Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: May 27th Market Report


Looking forward to a breezy, warm Market Wednesday afternoon in Uptown Westerville. Browse. Visit. Taste. Shop. We encourage you to add an afternoon outing for some fresh air shopping at the farmers' market to today's itinerary.

Home grown. Home made. All Ohio. The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market opens for business today from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. @ N. State and E. Home Streets.

This week's line-up: Sweet Thing Gourmet, Montezuma Salsas and Sauces, Sugar B Bakery, Kokoborrego Cheese Co./Sippel Family Farm, J-Pops, Bridgman Farm, Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods, Doran's Family Farm, Ohio Farm Direct, Flying J Farm, Bird's Haven Farms, Fox Hollow Farm, Pleiades Maple Products, Miss Cristy's Bakery, and Bildsten Landscape.

This week's community partner is Westerville Public Library. Erin Huffman from the library tells us, she'll be bringing some kid-perfect books for some live story time reading right at the farmers' market.

What to look for at the farmers' market today? Both Doran's Family Farm and Bird's Haven Farms will be bringing a few strawberries to market today. (We'll see more strawberries in the next couple of weeks.)

You'll also find organic sheep's milk and cow's milk cheese, lots of fresh-baked from daily bread to bagels to cookie favorites to pie, tortilla chips, salsa, hot sauces, jams, biscotti, maple syrup, gourmet ice pops, maple-coated puffed spelt, a selection of meats and poultry, lettuce, swiss chard, asparagus, rhubarb, radishes, onions, micorgreens, and fresh eggs.

For herb and veggie plants and gorgeous flower baskets, stop by Bildsten Landscape, Bridgman Farm, and Bird's Haven Farms.

Now a market Wednesday tradition, Meza Wine Shop at 48 N. State (just steps south of the market space) features a weekly Market Wednesday specially-priced cocktail and house sangria. Stop by and visit Tatjana Brown. She'll be happy to offer suggestions for wine pairings to go with your market purchases and favorite recipes.

Have a great day and... we'll see you at the market!


Friday, May 22, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Always Remember


Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices. – President Harry S. Truman

We kick off Memorial Day weekend on May 22nd first with the 1 p.m. opening of Field of Heroes presented by Westerville Sunshine Rotary. Field of Heroes is an interactive, live installation of 3,000 American flags @ N. Cleveland Avenue and W. County Line Road.  Field of Heroes is open the entire weekend, day into night into day through Noon on May 25th.

Field of Heroes also hosts a special tribute to America's Veterans of Middle East Wars.

Also on May 22nd, what better way to live with gratitude than to gather together for the sake of pure enjoyment and celebration - it's Fourth Friday: Back to Nature. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Uptown Westerville.

Saturday, May 23rd is filled with activity, as Field of Heroes continues:

9:30 a.m. - Opening Ceremony
Noon - Reading of Names
7:00 p.m. - Free Concert by Central Ohio Brass Band
8:30 p.m. - Taps played; field illuminated until dawn
Midnight - Flag sales close for the night

Highlands Park Aquatic Center opens on Saturday, May 23rd at 11 a.m. For additional information on Highlands Park, click here.

Field of Heroes continues Sunday, May 24th by starting the day with a 5k Run/Walk:

8:00 a.m. - Field of Heroes 5K Run/Walk
For additional information on the Run/Walk, click here.
Noon - Reading of Names
6:00 p.m. - Flag Retirement Ceremony
7:30 p.m. - Memorial Ceremony
8:30 p.m. - Taps played; field illuminated until dawn
Midnight - Flag sales close for the night

As, Field of Heroes enters its final hours, Westerville marks Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th, with the annual parade beginning 9:45 a.m. at State and College in Uptown Westerville. The parade is a small procession traveling south on State Street to Bishop Drive and then from Knox Street to Otterbein Cemetery.

The day continues at Field of Heroes:
Noon - Reading of Names
12:30 p.m. - Closing Ceremony
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Flag Pickup

From the vendors and management team of the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market - Have a Safe, Happy Memorial Day Weekend. Welcome Summer!


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers Market: May 20th Market Report


Sunshine, blue skies, a light breeze, singing birds - what a beautiful day for a trip to the farmers' market. 

This week's line-up: Miss Cristy's Bakery, Sweet Thing Gourmet, Montezuma Sauces and Salsas, Sugar B Baker, Kokoborrego Cheese Co./Sippel Family Farm, J-Pops, Bridgman Farm, Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods, Doran's Family Farm, Ohio Farm Direct, Flying J Farm, Bird's Haven Farms, Fox Hollow Farm, and Pleiades Maple Products.

