About the Market
In 1987, with permission from City Manager, Dave Elder, the Worthington Farmers Market began. What started as a PhD dissertation project for two women in Sustainable Agriculture at The Ohio State University has become a year-round tradition in Worthington, Ohio.
According to market advocate and Worthington resident, Julie Weatherington-Rice, "...the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District was a very early supporter."
Once established, the market was nurtured and managed by the local businesses, and from there, a business association, the Old Worthington Business Association (OWBA), which is known today as the Old Worthington Partnership.
The Worthington Farmers Market was managed by Jan Staats until 2009, when she passed. For the next eight years, the Worthington Farmers Market was led by Jamie Moore, a local food advocate and owner of Wayward Seed Farm. In 2019, Christine Hawks joined the Old Worthington Partnership team as the Market Manager. Christine and a dedicated group of volunteers from the greater Columbus community manage the day-to-day operations of the Worthington Farmers Market.