Lunchbox Favorites. Discover Okra. NAICCO Food Truck is Back. Adopt-a-Pup at the Market!
The outdoor season of the Worthington Farmers Market is underway! We're open Saturdays, May-October, 8am to Noon. Find us along High Street in the downtown Worthington historic district.
Food Truck at the Market
NAICCO Cuisine (Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio) returns to the Worthington Farmers Market THIS Saturday! Find them from 8am-12pm on High Street, near Worthington Jewelers.
Adopt-a-Pup at our Community Table!
RESCUEDohio is a nonprofit dog rescue based in central Ohio with all of the dogs in foster homes. In 2020, RESCUEDohio placed over 500 dogs into forever homes. The mission of this group is to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs and to advocate for the rights of all animals everywhere.
Want to experience Odin’s bark? Give Buddy a big kiss on the head? Adore Cookie’s floppy ear? Play fetch with Jax? Here’s your chance!
Find them on the Southwest Village Green!
The weather looks lovely for this Saturday, so come out and meet some of our awesome adoptables. Odin & Buddy will hang out at the Worthington Farmer’s Market from 8-10am, then Cookie & Jax will take over from 10am-12pm. We’ll also have RO merchandise and bandanas available to purchase!
Music at the Market August 28
Eric Spain is a 2021 graduate of Thomas Worthington High School. He will be attending the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music next fall to pursue a double-major in cello performance and music education. Eric has been playing at the Worthington Farmers Market to raise money as a college fund.
Look for Eric and his cello in front of Olde Village Barbers!
Chip Woods & Paul Graham
Chip and Paul are old friends of the Farmers Market. For the last few years they hosted the Open Mic here. For now the Open Mic is on hold but these guys are returning with their blend of old folk songs and familiar radio tunes from the 60s,70s and 80s.
You can find them by the Methodist Church.
This Week's Participating Producers
*Note: This list is current as of publishing. Producer participation may change after this list has been published based on availability of products, weather and other unplanned circumstances that may cause them to be absent.
Find a Producer With Just a Click!
Our interactive market map is live via this link: http://maps.managemymarket.com/4646
(Note: Booth #85, not depicted on this map, is located on the Southeast Village Green, next to/north of Booth #83)
Please Note: Map is provided for informational purposes to help locate your favorite producers. Map is not to scale and does not reflect spacing between booths.
Veggie Spy & Versatile Vegan
Brighten Up Your Kids’ Lunches (and Secretly Give Them Healthy Food)
If you are packing lunches for your little ones there’s plenty of produce options to add some flavor, color, and (don’t tell them!) nutrition. Lunchbox peppers from Jorgensen are small, sweet, colorful peppers that are great in any lunch container.
What kid wouldn’t want Bloody Butcher tomatoes as part of their lunch? These heirlooms from Somerset are small, sweet, and have that most delightful name. Red Raspberries (limited supply) from Franklinton Farms and mini-cucumbers from Toad Hill are also good options. And don’t forget apples! Gillogly has crunchy, sweet Galas and several other varieties.
Get to Know Okra!
Okra, which is technically a fruit, is a flowering plant with green pods that are edible. The pods are usually a few inches long, ribbed, and tapered at one end. Okra gets a bad rap because, depending on how it is prepared, it may become slimy. Some people love that texture, but others may grimace. Okra pods have a clear liquid called mucilage, and yes, it's slimy. When okra is heated up, the mucilage becomes thicker, which makes okra a great thickener for stews and gumbo. Cooking okra quickly with high heat, such as deep frying or grilling, will produce a wonderful okra flavor and feel without sliminess. Okra is easy to cook, has a mild flavor a bit like eggplant, and a silky texture.
Okra is believed to have been first cultivated in Ethiopia over 3,000 years ago. It was first brought to North America from West Africa by slaves in the 1660's. Okra was, and still is, important to West African food and culture. Slaves would sometimes hide okra seeds in their ears on the horrific sea voyage to America. The term "okra" comes from the West African Bantu word "nkruma".
