Baker said.

“It’s a soapbox derby with potatoes,” Baker said. “The kids, it’s kind of like a mosh pit around there because the kids love it.”

Another highlight will be the Reusapalooza, a competition beginning at 8:30 a.m. where three local businesses will be represented by teams of two. The pairs will compete to see who can transform used items into new pieces.  

“The Reusapalooza is just to inspire people to see past what is in front of them to try to bring our community into a little bit more of a sustainable mindset,” Groendyke said.

Judging for the Reusapalooza items will be at 10:30 a.m., and then pieces will be auctioned off.

Baker said the events are inspired by sustainable practices, which are becoming more and more relevant.

“I think we’re becoming much more focused on healthy living, healthy eating, how we’re going to resources, and I really don’t think it’s even remotely a political thing anymore,” Baker said.

Some events will directly involve goods being sold at the market. A segment of the T&A Productions “Tossed” cooking competition will combine elements of the TV shows “Chopped” and “Survivor” for a cooking challenge.

“There’s the added challenge of not only using items from the farmers market, but also limited resources in terms of ovens and utensils, forcing people to think creatively,” Groendyke said.

Groendyke said Mayor Bill Shewey declared June to be Enid Farmers Market Month at Monday’s city commission meeting, making it a great time to get out to the GreEnid event.

Baker said the market is a resource the community should not take for granted.

“The city of Enid took a survey about things people like about Enid, and the farmers market was either one or two,” Baker said. “It’s a remarkable quality of life thing that more people need to sample.”

For information about the market and GreEnid, visit the Enid Farmers Market Facebook page at facebook.com/EnidFarmersMarket.

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