Market fare includes: lettuce, radishes, chard, onions, ramps, microgreens, rhubarb, asparagus, bread, cheese, cookies, pies, empanadas, confections, salsas, tortilla chips, jams, biscotti, gourmet ice pops, maple syrup and sugar, meats, hot sauces, eggs, vegetable and herb seedlings, lettuce, chard & spinach pots, and hanging flower baskets.

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

See you at the market!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: May 13th Market Report


Welcome to week two of the 2015 season of the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market.

What a beautiful day for a farmers' market! Home grown. Home made. All Ohio. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. @ N. State and E. Home Streets (through October 28th).

Weather forecasts are showing us a beauty of a Market Wednesday. Mostly sunny skies, a high of 62°, a breeze, and zero chance of precipitation. Sounds like a great day to pick up a little farm fresh!

This week, we welcome new market vendors Lisa and Ben Sippel, and Ben Baldwin of Kokoborrego Cheese Co. and Sippel Family Farm from Mt. Gilead. Kokoborrego features sheep's milk and cow's milk cheeses and certified organic produce.

Flying J Farm will not be at-market today. Dick Jensen is participating in an event near and dear to his heart, the Flipnow event for cancer prevention in the Brewery District. We will see Fying J Farm next week.

Today's Line-Up: Pleiades Maple Products, Miss Cristy's Bakery, Sweet Thing Gourmet, Montezuma Sauces and Salsas, Sugar B Bakery, Kokoborrego Cheese Co./Sippel Family Farm, Bildsten Landscape, Fox Hollow Farm, Bird's Haven Farms, Ohio Farm Direct, Doran's Family Farm, Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods, Bridgman Farm, J-Pops.

This week's community partner is Westerville Police Division.


Produce selection includes asparagus, lettuce, kale, swiss chard, ramps, and radishes. Bildsten Landscape, along with their beautiful hanging flower baskets, features spinach, lettuce, and kale pots.

If you're setting up your own garden at home, starter plants for veggies and herbs are available from Bildsten Landscape, Bird's Haven Farms, and Bridgman Farm.

Check out Meza, just steps south of the Market @ 48 N. State, for Tatjana's specially-priced Market Wednesday Cocktail. Ask Tatjana about wine pairings for your market fare!

See you at the market!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: May 6th Market Report


Home-grown. Home-made. All Ohio. Welcome to Opening Day of Season 10 of the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market!

The market opens for business each Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at N. State and E. Home in the Church of the Messiah parking lot.

Weather-wise, according to accuweather, we start the market season out on a warm, sunny note with partly sunny skies, temperatures around 80, average humidity, a very light, almost gentle, breeze of 4 to 5 mph.

This week’s vendor line-up:

Fox Hollow Farm, Pleaides Maple Products, Miss Cristy’s Bakery, Sweet Thing Gourmet, Montezuma Sauces and Salsas, Sugar B Bakery, Bildsten Landscape, Bird’s Haven Farms, Flying J Farm, Ohio Farm Direct, Doran’s Family Farm, Lona Belle’s Home Baked Goods, Bridgman Farm, and J-Pops.

This week’s community partner is Westerville Senior Center.

Produce-wise, look for lettuces, greens, radishes, and ramps. You'll also find a selection of hanging baskets and flowers, as well as vegetable and herb seedlings and plants. Artisan vendors feature breads, sweet and savory baked goods, maple syrup, jams, biscotti, salsa, hot sauce, barbecue sauce, pie (that’s right, we said pie!), gourmet ice pops, cheeses, meats, and fresh eggs. It's become a market tradition! Meza @ 48 N. State features a specially-priced $5. Market Wednesday cocktail - stop in, visit Meza's Tatjana Brown and talk wine! Today's feature: a grapefruit and mint and Prosecco spritz.

This season, Meza adds a new feature – stop by Meza and Meet the Farmer with Bird’s Haven Farms between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. For details, visit Meza’s facebook page.




Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Now Forager

 

Bird's Haven Farms is bringing ramps (wild leeks or spring onions) to market this week. 

Ramps grow wild in the woods and appear for a brief time in the spring.

To learn more about ramps, check this article from Eater.com.


Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: New Faces!


Market Wednesday welcomes new vendors, J-Pops and Miss Cristy's Bakery.

J-Pops features a variety of gourmet frozen ice pops (pictured) in some very cool flavors.

Miss Cristy's Bakery features a variety of delicious baked goods, including pie! (That's right, we said pie!)

We also welcome Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods to the full market season. We saw Lona Belle's the last couple months of last season.

