Local food making a comeback in OKC's Historic Farmers' Market District!
As a concept, Urban Agrarian is based in taking the best parts of our modern, urban environment (technology, design, and efficient distribution) and combining those with the best of classic agrarian techniques (simplicity, sustainability, biodiversity, and wise resource allocation).
As a business, Urban Agrarian is a local food retailer and distributor that was started by founder Matthew Burch in May of 2008 out of his home garage. The UA operation grew and and has been located in Oklahoma City’s Historic Farmers' Market district since 2011. This space, the Earth to Urban Local Food Hub, is home to the Urban Agrarian Local Foods Market and our partner April Harrington's Earth Elements Entrepreneurs' Kitchen. Throughout the building's history were several generations of different produce houses: it was already equipped with loading docks and a classic aesthetic reminiscent of the glory days of Oklahoma's local food scene. Upon moving in, the Food Hub was updated with new electric, plumbing, cold storage, a market space, and a certified commercial kitchen. The market is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm, while the kitchen is available to food start-ups 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
We are able to reach a larger audience through the Urban Agrarian online shop. We take orders until Wednesday of each week and deliver every Friday and Saturday to the greater OKC Metro area. During Oklahoma’s peak growing season of April through October, UA conducts mobile markets such as the Midtown Market at Saints and the Edmond Farmers' Market.
The variety of foods sold by Urban Agrarian includes fresh local produce, pasture-based meats and dairy, fresh eggs, baked goods, pasta, a wide variety of preserved foods, and a growing number of prepared items. Many of our offerings are prepared in-house by the continuous flow of independent producers utilizing the Earth Elements Entrepreneurs’ Kitchen.
Shop with us and you'll know that it is always local! We also utilize biodiesel that is created by converting waste vegetable oil from local restaurants, run CNG in our cargo van to run farm routes, compost any greenwaste, and recycle over half of our in-house waste. We are serious about the wise use of our planet’s resources and put the lion's share of our revenues back into Oklahoma agriculture. Join us and live off the land, even if you live in the city.Click here to see the growing list of producers we source from.