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2021 Outdoor Season Opening Day!
The Worthington Farmers Market is open Saturday, May 1, 8am to Noon, for pre-order pick-up, home or curbside delivery by The Grocery Boss and in-person shopping with modified pandemic protocols in the downtown Worthington historic district. See below for more information on operational changes and market protocols.
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!
Mask Up -- Even If You're Vaccinated
The staff and volunteers of The Worthington Partnership, the City of Worthington, the City of Columbus Public Health Department, our producers and our downtown merchants have worked hard to make this return possible. Please help our much anticipated return to our downtown location be successful by doing your part.
Thank you, Erica Howat, Worthington resident and one of our most loyal market shoppers for helping spread the word. Be like Erica!
The City of Worthington REQUIRES wearing a facial covering. We thank you, in advance, for wearing your mask for the duration of your visit at the Worthington Farmers Market in support of the health of our vendors, volunteers, staff and other customers.
Please maintain 6' of distance between yourself and our volunteers, vendors and other customers.
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.
No food/beverage samples from vendors.
Please enjoy food and beverages in designated outdoor dining areas only.
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.
All extracurricular activities (music at the market, busking, Market Sprouts, cooking demonstrations, etc.) have been cancelled until further notice.
Thank you for your continued support and your help to keep the Market in downtown Worthington!
Parking at the Market
Know before you go!
Historic Old Worthington is delightfully walk-able, especially during the Worthington Farmers Market -- returning to the heart of Worthington this weekend. With our expanded footprint, extending south from the Village Green along High Street, there's plenty to explore while you stretch your legs! Use these maps to familiarize yourself with public parking options available around our downtown:
Or view the maps online at: https://static1.squarespace.com/.../ParkingMap-Jun10.pdf
Find a Producer With Just a Click!
Our interactive market map is live via this link: http://maps.managemymarket.com/4646
Use the interactive tool to search for your favorite producers and find their locations for this Saturday's market. Or, click on the number of a booth to learn who will be in that space.
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.
May 1 Participating Vendors
The Market Moves Outside on May 1 and There are Veggies Galore!
The Market summer season starts May 1st with the Market going back to its regular summer home in downtown Worthington! Vendors will be spread out more than in the past and masks and social distancing are required. Your favorite veggie vendors will be there with plenty of fresh, local, and delicious delights!
Rhubarb is a cold-loving winter crop and its arrival at the Market is a sign of spring. It has thick red or pink stalks that resemble celery. Rhubarb has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for 5,000 years to treat digestive, liver, and lung issues. It made its way to Western Europe and was popular in Britain for treating stomach ailments. So much so that in the 18th Century rhubarb powder was worth twice as much as opium!
Nowadays we consume rhubarb strictly for pleasure, though it does have loads of vitamin C and fiber. Rhubarb needs to be cooked because in its raw form it is incredibly tart. But it deliciously transforms when used in pies, tarts, crumbles, jams, and sauces. You can even get rhubarb wine at Breitenbach Wine Cellars in Dover, Ohio! Try some rhubarb stalks at Franklinton Farms.
Hakurei turnips are a Japanese variety that have a great crunchy taste and the greens are delicious too! Check them out at Jorgensen. If you're interested in growing your own herbs (it’s easy!) get starters and seedlings at Rock Dove and Somerset Herbs. Asparagus fans should visit Gillogly, but get there early before they’re gone!
Check them out!
Fresh Picks for This Week Producers have the following available for online pre-order and/or at the Indoor Market:
Apples, Asparagus, Beets, Bok Choy, Carrots, Celery, Claytonia (Miner's Lettuce), Garlic, Herbs, Horseradish, Kale & Kale Raab, Leeks, Lettuce, Microgreens & shoots, Mustard Greens, Mushrooms (shiitake & oyster), Popcorn, Radishes, Rainbow Chard, Ramps, Rhubarb!, Rutabaga, Senposai, Scallions, Spinach, Sunchokes, Sweet Potatoes, Squash (multiple winter varieties), Turnips (Hakurei & greens), Yukina Savoy Mustard
Happy Birthday J-Pops!
It's officially POPS season!!!
Visit the Worthington Farmers Market - May 1 - Outdoor Season Opens!, this Saturday, to wish J-Pops a very Happy 8th Birthday and celebrate with one of their chocolate-dipped raspberry pops, with sprinkles, of course!
Find them on the SW Village Green in Booth #12, across from Highline Coffee with plenty of spaces to sit and enjoy your pops on the Green.
Preview Day for Stokeshire Farm!
We are excited to welcome Stokeshire Farm as a potential new vendor for our 2021 outdoor season. Stop by Booth # 82 on the southeast village green and say hello to Mark!
Stokeshire Farm grows a variety of produce and will have the following available at the May 1 market: baby bok choy, Tom Thumb lettuce, various microgreens, fava greens, ramps, arugula, and sorrel.
They may also have heirloom tomato starts and seeds produced from their own crops last season.
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.
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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