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Eat More Color! World's Healthiest Veggie? Purslane, Of Course! Pic of the Week: Posies & Paws!

Celebrate Labor Day with Red, White & Blue . . . and Green, Yellow, Orange, Pink, Purple . . .


Veggie Spy

A Contender for the Healthiest Vegetable in the World: Purslane! Purslane needs a marketing team. It's considered a "noxious weed" and its nicknames, hogweed and fatweed, are not particularly appetizing, but this modest green plant is one of the healthiest veggies you can find. It has many times more beta-carotene than  carrots and a lot more vitamin E than spinach. It also has more omega-3 fatty acids than any other green, making it an alternative to fish for this important nutrient. And it is (of course!) very low in calories. Purslane also has a long history of use in traditional and  alternative medicine.  A true superfood!

Purslane is a succulent trailing plant that looks a bit like a miniature jade plant with its thick, reddish stem and oval shaped leaves. It has been eaten around the world for thousands of years. It was popular in early America; Martha Washington had a recipe for pickled "pursland". 

Purslane fell out of favor in the 1900s, but is making a comeback due to its nutritional punch and the growth of farmers markets.

Purslane leaves are tart, almost lemony, with a peppery kick and a juicy crunch. Stems and flower buds are also edible. It can be eaten raw and works well in salads and veggie juices. It can also be used in soups, curries, stews, and stir-fries. It pairs well with other veggies such as spinach and tomatoes.  Be careful not to overcook as it may get a bit slimy.  Check out Franklinton Farms for purslane, the nutritional powerhouse!

Purslane is popular in Lebanese cooking, so the Versatile Vegan suggests you try this recipe for Lebanese Bakleh, puff pastry pockets filled with purslane: Enjoy, and be healthy!

Fresh Picks This Week: Apples (Early varieties), Arugula, Baby Italian dandelions, Beets, Broccolini, Cabbage, Carrots (baby white, orange), Celery, Collards, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Garlic Scapes, Green beans (also yellow, purple, haricot verts, Roma), Ground cherries, Herbs (basil, chives, cilantro, dill, lemon balm mint, oregano, papalo, parsley, rosemary, tarragon), Kale (dino lacinato, Siberian), Kohlrabi, Komatsuna, Leeks, Lettuce (baby, heirloom, bibb, romaine, blends, & others), Melons, Microgreens & shoots, Okra, Onions (candy, white, mini-purple, sweet), Peaches, Peppers (bell, jalapeno), Potatoes, Purslane!, Radishes (French breakfast), Scallions, Shallots, Shiitake Mushrooms, Squash (multiple varieties), Sweet Corn, Swiss Chard, Spinach (baby), Tomatillos, Tomatoes (heirloom, cherry), Turnips (Hakurei, Purple Top), Zucchini  *** Note quantities are limited ***


Pic of the Week

This month, we're introducing a new feature to our newsletter. There have been SO many fantastic photos snapped and shared of the Market this season, we wanted to share them with all of you!

This week's photo comes from Mia Vermilya (Instagram handle: @watchmiaeat)

"Thank you for reaching out about my photo from the farmer’s market and for everything you do to make this weekly event happen. Just recently I moved back to Columbus from Los Angeles and was missing the easy access to local goods, Worthington Farmers Market truly provides an excellent selection. I love [the] diversity of vendors and the thoughtful procedure to keep everyone safe.

I snagged this little bouquet with fresh herbs (she said she includes herbs in all her bouquets—BRILLIANT) from From My Garden [937-642-9148]. My cats always love when I bring home flowers but Salem was absolutely fascinated by the basil in the bouquet!"

Would you like your photo featured here? Snap a photo at the Worthington Farmers Market, share it on Facebook or Instagram and tag the Worthington Farmers Market so that we see your photo. Pic of the Week will be selected at random.


Save the Date!

Join the Columbus Symphony for an outdoor classical concert! Saturday, September 19, 2020 • 6:30PM

Jorgensen Farms

5851 E. Walnut Street, Westerville OH

Admission is FREE, but seats are limited -- Reserve now!

Gates open at 6:00PM

Musicians from the Columbus Symphony are bringing the joy of music to your neighborhood! Bring a chair or blanket to relax while you enjoy the 45-minute performance. To ensure the best event experience for all patrons, we ask that you always wear a mask and practice social distancing by staying 6-feet apart from others. Concert attendance is limited to 250 guests. No alcoholic beverages will be permitted onsite. The Columbus Symphony will be accepting donations as your support ensures our music continues to be shared with all central Ohio. We cannot wait to see you there!

Jorgensen Farms is an organic farm that strives to promote health, wellbeing, and public education.


Parking at the Farmers Market

When visiting the Worthington Farmers Market at our current location, 450 W. Wilson Bridge Road, please park only in the designated Market Parking and Market Parking Overflow lots, as noted on the map below.

We share parking with the building tenants and their customers. Please do NOT park in the lot reserved for tenants and their customers, on the grass, or in the fire lanes.

And please observe the Handicapped Parking signs!

Thank you!


Cash or Credit?

One of the most frequently asked questions is what form of payment do producers take. Market producers determine what types of payment that they will accept, and while many do accept credit cards, there are several that are cash only.

There are several banks with ATMs located in the parking lot of the Shops at Worthington Place on W. Wilson Bridge Road .

Or, you can purchase Market tokens at the Information booth before you enter the Market.

Market tokens are sold in $5 increments, are valid, like cash, at all Market booths and they never expire. *Please Note: Due to increased credit card processing fees, there is a $1 transaction charge on your token purchase. For example, if you purchase $20 in tokens, your total will be $21 inclusive of the tokens and the transaction charge.


Handy Tools to Help Plan Your Market Visit

Safety Video: An informative and entertaining review of our Covid-19 health and safety protocols.

Interactive Map: Find your favorite vendors with just a click!

Producer Directory: Find pre-order instructions and contact information for participating vendors. Producer Directory

Market Rules: We've adopted Covid-19 safety protocols as set forth by the Governor's Office, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Columbus Public Health Department, Ohio Farmers Market Network, and the City of Worthington. Read all about it at Market rules.

Market Maps: Easy guides for parking and shopping! Market Maps

Find them all on the Worthington Farmers Market website!



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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