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September Means Mums. Vote for WFM-Your Favorite Farmers Market. Some Like it Hot - Peppers!



Mums Are Back!


YES! Darryl Denlinger (a.k.a. "the mum man") from Countryside Greenhouse has returned to the Worthington Farmers Market. Enjoy his mums in hanging baskets or in potted displays with various shades of fall colors available. Find Darryl's mums this weekend in space #112. Curbside pick-up for large purchases is offered and will be coordinated by Darryl and his niece, Rosalie, at the time of your purchase.





Coming Soon!

Stay tuned to the Worthington Farmers Market Facebook page for the premiere of our Tour d'Aisles video series by volunteer-videographer extraordinaire Dan Barash. These videos provide a virtual tour of the Market, aisle-by-aisle, introducing you to our fabulous vendors and their outstanding products. Red carpet roll-out tomorrow on Facebook!


Pssst! Sneak-peek preview available on our website at the bottom of the Market Map page!

Just Two Weeks Left to VOTE for Your Favorite Farmers Market!


Cast your ballot for the Worthington Farmers Market here: https://markets.farmland.org/market/worthington-farmers-market/

Veggie Spy

Whether You Like Hot, Very Hot, or Insanely Hot, We've Got Hot Peppers for You!

Hot peppers are a great way to give a dish a little kick. And depending on your heat preference, you can also get a giant kick that will knock you over! The Market has many varieties of hot peppers, and they run the gamut from barely perceptible to impossibly hot. Hotness in peppers is measured in Scoville Heat Units (SHU), named for scientist Wilbur Scoville in 1912. The Scale measures the concentration of capsaicin, the active ingredient that produces that sensation of heat on our tongues, sweats, red faces, and tears. For hot pepper fans, this equals fun!  Capsaicin is found primarily in the membranes that hold the pepper seeds. The SHU scale goes from zero to the millions. Let's see what hot peppers our Market farmers have in store for us, going from not-so-hot to super-hot. Not Hot to Just a Tad Hot (0 - 1500 SHU) The bell peppers available from many vendors are not at all hot. Somerset Herbs has a No Heat Jalapeno. Anaheim peppers are just a little hot and are available from Toad Hill Farm. At the high end of this category are Hot Banana peppers, available from Zemnicki's Greenhouse and others.


Fairly/Medium Hot (1500 - 15,000 SHU) Here you'll find Serrano, Poblano, and Cherry Bomb peppers from Somerset Herbs . Also Jalapeno peppers from Cottage Garden (937-441-0146)Franklinton Farms, and Somerset Herbs .


Very Hot to Very Very Hot (15,000 - 400,000 SHU) This category includes Habanero peppers from Franklinton Farms and Aji Rico peppers from Somerset HerbsThese are hot enough that you should use gloves when preparing them and avoid touching your face.

Insanely Hot (400,000 - 2 million plus SHU) Carolina Reaper peppers are the hottest in the world at 2 million SHU! You can find them at 9N Farm. They are so hot they can be dangerous - please be careful!


The Versatile Vegan suggests pepper lovers try this recipe for Hot Pepper Hoagie Relish: https://foodinjars.com/recipe/hot-pepper-hoagie-relish/.  Choose from the many hot peppers available at the Market to prepare this at your desired heat level!


With the pending arrival of Fall (coming soon!), it's not too soon to  start thinking about veggie chili. This recipe for Roasted Four-Pepper Chili has Poblano, Anaheim, and Jalapeno peppers: https://foodal.com/recipes/soups/roasted-four-pepper-chili/ Enjoy!


Fresh Picks This Week: Apples (Cortland, Gold Supreme, Gala, McIntosh, Mollies Delicious), Arugula, Baby Italian dandelions, Beets, Broccolini, Cabbage, Carrots (baby white, orange), Celery, Collards, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Garlic Scapes, Green beans (also yellow, purple, haricot verts, Roma), Ground cherries, Herbs (basil, chives, cilantro, dill, lemon balm mint, oregano, papalo, parsley, rosemary, tarragon), Kale (dino lacinato, Siberian), Kohlrabi, Komatsuna, Leeks, Lettuce (baby, heirloom, bibb, romaine, blends, & others), Melons, Microgreens & shoots, Okra, Onions (candy, white, mini-purple, sweet), Peaches, Peppers! (bell, jalapeno, Aji Rico, Anaheim, banana, cherry bomb, habanero, serrano), Potatoes, Purslane!, Radishes (French breakfast), Scallions, Shallots, Shiitake Mushrooms, Squash (multiple varieties), Sweet Corn, Swiss Chard, Spinach (baby), Tomatillos, Tomatoes (heirloom, cherry), Zucchini  *** Note quantities are limited ***

Pic of the Week

There have been SO many fantastic photos snapped and shared of the Market this season, we wanted to share them with all of you!


This week's gorgeous photo was submitted by Erica Howat.


"I’ve been coming to the market since we moved to Old Worthington 4 years ago. In fact, being able to walk to downtown Worthington and to the market is one of the reasons we bought our home versus other communities that we were considering! I love that I’ve built relationships with the market vendors over time, seeing my friends and neighbors out and about and supporting local small businesses while finding the best, freshest food.

Asking me to pick one 'must have' is a bit like picking a favorite child, it’s an impossible question. The market is my primary grocery trip for the week and I build my weekly meal plan around what I find there. Year round I pick up eggs, meat and poultry, cheese and baked goods. But corn, tomatoes and fresh flowers are highlights of the summer season. If I am absolutely forced to pick, [last] week peaches were probably the must-have since they are just about done for the year. My daughter will eat most of these out of hand and any that are leftover will go into a crisp. I’ve also discovered Shishito peppers this summer. We’ve been broiling them, then finishing with a squeeze of fresh lemon and kosher salt plus a lemony aioli to dip."

Would you like your photo featured here? Snap a photo at the Worthington Farmers Market, share it on Facebook or Instagram and tag the Worthington Farmers Market so that we see your photo. Pic of the Week will be selected at random.

Save the Date!

Happening next Tuesday, September 15 - Part 1 of this free, virtual 3-part lecture series on "Seeking Good, Clean, and Fair Food for All: Equity. Inclusion. Justice", hosted by Slow Food Columbus and Ohio State APOP (Anthropology Public Outreach Program).

Save your virtual seat here: https://bit.ly/2QSR5RO

Information Central


Everything you need to plan an efficient, organized, and fruitful visit to the Market can be found on the Worthington Farmers Market website: worthingtonfarmersmarket.com


Maps, schedules, parking info, Covid-19 protocols, vendor directories, and more -- all in one centralized location.



And, as always, if you have any questions while you're at the Market, be sure to stop by the Information Booth, where our amazing volunteers will be glad to help!


See you Saturday!

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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 worthingtonfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

The Worthington Farmers Market is an event of The Worthington Partnership.

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