- Worthington Farmers Market
"Kickoff" Game Day & Labor Day at the Market! Fall Flavors Emerge. Tomatoes 101. Try a "Dolly!"
September 3, 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.
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 Biscuit Boss 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: "The Dolly" -- biscuit, fried chicken, cheddar cheese, and apple butter from Urban Spreads!
Congratulations, Biscuit Boss, for taking 1st place in the Springfield Rotary Gourmet Food Truck Competition!
Veggie Spy & Versatile Vegan
Do You Know Your Tomato Terms?
With over a dozen producers selling tomatoes, there’s plenty to choose from at the Market! But with the enormous variety it can be a bit confusing to figure out what’s what. Here’s a quick guide to some common tomato terms.
Let’s start with some general categories of tomatoes:
A Variety is a type of tomato grown from a seed.
A Strain is a type of tomato with some specific characteristics that have been developed such as a color or flavor.
A Cultivar is a type of tomato propagated from a cutting or replanted, i.e., cultivated.
An heirloom tomato is typically a type that has been passed down in a family for multiple generations. They often have a distinctive flavor, texture, or color you cannot find in a supermarket tomato. The definition has become a bit fuzzy as some commercial heirlooms have appeared. Many of our Market producers offer heirloom tomatoes – ask them about their favorites!
A beefsteak is a type of large, roundish tomato that often has irregularities or cosmetic blemishes. But don’t be fooled – they taste great! Beefsteaks are difficult to grow in large volume so you will not find them at the supermarket. Cherry tomatoes are small, round, and can be red, yellow, or orange. Some are extremely sweet! Roma (or plum) tomatoes are smallish but larger than cherries and are oval or cylinder shaped. They have thick, dense flesh that makes them ideal for sauces and canning.
Tomatillos are related to tomatoes and are bright green with a papery husk. They have a bright, acidic flavor and are popular in Mexican cuisine. You can find tomatillos at Cottage Garden and Sippel.
Some tomato growers will give you a discount on tomatoes that are a little past their prime. These include Sippel and Somerset Herbs. Don’t hesitate to ask if you’re looking for a bargain!
According to the US Department of Agriculture there are over 25,000 varieties of tomatoes! So don’t be shy - ask the growers what tomatoes they grow and what they recommend . You are certain to find plenty of tomatoes you love!
The Versatile Vegan suggests you read up on tips for picking and storing tomatoes at the top of this page that also lists some vegan tomato recipes. One is an easy Gazpacho recipe where you can get almost all the ingredients at the Market! Another winner from the same site is the Panzanella, a refreshing Tuscan style salad. It includes cucumbers, onions, and basil – all of which are abundant at the Market!
9N has shallots. Cottage Garden has okra and red cabbage. Franklinton Farms hopes to have some red raspberries, and a few blackberries as well. Gillogly has nectarines, plums, and peaches. They will also have Honeycrisp apples. Both 9N and Gillogly have pears. Raber Family Organics has watermelons, cantaloupes, broccoli, and leeks. Rock Dove has long red beans and shishito peppers.
Oakleaf expects to have yellow, green, and Romano green beans. Tilley Farmstead has sweet potatoes and carrots. Raber, and Wishwell have sweet corn. Enjoy the calming aroma of sage smudge sticks from Sippel. Toad Hill has cue ball (round) and pattypan squash. Walton Family Garlic farm has many interesting varieties including Spanish Roja, which has a deep garlic flavor.
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, Dandelion greens – Italian, 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, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Peppers – green, hot, shishito, Plums, Popcorn, Potatoes, Purslane, Shallots, Squash – cue ball, delicata, yellow, pattypan, blossoms, Swiss chard, Tomatoes, 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!
Hey everyone! Just a reminder I am going out of town beginning Friday Sept 2nd through Sunday Sept 11th and will not be at the Worthington Farmers Market the next two weekends. I will have limited ability to check messages on Facebook, but I will do my best! See you in a few weeks!
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Anyone else ready for fall?
New fall flavors available for a limited time!
Music at the Market
Southeast Village Green
9:00am - Noon
Olde Village Barbershop
9:00am - Noon
Neven & Nethmi Manadanaarachchi
United Methodist Church
9:00am - Noon
9:00am - Noon
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
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.