- Worthington Farmers Market
9/11 Remembrance. PawPaws are Here! Saum Returns with Fall Faves. Get Sharp This Week! Salsa Season.
September 10, 2022, 8am - Noon
Downtown Historic Worthington
The 35th summer market is underway! Summer market hours are 8:00am to Noon through the end of October! Find us on High Street, south of 161 down to South Street.
Patriot Day - 9/11 Remembrance
East & West Village Greens Temporary Change to Pedestrian Traffic
Earlier this week, City of Worthington community members, Worthington Police, Fire, Parks & Rec, and elected officials, Boy Scouts and the Thomas Worthington High School Cross Country team came together to plant 2,977 small American Flags on the Village Green in preparation for our 9/11 𝙍𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙢𝙗𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚, 𝙎𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝙖𝙩 𝙣𝙤𝙤𝙣.
Traffic Pattern Change on the Greens:
To accommodate placement of the flags and the ceremonies taking place -- for this Saturday only -- we are making a slight position adjustment for vendors who are assigned to the East and West Village Greens.
**Vendors will still be on the Greens in their usual location -- but their booths will be facing the Green rather than the sidewalk.**
Volunteers and staff will be on hand to help re-direct pedestrian traffic through the Greens.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we join our community in recognizing and remembering this important occasion.
This Week's Vendor Participation
Please Note: This vendor list is based on currently available information. Vendor participation may change without notice due to emergency, weather, staffing, or other unforeseen circumstances.
2022 Outdoor Market Map
Locate your favorite vendors using our updated interactive map!
Food Truck at the Market
Find the Foxfire Tacos food truck in front of US Bank on the east side of High Street between the Rock Dove and Gillogly Orchard booths!
Market Special Sneak Preview: $5 Breakfast Tostadas -- Crisp tortilla topped with refried beans, English cheddar from Black Radish Creamery, crispy pork belly, and a fried egg
Veggie Spy & Versatile Vegan
Strange Fruit and Other Market Curiosities
Hidden amidst the market bounty of tomatoes, peppers, and melons there are some strange and unusual finds you don’t want to miss! Pawpaws, for example, are a native Ohio fruit that many urbanites are unfamiliar with. Both the tree and its fruit are called pawpaws. The light green, potato shaped fruit can be found growing wild in many parts of Ohio. Native Americans have been gathering and bartering pawpaws for thousands of years.
Raw paw-paws have custardy, avocado like texture that tastes somewhat like a cross between a mango and a banana. Pawpaw fans will be gathering at the annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival, September 16-18, near Athens, Ohio. Check it out! Pawpaws have a short season and are available from Franklinton Farms.
Ground cherries are another unusual fruit available at the Market. Though not related to cherries, they have a pleasing sweet/tart flavor. Ground cherries are round and yellow with a tan, papery husk that is discarded before eating. They have tiny, edible seeds that give a little crunch. They grow on vines and are harvested by picking up the ripe ones off the ground – a tedious process! There are dozens of ground cherry varieties in the US. The plants are easy to find in the wild but foraging can be challenging because so many wild animals like them.
Ground cherries are available from several Producers including Raber Family Organics, 9N, and Tilley Farmstead. The Versatile Vegan suggests you try making some Ground Cherry Salsa.
Tomatillos are related to tomatoes and sold when they are bright green with a papery husk. They are most flavorful when green, less so when they ripen and change color. They have a bright, acidic flavor that is popular in Mexican cuisine. They are the key ingredient in Salsa Verde, the popular Mexican green sauce. They are tangy when eaten raw but milder and slightly sweet when cooked. You can find tomatillos at Cottage Garden and Sippel.
The Versatile Vegan is in a salsa mood and recommends this Tomatillo Salsa recipe.
Shishito peppers are a Japanese pepper variety with a bright, glossy green skin and are about two to four inches long. They are usually just a tad hot, but about one in 10 is much hotter which makes eating them an adventure! Because they are small, shishitos are ideal for snacking.
Shishitos blister easily which makes them easy to cook. Try this simple Blistered Shishito Pepper recipe the Versatile Vegan recommends. Also, enjoy these Shishito Peppered Noodles. You can find shishito peppers at Rock Dove and 9N.
9N has shallots. Cottage Garden has okra and red cabbage. Also, make-your-own salsa kits are back at Cottage Garden! Franklinton Farms hopes to have some red raspberries and also has rhubarb. Gillogly has nectarines, plums, and plenty of apples. Both 9N and Gillogly have pears. Raber Family Organics has watermelons, broccoli, and leeks. Radishes are back at the Market! Get them at Franklinton Farms and Rock Dove .
Oakleaf expects to have loads of yellow and green beans. Tilley Farmstead has sweet potatoes, carrots, and eggplant. Wishwell has sweet corn and broccoli. Since this is Walton Family Garlic Farms’ last Market of the season, be sure to check out their multiple types of garlic! Ohi:yo Pepper has lots of hot peppers with a wide range of heat. Check out their bags of assorted hot peppers with names like It Burns! It Burns! It Burns!
