Direcory Features Made in Oklahoma Food, Farm Goods
Morrow, Darrell, THE JOURNAL RECORD
By Darrell Morrow
In case you suddenly have a voracious craving for some pickled
and a fresh hunk of goat cheese but have no idea how to satisfy
The pickled quail eggs are available from B&D Game Farm just a
distance away in Harrah, and the goat cheese is available from
Farm Dairy of Ripley _ both right here in Oklahoma.
Then, if those quail eggs and the goat cheese leave you with a
probably want to wash them down with a glass of wine from Dwayne
Cimarron Cellars Winery at Caney.
All three are "Made in Oklahoma" products grown and processed in
Oklahoma, and they're in the book "Oklahoma Food and Agricultural
Product Directory." It is a 60-page directory of fresh, raw and
products available for retail, wholesale and export published by
Oklahoma Department of Agriculture.
Or, have you ever found the saliva flowing just thinking about
wild boar steak on the grill? That wild boar meat also is
There may not be a large craving for some of these specialty
Oklahoma, but some of them command big prices in gourmet stores and
when exported to foreign countries.
"A fellow in southeast Oklahoma is going to ship about 20,000
wild boar meat a month to Taiwan. He's rounding up the wild hogs _
they're kind of razorbacks _ and then they have a USDA packing
said Anna Belle Wiedemann, director of the Market Development
of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture.
"Then we have one that is shipping ostrich meat and alligator
Lama (Tony Lama Co. Inc., a boot manufacturer) alone buys 60,000
hides a year. Just think of that market," she said.
New products are being created and marketed so rapidly that an
version of the product directory, which has been out only about
is planned for publication in about three months, Wiedemann said.
Newest in the line of agricultural product guides is an Oklahoma
Department of Agriculture Export Directory, of which 2,000 copies
came from the printers last week. It is designed for distribution
trade shows, Wiedemann said.
It lists 216 Oklahoma companies which offer their
products for export sale. It updates a previous export directory
old that contained "only a handful of companies that exported
products," she said.
"We didn't have as many companies interested in doing export
when the old one was printed. It is just now getting to where the
sense export is a way of life _ if you are going to expand, you're
have to get overseas," she said.
The export book also lists commercial storage facilities for
goods, Oklahoma banks capable of handling export financing,
freight handlers, international health services for clearing goods
shipment, international trade associations, agencies offering
trade assistance, and international trading companies in Oklahoma.
The export products range from raw grains to the exotic processed
products such as "High Dollar Chips," a chocolate-covered potato
produced by Bedre Nut Co. of Ada _ not found in your average
The foreign representatives of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce
cooperate with the Agriculture Department in promotion of products
place more emphasis on industrial products promotion, she said.
"Agriculture is not as sex appealing, you might say, as big
Agriculture is big industry, but most people don't consider it
that way. It's
not got the fluff that other areas have.
"It is very interesting. It is very rewarding and it really is the
Oklahoma," she said. …