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It's Summer Market Season! Saturdays - 8am to Noon
The Worthington Farmers Market is OUTDOORS along High Street between SR161 and South Street!
Summer market hours, 8am to Noon, May through October.
Countdown to winter market! Only 9 more outdoor markets! Winter market begins November 4, 2023, 9:00am to Noon, inside The Shops at Worthington Place.
This Week's Participating Vendors
*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 our interactive market map here: http://maps.managemymarket.com/5692
Summer market hours, 8am to Noon, May through October.
New Market T-Shirts & Tote Bags!
We are excited to announce our NEW and LIMITED EDITION Worthington Farmers Market t-shirts and tote bags. These were designed using original artwork from local artist Leigh Foust. You may have seen it as part of the Art in the Alley in Old Worthington!
The tote bags are a heavy eco-friendly unbleached muslin, and the shirts are super-soft Bella + Canvas brand, all locally printed!
To purchase, visit the info booth at the Saturday morning farmers market. All proceeds benefit the market. Get yours before they’re gone!
The "Mum Guy" is Back!
Countryside Greenhouse returns with a bounty of seasonal color. Find them in their usual location -- along the alley between Worthington Jewelers and the Southeast Village Green (just around the corner from the Gillogly Orchards booth).
Remember to bring cash or market tokens (no credit/debit card sales).
Due to heat, bees, ants & staffing we will have pre-packed 4-packs at Worthington Farmers Market on Saturday. Singles of Sprinkle and 5-piece Rosebuds (donut holes) will be available. Hope to see you there!
The moment you've waited for is finally here! Pumpkin Spice is back at the farmers markets starting this weekend!!!!
I will not be at the Worthington Farmers Market Saturday. As usual, it's County fair week. Saturday, I will be announcing the annual Kids & Calves show.
For over 40 years our Morrow County Dairy Association has put on this shoe for 3 to 8 year Olds.
They borrow a calf and bring it into the show ring. I talk to each child and then the Dairy Ambassadors hand out rosettes, t-shirts and ice coupons. We usually have 100 or more children participating. For some it's their first experience touching a calf. It's a lot of fun. I'll be back next week!
NEW Worthington Farmers Market/Worthington Partnership Green Team refillable water bottles are now available for purchase at the Market Information Booth located at the corner of High St. and New England Avenue in front of the Graeter's/House Wine parking lot!
Priced at just $10, the bottles are perfect for refilling at the water station on the Southwest Village Green and they make great gifts for your favorite market shoppers!
Many thanks for the generous support of SWACO in helping to produce the bottles!
Music at the Market
Olde Village Barbershop
9:00am - Noon
Engaging singer/songwriter in the style of James Taylor, Eagles. I loop my acoustic guitar and play flute and leads for solos. Ray or Debbie accompanies me on congas and percussion. Easy to listen to, entertaining and danceable.
Post Office Lawn
9:00am - Noon
Austin Zhong graduated from UNC School of the Arts with his Master's degree, and has performed with some of the best classical musicians in the industry. He has also studied with some of the top teacher's in the country, and moved to Columbus this past July to further his private studies with Jonathan Ong of the Verona Quartet at Oberlin Conservatory. Austin hopes to share his music wherever he goes!
United Methodist Church - South
9:00am - Noon
Tip House is a long-time central Ohio musician and guitar maker, featuring on vocals and lead guitar in bands such as 71 South , The House String Band, and WryGrass. His original songs tell the stories of a colorful world populated by veterans, scoundrels, crooked businessmen, jilted lovers, and roadside apparitions.
United Methodist Church - North
9:00am - Noon
Paul Graham & Kevin Buckland
Acoustic guitar based, singer/songwriter Americana music, borrowing from folk, blues, country, bluegrass, and rock music genres
9:00am - Noon
Melodic guitar that takes you places. Chill, relaxing, positive, happy vibes to make anyone feel good. Great Saturday morning music.
Southeast Village Green
9:00am - Noon
NOVA with Bob & Bill
With NOVA, we use a looper that enables us to play along with rhythm tracks we have created — the 1930s to the latest contemporary tunes. We offer great, full-sounding instrumental music ideally suited to enhance your guest’s experience — not overwhelm them. We play a variety of styles of music including iconic rock, folk, indie, soul, pop, reggae, blues, chill, zydeco, classic country, and light jazz from American classics, to originals, to tunes from around the world. Bob plays in the spirit and in the styles of guitar masters such as Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, and Bob Marley to name a few of the most notable.
Veggie Spy & Versatile Vegan
Get to Know Okra!
The Market’s amazing summer cornucopia of fresh fruits and vegetables can overshadow some of the more unusual items available. Okra is an out of the mainstream veggie that needs some love! Okra 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 are not fans. Okra pods have a clear liquid called mucilage, and yes, it's a bit 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".
The Versatile Vegan suggests you try this easy recipe for Spiced Roasted Okra. Okra is great in jambalaya, like this Vegan Jambalaya with Red Beans and Okra. Or, try this Greek Okra which includes tips on reducing sliminess!
Get over your irrational slime fear and get okra at Raber Organics and Nine 9 Farm!
Franklinton has blackberries and raspberries. Gillogly Orchards has plums, and several varieties of pears. Raber Organics and Somerset Herbs have watermelon. Raber Organics and Nine 9 Farm have cantaloupes. Oakleaf has Stanley Prune Plums. Apple fans should head to Gillogly Orchards for a wide variety of apples. You can also find Macintosh apples at Sippel Family Farm. Tomatoes and peppers are at multiple producers. Check out Somerset Herbs for heirloom tomato varieties like Jetstar, Jaune Flamme (flaming yellow), and the charmingly named Bloody Butcher! Oakleaf has fingerling potatoes. Nine 9 Farm and Cottage Garden have tomatillos, a small green fruit that looks like a tomato and has a bright, lemony flavor popular in Southwest US and Mexican cuisine. Sweet corn can be found at Raber Organics and Wishwell.
