Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: June 22nd Market Report


Summer is a period of luxurious growth. To be in harmony with the atmosphere of summer, awaken early in the morning and reach to the sun for nourishment to flourish as the gardens do. Work, play, travel, be joyful, and grow into selfless service. The bounty of the outside world enters and enlivens us. [Paul Pitchford]

Welcome to the first Market Wednesday of Summer!

Today's vendor line-up: Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods, Doran's Family Farm, Hinton Apiaries, Flying J Farm, Bird's Haven Farms, Fox Hollow Farm, Pleiades Maple Products, Miss Cristy’s Bakery, Sweet Thing Gourmet, Montezuma Sauces and Salsas, Sugar B Bakery, Sippel Family Farm/Kokoborrego Cheese Co., 8 Sisters Bakery, and Fox Hollow Garden.

We will not see J-Pops this week (Steve will be back next week). And, Ohio Farm Direct is out.

This week's community partner is Westerville Public Library.

What produce can you find at the market today? Beets, radishes, swiss chard, kale, lettuce, turnips, sugar snap peas, cucumbers, and summer squash.

Artisan foods include hummus, fresh-baked bagels, bread, scones, cookies, pies & pastries, sheep's milk & cow's milk cheese, honey, maple syrup, jam, biscotti, salsas, hot sauce, and tortilla chips.

Market meats are available at Flying J Farm (grass-fed beef), Fox Hollow Farm (pasture-raised beef, pork, lamb, and chicken), and Sippel Family Farm/Kokoborrego Cheese Co. (lamb, grass-fed beef, whey-fed pork).

There may be fresh eggs available at Fox Hollow Farm. Jesse Rickard of Fox Hollow Farm recommends ordering eggs ahead of time online (so easy) to be sure.

Today's market weather report features cloudy skies, temperatures in the mid 70s (the elevated humidity pushes the "feels like" temps up to a muggy 5° to 6° higher), and a light breeze.

Right now, the forecast has changed from earlier this morning to only an elevated chance of rain (44%) between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Home grown. Home made. All Ohio. Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. through October 26th @ N. State and E. Home Streets in Uptown Westerville.

Browse. Visit. Taste. Shop. Enjoy. Market Wednesday.

See you at the market!

Pictured: Sugar Snap Peas from Doran's Family Farm.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: June 15th Market Report


Weather forecast for tonight: dark. [George Carlin]

Today's weather? It's an adventure! We'll just do what we always do - we'll watch the radar, and roll along and adapt! Our vendors are all under-cover, and whether it's a puddle-jumping shop and dash, or a chance to linger and enjoy conversations and sample new or favorite flavors, we hope you'll stop by for a bit.

No way around it, we are looking at a typical Ohio summer forecast today - hot, humid, and a chance of isolated thunderstorms. Temperatures will be in the mid-80s and, with the humidity, the feels like will feel above 90°. 

There is a light breeze expected, but we don't know if it will be sustaining or intermittent.

There is rain in the forecast, at this point, for this week's market, so let's just go hour to hour: from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: 51% chance of rain; from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: a 47% chance of rain; from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: a 17% chance of rain.

This week's Vendor line-up includes: Fox Hollow Garden, Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods, Doran's Family Farm, Hinton Apiaries, Flying J Farm, Bird's Haven Farms, Fox Hollow Farm, Miss Cristy’s Bakery, Sweet Thing Gourmet, Montezuma Sauces and Salsas, Sugar B Bakery, and Sippel Family Farm/Kokoborrego Cheese Co.

We may see 8 Sisters Bakery and Ohio Farm Direct.

Pleiades Maple Products and J-Pops will not be at-market this week. (J-Pops will also be out next week.)

This week's community partners are Westerville Electric Division and Westerville Water Division - their appearance will be weather-dependent.

What produce can you expect at market this week? Beets (check out the golden beets), greens of all kinds, radishes, sugar snap peas, turnips, onions, garlic scapes, and cucumbers. We should see some strawberries, as well.

Each Wednesday, Meza Wine Shop, 48 N. State, just steps south of the market features a specially-priced Market Wednesday cocktail served during market hours. What wine goes with some Kokoborrego sheep's milk cheese? Just ask!

Market Wednesday is a rain or shine market, but not a storm or shine market, so we'll keep our eyes glued to the weather radar on our smart phones, and if we need to suspend market activity, we won't hesitate.  Any updates will be posted, here, on facebook.

Home grown. Home made. All Ohio. Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., through October 26th @ N. State and E. Home Streets in Uptown Westerville. 


Browse. Visit. Taste. Shop. Enjoy. Market Wednesday. 

See you at the market!

