It's all about Fair-Inspired Foods in Worthington this Weekend!
This Weekend #inWorthington...It's a Tribute to Fair Food
This Sunday, the merchants of historic Old Worthington will be celebrating all the best things about State Fair season. And, the crowd favorite is always the FOOD! The team at The Whitney House has created a menu reminiscent of some of their favorites including corn dogs, turkey legs, lemon-shake-ups and a roast beef sundae! The event is family-friendly, socially distanced, #masksup and the DORA will be in effect. Sip and stroll, enjoy a picnic on the Village Green, delight in magic tricks or enter the Sassafras Bakery pie baking contest. The fun starts this Sunday at 11am! More event details here.
And, to whet your appetite for fair favorites, the Worthington Farmers Market has a
variety of ingredients for DIY fair-inspired food and ready to eat favorites. Eggs for homemade frozen custard? We've got 'em! Pickles for making deep-fried pickle chips?
Yep! Find those at The Crazy Cucumber booth or per-order your pickles for easy pick-up! And, how about maple sugar cotton candy?! Visit the Pleiades Maple Products booth on Saturday for this spun sugar cloud!
If You Love Onions, Give Shallots a Try!
The Market is a great place to get onions. There are many onion varieties available, including fabulous sweet onions. If you're an onion fan (and who isn't?), you should give shallots a try! They are in the same botanical family as onions, but they are different.
Shallots (pronounced shah-lutz) have been cultivated for thousands of years. The name is derived from the the ancient city of Ashkalon in Israel, which still exists. From there, they were introduced to Greece through trade and eventually spread to Europe.
Shallots are currently popular in French cuisine, and of course, in some top-notch farmers markets in the US!
A shallot looks like a small, oblong onion. Unlike onions, shallots grow in clusters in a plant and not individually. Peeling a shallot reveals cloves like garlic has, not rings. The skin is typically golden brown, red or gray, and the inside is creamy white.
Some folks refer to shallots as scallions, but that is incorrect. Scallions (aka green onions) have a small white bud and green, edible stalks.
And just like an onion, peeling a shallot will make you teary-eyed. Those are tears of happiness!
Shallots taste a little sweeter than onions and have a more subtle flavor. They are good raw and work well in salads and such where you want a more delicate onion-like flavor. They are also suitable for sauteing, stir frying, roasting, and blending into curries. Shallots can usually be interchanged with onions in a recipe, but only use half as much.
Nutritionally, shallots have plenty of fiber as well as iron and potassium. They also have antioxidants, but different than those that onions have. Traditional medicine in India uses shallots to detox the body and increase immunity against sickness.
Try some local shallots for yourself this week - You'll find them at 9N Farm!
With the Market loaded with a variety of green beans, the Versatile Vegan suggests you grab some and try this recipe for green beans with shallots and walnuts: http://vegweb.com/recipes/green-beans-shallots-and-walnuts.
In a nod to shallots' Middle Eastern origins, here's a wonderful Israeli couscous recipe that includes shallots:
In South Asia, shallots are pickled and used as a condiment. If you're in a pickling mood, try this recipe for pickled shallots with fresh thyme: https://foodandstyle.com/pickled-shallots-with-fresh-thyme/.
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, 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 week, 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!
The Pic of the Week is courtesy of Jennifer Thomas.
Jen is part of our Market set-up team, having volunteered her time for the past 2 1/2 years. Once the Market is set-up, you'll find Jen browsing the stalls for her favorite weekly splurge, a fresh bouquet of flowers. Jen finds that planning and prepping her meals for the week, makes for an efficient trip to the Market. Supporting local farmers and small businesses is important to Jen, so she places an emphasis on incorporating her Market finds into her weekly meals.
Featured on this pizza are mushrooms from Tiger Mushroom Farms, sausage from Stonefield Naturals and tomato cream sauce from Florentine Legacy. Thanks, Jen, for your help, your enthusiasm and your drool-worthy creations!
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.
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!
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. https://www.facebook.com/worthingtonfarmersmarket/videos/318449932874735/
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.
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