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Final Outdoor Market. NAICCO Food Truck. Curly Tail in the Spotlight. Indoor Market Opens Nov 7!

Last Outdoor Market This Season

We're closing out the 2020 Outdoor Market with a Halloween celebration! Please join us this weekend, Saturday, October 31, 8am -- Noon, at 200 W. Old Wilson Bridge Road as we turn the page on what has surely been one of the most unique, challenging, and rewarding seasons for us all. Thank you for your patience, support, and encouragement along the way. We look forward to sharing the next chapter with you, too!


NAICCO Cuisine Food Trailer - This Saturday!

And to send us off in style, we're excited to host the Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio - NAICCO Cuisine food trailer for one of it's very first road trips!

What is NAICCO Cuisine? NAICCO Cuisine is a Native American owned and operated food trailer that offers a one-of-a-kind menu consisting of unique Native American street food, or what might be better referred to as savory favorites from various parts of Indian Country. NAICCO Cuisine is the first food trailer of its kind on the scene in Ohio. The premise of its existence is to maintain community based and driven initiatives at NAICCO, while focusing on social development, economic development, and cultural preservation. Simultaneously, NAICCO Cuisine serves as a means for sustaining NAICCO, its mission work, and the Native American community members who personify NAICCO.

To taste a bit of Indian Country here in Ohio, while experiencing a culturally rich and inviting atmosphere, and supporting an honorable cause, then come and experience the exceptionality and positive vibe that NAICCO Cuisine proudly exemplifies.

Please Note: Due to Covid-19 pandemic protocols, please keep your masks on at all times during the market and plan to enjoy your NAICCO treats AFTER you leave the market. Thank you.


Veggie Spy

Who Wants Popcorn!

Pretty much everybody loves popcorn. And what is popcorn? To answer that we need to take a brief dive into cornology. Popcorn is one of several categories of corn:

· Dent (or field) corn is the mostly widely grown in the US and is primarily for livestock feed. This accounts for 99% of the corn grown in the US.

· Sweet corn is the type we eat. It has more sugar than other types of corn and is picked when the kernels are still tender.

· Flint (or Indian) corn has multiple colors and is used for decoration. Popcorn is a type of flint corn.

Popcorn has a small kernel, a hard exterior shell, and a soft starchy center that has some moisture. When heated, the moisture in the kernel turns to steam and eventually the kernel explodes, producing yummy popcorn! Other types of corn and other grains may pop when heated, but only popcorn produces those delicious, big fluffy treats.

Alternatively, there is a Native American legend that contented spirits live in popcorn kernels. But they don’t like heat and when their houses get too warm, they get angrier and angrier. Eventually the irate spirits burst out of their homes, producing popcorn kernels. Picture that when you eat popcorn! Popcorn may be the world’s oldest (and favorite!) snack food. Popped and unpopped kernels dating to over 7,000 years ago have been found in Peru and over 5,000 years ago in New Mexico. Aztec Indians used popcorn both for eating and decorating clothing for ceremonial purposes. Popcorn has been used widely by Native American tribes for hundreds of years. US popcorn consumption averages 43 quarts per person per year.

Popcorn comes in several colors with modest differences between them. They are all white when popped. Yellow is the “standard” popcorn kernel and what you typically find at grocery stores and movie theaters. White popcorn pops slightly more tender than yellow does. Red is a little smaller than yellow and white and is a bit crunchier. You can find popcorn in multiple colors at 9N Farm and Cottage Gardens!

There are plenty of ways to make popcorn, but the Veggie Spy is a huge fan of stovetop popcorn poppers. They are basically large pots with a hand crank and a gear mechanism to stir the popcorn. The stirring causes unpopped kernels to drop to the bottom. With a good stovetop popper you can get almost every kernel to pop.

Is there any way to improve on popcorn? The Versatile Vegan suggests chocolate! Try this recipe for Salted Dark Chocolate Popcon, a snack and a dessert all in one!

And you can’t go wrong with kettle corn. Try this recipe that uses agave.

Fresh Picks This Week: Apples (13 varieties!), Arugula, Baby Italian dandelions, Beets, Broccolini, Cabbage, Callaloo, Carrots (baby white, orange), Cauliflower, 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, Aji Rico, Anaheim, banana, cherry bomb, habanero, serrano), Popcorn!, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Purslane, Radishes (French breakfast), Scallions, Shallots, Shiitake Mushrooms, Squash (multiple varieties), Sweet Corn, Swiss Chard, Spinach (baby), Tomatillos, Tomatoes (heirloom, cherry), Zucchini  *** Note quantities are limited ***


Get to Know Curly Tail!

How did those pigs get to the Market? Here's what our own market manager Christine Hawks learned when she interviewed Ed Snavely of Curly Tail Organic Farm for this year's virtual #celebratethehandthatfeedsyou for Slow Food Columbus.

Read the full story here:


Indoor Market Returns Next Week!

Save the date! Our winter market season begins on Saturday, November 7, in The Shops at Worthington Place.

Please note that pandemic safety protocols will be in place to provide a healthy shopping experience and to allow us to continue to offer fresh and local food access.

Thank you to everyone that responded to our online and at the Market surveys to help us plan our winter 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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