So, while you're at the market today, mosey on over and give a howdy to Steven White of J-Pops, Cristy DuBois of Miss Cristy's Bakery, and Lyle Linerode of Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods.

Coming next week, one more new vendor Kokoborrego Cheese Co., but more about that later!

See you at the market.



Photograph courtesy of J-Pops.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: 2015 Season Press Release


April 24, 2015

For Immediate Release.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market 2015 Season Begins May 6th

"What makes a farmers' market such a special place, is that you're actually creating community around food."  - Chef Bryant Terry

Food served with a good story seems richer in flavor, and the meal more memorable. And, food that comes from a farmers’ market brings a unique narrative to the table.

Central Ohio’s farmers’ market season is here, and the 2015 Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market is open for business each Wednesday, May 6th through October 28th, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the corner of N. State and E. Home Streets in Uptown Westerville.

Visit. Browse. Taste. Shop. Enjoy. Each season, a farmers’ market becomes a community – it’s a familiar gathering place that is more than a place to pick up this week’s ingredients – it’s a place where people from all walks of life connect.

Home-made. Home-grown. All Ohio.  Market Wednesday provides a selection of seasonal fare that includes farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, and an assortment of artisan baked goods, breads, cheeses, jams, salsas, sauces and rubs, maple syrup, meats, poultry, and fresh eggs.

Market fare also includes a seasonal selection of flowering, herb, and vegetable plants, hanging flower baskets, and colorful fresh-cut flowers.

Early market fresh produce selections include asparagus, rhubarb, assorted greens, lettuces, radishes, and swiss chard. 

The 2015 Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market will feature these Central Ohio vendors throughout the season: Annabelle’s Blooms, Bildsten Landscape, Bird’s Haven Farms, The Blueberry Patch, Branstool Orchards, Bridgman Farm, Doran’s Family Farm, Flying J Farm, Fox Hollow Farm, J-Pops, Lona Belle’s Home Baked Goods, Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard, Miss Cristy’s Bakery, Chuck Evans’ Montezuma Brand Sauces and Salsas, Ohio Farm Direct, Pleiades Maple Products, Sugar B Bakery, Sweet Thing Gourmet, and Z Blueberry.

Market Wednesday also welcomes its community partners: Westerville Senior Center, Westerville Police Division, Westerville Electric Division, and Westerville Public Library, appearing one week each month throughout the season.

Market orchard vendors are feeling the effects of this past winter’s harsh temperatures. Branstool Orchards will be bringing apples and pears to market late summer, and will not have peaches this season. Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard will be bringing apples to market late summer, and, while it’s early yet in the season, Malabar’s Mike Dippold is keeping watch over a few rows of blossoming peach trees.

A trip to the market is a great way to enjoy Wednesdays in Uptown Westerville - market customers can dine and shop Uptown Westerville and stop by the market to pick up a little farm fresh to take home.

The 2015 Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market Vendor Line-Up:

Annabelle’s Blooms, South Charleston, Ohio: Beautiful cut flowers and bouquets including sunflowers, dahlias, zinnias, cosmos, and snapdragons coming to market during summer months. Anna Brown grows her flowers on her grandparents’ farm in Clark County.

Bildsten Landscape, Columbus, Ohio: Westerville residents, Mark and Karin Bildsten will be at the market during May and June with hanging flower baskets, annuals, and potted herbs, kale, chard, and lettuces.

Bird’s Haven Farms, Granville, Ohio: The Bird Family will be bringing their seasonal market produce that includes everything from lettuce to garlic to tomatoes to sweet corn along with sunflowers and fall favorites like pumpkins and gourds. 

The Blueberry Patch, Mansfield, Ohio: Fresh-picked Richland County blueberries and blueberry products from the Beilstein Family.  Look for The Blueberry Patch season to begin early summer.

Branstool Orchards, Utica, Ohio: Marshall Branstool will be bringing orchard-fresh apples and pears beginning late summer. (Please note: Due to the severe winter temperatures, there will be no peaches this season.)

Bridgman Farm, Washington Court House, Ohio: Mary Bridgman brings her produce to market including a beautiful assortment of cherry and heirloom tomatoes and herb and vegetable plants for spring planting.

Doran’s Family Farm, New Albany, Ohio: Michelle and Jim Doran’s produce is a popular market stop throughout the season featuring a broad selection of vegetables, melons, tomatoes, and seasonal favorite, sweet corn.

Flying J Farm, Johnstown, Ohio: Dick Jensen features a selection of grass-fed beef cuts, vegetables, and maple syrup.

