Ready, Set, Shift! Here We Grow Again. Vote for Worthington Farmers Market in National Contest.
New Market Maps
To accommodate our growing community of vendors and customers, as well as employees who work on Saturdays in the office complex that is our new temporary home, the Market location has shifted slightly to a larger parking lot. We are still at 450/500 W. Wilson Bridge Road!
The Market is still arranged by product type with one-way foot traffic and a single point of entry and exit. There will be plenty of signage, volunteers in bright orange vests, and traffic cones and barricades to help direct you safely through the market. Please park only in the areas designated for Market Parking. Stay on the marked pathways inside the market and don't take shortcuts across the medians and landscape islands.
Please familiarize yourself with our Market rules and Market Maps to help you plan your visit to the Worthington Farmers Market.
VOTE for the Worthington Farmers Market
Starting next week, American Farmland Trust’s 12th annual Farmers Market Celebration will showcase the essential markets across the nation making a difference for farmers, ranchers, and communities. During this time, market shoppers and supporters have the ability to endorse their favorite market.
Health & Safety First
We remain committed to Covid-19 safety precautions as set forth by state and local health authorities. We appreciate your diligence and cooperation in helping to keep everyone at the market safe and healthy. Read our Visitor Rules for more information.
First and foremost, if you or a family member is sick, please stay home! We're open all summer!
Entry to the Worthington Farmers Market will be limited to keep everyone safely and socially distanced. Please be patient if we have reached capacity. You can enter the Market as soon as another customer finishes their shopping and exits. So, please be mindful of other shoppers that may be waiting on you to finish your shopping so they may enter the market.
Mind the Gap - Keep 6' Back!
Please maintain 6' of distance between yourself and our volunteers, vendors and other customers at all times.
No Pets Allowed:
Please leave your furry companions at home.
Please enjoy your purchases...after you leave the Market:
No sampling of products and no eating or drinking inside the Market space.
Look with your eyes, not with your hands:
Only touch the products that you intend to buy. Or, allow the farmer or food maker to select your products for you. They know when a melon is ripe and a peach is perfectly sweet and juicy!
Follow the one-way route through the Market. Pedestrian traffic only.
Three Ways to Shop
1. Pre-ordering is encouraged and helps ensure you get the products you want!
2. To promote low- or no-contact transactions, many vendors have implemented electronic point-of-sale systems for the on-site market.
3. And most all vendors accept cash.
If you need cash, there are three (3) banks/ATMs in the parking lot of The Shops at Worthington Place just east of the new market location.
Tokens are not being sold at the market at this time (except for SNAP/EBT customers), but all vendors will accept any tokens you may have left from previous markets.
Check out Our New Producer Directory!
With multiple search options, our new Producer Directory makes it easy to find specific vendors and products or identify special services such as online pre-ordering and delivery options. Thank you Can’t Stop Columbus for making this great tool available to our community!
SNAP/EBT & Produce Perks
SNAP/EBT customers can still use tokens or purchase more at the Information Tent. And Produce Perks are unlimited through the end of June! That means all eligible SNAP/EBT purchases -- including P-EBT -- are matched with $1-for-$1 incentives to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.
If Exploring Greens is Your Goal, Get Yourself Some Escarole!
Escarole is a leafy green thought to have originated in Sicily, and was used in salads in ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt. It has broad, crinkled leaves and grows in heads that are dark green on the outside and light green closer to the center. Escarole has a slightly bitter taste and a pleasing texture. It is a common ingredient in Italian cooking - if you've ever had Italian wedding soup you probably have already enjoyed escarole! It can also be used in stracciatella, which is sometimes called Italian Egg Drop Soup. Besides soups, it is wonderful in salads and works well as a wrap for sandwiches. It can also be steamed, braised or sauteed and served as a side vegetable. Escarole is high in fiber, Vitamins A and K, and also folate. Check out Jorgensen Farms and join the escarole fan club!
Summer means salads and the Versatile Vegan has two escarole-based winners:
First, get your sweet and sour fix with this Escarole Walnut Salad (https://www.marthastewart.com/335235/escarole-and-walnut-salad).
Second, get French Breakfast radishes from Tilley Farmstead or Rock Dove Farm, and fennel from Franklinton Farms, then this refreshing Fennel, Escarole, and Radish Salad. https://www.marthastewart.com/313351/fennel-escarole-and-radish-salad. Yummy!
Fresh Picks for This Week: Apples (Fuji, Gold Rush), Arugula, Baby Italian Dandelion, Carrots (baby white & orange), Collards, Escarole, Garlic, Garlic Scapes, Herbs (basil, chives, cilantro, dill, mint, oragano, parsley, rosemary, tarragon), Kale (dino lacinato, Siberian), Kohlrabi, Leeks, Komatsuna, Lettuce (baby, heirloom, bibb, romaine, blends, & others), Microgreens & shoots, Radishes (French breakfast), Rhubarb (limited supply), Scallions, Shiitake Mushrooms, Sorrel, Strawberries!!, Swiss Chard, Spinach (baby), Tomatoes, Turnips (Hakurei, Purple Top)
*** Note quantities are limited ***
Save the Date!
The Market Wellness Doctor
The 3 pillars of good health are consistent quantity and quality sleep, good nutrition and regular exercise. Let's look a bit closer at the importance of regular exercise.
Poor blood flow to the brain is a common feature of aging , as well as an increased risk of stroke and cognitive dysfunction. A recent study published in the journal Neurology with 206 adults with an average age of 66 showed that aerobic exercise 3 days per week for 6 months resulted in blood flow to the brain improvement by about 3%. The improved blood flow resulted in a 6% increase in working memory, flexible thinking and self-control as well as a 2.5% increase in verbal fluency.(1)(2)
Keep moving every day! Walk, jog, do yoga or Tai Chi.Do something you enjoy. Keep moving. It is good not only for your heart, lungs and musculoskeletal system, it is also great for your brain.
Be well. See you at the market soon ! The Market Wellness Doctor None of these statements should be construed as dispensing medical advice ,making claims regarding the cure of diseases, prevention or cure of any disease state.This information is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. They are solely the opinion of the Market Wellness Doctor. Please consult your physician regarding any specific medical symptoms or conditions. Please direct questions to the Wellness Doctor at firstname.lastname@example.org Sources: 1)Aerobic Exercise Improves Cognitive Function and Cerebrovascular Regulation in Older Adults,Guadagni,et. al., Neurology, May 26, 2020; 94 (21) 2) Exercise Improves Blood Flow to the Brain and Cognitive Function in Older Adults, FoundMyFitness <email@example.com, Science News Digest,May 29, 2020, Dr. Rhonda Patrick PhD
Worthington Energy Savers Program
The Worthington Partnership has joined forces with AEP Ohio and Columbia Gas to create the Worthington Energy Savers Program. Up to $60,000 in grants is available to help local small businesses implement energy efficiencies and upgrades. Representatives will be at the market on Saturday to answer questions and hand out free tote bags (while supplies last).
Learn more at CommunityEnergySavers.com/Worthington.
Please . . . Dispose of Masks & Gloves Properly
There are trash cans provided at the market exit and next to all sanitizing stations. The owners of this property have graciously extended the space to the Worthington Farmers Market and the visiting community. Please respect their generosity — and the health and safety of staff and volunteers who clean up after the market — and dispose of your Covid-19 protective gear, as well as any other trash, properly.
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.