- Worthington Farmers Market
WFM is the "ColumBEST" Place for Produce. Get Your Pumpkins Here. Oktoberfest in Worthington.
WFM is the "ColumBEST" Place for Produce!
We're honored to be recognized as the best place for produce in CBUS! Thank YOU for choosing small, local family farms for your fruit and vegetables! And an extra special THANK YOU to all of our produce growers for keeping us healthy and well-fed throughout the pandemic.
Perfect Fall Weather for Market Shopping!
The Worthington Farmers Market looks forward to seeing you again this Saturday, September 26, at our NEW location: 200 W. Old Wilson Bridge Road (behind Kroger/Shops at Worthington Mall, in the Worthington Industries offices parking lot.
The address may be different -- and parking much improved! -- but everything else will be familiar: market hours, layout, vendors, single-point entry/exit, one-way traffic. Revisit our Covid-19 safety protocols and view maps of the new location on the Worthington Farmers Market website.
This is the time of year when pumpkins awaken from their 11-month slumber to briefly dominate our food, drink, and porches. Let’s cover the pumpkin basics before they’re gone! The work pumpkin comes from the Greek word pepon which means “large melon”. Pumpkins were first domesticated over 7,000 years ago in northern Mexico.
They are one of the very first plants in the Americas to be domesticated for consumption. Native Americans used all parts of the plant including the rind, the seeds, and the flowers. Pumpkins get their distinctive orange color from a pigment called cartenoids.
Pumpkins are a type of squash. They are typically orange or yellow-orange and have edible seeds. Unlike most other squash pumpkins have a stem that is stiff and spiky. But don’t carry a pumpkin by the stem – they break off easily!
There are over 40 varieties of pumpkins including ones that are white, blue, and red-orange. Pumpkins are typically divided into those suitable for eating and decorative. A subset of the decorative are those good for carving. Cooking pumpkins are typically 4-8 pounds and have names that indicate their using words like sugar and pie. Really big pumpkins, though technically edible, are very watery and should be left to decorative use.
Note some pumpkins are too tough to be suitable for carving. Whatever your pumpkin needs, ask the farmer and they will be happy to make a recommendation! Saum Farms has a large selection of pumpkins of all types including New England Cheddar, an excellent tasting pumpkin that resembles a wheel of cheddar cheese. They also have the unusually shaped Turks Turban squash which is also great for cooking.
Rock Dove has small edible pumpkins as well as decorative varieties. Visit Van Scoy Farms for Pik-A-Pie pumpkins that are ideal for (obviously) pumpkin pie.
The Versatile Vegan is intrigued by how Native Americans used pumpkin. The Chippewa (also called Ojibwa) people of the northern US Midwest and Canada baked pumpkins in this easy and delicious recipe: https://www.littlethings.com/native-american-recipes. Scroll down to recipe number 7. You can use Earth Balance or another non-dairy butter alternative. Note you can get the apple cider from Gillogly Orchard and the maple syrup from Pleiades!
And don’t forget the seeds! They are packed with healthy fats, magnesium, and antioxidants. Try this recipe for Roasted Cinnamon-Sugar Pumpkin Seeds: https://www.peta.org/recipes/roasted-cinnamon-sugar-pumpkin-seeds/.
Finally, load up on Market veggies like carrots, garlic and onions for this Curried -Pumpkin Soup: https://www.mydarlingvegan.com/curried-pumpkin-soup/
Fresh Picks This Week: Apples (13 varieties!), Arugula, Baby Italian dandelions, Beets, Broccolini, Cabbage, Callaloo, 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, Pumpkins!, 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 ***
Updated! Interactive Map for New Market Location
Find your favorite vendor and products with just a click!
To use the map, click on a vendor name in the upper left corner and their location will be highlighted in orange. Or if you are interested in a specific type of product (Meat & Eggs, Baked Goods, Produce, etc.), click on the booth locations highlighted in blue in the designated section to find vendors participating in this week's market. You can also find the new interactive map on our the Worthington Farmers Market website.
The Market is 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 stay on the marked pathways inside the market and don't take shortcuts across the medians and landscape islands.
Where to Park
Customer parking for the Worthington Farmers Market is conveniently located right next to the Market entrance and shopping area. Park at 100 W. Old Wilson Bridge Rd. and follow the sidewalk to the marked entrance of the Market at the front of Worthington Industries. Other nearby office and apartment parking lots are private property and not intended for Market parking.
Save the Dates!
Sunday, October 11
Wednesday, October 28
Don't Forget to Send Us Your Pic of the Week!
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. You can also send photos by email to: email@example.com
Pic of the Week will be selected at random.
Photo Credit: Watermelon Radish by Jen Thomas, WFM Volunteer
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.
The Worthington Farmers Market is an event of The Worthington Partnership.