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Worthington Farmers Market Drive-Thru Pre-Order & Pick-Up This Weekend!

Veggie Spy

Not Familiar With Kale Rapini?

Now's the Time to Check it Out!

As you're planning what veggies to pre-order this week, consider trying kale rapini. Sometimes referred to as kale raab or napini, these are kale plants that have started to flower. Unlike most greens, when kale starts to flower it becomes juicy and flavorful. They are usually slightly sweet this time of year, and somewhat resemble broccoli in taste. It can be substituted in recipes that call for a brassica veggie such as broccoli or even asparagus. Kale rapini is high in calcium and has lots of vitamins A, C, and K. Check out pre-ordering at Franklinton Farms and become a kale rapini fan!

The Versatile Vegan likes this simple recipe for Garlic Sauteed Kale Rapini ( Last week we discussed ramps, and they are still available this week. The VV suggests this recipe for Creamy Ramp and Barley Soup ( And keep in mind that ramps have a very short season!

Use this link to access our complete producer directory to contact producers and place your pre-orders for pick-up on Saturday.


Thank you for supporting the farmers and producers of the Worthington Farmers Market! Our pre-order/pre-pay/drive-thru service is growing with new hours, new vendors and more customers joining each week.

Provided COVID-19 restrictions do not expand, pre-order/pre-pay/drive-thru service will be available at the Worthington Community Center, Saturday, April 11, 9am to Noon.

Use our convenient Producer Directory to find and place your order(s) with 50+ local producers. Be sure to specify WFM Pick-Up and we’ll have your items bagged and tagged for quick and easy — and safe! — pick-up Saturday morning!

Producer Directory:

Tips for Success:

Pick up your pre-orders like a pro by following these guidelines for our drive-thru market. For your health and ours, this is a minimal contact service.

☑️ Pre-order pick-ups only. NO sales or transactions onsite.

☑️ Hours are 9am-12pm. PLEASE do not arrive before the market opens!

☑️ Please reserve 9am-10am for those in vulnerable populations (seniors and immuno-compromised) and those picking up from a single producer.

☑️ Enter ONLY from East Wilson Bridge Road - The Worthington Community Center address is 345 E. Wilson Bridge Road.

☑️ No walk-ups. Please stay in your vehicle. Just pop your trunk and we'll load your purchases for you.

☑️ Place an 8.5" x 11" sign on your dashboard that includes the following information to help us locate and load your order:

LAST NAME, First Name

Picking Up From:




☑️ Volunteers, signage and traffic cones will help direct you through the process

☑️ EXIT ONLY via Highland Avenue (connects to Route 23/Worthington-Galena Road)

☑️ Expect a minimum 15-20 minute wait to receive your order

☑️ Please be kind, courteous & patient. We're all in this together, Ohio!

LOCATION: Worthington Community Center 345 East Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington OH

**Please enter the driveway at the East Wilson Bridge Road entrance** Customer Pick-Up Hours: Saturday, April 11, 9:00am — Noon

We are committed to supporting small businesses during this crisis and connecting customers to them. We are equally committed to the health and well-being of our producers, volunteers, staff and you, our customers. Social distancing and and safety and sanitation protocols will be in place for the duration of this event.


Need Home Delivery?

Browse the Home Delivery column of our Producer Directory for this option and contact vendors directly to make arrangements for yourself, family, and friends who are staying home right now.


The Market Doctor's Weekly Wellness Tip

Vitamin C, a Remarkable Substance!

Vitamin C can be a simple and inexpensive way to support your immune system.

Recent studies have shown IV vitamin C to effectively decrease death rates in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome from 46% to 30% (1,2) and to shorten the duration of mechanical ventilation, especially among critically ill patients, an average 25% using 1000-6000 mg IV vitamin C daily.(4) High dosage oral vitamin C showed a reduction in common cold symptoms by 17% when using 6000 milligrams daily, and 21% with 8000 mg daily.(3)

Inflammation is a biological phenomenon triggered by the immune system in response to a physical injury or infection. Vitamin C’s immune-boosting and antioxidant properties can mediate the body’s inflammatory response as shown in a recent study looking at C-reactive protein levels (CRP) which decrease by about 16% in response to 1000 mg daily of oral vitamin C.(5)

Catechins are bioactive compounds present in green tea. Some catechins, such as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), are potent scavengers of reactive oxygen species with demonstrated antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticarcinogenic properties. The addition of vitamin C in green tea is shown to increase the bioavailability of these catechins.(6)

The human body responds to mental stress by releasing hormones called corticosteroids, triggering the body’s fight or flight response. Chronic activation of these hormones can impair immune function, increasing susceptibility to infection and disease. Findings in a recent study suggest that high dose vitamin C (several grams daily) might improve immune function, especially during times of mental and physical stress. The study in mice, showed that given high dose vitamin C, they exhibited higher levels of IgG, the most abundant antibody in circulation, responsible for binding a broad selection of pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi, to prevent infection. (7)

Talk with your doctor today about taking 1000 mg to 3000 mg of vitamin C daily to better support your immune system.

Stay the course. Learn something new everyday. We will get through this together.

Be well.

The Market Wellness Doctor

None of these statements should be construed as dispensing medical advice ,making claims regarding the cure of diseases,prevention or cure of any disease state.This information is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. They are solely the opinion of the Market Wellness Doctor. Please consult your physician regarding any specific medical symptoms or conditions. Please direct questions to the Wellness Doctor at

Sources: 1),Dr. Rhonda Patrick, April 3 2020.

2) New VCU study links vitamin C therapy to better survival rates after sepsis,,April 7, 2020.

3) Larger doses of vitamin C may lead to a greater reduction in common cold duration, Science Daily,Univ. Helsinki, March 30, 2017.

4)Vitamin C Can Shorten the Length of Stay in the ICU: A Meta-Analysis, MDPI,by Harri Hemilä 1,* andElizabeth Chalker 2Department of Public Health, University of Helsinki, POB 41, FI-00014 Helsinki, Finland, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney 2006, Australia.

5)Vitamin C Lowers Levels Of Inflammation Biomarker Considered Predictor Of Heart Disease, Science Daily, November 14, 2008, University of California - Berkeley.

6)Citrus Juice, Vitamin C Give Staying Power To Green Tea Antioxidants, Science Daily, November 14, 2007, Purdue University.

7)Scientists Say Vitamin C May Alleviate The Body's Response To Stress, August 23, 1999, American Chemical Society.

The Worthington Partnership is pleased to announce that COhatch is furthering its investment in the Worthington community. Together the organizations will continue to drive initiatives to bring positive attention to the historic district, and support professional development and educational seminars for local merchants and business owners. The Partnership also will support soon-to-be-announced COhatch community events geared toward improving the lives of local residents.

COhatch will provide funding, hosting venues and people resources to help design and plan future programs for the community in collaboration with the Old Worthington Partnership. You will also see the COhatch airstream trailer, a multi-purpose office on wheels named "Mobi" at various events.

Thanks to COhatch for bringing energy and resources to Old Worthington! We are thrilled to work even more closely together to enhance the Old Worthington experience.

For more information, or questions related to any of our services, please contact us via email at

The Worthington Farmers Market is an event of The Worthington Partnership.

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