Fox Hollow Farm, Fredericktown, Ohio: The Rickard Family will bring selections of grass-fed, naturally raised beef, pork, lamb, and chicken and fresh eggs.

J-Pops, Bexley, Ohio: Steven White joins the Market Wednesday line-up this season, bringing a selection of hand-crafted gourmet ice pops to market.

Lona Belle’s Home Baked Goods, Heath, Ohio: Baker Lyle Linerode joins the Market Wednesday line-up this season. Lyle’s specialties feature his Mom’s best recipe cookies, along with cinnamon rolls, coffee and dessert breads, muffins, brittles, and fudge.

Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard, Jeromesville, Ohio: Westerville resident, Mike Dippold will be bringing fresh-picked apples to market. We should see Mike with his first truckload of apples sometime late summer. (Please note: The harsh temperatures were too much for most peach trees this year, however, Mike Dippold has a few rows of peach trees that are currently blossoming. So, there is a chance Mike will have peaches to bring to market.)

Miss Cristy’s Bakery, Galena, Ohio: Baker Cristy DuBois joins the Market Wednesday line-up this season. Cristy’s specialties include fresh-baked pies, empanadas, brownies, and muffins.

Chuck Evans’ Montezuma Brand Sauces and Salsas, Columbus, Ohio: Chuck and Mary Evans bring a delicious mix of mild to smoking hot fresh salsas, hot sauces, barbecue sauces, marinades, rubs, and tortilla chips to market.

Ohio Farm Direct, Fredericktown, Ohio: Doug Daniels brings cheese and drinkable yogurt made from milk from his organic, grass-fed herd and also features nitrate-free summer sausage.

Pleiades Maple Products, Mt. Gilead, Ohio: Eddie Lou Meimer will be bringing her award winning maple products to market throughout the season that include maple syrup, maple sugar, barbecue sauce, maple-coated puffed spelt, vinaigrette dressing, and kid-favorite maple leaf suckers.

Sugar B Bakery, Galena, Ohio: Angela Bowman makes daily bread a special event. Sugar B features loaf breads, bagels, scones, cookies, and flatbreads.

Sweet Thing Gourmet, Bexley, Ohio: Mark and Kyla Touris feature a selection of delicious home-made jams and biscottis.

Z Blueberry, Fredericktown, Ohio: A short, but very sweet season, Taffy and Charlie Douglas will come to market in early summer with fresh-picked blueberries.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is a fluid community: market vendor weekly appearances may vary; produce and product availability vary throughout the season.

Market Wednesday suggests bringing a cooler - market meats and J-Pops are sold frozen, and eggs and dairy products are sold refrigerated, and a cooler will help produce travel well on hot summer days.

Bird’s Haven Farms and Doran’s Family Farm accept WIC (USDA) Farmers’ Market Program Coupons. Bird’s Haven Farms, Doran’s Family Farm, and Bridgman Farm accept LifeCare Alliance Senior Farmers’ Market Program (USDA) Coupons.

Delaware County Senior Farmers’ Market program coupons are only valid at Delaware County farmers’ markets in Powell, Sunbury, and Delaware.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is a rain shower or shine market, but will suspend activity in case of severe weather conditions.

In-lot and on-street free parking is available near the market and throughout Uptown Westerville. There is bike-friendly parking in Rotary Park at the southeast corner of N. State and E. Home Streets, right across from the market space.

The market has no official mailing address, but for GPS needs, travelers can reference 62 N. State Street, Westerville, Ohio, 43081.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is Ohio Proud.

For more information on the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market:





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Now in its tenth season, the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market offers a selection of home-grown, home-made, all Ohio farm-fresh produce, flowers, plants, and artisan foods. Market Wednesdays run May through October from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the corner of N. State and E. Home Streets in the Church of the Messiah, United Methodist parking lot, in Uptown Westerville. A great place to live, shop, work, eat, meet and play, Uptown Westerville is the home of city government and a marketplace destination. Uptown Westerville’s eclectic mix of business and residential architecture, that spans the decades, creates a neighborhood atmosphere that hosts Otterbein University and Westerville Public Library along with a variety of merchants, restaurants, activities, and events. The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is a fluid community; market vendor weekly appearances may vary. Produce and product availability may vary throughout the season. Market Wednesday takes place rain shower or shine. The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is an entirely volunteer effort.

For additional information about the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market, info@marketwednesday.com.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Best Holiday Wishes!