Pictured: Kale and Sugar Snap Peas from Bird's Haven Farms.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: June 1st Market Report


I love berries. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, black berries, anything with an 'errie' in it! [Jordin Sparks]

It's a very good day to pick up a little farm fresh in Uptown Westerville.

We like a weather forecast that starts out with the words "periods of sun" with no chance of precipitation. With that said, we are headed for a classic, summery afternoon with temps in the mid-to-high 80s, elevated humidity, and a very light breeze.

Today's Market Wednesday vendor line-up: Montezuma Sauces and Salsas, Sugar B Bakery, Bildsten Landscape, 8 Sisters Bakery, Fox Hollow Garden, J-Pops, Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods, Doran's Family Farm, Hinton Apiaries, Ohio Farm Direct, Bird's Haven Farms, Fox Hollow Farm, Pleiades Maple Products, Miss Cristy’s Bakery, Sweet Thing Gourmet.

Market Wednesday's Vendor Mentoring program vendor, Fox Hollow Garden, will open for business today for the first time. Fox Hollow Garden features hummus and greens. Stop on by to meet David Kelly, and welcome him to Market Wednesday!

Life Happens. Nature Happens. Farming Happens. Sippel Family Farm/Kokoborrego Cheese Co. and Flying J Farm will not be at-market today - they both have to take advantage of the weather by getting work done on the farm (planting, baling, and hauling).

This week’s community partner is Westerville Senior Center. 


A Market Wednesday tradition: just steps south of the market at 48 N State, each Wednesday, during market hours, Meza Wine Shop features a specially-priced cocktail. Meza is a great resource for wine pairing ideas for you market fare.

Home grown. Home made. All Ohio. Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. each through October 26th @ N. State and E. Home Streets in Uptown Westerville.

Browse. Visit. Taste. Shop. Enjoy. Market Wednesday.

See you at the market!

Pictured: Sugar B Bakery's simply delicious Peasant Bread.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Fox Hollow Garden, A Market Mentor Vendor


Welcome, Market Wednesday's Vendor Mentor Program vendor, David Kelly, of Fox Hollow Garden, featuring greens and artisan hummus.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is test-driving a brand new program this yearI

This market has a great group of experienced vendors, all of whom had to start somewhere!

With the Market Vendor Mentor Program, people who are new to farming, artisan foods, and farmers' markets can enter an atmosphere that will give them a step-up on the ins-and-outs of coming to market.

Participants have an opportunity to learn by immersion for a market season - diving into an active market and learning from both on-the-fly experiences and veteran vendors.

Veteran Market Wednesday vendors can nominate a new vendor for this program. This season, Market Wednesday welcomes David Kelly of Fox Hollow Garden, mentored by veteran vendor, Fox Hollow Farm.

Stop on by and meet David Kelly at today's market!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: May 25th Market Report


Oh, what a beautiful morning. Oh, what a beautiful day. The Market Wednesday weather forecast is a good one – some sun, some clouds, a light breeze, temperatures in the high-70s/low-80s, and zero chance of rain.  It's a good day to pick up a little farm fresh in Uptown Westerville.

Home grown. Home made. All Ohio. Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. each Wednesday through October 26th @ N. State and E. Home Streets in Uptown Westerville.

One word... no, wait, two words... Doran's... strawberries.

This week’s vendor line-up: Sweet Thing Gourmet, Montezuma Sauces and Salsas, Sugar B Bakery, Sippel Family Farm/Kokoborrego Cheese Co., Bildsten Landscape, 8 Sisters Bakery, J-Pops, Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods, Doran's Family Farm, Hinton Apiaries, Ohio Farm Direct, Flying J Farm, Bird's Haven Farms, Fox Hollow Farm, Pleiades Maple Products, Miss Cristy’s Bakery.

This week’s community partner is Westerville Public Library.

A Market Wednesday tradition: Meza Wine Shop @ 48 N. State, just steps south of the market. Meza features a specially-priced Market Wednesday cocktail during market hours. Or stop by to talk wine and ask about wine pairing ideas for your favorite meals and market fare. Visit Meza on facebook, click here.

Browse. Visit. Taste. Shop. Enjoy. Market Wednesday.


See you at the market!
 



Pictured: Strawberries from Doran's Family Farm. (Nod to Rogers and Hammerstein.)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Memorial Day Weekend 2016



 A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. [Joseph Campbell]

Memorial Day Weekend is a time to remember, reflect and honor, and a time to welcome the beginning of summer. This weekend, we live with gratitude and gather together, with friends and family, for the sake of pure enjoyment and celebration... because we can. 


Thursday, May 26th: 

> Party at the Creek, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. @ Alum Creek Park North, 221 W. Main. 

