Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: August 27th Market Report


Fresh from the fields - cantaloupe from Bird's Haven Farms.

We are looking at a forecast for a typical August afternoon - somewhat "sauna-esque". As of this moment, the accuweather forecast for Market Wednesday in Westerville is partly to mostly sunny skies, temperatures in the mid-80s (real feel close to 90) and a 7 mph breeze.

The forecast shows a slight chance of rain during market hours - 30% to 40%-ish - enough that we should mention it.

If you are feeling the heat at the market, give yourself a break. Gene and Rose from Church of the Messiah, keep ice water and lemonade available (free!), and The Gathering Place building is air conditioned.

Home grown. Home made. All Ohio. Wednesdays 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. through October 29th @ N. State and E. Home Streets in Uptown Westerville.
 
The Market Wednesday line-up for August 27th: Blue Jacket Dairy, Sugar B Bakery, Montezuma Sauces & Salsas, Sweet Thing Gourmet, Dan the Baker, Swainway Urban Farm, Branstool Orchards, Fox Hollow Farm, Bird's Haven Farms, Roger's Honey, Flying J Farm, Doran's Family Farm, Hartzler Family Dairy, Bridgman Farm, The Blueberry Patch, Annabelle's Blooms.

We set a place, but don't have a confirmation from Ohio Farm Direct.

Pleiades Maple Products is out this week. Eddie Lou Meimer's grandson, Jake, has a steer in the Morrow County Fair!

Browse. Visit. Taste. Shop. Enjoy.

See you at the market!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: August 20th Market Report


Cherry tomatoes from Bird's Haven Farms.

Overnight storm systems have moved out of Ohio and the Market Wednesday forecast, as of this moment, calls for partly cloudy skies, temperatures in the low 80s, and, with elevated humidity, it may feel warmer and downright muggy. We expect a light breeze this afternoon as well. 

There is a slight chance of rain this afternoon between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. and a very low chance of precip until early evening. 

A great afternoon for a little al fresco shopping!

Home grown. Home made. All Ohio. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through October 29th @ N. State & E. Home in Uptown Westerville. 

The August 20th Market Wednesday line-up: Sugar B Bakery, Montezuma Sauces & Sauces, Sweet Thing Gourmet, Dan the Baker, Pleiades Maple Products, Swainway Urban Farm, Branstool Orchards, Bird's Haven Farms, Roger's Honey, Flying J Farm, Doran's Family Farm, Hartzler Family Dairy, The Blueberry Patch, Annabelle's Blooms, Blue Jacket Dairy.

We expect to see, but are awaiting, confirmation from Bridgman Farm and Ohio Farm Direct.

We will not see Fox Hollow Farm this week - they'll be back on August 27th.

We are de-lighted to welcome this week's community partner, Westerville Electric Division.

A Market Wednesday tradition: Each week, Meza Wine Shop at 48 N. State (just steps south of the market) features a specially-priced cocktail during market hours. Whether you're new to wine or have enjoyed wine pairings for years, stop by to see what's new or to pick up some serving suggestions to complement your market purchases from the folks at Meza!

Great produce fresh from the fields and rich soils of Central Ohio and incredible food artisans! Visit. Taste. Browse. Shop. Come join us!

See you at the market!!

 

 

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Apple Season is Here!






Market Wednesday welcomes Branstool Orchards to the 2014 market season!

Today Marshall and Travis are bringing Redfree, Zestar, Tsugaru, Mollie's Delicious and Ginger Gold apples to market today. 

Like last year, apple selection and purchase will be set up in a Bag Your Own fashion and samples will be provided.

 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Meme Wisdom


If thou tastest a crust of bread, 
thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens.
Robert Browing

Bread from Dan the Baker.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Meme Wisdom


What I say is, if a fellow really likes potatoes, 
he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow. 
A. A. Milne

Potatoes from Flying J Farm. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: August 13th Market Report


Green beans from Doran's Family Farm

Forecast says we have a fabulous day ahead on this beautiful Market Wednesday in Uptown Westerville! Partly to mostly sunny skies, temperatures in the mid-70s, zero (oh, yeah, you read that right) - We'll say it again, zero percent chance of precipitation, lower humidity, and a gentle breeze. Now, that is the forecast for a good day to pick up a little farm fresh!