Rock Dove has multiple varieties of cherry tomatoes and escarole. Franklinton also has aronia berries and collards. Marion Mushrooms has dried elderberries. Tilley Farmstead has radishes, carrots, and leeks. Raber Organics also has broccoli, shallots, and ground cherries. Riverwood Farms has romaine lettuce and purple cabbage. Mayapple Farms has garlic braids as well as a variety of mushrooms. Cottage Garden has their popular salsa kits. Toad Hill has outstanding cucumbers!
Producers have the following available this week. In some cases, items may sell out before the Market ends.
Apples, Aronia berries, Arugula, Basil, Beets, Blackberries, Broccoli, Broccolini, Cabbage, Carrots, Chives, Collards, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Elderberries, Escarole, Garlic, Green Beans, Green Onions, Herbs - various, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Greens mixes, Microgreens & shoots, Mushrooms – multiple varieties, Okra, Onions, Parsley, Peppers – sweet, bell, shishito, serrano, Pears, Plums, Potatoes, Radishes, Spinach, Squash – patty pan, yellow, winter, Sweet potato greens, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Tomatillos, Turnips, Watermelon, Zucchini .
What's Growing in Ohio?
Food Truck - Biscuit Boss
This week we are pleased to welcome back the Biscuit Boss food truck -- and all those biscuit breakfast specials we love -- to the Worthington Farmers Market!
Open 8:00am to Noon, the food truck is located in front of US Bank, between the Gillogly Orchards and Rock Dove vendor booths.
This Saturday, meet our friends from the Harding-Buller Foundation of Worthington! Through their generous grant funding, the Worthington Farmers Market and the Linworth Experiential Program collaborated this year to grow the Linworth School Community Garden. More than 45 pounds of fresh produce harvested from the garden has been donated to the Worthington Resource Pantry this summer.
The Harding-Buller Foundation of Worthington (HBFW) continues the legacy of identifying and reducing the unmet mental health needs of our communities focusing on the whole self. Since the establishment of the Harding-Evans Foundation in 1959, the Foundation has been a trailblazer in supporting educational advancements in mental health including nutrition, wellness, treatments, and patient care. Today the foundation continues its legacy of social well-being by empowering individuals to live a spiritual, holistic, and healthy lifestyle focusing on “Your Whole Self.”
Visit Harding-Buller in Booth #14 on the west side of High Street near Highline Coffee and between the Oink Moo Cluck and Wishwell Farms booths.
BYOWB -- Bring Your Own (Water) Bottle
While visiting the market this Saturday, The Worthington Partnership and The Worthington Partnership Green Team invite you to use the new public water fountain and bottle filling station installed on the Southwest Village Green. It even has a designated fountain/bowl for dogs!
Our team is excited to offer this sustainable resource to help reduce the number of plastic water bottles used in Worthington that add to the landfill.
Thank you to the City of Worthington Government for supporting us on this sustainability project and thank you to The Worthington Partnership Green Team for working so hard to raise the funds to make it happen!
Don't forget to "BYOWB" on Saturday. Bottled water will no longer be sold at the market information booth.
Made From the Market
Welcome to "Made From the Market" featuring recipes, photos, tips and techniques from customers, vendors, staff and volunteers highlighting the use of seasonal market products and the producers who grow and make them.
Send Us Your Recipes!
We want to hear from you about what you're cooking and the market products you're using to make healthy and wholesome AND decadent and indulgent dishes for your friends and family!
Send us a recipe (your own or link to a published one)
Include a photo or two of the finished dish
Be sure to identify the market products you used (photos welcome!)
No recipe? No problem. A brief description of the overall process is just fine.
Include your contact info (email or text preferred)
Deadline: By Noon on Wednesdays
Publication: Up to 3 submissions each week
So, who's up next? We'd love to hear from you!
Save the Date!
Third Thursday Every Month!
Tuesday, September 19
The Harding-Buller Foundation of Worthington will introduce their first Community Health Chat on Tuesday, September 19 at the Peggy R McConnell Arts Center of Worthington. Speaker, Ed Zirkle, is an international photojournalist who will share his journey through the effects of PTSD discussing “Light, Love, and Lola.” Ed will share how his use of photography became a form of therapy without his realization, how relationships are better than pills, and how his rescue dog Lola brought him to where he is today. The Arts Center is requesting a $10 donation towards their mission. Please register for the event here.
Sunday, September 24, Noon - 5pm
Sunday, October 22, Noon - 5pm
Pick Up After Your Pooch
Poop, it happens. Follow Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District ‘s program and P.U.P. (Pick Up Poop) then pop the poop in the LANDFILL side of our downtown waste collection bins.
Because poop is a contaminant when it comes to recycle collection. And could lead to the entire recycling collection being sent to the landfill.
But isn’t it natural? Shouldn’t I leave it to fertilize the soil?
Your pet does not eat a natural local diet. Their waste washes into the storm drains and “Dog waste contains nitrogen and phosphorus, which can deplete oxygen that fish and other water-based life need to survive, as well as encourage the growth of harmful algae.
It is also considered a significant source of pathogens like fecal coliform, a disease-causing bacteria” (www.usda.gov)