Last 2 Indoor Markets. WFM Returns to Historic Worthington! Try Rutabaga. Blueberry Patch is Back!
Just 2 More Indoor/Winter Markets This Season!
The Worthington Farmers Market is open Saturday, April 17 and April 24, 9am to Noon, for pre-order pick-up, home or curbside delivery by The Grocery Boss and in-person shopping with pandemic protocol in place at The Shops at Worthington Place.
We're Back! Outdoor Market Returns to Downtown Worthington
Dust off your farmers market bags, people! Because WE’RE BACK! We are thrilled to announce that the award-winning Worthington Farmers Market will return to Old Worthington on Saturday, May 1st for the outdoor market season!
The Worthington Partnership, the parent organization of the Worthington Farmers Market has developed a smart and sensible plan to host a walk-up market in the historic district. This plan has received approval from the City of Columbus Department of Public Health and the City of Worthington Government.
There will be a few changes from past outdoor markets, though - so please click on the link below to see how this year will look a little different. (Pandemic Protocols for Downtown Market also listed later in this newsletter).
We can’t wait to see you back in Old Worthington!
Another Somerset Herbs Spring Pop-Up!
Somerset Herbs will be at the Market this again Saturday with some fresh spring greens of a different variety!
Get an early start on your garden with early perennials like columbine and poppies, early blooming petunias for your potted garden and hardy herbs like chives, tarragon, mint and parsley for a sunny windowsill or for planting in your kitchen garden.
Visit Somerset Herbs in Booth #10.
Blueberry Patch -- Last Market 'Til June!
Make plans to visit our friends from The Blueberry Patch *this Saturday* at the Worthington Farmers Market!
This will be their last stop in Worthington before fresh blueberry season begins in June!
Visit the Blueberry Patch in Booth #14.
Need a blueberry donut re-stock between now and then? You can visit The Blueberry Patch this spring by taking a short drive to Mansfield where you'll find their signature blueberry donuts, a well-stocked gift shop, a winery and delicious wood-fired pizzas!
Get in Touch with Your Inner Swede and Try Rutabagas!
Rutabagas, a cross between turnips and cabbage, are fairly recent as veggies go, first appearing in the 17th century. The word rutabaga comes from the Swedish “rotabagge” which means “baggy root. This is why rutabagas are often called swedes or Swedish turnips. Rutabagas grow well in cold climates and are popular in Sweden and Finland. Finns have a popular rutabaga casserole Holiday dish called lanttulaatikko.
The mature rutabaga root is shaped like a turnip but is colored yellow and brown rather than the typical turnip’s purple and white. And rutabagas can get much larger than turnips – up to 50 pounds!
The flesh of the rutabaga is yellow and dense. Rutabagas taste a bit like turnips, but with a slightly more intense flavor and a hint of sweetness. Rutabagas do not have that radish flavor found in turnips. Rutabaga greens are also edible and can be prepared like spinach.
Rutabagas are popular as a potato substitute because they have a similar starchy feel. Low carb fans will appreciate that rutabagas have just one third of the carbs found in potatoes. They can be eaten raw, but the sweetness really comes out when they are cooked. They are often roasted, or boiled and then mashed or pureed. They are also great in soups!
Franklinton Farms has rutabagas - you don’t need to be Scandinavian to enjoy them!
The Versatile Vegan suggests this Rutabaga Puree recipe which has carrots as an option to add flavor and texture. You can get carrots at 9N Farm. Rutabagas are ideal for roasting and this Easy Roasted Rutabaga recipe will surely delight your taste buds. Or grab some apples from Gillogly Orchard and try this Roasted Rutabagas & Apples recipe.
Rutabagas have non-food uses too, which is demonstrated at the annual International Rutabaga Curling Championship. I’ll see you there!
Fresh Picks for This Week Producers have the following available for online pre-order and/or at the Indoor Market:
Apples, Beets, Carrots, Claytonia (Miner's Lettuce), Garlic, Herbs, Horseradish, Kale & Kale Raab, Leeks, Lettuce, Microgreens & shoots, Mustard Greens, Mushrooms (shiitake & oyster), Popcorn, Radishes, Rainbow Chard, Ramps, Rutabaga!, Senposai, Scallions, Spinach, Sunchokes, Sweet Potatoes, Squash (multiple winter varieties), Turnip Greens, Yukina Savoy Mustard
April 17 Vendor Roster & Market Map
Pandemic Protocols for Downtown Market
Below we have outlined how the downtown market (beginning May 1) will look different than seasons past. Our goal is to add space to spread out the market vendors and customers, so that social distance can be maintained.
Space has been added for booths along the Village Green south of 161, as well as additional booths placed on the lawn of the United Methodist Church.
E. New England Avenue between the Graeter’s parking lot and Dewey’s Pizza property will be closed.
Masks will be required for vendors and customers, as the ordinance for Worthington is still in effect. Please be an example to others and wear your mask (even if you’re vaccinated).
Many vendors will be in new spaces this season. Spacing is the main factor and we have been thoughtful in the placement of producers to ensure social distancing and customer queuing can be accommodated.
Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the 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.
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