Home grown. Home made. All Ohio. Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. thru October 29th @ N. State & E. Home.


The August 13th Vendor Line-up: Sugar B Bakery, Montezuma Sauces & Salsas, Sweet Thing Gourmet, Dan the Baker, Pleiades Maple Products, Fox Hollow Farm, Bird's Haven Farms, Flying J Farm, Doran's Family Farm, Hartzler Family Dairy, The Blueberry Patch, Annabelle's Blooms, Blue Jacket Dairy.

We expect to see and are waiting for a confirm from Bridgman Farm.

We hope to see Ohio Farm Direct, it depends on staffing - Barb is on vacay, there may not be anyone available to come off the bench!

We will not see Swainway Urban Farm this week. Roger's Honey checked in and Roger has to take advantage of the weather for some bee colony maintenance.

This week's Community Partner is Westerville Police Division.

Visit. Taste. Browse. Shop. Enjoy. See you at the market!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Go to School!


Think and wonder. Wonder and Think. - Dr. Seuss

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 is the first day of school for Westerville City Schools.

Time for school buses to re-enter the traffic mix, when-children-present speed limits to be heeded, and heightened awareness of school-age children in crosswalks, on skateboards and bikes, along roads, in parking lots, and on sidewalks (especially at driveway aprons).

Last year, we posted the basic 411 and links for Ohio's school bus and traffic laws pertaining to schools. Just click or tap here to link to that blog post.

Please, endure patiently.  Be safe.


School sign spec image courtesy ODOT.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: August 6th Market Report


Watermelons from Doran's Family Farm.

We see a beautiful Market Wednesday afternoon in Uptown Westerville in your future with mostly sunny skies, temps around 80°, lowered humidity, and a light breeze. Sounds like an awesome Central Ohio afternoon to visit a farmers' market and pick up a little farm fresh! 

Home grown. Home made. All Ohio. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. @ N. State and E. Home 

The August 6th Market Wednesday vendor line-up: Doran's Family Farm, Bridgman Farm, The Blueberry Patch, Blue Jacket Dairy, Sugar B Bakery, Montezuma Sauces & Salsas, Sweet Thing Gourmet, Dan the Baker, Pleiades Maple Products, Swainway Urban Farm, Fox Hollow Farm, Bird's Haven Farms, Roger's Honey, Flying J Farm.

This week's Community Partner is Westerville Senior Center.

We will not see Hartzler's Family Dairy, Annabelle's Blooms, and Ohio Farm Direct today.


Sweet corn from Bird's Haven Farms.


Cherry tomatoes from Bridgman Farm.


Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale from Doran's Family Farm.


Melon from Doran's Family Farm.


Cabbage from Flying J Farm.


 Potatoes from Flying J Farm.


Delish! Smokey Chipotle Raspberry Lime Salsa 
from Montezuma Sauces & Salsas.


Roger's Honey!


Sweet Thing Gourmet!


Tomatoes at Bird's Haven Farms.

See you at the market! 
 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Life on Fox Hollow Farm


Sunday, August 10th, Market Wednesday vendor, Fox Hollow Farm is hosting a farm tour as part of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association summer farm tour series

From the OEFFA website:

OEFFA’s summer farm tours continue in Knox County with a tour of Fox Hollow Farm on Sunday, August 10th.

Enjoy a guided or self-directed tour of Fox Hollow Farm to see Lisa and Bruce Rickard's techniques for mob-grazing cattle and sheep; raising pigs and heritage meat chickens on pasture, and managing laying flocks using an eggmobile.

Learn about how Jesse Rickard and Chelsea Gandy have incorporated Permaculture practices into the farm, including swales, living fences, and chinampa (or floating gardens). Lisa and Bruce will also discuss how they direct market their products through farmers' markets and local food co-ops and Chelsea will explore what's involved in hosting farm-to-table dinners.

This event is free, open to the public, and does not require pre-registration.

