Try a Rainbow of Tomatoes. J-Pops & Sweet Thing Collab! Next-Level BLT. Stock Up on Sweet Corn.
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.
Only 7 more outdoor markets!
Remember - the Farmers Market is CLOSED on September 30!
Countdown to winter market! 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!
*NEW FLAVOR ALERT!*
Our next collaboration of the season is a special one for sure. Introducing the Sweet Thing Gourmet Lemonade Pop. It’s a combo of our fresh squeezed lemonade and their delicious Rhubarb & Blackberry with Limoncello Jam!
We have known the Touris family for most of our 10 years in business thru our various farmers markets. What a lot of people don’t always know is we really do build relationships with our fellow vendors and truly look forward to seeing them each week. It’s like a second family. We’ve also been lucky to have had Mark & Kyla’s amazing kids work with us over the years. So when we heard the news of Mark’s ALS diagnosis last year, we knew we wanted to do something to help. That is why 100% of the sales of this special pop will go directly to their gofundme to help with their expenses.
Find us and this special collab pop in Booth #12 on the Southwest Village Green.
You can also donate directly to:
Flavors this week:
Peanut Butter Chocolate Buckeye
Cookies & Cream
Find us in Booth #34 on the United Methodist Church lawn. Shop early - These flavors sell out quickly!
Sitara's Sweets by Kat
We were planning on taking this week off but Surprise! We will be at the Worthington Farmers Market this weekend from 8-12 noon! Stop on by and get some great desserts for your OSU pre-game parties! All items are gluten and sugar free! It's hard to believe it's already September and we are taking holiday pre-orders!
Cookies - 6pk for $14: Chocolate Chip, Espresso, Ginger, Irish Short Bread, Lemon, Macadamia Nut, Oatmeal, Pumpkin Spice Chip, Pumpkin Cream, Salted Caramel Chip, White Chocolate Cranberry
Dessert Bars - Sampler packs for $16 or 6-pack for $14 (one flavor): Irish Brownies, Lemon Bars, Raspberry Linzer, Samoa, Strawberry Lemonade, Tagalongs, Triple Berry Crumble.
Scones - $4 each: Carrot Cake, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Pumpkin Pecan, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut (New Item!)
Bread - Mini loaf $6 each; Large Loaf $12: Pumpkin, Blueberry, Zucchini
Time permitting I will be making cinnamon roll pans for $20 each.
Find us in Booth #36 on the United Methodist Church lawn.
There’s still time to put up corn for winter if you have not already!
Bulk orders can be picked up at our Bellefontaine market or at our Marysville location this Friday or Saturday or at one of our four farmers markets in the Columbus area this Saturday morning.
Please email email@example.com to place a bulk order or just swing by one of our Markets to get your corn fix.
Booth #15 on the west side of High Street at the Worthington Farmers Market. We will have sweet corn available for three more weeks!
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
Violinist Lucia Cassell-Ramirez has been playing at the farmers market since 2012, and loves being a part of this community. She focuses mainly on classical music.
Post Office Lawn
9:00am - Noon
My name is Anna, and I’m a medical student who plays music in her free time! I started writing/recording songs in 2018 and it has been fun to see how my music has grown over the years. I also play lots of covers, and my friend Mackenzie often sings harmonies with me as well! We have soft voices that work well in acoustic settings.
United Methodist Church - South
9:00am - Noon
Born Worthington resident, go to school at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of music for cello.
United Methodist Church - North
9:00am - Noon
Paul Graham & Kevin Buckland
We play acoustic guitar based, singer/songwriter Americana music, borrowing from folk, blues, country, bluegrass, and rock music genres.
9:00am - Noon
I've been playing Saxophone for over 10 years and love to share my skills with others. I'll be playing a collection of jazz standards with a backing track.
Southeast Village Green
9:00am - Noon
Brian Le Roy -- Latham Sholes
I focus on improvised background music using ambient and experimental sounds that match the surroundings. Portable synthesizers and effects rig are the main equipment used. Configuring sounds, sequences and effects are part of the performance.
Veggie Spy & Versatile Vegan
The market is absolutely overflowing with TOMATOES!!
Enjoy them now at their peak of flavor and in a rainbow of colors. Eating them fresh is the way to go, whether that is simply sliced and enjoyed as the star of a sandwich or salad, or check out the delicious recipes the Versatile Vegan suggests below.
It’s the juicy, zesty taste of summer sunshine that we look forward to all year long!
Did You Know?
Botanically speaking, a tomato is a fruit because it develops from a flower and contains seeds. However, the U.S. Supreme court ruled in 1893 that it should be considered a vegetable due to its culinary uses. Nutritionists also consider it a vegetable. So, long story short, it is a fruit that is considered a vegetable.
Tomatoes originally came from Peru, where their ancient Aztec name of tomatl translated to “plump thing with a navel”
In 1965, the Ohio General Assembly named Tomato Juice the official state drink of Ohio.
Tomatoes are rich in the antioxidant, lycopene and packed with vitamins A and C
According to the US Department of Agriculture, there are over 25,000 varieties of tomatoes that in addition to red, come in a variety of colors, including pink, purple, black, yellow, and white.
With over a dozen producers selling tomatoes, there’s plenty to choose from at the market. So don’t be shy – ask the growers about the variety of tomatoes they grow and what they recommend. You are certain to find some new ones to try and love!
