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  • Karen Chrestay, Assistant Market Manager

Take Our Survey & See the New Map for May 16 Pre-Order/Drive-Thru Market

The drive-thru market layout has been revised to accommodate re-paving of the Worthington Community Center parking lot. See map below for details, but here are a few tips to help plan your visit:

☑️ First hour of the market, 9:00-10:00 AM, is reserved for seniors and immuno-compromised individuals AND customers picking up from just one producer.

☑️ Section and product order has changed:

Section 1 -- Produce & Plants

Section 2 -- Meat, Eggs, Dairy

Section 3 -- Bakery, Pizza, Pasta

Section 4 -- Honey, Maple, Hummus, Pickles

Section 5 -- Juice, Popsicles & The Market Sharpener

Section 6 -- Pantry & Dry Goods (and runners to pick up missed items, if needed!)

☑️ IMPORTANT! 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:

This will help the Market Greeter direct you to the most efficient route through the market!


Help Us Plan Ahead

Thank You for Your Input!

"Lettuce" (let us) know your thoughts on current and future shopping at the Worthington Farmers Market!

The health and safety of our Market community is a top priority and will continue to guide us as we evolve the shopping experience during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Whether you've "bean" (been) to our current drive-thru market or not, we want to hear from you. "Peas" (please) take a moment to complete our short survey:


Veggie Spy

Think You Don't Like Turnips? Try Hakurei!

If you think you don't like turnips, or you like to explore new veggies, now is a great time to try Hakurei turnips! Also called Japanese turnips or salad turnips, this variety was first cultivated in Japan in the 1950s. They are small white globes that look a bit like radishes. Unlike most turnip varieties, Hakurei can be eaten raw with the skin, and the leaves are edible as well. The turnips have a delicate, slightly sweet flavor and have satisfying crunch when eaten raw. The leaves taste like mustard greens.

In terms of nutrition, these turnips are loaded with vitamin C. The leaves have vitamins A and K, as well as folate and calcium. Pre-order Hakurei turnips from 9N Farm or Tilley Farmstead, and you'll become a fan!

The Versatile Vegan says Hakurei Turnips are a great addition to salads, and also suggests you try grilling them with this recipe ( Note the recipe includes the greens as well - yum!

And if you are into pickling, try this recipe:

Many folks are growing victory gardens these days and several Market produce vendors have starts/seedlings including tomatoes, peppers, and herbs - start your online gardening prep now!

Fresh Picks Available This Week: Apples (Fuji, Gold Rush, Golden Delicious), Arugula, Italian Dandelion, Baby Lettuce Mix, Beet Greens, Baby Bok Choy, Cabbage Raab, Herbs (basil, cilantro, parsley, chives, dill, rosemary, sage, oregano, lavender), Komatsuna (Japanese Spinach), Leeks, Lettuce (baby, heirloom, bibb, blends & others), Microgreens & shoots, Mizuna, Baby Mustard Greens, Red Mustard, Scallions, Spinach (baby, regular), Rainbow Chard, Turnips (Hakurei!), Baby Turnip Greens

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

These producers are taking orders for produce delivery on May 16: 9N Farm, Anderson Orchard, Franklinton Farms, Gillogly Orchard, Jorgensen Farms, Kennedy Farms, Rock Dove, Somerset Herbs, Tilley Farmstead, Van Scoy, Wishwell

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 16, 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.


And Back for a Return Engagement . . .

In Sections 5 & 6, you will again find The Market Sharpener and our Walk-Up/Ride-Up service tables, as well as the check-out process for SNAP/Produce Perks purchases.

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.

SNAP customers can order directly from:

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 #2 - Produce), if driving. If biking or walking, enter from Highland Avenue, head to the Market Information table in Section 6 and we'll deliver your produce to you.

Please Note: We will be using barrier tables to maintain 6-foot 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

Oxidative Stress

Oxidative stress plays a prominent role in many chronic diseases like cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, diabetes and obesity. How can we better handle the challenge of oxidative stress?

Last week we talked about making lifestyle modifications shown to reduce oxidative stress such as 7-8 hours of sleep nightly, daily moderate intensity exercise, daily consistent consumption of whole foods, nutrition/good supplements and management of daily stressors in our home and work lives.

Today let's consider NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine) an amino acid shown to enhance anti-oxidant function. NAC is a precursor to the essential intracellular anti-oxidant glutathione. N-acetyl cysteine is one of the few antioxidants found to raise glutathione levels. (1)

Glutathione is an important antioxidant used in many different metabolic processes within the body. Maintaining adequate levels is important to maintaining the health of the respiratory, hepatic and immune systems. NAC protects the body from oxidative damage.

Outcomes data support NACs mitigating effects on illness from viruses. NAC seems to reduce progression from colonization to illness and reduce the severity and duration of acute symptoms.

In a six-month controlled clinical study enrolling 262 primarily elderly subjects, those receiving 600 mg NAC twice daily, as opposed to those receiving placebo, experienced significantly fewer influenza-like episodes and days of bed confinement.(2) Side effects of NAC are considered mild. NAC treatment is shown to be well tolerated and resulted in a significant decrease in the frequency of influenza-like episodes, severity, and length of time confined to bed.

Consider sulfur-rich foods foods first to obtain NAC. These foods include whole grains, legumes, beans, eggs, whey protein, poultry, lean pork, seafood, tofu, cruciferous (cabbage family) vegetables and allium (onion family) vegetable like garlic, scallions and onions.

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) MF, DiNicolantonio JJ. Nutraceuticals have potential for boosting the type 1 interferon response to RNA viruses including influenza and coronavirus. Prog Cardiovasc Dis. Published online February 12, 2020. doi:10.1016/j.pcad.2020.02.0073)Attenuation of influenza-like symptomatology and improvement of cell-mediated immunity with long-term N-acetylcysteine treatment.De Flora S1, Grassi C, Carati L.Eur Respir J. 1997 Jul;10(7):1535-41.


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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