This tour is part of the 2014 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series featuring free public tours of some of Ohio’s finest sustainable and organic farms. Fifteen tours, six workshops, and a farm to table dinner, held between June and November, are being sponsored by OEFFA. The series is promoted in cooperation with the Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team, which is sponsoring additional tours.

Directions: Fox Hollow Farm is located at 20060 Gilmore Rd. in Fredericktown, Ohio.

From I-71, take Exit 151. Take Rte. 95 E through Chesterville. Travel 10 miles into Fredericktown. At the traffic light in town, turn left to stay on Rte. 95 N/Main St./Ankneytown Rd. After approximately 3 miles, where Rte. 95 bends sharply to the left, travel straight onto Mishey Rd./County Rd. 55. Take the first right onto Knox Lake Rd./County Rd. 82 and travel approximately 0.25 miles. Turn left onto Spohn Rd. After 1 mile, turn left on Gilmore Rd. Fox Hollow Farm is the first driveway on the right.

More Information:  For more information about Fox Hollow Farm, go to www.foxhollowfarmnaturally.com, call 740.694.8528, or email lisa@foxhollowfarmnaturally.com.

For more information about this and other tours in the 2014 farm tour series, click here or go to www.oeffa.org/documents/farmtour2014.pdf to view the full tour brochure, click here to read the complete original press release, or contact OEFFA at 614.421.2022 or oeffa@oeffa.org.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: National Farmers' Market Week!


August 3rd through August 9th is 
National Farmers' Market Week!

More and more, farmers' markets are becoming an important part of local economies across America. Vendors can gather and a market can open, but it must be supported by the members of the community to thrive.  Everyone who touches a farmers' market fuels its success!

Thank you for your enthusiastic support of the American farmer and food artisan.

From the USDA:

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3 through 9, 2014, "National Farmers Market Week". Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate our nation's thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them.

The declaration was made via an official proclamation signed by Secretary Vilsack. This year marks the 15th Annual National Farmers Market Week recognizing the important role that farmers markets play in the agricultural and food economy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture began declaring National Farmers Market Week in 2000.

"National Farmers Market Week is a great opportunity for farmers markets across the country to host special events to showcase all the tremendous services they provide," said Secretary Vilsack. "Farmers markets play a key role in developing local and regional food systems that support family farms, and help grow rural economies. They bring communities together, connecting cities with the farms that support them and provide Americans across the country with fresh, healthy food."

Thousands of farmers markets across the country offer consumers fresh, affordable, convenient, and healthful products sold directly from the farm. They also offer additional market opportunities for local producers, especially smaller or newer operations. Farmers markets increasingly offer electronic benefits transfer technology that can be used by recipients of USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - as well as low-income women, infants, and children and seniors participating in the WIC and Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Programs - to get fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Farmers market development is a cornerstone of the USDA's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative, which coordinates the Department's policy, resources, and outreach efforts related to local and regional food systems. Secretary Vilsack has identified strengthening local food systems as one of the four pillars of USDA's commitment to rural economic development, along with production agriculture (including expanding export markets and improving research), promoting conservation and outdoor recreation opportunities, and growing the bio-based economy.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: July 30th Market Report


The Blueberry Patch

Hard to believe that today is the last Wednesday of July 2014! Home grown. Home made. All Ohio. The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market opens for business from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. @ N. State and E. Home Streets through October 29th.

The weather forecast is mostly a repeat of Monday and Tuesday, temperatures in the low-to-mid 70s, a light breeze, and sunshine. We are keeping an eye on the 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. forecast; as usual, there is an elevated chance of rain during that hour only.

Today's confirmed vendor line-up: The Blueberry Patch, Annabelle's Blooms, Blue Jacket Dairy, Sugar B Bakery, Chuck Evans' Montezuma Brand Sauces and Salsas, Sweet Thing Gourment, Dan the Baker, Pleiades Maple Products, Swainway Urban Farm, Fox Hollow Farm, Bird's Haven Farm, Roger's Honey, Flying J Farm, Doran's Family Farm, Hartzler Family Dairy, Ohio Farm Direct.

We expect to see and are awaiting confirmation from Bridgman Farm.