Note Somerset Herbs is out this week but will be back next week with their usual wide selection of tomatoes, peppers, and flowers.
Producers have the following available this week. In some cases, items may sell out before the Market ends.
Amaranth Greens, Apples, Arugula, Beets , Broccoli, Broccolini ,Carrots, Collards ,Corn – sweet, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Beans – green, red, yellow, Romano, Ground Cherries, Herbs - various, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce-various types and mixes, Melons, Microgreens & shoots, Mushrooms, Okra, Onions – green, sweet, Pawpaws, Pears, Plums, Peppers – green, hot, shishito, Plums, Popcorn, Potatoes, Shallots, Squash – cue ball, delicata, yellow, pattypan, blossoms, Swiss chard, Tomatoes, Tomatillos, Turnips, Watermelon, Zucchini
Need Cash? Buy Tokens!
Small, local producers working on thin margins sometimes forego credit cards to avoid the fees. If you don’t have cash, head to the Information Booth where you can buy $5 wood tokens with a credit or debit card. All the vendors take them, they give change back in cash, and the tokens never expire. There is a $1 dollar transaction fee, regardless the amount.
SNAP/EBT Customers: use your Ohio Direction or Ohio P-EBT card to earn FREE Produce Perks to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables and food-bearing plants!
We Are CLOSED October 8!
The Worthington Farmers Market will be closed on Saturday, October 8 to make room for the annual Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Market Day event. Save the date!
Learn more about the Old Worthington Market Day at:
September is Food Safety Month
https://www.facebook.com/BeAFoodHero OR https://foodhero.org/
Get Sharp This Week! The Market Sharpener will be on vacation for the remainder of September, returning to the market on Oct 1.
Betty & Gary Oakleaf invite you to visit them in Booth #18-19 on W. High Street near A/R Workshop. Green beans, yellow beans, and flat beans are all available in their pricing special this week. It's a great time to stock up for canning or freezing. The Oakleafs will even offer direction and advice for peak preserving! Broccoli, zucchini, and tomatoes also available.
Fall is "officially" a few days away, but we're celebrating early with the return of Saum Family Farms to the market with popular seasonal items like gourds, mini pumpkins, Indian corn and decorative squash. Find them this Saturday, September 10, 8am to Noon, in space #31-32 in front of the Post Office at the corner of High & South St.
Music at the Market
Southeast Village Green
9:00am - Noon
Olde Village Barbershop
9:00am - Noon
Lucia Cassell-Ramirez & Gabriel Cassell-Ramirez
United Methodist Church
9:00am - Noon
Post Office Lawn
9:00am - Noon
Morgan Liu & Afterthought
What's Growing in Ohio!
Please Note: Chart is representative of Ohio's various growing seasons and regions and some products may not be available at WFM. If you're looking for a specific item, just ask at the information booth and we'll do our best to direct you to farmers who may have it in stock.
Calendar compiled by Ohio Proud. Created in 1993, Ohio Proud is the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s marketing program that identifies and promotes food and agriculture that are made in Ohio and grown in Ohio. Agriculture is Ohio’s number one industry, contributing more than $105 billion to the state’s economy.
Save the Date!
Wednesday, September 14, 6:00-7:30pm
Saturday, September 17
Saum Family Farm Pumpkin Patch - Opening Day
It's almost fall and we are gearing up for another great season! We have an exciting first day planned. Stay tuned for more details.
Sunday, September 18, 1:00-4:00pm
Save the Date! On Sunday, September 18th, Worthington is participating in Ohio Open Doors! Brought to you by the Ohio History Connection and Worthington Historical Society, Ohio Open Doors is a statewide event in which local sponsors are opening their historic buildings and landmarks to the for special tours and programs. Join us in honoring the history, design and stories of our historic place! Learn more at ohiohistory.org/ood.
Sunday, September 25, 12-6pm, Oktoberfest
Wednesday, September 28, 7-9pm
Saturday, October 8, 2pm
Sweet Grass Dairy Fall Farm Field Day
Sunday, October 23, 12-6pm, Spooky Pooch Party
Sunday, November 27, 12-6pm, Holiday Open House
Masks Are Optional
Effective Thursday, March 10, the Worthington city ordinance that required masks in indoor public places has been lifted. Facial coverings are now optional throughout the City of Worthington.
We will have a limited supply of masks available at the Market information desk (located at the corner of S. High Street & New England Avenue in front of the Graeter's Ice Cream and House Wine parking lot), should you wish to wear one while visiting the Market.
We will continue with our other proactive measures to help reduce the spread of illness including having hand sanitizer available throughout the Market and increased spacing between producer booths.
If you have a fever or are feeling ill, we ask that you please stay home.
Invest in Your Community
Do you love our farmers market? We are powered by a non-profit organization that largely relies on donations to fund our operations. Please consider donating to help us reach our goal. You can do a one-time donation or even set up a monthly donation to help us keep our market going strong. Click here for the link to donate: experienceworthington.com/donate
The Worthington Farmers Market is an event of The Worthington Partnership.