Both Versatile Vegan recipes this week feature fresh tomatoes. One is an easy and delicious Gazpacho recipe. Or try Panzanella, a flavorful and colorful Tuscan style salad. These recipes include red onion, fresh basil, red bell pepper and cucumber – all of which are abundant at the Market!
Raber Family Organics and Wishwell still have sweet corn. Ground cherries can be found at 9N. Cottage Garden has white patty-pan squash and salsa kits. Gillogly has a growing variety of apples, several varieties of pears, plums and hazelnuts. Raber Family Organics has red and yellow watermelons, Sugar Cube cantaloupes, and now pie pumpkins. Rock Dove has long beans and tomatillos. Oakleaf has green beans, fingerling potatoes and stanley prune plums, which are great for eating, canning and making jam. Tilley Farmstead has mixed lettuces, sweet potatoes, and rainbow carrots. Enjoy apple cider from Sippel. Toad Hill has broccolini and small cabbages that are perfect for the grill or roasting. Franklinton has baby kale, arugula, eggplant, and purslane. Mayapple Farms has garlic braids and oyster mushrooms.
Producers have the following available this week. In some cases, items may sell out before the Market ends.
Apples, Arugula, Beets , Broccoli, Broccolini, Cabbage, Carrots, Collards, Corn – sweet, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Beans, Ground Cherries, Herbs - various, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce-various types and mixes, Melons, Microgreens & shoots, Mushrooms, Okra, Onions – green, sweet, red, Pears, Peppers – green, red, yellow bell, hot, shishito, Plums, Potatoes, Purslane, Radishes, Shallots, Squash – delicata, yellow, pattypan, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watermelon, Zucchini
What's Growing in Ohio?
Food Truck - Ajumama
This week we are pleased to welcome back the Ajumama food truck -- and all those delicious Korean flavors 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.
The Office on Aging provides centralized access to diverse programs and individualized services for older adults, dependent adults, and their families so they can preserve their independence.
Program Purpose The purpose of the Community Support, Outreach and Specialized Services program is to provide specialized services to older adults so they can improve their ability to live and function in the community.
Prescriptions, food, health clinic services, utility and other subsidies, health screenings, employment services, legal aid services, household budget management assistance, volunteer services, support services, caregiver consultation & other services, senior fitness centers, respiratory services, deaf/blind specialized services, hearing/screening/aids, refugee support services, communication interpretative services, intergenerational services.
Learn more about services and resources available from the Franklin County Office on Aging at Booth #87 on the Southeast Village Green.
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.
JOHN V's FARMERS MARKET BLT
I was inspired to make something with tomatoes after seeing the amazing bonanza of tomato varieties at the Market. There was a wonderful array of beautiful heirlooms. In fact, as is usually the case, I learned something when talking to a farmer at the market.
I was at the 9N Farm booth when a customer approached, pointed to a beautiful yellow tomato, and asked Gene, “What’s that?” Gene responded: “That’s a pineapple.” In this era of alternative facts, I couldn’t let that pass. “I’m sorry, that looks like a tomato!”, I said. Without losing a beat Gene countered: “It is a tomato; a pineapple heirloom.” So, I had no choice but to get one. Still, I wondered what to make that would highlight the tomato.
I ran across a recipe for Roasted Tomato Salad that looked great. But, in the end, what I really wanted was a Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich. I was reluctant to submit a “recipe” for a BLT, since there isn’t much to it. So, I ran the idea by Jen Thomas, a volunteer at the market. She said, “It’ll be OK, as long as you say something interesting about the ingredients.”
So here is my “recipe” for a next-level Farmers Market BLT, with my take for each ingredient.
For bacon, you want straightforward great bacon. That is, avoid too smoky or sugary flavor that will dominate your BLT. My favorite is Curly Tail Organic Farm bacon. I’ve been getting it for a long time and it has never let me down.
For lettuce, you want crunch. Toad Hill Farm had a great salad mix that featured many large leaves with great crunch.
Here’s where the rubber meets the road. I’ve heard it said that a BLT is a tomato sandwich seasoned with bacon. So, pick the best tomato you can. You want to look for a dense tomato (no air pockets). I’ve found heirlooms are the best. You can go with a Pineapple one from 9N Farm or a Cherokee Purple or a Brandywine from Somerset.
You want a bread that toasts well and holds up to a “Bumstead-sized” sandwich.
I think the brioche loaf from Crust X Crumb Bakehouse is amazing.
Yes, we need mayo. If you feel like going beast mode, you can make your own. If you do, you’ll find out what the little hole in the pusher for your food processor is for. (It lets the oil out in a steady stream to emulsify the mayo.) Otherwise use your favorite.
Cook the bacon to your liking. For a BLT, I usually cook it so it’s crunchy. While the bread is toasting, season the tomato with salt and pepper. Spread mayo on both sides of the bread and stack the ingredients in this order: lettuce, then tomato and the bacon. Cover with the other slice of bread and enjoy!
For a plant-based LT skip the bacon, of course, and use plant-based mayo. If you want, you can add sliced cucumbers from Tilley Farmstead.
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 12, 6-7:30pm
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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
Wednesday, September 27, 7-8:30pm
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)