Dana Landrum is taking some much-needed personal time, so Dana Lee's is taking an open-ended break from Market Wednesday. Dana will be at Worthington on Saturdays.

Each Market Wednesday, Meza, the wine shop at 48 N. State, just a few steps south of the market space, features a specially-priced cocktail during market hours. This week, Meza is mixing and pouring Peach and Proseco Sangria. Ask owner, Tatjana Brown for the recipe! If you are looking for some affordable and exceptional wine pairing ideas for your market fare, Meza is a great idea resource.

Visit. Browse. Eat. Drink. Shop. With restaurants, activities, shops, and services... Shop Uptown Westerville!

Have a great week!

Take a Photo Tour...


Bird's Haven Farms


Dahlias from Annabelle's Blooms.


Zucchini from Doran's Family Farm.


Lion's Mane Mushrooms from Swainway Urban Farm.


Raw honey from Roger's Honey.


Green Beans from Flying J Farm.


Maple-based toppings from Pleiades Maple Products.


Sweet Corn from Doran's Family Farm.


Potatoes from Flying J Farm.


Dessert Bread from The Blueberry Patch.


Kale and Broccoli from Doran's Family Farm.


Dan the Baker.


Purple Beans from Flying J Farm.


Fruit Salsas from Chuck Evans' 
Montezuma Brand Sauces and Salsas.


Makes great toast or a great sandwich! 
Peasant Bread from Sugar B Bakery.


Wax Beans from Flying J Farm.


Pickling Cucumbers from Bird's Haven Farm.


Sweet Thing Gourmet.


Sunflowers from Annabelle's Blooms.

See you at the market!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Meme Wisdom


It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts
while eating a homegrown tomato.
- Lewis Grizzard

Tomatoes from Bird's Haven Farms

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: July 23rd Market Report


Sweet corn from Doran's Family Farm.

Home grown. Home made. All Ohio It's another Market Wednesday in Uptown Westerville! 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. @ N. State and E. Home Streets.

A light summer morning soaker rain is taking the high temps and humidity with it, as it moves along to the east. Weather today is forecast to be cooler and more comfortable than yesterday, look for partly cloudy skies, temperatures in the mid 70s to low 80s, elevated (but not oppressive) humidity, and a light breeze. There is the usual slight chance of rain between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

This week's confirmed Vendor Line-up includes: Doran's Family Farm, Hartzler Family Dairy, Dana Lee's, The Blueberry Patch, Annabelle's Blooms, Blue Jacket Dairy, Chuck Evans' Montezuma Brand Sauces and Salsas, Sweet Thing Gourmet, Dan the Baker, Swainway Urban Farm, Fox Hollow Farm, Bird's Haven Farm, Roger's Honey, Flying J Farm.

This week's community partner is Westerville Public Library!!

We will not see Z Blueberry this week because of the success of this week's U-Pick activity. Blueberries are at market! Just visit The Blueberry Patch.

Two vendors are out of this week's line-up: Sugar B Bakery and Pleiades Maple - both vendors will return next week.

Update: We just heard from Barb Taylor-Leedy with Ohio Farm Direct, she's developed quite a case of poison ivy and will not be at market today. OFD may send a sub, but last minute subs can be hard to find, so we may not see OFD this week. 

We will not see Bridgman Farm this week.

We have a confirm from Dana Lee's!


Tomatoes from Bird's Haven Farms.


Fresh from the fields, cut flowers from Annabelle's Blooms.


Summer squash from Bird's Haven Farms.


Cookie packets from Dan the Baker.


Fresh-picked Wax beans from Flying J Farm.


Sweet talkin' and shoppin' at Roger's Honey.


Red skin potatoes from Flying J Farm.


Chuck Evans' Montezuma Brand Sauces and Salsas
has a selection of delicious fruit salsas. Yum!


So good! Shiitake mushrooms from Swainway Urban Farm.


First stage of cole slaw! Fresh cabbage at Doran's Family Farm.


The first of the cherry tomatoes from Bridgman Farm. Exceptional!


Sweet Thing Gourmet!!


Fresh broccoli from Doran's Family Farm.

See you at the market!