Slaves found that okra grew well in the hot southern climate, and it eventually became a staple of Southern cooking with gumbo being one of the most popular ways to serve it.
Okra is an excellent source of vitamins C and K. Okra is loaded with antioxidants, including polyphenol, which is important for brain and heart health. There is also some evidence that okra reduces cholesterol. So set aside your slime fear and get okra at
This Week’s Finds
Tilley Farmstead has sweet potatoes. Get your Labor Day watermelons at Rhoads and Wishwell. Asian pears look like apples, have a flavor that’s a cross between a peach and a pear, and a wonderful crisp texture. You can get Asian pears at Gillogly, Franklinton Farms and Jorgensen. Delicata squash, a winter variety with edible skin, is available at 9N and Tilley Farmstead.
Producers have the following available for online pre-order and/or at the Outdoor Market. Note supplies are limited.
Arugula, Beets, Basil, Cabbage, Callaloo, Carrots-multiple colors, Celery, Collards, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Beans – Romano, French, green yellow, Green Onions, Ground Cherries, Herbs, Kale & baby kale, Leeks, Lettuce-various, Melons, Microgreens & shoots, Okra, Onions – candy, Peaches, Pears - Asian, Peppers- sweet, hot, lunchbox, Padron, shishito, habanado, Plums, Popcorn, Potatoes, Purslane, Radishes, Scallions, Shallots, Sorrel, Spinach, Squash – delicata, patty pan, summer, Sweet Corn, Sweet Potatoes, Swiss Chard- regular & “forever spinach”, Tarragon, Tomatoes, Tomatillos, Watermelons, Zucchini
A Season's Farewell . . .
Find them in Booth 85 on the Southeast Village Green.
For Best Results -- Pre-Order Eggs!
Eggs are one of the most popular products at the Worthington Farmers Market -- and they sell out quickly! Chickens are finicky creatures and require up to 14 hours of sunlight a day in order to lay eggs regularly. With all the rain and cloudy skies we've had lately, it's not surprising to find supplies low and demand high. Reserve ahead to lock-in your order!
Covey Rise Farms
https://linktr.ee/coveyrisefarmsohio (614) 632-8393
http://www.jorgensen-farms.com/ (614) 855-2697
Oink Moo Cluck
Red Moon Ranch
Can I Bring My Dog to the Outdoor Market?
Well-socialized and well-behaved dogs are welcome to accompany visitors to the Worthington Farmers Market.
We ask that pet owners abide by these rules to make a pet’s visit to the Market a good experience for everyone:
Pets must be kept on a short leash.
Pets must be under control and by the owner’s side at all times.
Keep pets away from produce, plants, and other food products.
Pets must be friendly with other pets and people of all ages.
Be considerate—not everyone loves your pet; some customers are fearful and others are allergic to animals.
Please clean up after your pet. Market staff and volunteers are not responsible for cleaning up after your pet.
Sidewalks and pavement in and around the Market get HOT! during the summer months and can burn the sensitive foot pads of dogs in a matter of minutes. Please consider keeping your pups cool and comfortable at home on the hottest summer days.
If your pet is coughing, vomiting, has diarrhea or exhibiting other signs of illness, please keep them home. Market staff and volunteers are not responsible for cleaning up after your pet.
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
Save the Dates!
Saturday, October 2
Old Worthington Chamber of Commerce Market Day
PLEASE NOTE: The Worthington Farmers Market will NOT be open on October 2. For more information about the Old Worthington Market Day, contact the Worthington Chamber of Commerce at www.worthingtonchamber.org.
October 30 Growing & Growth Collective
Sunday Fundays All Season Long!
Current Operational Guidelines
Facial coverings are optional, though recommended for unvaccinated people.
Space between vendor booths has increased to ensure maximum aisle width. Form lines in empty spaces next to booths to allow other pedestrians to pass and keep traffic flowing in the main aisles and sidewalks.
Sanitize your hands often. Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the Market space.
Only touch the products that you intend to buy. Or, allow the farmer or food maker to select your products for you.
And, remember, if you have a fever or if you are not feeling well, please stay home.
Thank you for your continued support, cooperation and patience!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.