And then, let each put in his share, loving kindness,
warm hearts, and a stretched out hand of tolerance.  
All the shinning gifts that make peace on earth. 
The Bishop’s Wife

Best Wishes of Comfort and Joy
from the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Thanksgiving Wishes


Dining with one's friends and beloved family is certainly
one of life's primal and most innocentdelights, 
one that is both soul-satisfying and eternal.  
Julia Child

 Best Wishes for a safe, happy Thanksgiving holiday!

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Warm Heart....


On your next trip to the Westerville Public Library, (126 S. State St.) you can help your community! 

♥ Hang hand-knit or newly purchased mittens, scarves, and hats on the WPL Mitten Tree. (Located in Youth Services)

Donate newly purchased non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, or personal items (like toothpaste and toothbrushes). (Located near the library's main entrance.)

If you need ideas, click or tap here to see WARM's Most Wanted items.

Drop off a new or gently used book. (Located in Youth Services.)

Donations will go to WARM (Westerville Area Resource Ministry) and Westerville Caring and Sharing.

For more information, ask at the library desk or contact Linda Wilkins.

Or, stop by the Community Center (350 N. Cleveland Ave.) and contribute throughout the holiday season...


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: A Simple Way to Do Good

No kind action ever stops with itself. 
Amelia Earhart

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market supports WARM (Westerville Area Resource Ministry). WARM is a tremendous resource and the WARM food bank offers a helping hand so everyone in the Westerville City School District has access to healthy food, no matter the need.

This Friday (11.14) and Saturday (11.15), Meijer @ Polaris and N. State, is doubling their match for every $10 Simply Give card purchased on behalf of WARM. So, your purchase of a $10 Simply Give card actually means $30 for WARM! This is our kind of math!

For more information on WARM and the WARM food bank, click or tap here!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: With Gratitude


As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the 
highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. 
John F. Kennedy

We cannot express our appreciation and respect any better than Moving Arts' Louis Schwartzberg's beautiful video.

With Gratitude. Veterans Day. Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Holiday Cookies from Lona Belle's


What's that incredible aroma? Is that cinnamon? Do we smell cookies baking?

Lyle Linerode of Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods is baking for the holidays... and taking orders! 

Spritz: 3 dozen variety for $6.

Peanut Butter Fudge: $5. for a 1/2 pound or $9. for a pound. Add $1. for chocolate coating.
 
Peanut Butter Cereal Bars: With peanuts, marshmallows. Available with chocolate coating. Ask about pricing.

Cinnamon Rolls: $9 for a dozen. Icing available on the side.
 
Snickerdoodles (pictured): $7 for 1 dozen; $18 - for 3 dozen; Available in "party" size: 18 smaller cookies for the price of a dozen (same amount of cookies).

Iced and Decorated Sugar Cookies: $1 each individually wrapped; $9 for a dozen packaged.

Contact Lyle through the Lona Belle's facebook page or via email: LonaBelles@gmail.com

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Take it Inside!

Sourdough bread from Dan the Baker

Look for these Market Wednesday vendors Saturdays at the Worthington Farmers Market this Winter:

▪ Blue Jacket Dairy
Dan the Baker
Dana Lee's
Montezuma Sauces & Salsas
Ohio Farm Direct
Pleiades Maple Products
Sugar B Bakery
Swainway Urban Farm
Sweet Thing Gourmet

The Worthington Farmers' Market is Indoors! 9 a.m. to noon, November through April @ the Shops at Worthington Place - 7227 N. High (North High (23) near I-270. (The market is closed on November 29th and December 27th.)


Market Insider Tip: Parking is intense at the Shops at Worthington Place on Saturdays. You'll improve your chances of finding a parking space by entering the mall at the light on Wilson Bridge and parking on the west side of the mall.

Granville, Ohio also has an indoor winter farmers' market each Saturday 9:30 a.m. to noon, except 12.29 @ Granville Elementary School (310 N. Granger). Enter from the Sunrise Street entrance off of College Street and park in the school parking lot.) 

And, there is a special outdoor Granville Thanksgiving Market on November 22nd @ Broadway and Main.

Update 2.14.15: Flying J Farm and Bird's Haven Farms have completed their seasons in @ the Granville Farmers' Market.

Flying J Farm will be attending the Granville winter market. Check in with Flying J Farm on facebook to make you'll see Dick Jensen and company at the market.

Bird's Haven Farms will also be attending the Granville Winter Market as long as they have produce to bring, as well as the Granville Thanksgiving Market on November 22nd. Lee tells us they have plenty of sweet potatoes, so perfect timing for the holidays!

Fox Hollow Farm is taking orders via their website and will be bringing orders to Westerville for pick-up the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at the market space @ E. Home and N. State. Click or tap here to access the FHF order form.