Explore nature, learn about area animal life, tour scenic green spaces and waterways, and enjoy big, family-friendly fun at Party at the Creek.

Local nature and environmental groups will be on hand. Dive into kid-friendly activities, boater safety demonstrations, canoeing, food, and entertainment. Pack a basket or cooler to picnic at the shelter house or on the lawn in the park's family  area.


Drop-off containers for recycling eyeglasses and cell phones (make sure personal info/data is removed!) will be available on site, as well as a bin to place retired American flags.

Click here for more information.

> Water Treatment Plant Dedication and Tour, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. @ 312 W. Main.

Market Wednesday community partner Westerville Water Division is dedicating the treatment facility upgrade on Thursday, May 26th at 5:30 p.m. Attend the dedication and tour the water treatment facility until 7:30 p.m., while you're in the area for Party at the Creek.
 

Friday, May 27th:

> Field of Heroes presented by Westerville Sunshine Rotary opens to the public on Friday, May 27th. 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 30th.

Field of Heroes also hosts a special tribute to America's Women in the Military.
(Look for the  poppies.)


Field of Heroes website.
Field of Heroes on facebook.
 
> Fourth Friday: Back to Nature. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Uptown Westerville. To learn more, click here.

Saturday, May 28th:

> 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 for the season on Saturday, May 28th at 11 a.m. For additional information on Highlands Park, click here.

 Sunday, May 29th: 

> Field of Heroes continues:  

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 nigh
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Monday, May 30th: 

> Westerville marks Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th, 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.  

> Field of Heroes Concludes  

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!


Photo courtesy of Field of Heroes.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: May 18th Market Report


What a welcome afternoon weather forecast - sunshine, temperatures in the mid-60s, and a gentle breeze. Sounds like a great day to pick up a little farm fresh.

Browse. Visit. Taste. Shop. Enjoy.

This week's Vendor Line-up: Miss Cristy's Bakery, Sweet Thing Gourmet, Montezuma Sauces and Salsas, Sugar B Bakery, Sippel Family Farm/Kokoborrego Cheese Co., Bildsten Landscape, 8 Sisters Bakery, J-Pops, Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods, Doran's Family Farm, Hinton Apiaries, Ohio Farm Direct, Flying J Farm, Bird's Haven Farms, Fox Hollow Farm, Pleiades Maple Products.

This week's community partners Westerville Electric Division/Westerville Water Division and Westerville Police Division.

What produce can you find at Market Wednesday today?  We are still in spring season mode, and will see: Asparagus, rhubarb, kale, microgreens, green onions, radishes, lettuce, spinach, and swiss chard.

Planning on gardens at home? Look for veggie and herb seedlings and flowers at Bird's Haven Farms, Sippel Family Farm/Kokoboreggo Cheese Co., Flying J Farm, and Bildsten Landscape.

Shout out to Meza Wine Shop @ 48 N. State, just steps south of the market. Meza features a specially-priced Market Wednesday cocktail during market hours. Stop by for great advice on wine pairings with your market fare.

Home made. Home grown. All Ohio. Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. @ N. State and E. Home in Uptown Westerville through October 26th.

See you at the market!

Pictured: Fresh Kale from Flying J Farm.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: May 11th Market Report


I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow. [David Hobson]

Today's Weather: Market hours look promising with partly to mostly sunny skies, temperatures in the low 70s, and a light breeze from the south and west. Sounds like a great afternoon to pick up a little farm fresh!

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

What produce can you expect to find at today's market? Asparagus, onions, rhubarb, kale, lettuce, swiss chard, microgreens, and radishes.

Meza Wine Shop, just steps south of the market at 48 N. State, features a Market Wednesday special cocktail during market hours. Meza is an excellent resource for anyone interested in wine and wine pairings.

See you at the market!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: 2016 Season Opener


May 3, 2016

For Immediate Release.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market 2016 Season Begins May 4th

"Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” [James Beard]

Home-made. Home-grown. All Ohio.  The 2016 Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market is open for business each Wednesday, May 4th through October 26th, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the corner of N. State and E. Home Streets in Uptown Westerville.

Browse. Visit. Taste. Shop. Enjoy. 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, honey, 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-season fresh produce selections include asparagus, rhubarb, assorted greens, lettuces, radishes, onions, microgreens, and swiss chard. 

The 2016 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, Doran’s Family Farm, 8 Sisters Bakery, Flying J Farm, Fox Hollow Farm, Hinton Apiaries, 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, and Sweet Thing Gourmet.

Market Wednesday also welcomes the first vendor participating in the market’s new Market Vendor Mentorship Program. Fox Hollow Farm is sponsoring David Kelly of Fox Hollow Garden. David will start coming to market in June with greens, fresh herbs, and hummus.

