Made in Oklahoma--A Tasty Way to Support Local Businesses around the StateWed, 21 Oct 2020 11:23:15 CDT
Made in Oklahoma is the Number one place to find the best products and brands in the state of Oklahoma. Associate Farm Director, KC Sheperd, spoke with Emily Shuping, the Ag Marketing Coordinator for Made in Oklahoma, to discuss all the amazing products made in our great state. Shuping said, we have so many great products made here in Oklahoma, "We've got so many amazing products that are made here in Oklahoma, many of which people have been familiar with for years, but we've also got a lot of brand new companies that have started out during this mess that we call Covid that are doing awesome things, so its an exciting time to be living in Oklahoma."
Shuping said for those folks wanting to find Made in Oklahoma, they've made the process pretty easy by just shopping at your local grocery store and looking for the products there, "The MIO coalition tries to tag the products on the grocery store shelves, to let the consumer know that the product is made here locally." Shuping said you could also go to madeinoklahoma.net and see a list of all the producers and retailers that are growing made in Oklahoma products or featuring made in Oklahoma products.
With the holidays right around the corner, Shuping said this is another way to support local producers and businesses, "Every dollar counts, and the more we can spend those dollars here locally, it really makes an impact for your neighbor, for that food company down the street, you know they are employing Oklahomans. So the more we can keep our dollars here locally and support local business, the better off we all are."
If you look around town, you can usually find Made In Oklahoma products featured at local businesses. In fact, Shuping said they are working to help connect restaurants to local producers, "We have over 500 restaurants in the state that use a variety of made in Oklahoma products on their menus, and they are really proud to talk about that and share that story with their customers." Shuping reminds customers you can log onto MIOCoaltion.com; you can see all the restaurants that are featuring Local, Made in Oklahoma Products.
Shuping also said if you are interested in purchasing Made in Oklahoma products, you can go to https://www.madeinoklahoma.net/ and find links to all the producers and retailers' websites. Suppose you want to be a Made In Oklahoma Vendor. In that case, she can help you with that too, "We have an online application process available on our website, then I'll get in touch with the company and talk a little bit about their goals and how they want to grow their company and what their interest areas are, then we will see exactly where they fit, and get started."
The Coalition started with seven founding companies, and now they have over 80 companies. The made in the program has around 500 companies in it now, "Our membership has probably grown by almost 15 members just during covid, and so its been crazy to see how many new food companies are cropping up, and how many people are still thriving during a crazy time, and how Oklahomans are more willing to support their local producers than ever before."
To see all the featured products, order your holiday items, view local restaurants, or just encounter some tasty treats, go to the Made in Oklahoma Coalition.
Click or tap below to hear KC Sheperd's Complete conversation with Emily Shuping of MIO.
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