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  • Karen Chrestay, Assistant Market Manager

New Traffic Pattern & More Vendors for May 9 Pre-Order/Drive-Thru Market

We are delighted to welcome nearly 20 additional vendors to the pre-order/drive-thru market! With the spring/summer growing season coming on strong, produce vendors are offering more fruits and vegetables as well as plants and seedlings. And there are new participants in all sections of the market this week. To accommodate, we've adjusted the traffic flow just a bit -- see map below.

If this is your first visit to the Worthington Farmers Market pre-order/pick-up market, check out the great overview from our good friends at Experience Worthington!


Veggie Spy

Get Acquainted With Komatsuna!

Komatsuna, also called Japanese Spinach, is actually not related to spinach and originated as a type of wild turnip. This leafy green is a staple of the Japanese diet; fresh-picked Komatsuna is even available in vending machines! Komatsuna leaves are flavorful, with a mild mustard-like taste. Komatsuna can be stir-fried, pickled, boiled, added to soups or used fresh in salads. Note that both the stems and leaves can be eaten. On the nutrition front, it is a rich source of vitamins A and C, fiber, calcium, and beta-carotine. Though popular in Japan, Komatsuna is hard to find in the US. Lucky for us, you can pre-order Komatsuna from Jorgensen farms!

The Versatile Vegan found many interesting recipes with Komatsuna, and they often include Japanese ingredients, given its popularity there. Here's a simple recipe for Sesame Komatsuna Greens ( Note it has a little sake, something to try if you've never sampled this Japanese rice wine. And why not a Komatsuna smoothie? Here's one to try:

Fresh Picks Available This Week: Apples (Fuji, Gold Rush, Golden Delicious), Arugula, Baby Italian Dandelions, Baby Lettuce Mix, Baby Beet Greens, Baby Bok Choy, Cabbage Raab, Cilantro, Garlic, Herbs (including parsley, chives, dill, rosemary, sage, oregano, lavender), Komatsuna (Japanese Spinach), Lettuce (baby, heirloom, bibb, salanova, blends, & others), Microgreens & shoots, Mizuna, Baby Mustard Greens, Ramps, Red Mustard, Scallions, Senposai, Baby Spinach, Sorrel, Swiss Chard, Turnips, Turnip Greens

*** Note quantities are limited, so put your order in early! ***

These producers are taking orders for produce delivery on May 9 : 9N Farm, Franklinton Farms, Gillogly Orchard, Jorgensen Farms, Kennedy Farms, Rock Dove, Somerset Herbs, Tilley Farmstead, Van Scoy

Go to our Producer Directory for contact information and pre-order instructions!


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, May 9, 9:00am — Noon

Our Producer Directory has been updated! Use it to find and place your order(s) with nearly 70 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

☑️ 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 the passenger side dashboard or right-side backseat window (not rear or trunk window!) with the following information to help us locate 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!

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.


Help Test "No-Tokens"

SNAP/EBT Purchases!

We're continuing to adapt our service offerings to maintain a minimal contact purchase process. This week, we are experimenting with 3 of our producers to test a pre-order option for grocery essentials for our SNAP/EBT customers.

CABB Farms (Grassfed beef) - Please email to place your order.

Head to the Market Information table in Section 5 on Saturday and we'll process your Ohio Direction card for your order and deliver your meat right to your vehicle.

Kennedy Farms (Eggs)- Please email to request your code and place your egg order.

Head to the Market Information table in Section 5 on Saturday and we'll process your Ohio Direction card for your order and deliver your eggs right to your vehicle.

Franklinton Farms (Produce) - Call or text (614) 680-2381 to request your code and place your order. Payment will be processed by Franklinton Farms at the time of ordering.

On Saturday, you'll pick-up directly from their booth (Section #3 - Produce), if driving. If biking or walking, enter from Highland Ave., head to the Market Information table in Section 5 and we'll deliver your produce to you.

We appreciate your help in testing this process! What we learn on Saturday will help to shape and evolve our service for upcoming weeks.


They're Back!

In Section 5 - Pantry, you will again find The Market Sharpener and our Walk-Up/Ride-Up service tables.

Drop off your scissors, knives or garden implements to Jim Allen, The Market Sharpener, and he will return them to you at next week's market, or you can make arrangements for home delivery.

For our customers that walk or bike to the market, please wear a mask during your visit, and enter only from Highland Avenue. Let the volunteer or staff member know your name and the producers from whom you have ordered, either verbally or with a sign, and a "runner" will retrieve those items from the producers.

Please Note: We will be using barrier tables to maintain 6' social distancing between customers and our team. The volunteer or staff member will then set the retrieved items on the table for you to pick-up in accordance with our minimal contact service. All items must be pre-ordered and pre-paid.


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

Keep Your Heart Healthy!

Cardiovascular disease remains the #1 killer in the U.S. Stress and inflammation keep coming up as important mediators of cardiovascular disease. Oxidative stress and the prolonged or over production of reactive oxygen species (ROS/free radicals) underlies vascular inflammation in atherogenesis.

Lifestyle modifications including 7-9 hours of good quality sleep nightly, moderate intensity daily exercise, whole nutrition and good supplements providing vitamin E in the form of natural tocopherols (400-800 IU per day and vitamin C 500- 1000 mg daily) have been shown to be associated with decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.(1) Additionally, there is evidence that stress management techniques also help a great deal by balancing the over production of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline which is also associated with a reduction in heart related diseases.

As we get more data about the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is interesting that of the people most severely effected by this illness the over whelming majority have underlying cardiovascular diseases like hypertension, coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure and obesity (BMI >30) as compared to the rate of these illnesses in the general population. COVID-19 certainly enters our bodies via the lungs; however, it quickly begins to wreak havoc on the cardiovascular system via the untethered production of reactive oxygen species, overwhelming our bodies ability to produce anti-oxidants to prevent inflammatory damage primarily to the cardiovascular system.(2)

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)Oxidative stress in atherogenesis and arterial thrombosis:the disconnect between cellular studies and clinical outcomes. Madamanchi, Hakim, Runge, J.of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 3:254-267. 2)MedCram, Update #65,COVID-19 and Oxidative Stress, (Prevention and Risk Factors),May 1, 2020.Dr. Roger Seheult,


Thank You for Your Support!

We appreciate your understanding and especially your patience as we continue to evolve and expand our capacity to serve more customers and bring in more producers and more products. We are working diligently with local and state agencies to adjust our operations to comply with required safety protocol and best practices to maintain the health of everyone involved with the Worthington Farmers Market.


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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