Welcome, Sadie Marie! Mums the Word. Misfit Vegs Need Love, Too. We Have the Music!
The outdoor season of the Worthington Farmers Market is underway! We're open Saturdays, May-October, 8am to Noon. Find us along High Street in the downtown Worthington historic district.
Hello, Baby Payne!
Congratulations to Kerissa & Charlie Payne of Covey Rise Farms who recently welcomed baby girl Sadie Marie Payne to the family! Born at exactly 3pm August 17th, weighing 6lbs and 4oz, measuring 19 inches long, this little future farmer of Ohio caught mom and dad a bit by surprise arriving 2 weeks ahead of schedule!
Mum's the Word . . . of the Day!
Countryside Gardens (aka "Darryl the Mum Guy") surprised us last week with a pop-up visit to the market and a truckload of his signature mums.
They'll be back again this week and you can find them on the corner between the Southeast Village Green and Worthington Jewelers.
For quick and convenient loading -- after you've visited his display and made your purchase -- just pull in to the driveway/alley and turn on your flashers. PLEASE do not park in this area while you shop or for any longer than it takes to pick up your purchase.
Get to Know Rime Time
Thanks for the shout-out, Cody!
Music at the Market August 28
KaTanya Ingram, identifies not as a singer or vocalist but as a street performer – “it’s unique, eclectic”.
She sings songs that frequently get people moving and shaking along to the music, putting smiles on faces and creating a joyful atmosphere, her performances inspire a different reaction and sometimes elicit stories from strangers who feel a connection with Ingram’s renditions.
Get your groove on with KaTanya on the Southeast Village Green, 8-10am. Learn more or see her sidewalk serenades here https://www.instagram.com/sidewalk_serenades/
The Worthington Jammers is a group made up from Columbus folk Music Society people that have been involved with the Worthington market for over 10 years providing Folk music at the outside market and the Mall.
Give a listen 10am to Noon on the Southeast Village Green!
Eric Spain is a 2021 graduate of Thomas Worthington High School. He will be attending the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music next fall to pursue a double-major in cello performance and music education. Eric has been playing at the Worthington Farmers Market to raise money as a college fund.
Look for Eric and his cello in front of Olde Village Barbers!
Chip Woods & Paul Graham
Chip and Paul are old friends of the Farmers Market. For the last few years they hosted the Open Mic here. For now the Open Mic is on hold but these guys are returning with their blend of old folk songs and familiar radio tunes from the 60s,70s and 80s.
You can find them by the Methodist Church.
This Week's Participating Producers
*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 a Producer With Just a Click!
Our interactive market map is live via this link: http://maps.managemymarket.com/4646
(Note: Booth #85, not depicted on this map, is located on the Southeast Village Green, next to/north of Booth #83)
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.
Veggie Spy & Versatile Vegan
Ugly is Beautiful!
When it comes to produce, imperfections can be a beautiful thing. Many of us have been trained by supermarkets that “good” produce means an ideal of no blemishes, symmetry, and perfect coloring. But in the real world of farming produce often has cuts, blemishes, and funny shapes.
The beautiful truth is that ugly produce is just as delicious and nutritious as what we may consider the ideal. Fans of heirloom tomatoes know that under the brown streaks and odd bulbous shapes is that lovely tomato flavor we can’t get enough of. Pears with cuts and spots are still juicy and delicious. Root vegetables can be gnarly and bizarrely shaped, but as with many things, it’s what’s inside that counts! Wilted greens can be revived to their previous glory with a 20-minute soak in ice water. Even Martha Stewart agrees that enjoying ugly produce is a beautiful thing.
The desire for perfect produce leads to an enormous amount of waste. In the US farmers discard about 25% of the carrots grown due to imperfections that large wholesale buyers do not want. Overall, 30%-40% of US produce is wasted and a significant chunk of that is due to purely cosmetic reasons.
Several startups have sprouted up that buy ugly produce at a discount and then ship it to their customers. But you can skip that hassle and get both beautiful and ugly produce at the Market! And you can always ask the grower if you have any questions about “ugly” products.
This Week’s Finds
Cottage Garden’s famous salsa kits are back! Franklinton Farms expects to have a very limited supply of red raspberries. Zemnicki will have leeks. Anderson Orchard and Toad Hill have okra. Oakleaf has radishes. Our pear producers grow several varieties and they can change from week to week – check out pears at Franklinton Farms and Gillogly.
Tarragon is a leafy green herb with a complex flavor that includes a bit of licorice taste. It is often used in salad dressings, and the Versatile Vegan also loves it with potatoes like in this Tarragon Potato Salad recipe. Another winner is this recipe for Garbanzo Beans with Padron Peppers and Heirloom Tomatoes. And you can get Padron peppers and loads of heirloom tomatoes at the Market! Grab some fresh Tarragon at Somerset.
Producers have the following available for online pre-order and/or at the Outdoor Market. Note supplies are limited.
Arugula, Beets-purple top and greens, Basil, Cabbage, Callaloo, Carrots-multiple colors, Celery, Collards, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Beans – Romano, French, green yellow, Green Onions, Ground Cherries, Herbs, Kale & baby kale, Leeks, Lettuce-various, Melons, Microgreens & shoots, Mushrooms-shiitake, Okra, Onions – candy, Peaches, Pears, Peppers- sweet, hot, Padron, shishito, habanado, Plums, Popcorn, Potatoes, Purslane, Radishes, Scallions, Shallots, Sorrel, Spinach, Squash – patty pan, summer, Sweet Corn, Swiss Chard- regular & “forever spinach”, Tarragon, Tomatoes, Tomatillos, Turnips-Hakurei and greens, Watermelons, Zucchini
For Best Results -- Pre-Order Eggs!
Eggs are one of the most popular products at the Worthington Farmers Market -- and they sell out quickly! Chickens are finicky creatures and require up to 14 hours of sunlight a day in order to lay eggs regularly. With all the rain and cloudy skies we've had lately, it's not surprising to find supplies low and demand high. Reserve ahead to lock-in your order!
Covey Rise Farms
https://linktr.ee/coveyrisefarmsohio (614) 632-8393
http://www.jorgensen-farms.com/ (614) 855-2697
Oink Moo Cluck
Red Moon Ranch
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. Market staff and volunteers are not responsible for cleaning up after your pet.
Sidewalks and pavement in and around the Market get HOT! during the summer months and can burn the sensitive foot pads of dogs in a matter of minutes. Please consider keeping your pups cool and comfortable at home on the hottest summer days.
If your pet is coughing, vomiting, has diarrhea or exhibiting other signs of illness, please keep them home. Market staff and volunteers are not responsible for cleaning up after your pet.
Invest in Your Community
Do you love our farmers market? We are powered by a non-profit organization that largely relies on donations to fund our operations. Please consider donating to help us reach our goal. You can do a one-time donation or even set up a monthly donation to help us keep our market going strong. Click here for the link to donate: experienceworthington.com/donate
Save the Dates!
Saturday, September 4
NAICCO Food Trailer Returns to the Market!
Saturday, October 2
Old Worthington Chamber of Commerce Market Day
PLEASE NOTE: The Worthington Farmers Market will NOT be open on October 2. For more information about the Old Worthington Market Day, contact the Worthington Chamber of Commerce at www.worthingtonchamber.org.
October 30 Growing & Growth Collective
Sunday Fundays All Season Long!
Current Operational Guidelines
Facial coverings are optional, though recommended for unvaccinated people.
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.
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.
And, remember, if you have a fever or if you are not feeling well, please stay home.
Thank you for your continued support, cooperation and patience!
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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