Help Plan the Winter Market - and WIN! Updated Interactive Vendor Map. Eat More Purple! Pic O' Week.
See You Saturday!
The Worthington Farmers Market looks forward to seeing you again this Saturday, September 26, at our NEW location: 200 W. Old Wilson Bridge Road (behind Kroger/Shops at Worthington Mall, in the Worthington Industries offices parking lot.
The address may be different -- and parking much improved! -- but everything else will be familiar: market hours, layout, vendors, single-point entry/exit, one-way traffic. Revisit our Covid-19 safety protocols and view maps of the new location on the Worthington Farmers Market website.
Help Plan the Winter Market and WIN!
Thank YOU! To everyone that has shopped fresh, local and small with us this summer, we thank you for your support of the Worthington Farmers Market.
We're gearing up for our winter market season and we want to hear from you.
Please take a moment to respond to our 5 question planning survey: https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSdgl9aeD8H.../viewform...
Include your email address and you'll be entered into our drawing for $25 in Market gift certificates. Winner will be selected at random. You do not need to include your email address to respond to the survey.
Updated! Interactive Map for New Market Location
Find your favorite vendor and products with just a click!
To use the map, click on a vendor name in the upper left corner and their location will be highlighted in orange. Or if you are interested in a specific type of product (Meat & Eggs, Baked Goods, Produce, etc.), click on the booth locations highlighted in blue in the designated section to find vendors participating in this week's market. You can also find the new interactive map on our the Worthington Farmers Market website.
The Market is arranged by product type with one-way foot traffic and a single point of entry and exit. There will be plenty of signage, volunteers in bright orange vests, and traffic cones and barricades to help direct you safely through the market.
Please stay on the marked pathways inside the market and don't take shortcuts across the medians and landscape islands.
Cheering “Go Purple!” is not just for fans of the Minnesota Vikings, Kenyon College, or St. Francis DeSales High School. Going purple is good advice when veggie shopping. You probably know that brightly colored veggies are good for you, hence the “Eat the Rainbow” concept. And we are starting to learn that specific veggie colors have specific nutrients and health benefits. The most important colors are red, orange, yellow, green and today’s star – purple! Many purple (and dark blue) vegetables are high in anthocyanins, which are important antioxidants.
Plants produce anthocyanins for protection from ultraviolet light, cold temperatures and drought. For humans, anthocyanins appear to bring a wide range of health benefits and research is under way to measure these. Research into anthocyanins is not as extensive as for some other antioxidants, but that is starting to change. Several studies have found that anthocyanins protect against cardiovascular disease in both women and men. There are also studies showing that anthocyanins can help prevent age-related decline in learning and memory. And there is preliminary evidence of possibly preventing colo-rectal cancer.
Purple veggies are also beautiful! You’ll see plenty of purple and dark red veggies available as you stroll through the Market. The peel from purple eggplants is high in anthocyanins. You can find eggplant at several vendors including Franklinton Farms, Raven Rocks, Somerset Herbs, Toad Hill Farm and Zemnicki's Greenhouse.
Red and purple onions also have plenty of anthocyanins. Get a healthy dose from Tilley Farmstead. Have you ever seen a purple cauliflower? Yes, they are a thing! Purple cauliflower is also high in anthocyanins, and Wishwell Farms will have them this week or next.
You might expect red and purple beets to have anthocyanins, but their color comes from a different antioxidant called betalains. But don’t worry, betalains also have health benefits like reducing chances of premature aging and anti-cancer properties. Beets are available from several vendors including Cottage Garden and Tilley Farmstead.
Are you purpled out yet? Let’s hope not, because there is also purple kale that is high in anthocyanins! Check it out at Cottage Garden. And you can also get a good dose of anthocyanins from the purple peppers available at Tilley Farmstead.
The Versatile Vegan is all about purple and red today. Get a double dose of color in this easy recipe for roasted beet and onion salad. It includes a helpful video on how to roast beets! https://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/roasted-beet-and-red-onion-salad/ Fresh Picks This Week: Apples (13 varieties!), Arugula, Baby Italian dandelions, Beets, Broccolini, Cabbage, Callaloo, 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, Aji Rico, Anaheim, banana, cherry bomb, habanero, serrano), Potatoes, 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 ***
Where to Park
Customer parking for the Worthington Farmers Market is conveniently located right next to the Market entrance and shopping area. Park at 100 W. Old Wilson Bridge Rd., then, follow the sidewalk to the marked entrance of the Market at the front of Worthington Industries. Other nearby office and apartment parking lots are private property and not intended for Market parking.
Pic of the Week
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 pic is from Laura Harter.
"Here is [a] photo of the tomatoes my boyfriend, Shawn, bought from Tilley Farmstead on Saturday. Supporting local businesses is very near and dear to me especially since I own Short North Piece of Cake, but even if I didn’t that wouldn’t change my perspective. The only way we’re in business is if the community supports us so I always make sure to turn around and give my money to other small businesses. I don’t get the opportunity to shop at the Worthington Farmer’s Market frequently since I’m working on Saturdays, but Shawn knows most of the vendors on a first name basis and we eat a wonderful bounty from them. Knowing your dollars go directly to those making, growing or raising your food is the most effective way to show support for all these wonderful vendors, families, neighbors, community members and friends. And the quality is far above anything you can buy from the grocery store most of the time. Some of my favorite local business outside of the Worthington Farmer’s Market are Sassafras Bakery, Tuula’s, Indulgence Ice Cream, Quinci Emporium, Momo Ghar. La Tavola, New Fangled Kitchen. The list could go on and on….we’re so fortunate in Columbus to have a wide variety of amazing choices."
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.
Make the Most of Produce Perks with SNAP/EBT
How do you use Produce Perks to get free fruits & veggies? It's easy. Visit a participating farmer's market or grocery store and shop with your SNAP/EBT card. Spend up to $25 with SNAP/EBT and get up to $25 in free produce.
Be sure to ask for help at the Information Booth. They can help you get the most out of your Produce Perks! Check out the Produce Perks site to learn more. https://produceperks.org/how-it-works/
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.
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