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

For the first time in two years, market customers can expect a full season of peaches from Branstool Orchards and Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard beginning sometime in July.

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 2016 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 peaches, apples, and pears beginning late summer.

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.

8 Sisters Bakery, Mt. Gilead, Ohio: A new Market Wednesday Vendor. Emma Lister and her sisters carry on the family tradition of creating great baked goods and foods with their mother’s recipes and a passion for baking. 8 Sisters features baked breakfast pastries, sourdough bread, pumpernickel bread, and more.

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.

Fox Hollow Garden, Fredericktown, Ohio: Our Market Wednesday Mentoring Program Vendor. David Kelly will join Market Wednesday in June with greens, fresh herbs, and hummus.

Hinton Apiaries, Grove City, Ohio: A new Market Wednesday vendor.  Jerry and Jill Hinton sell everything honey, including seasonal varietal honey, bee pollen, bees wax, honey stix, honey candy, infused honey, honey cookies, and honey-based products.

J-Pops, Bexley, Ohio: Steve White’s delicious hand-crafted gourmet ice pops are a Market Wednesday favorite.

Lona Belle’s Home Baked Goods, Heath, Ohio: Baker Lyle Linerode 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, peaches, and pears to market sometime in July.

Miss Cristy’s Bakery, Galena, Ohio: Baker Cristy DuBois selection includes fresh-baked pies, empanadas, tartlets, 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 made from milk from his organic grass-fed herd.

Pleiades Maple Products, Mt. Gilead, Ohio: Eddie Lou Meimer will be bringing her award winning maple products to market throughout the season including maple syrup, maple sugar, maple-coated puffed spelt, maple crème, maple-coated nuts, 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.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is a fluid community, so 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 and 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:

email: info@marketwednesday.com

Market website: http://www.marketwednesday.com/

Market blog: http://uptownwestervillefarmersmarket.blogspot.com/

On facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MarketWednesday

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Now in its eleventh 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.


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Thanks for a Great Season!


Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us.
Life is so endlessly delicious. [Ruth Reichl] 

The 2015 Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market season has come to an end.

To our customers - the people who live and work in our community - Westerville, Ohio - we say, a simple, heartfelt Thank You!

See you (next May) at the market!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: October 28th Market Report


The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach. [Henry Beston]

It's a puddle-jumping, rubber ducky Market Wednesday in Uptown Westerville as colorful umbrellas, slickers, and gollashes are the fashion of today.  While, this morning's rain will calm to occasional showers, there is a very good chance we will see rain during today's market hours. 


Market Wednesday is a shower or shine market, and we will be present - all vendors are under cover, so feel free to shop-and-dash, or stop for a few minutes, taste a sample or few, and visit.

The downpours will have moved on long before market open, but intermittent rain is a factor. Today may be a good day to shop-and-dash, although, all vendors are under cover, and we hope you'll stay a while and visit. The Market Wednesday forecast calls for temperatures in the low 60s, a 15 mph wind, cloudy skies, and a diminishing chance of rain (showers, not storms). (Weather updates on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarketWednesday/.)

Today's vendor line-up:  Bird's Haven Farms, Fox Hollow Farm, Branstool Orchards, Pleiades Maple Products, Miss Cristy's Bakery, Sweet Thing Gourmet, Montezuma Sauces and Salsas, Sugar B Bakery, Kokoborrego Cheese Co./Sippel Family Farm, Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard, Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods, Ohio Farm Direct, Flying J Farm.

Today's community partner is Westerville Public Library.

All Hallow's Eve draws nigh and 'tis tradition... the last market of the season is the week that super heroes, witches, dinosaurs, and fierce princesses come to market!  It's Market Wednesday's Treat-or-Treat! Kids can take their costumes for a test drive and go vendor-to-vendor for treats. (Kids don't have to be in costume to participate.) Treats available as long as our candy stash lasts!


This is the last farmers' market of the 2015 season -  our tenth season. A farmers' market is a community in action. Our appreciation for our customers is hard to put into words, so we'll keep it simple for now: Thank you.

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

See you at the market.

 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: October 21st Market Report


October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again. Hal Borland.

What a beautiful, autumn Market Wednesday. We are looking at an afternoon forecast with temperatures in the low-70s, sunshine, and a light breeze. A great day to stroll through Uptown Westerville and pick up a little farm fresh!

Today's vendor line-up: Ohio Farm Direct, Flying J Farm, Bird's Haven Farms, Fox Hollow Farm, Branstool Orchards, Pleiades Maple Products, Miss Cristy's Bakery, Sweet Thing Gourmet, Montezuma Sauces and Salsas, Sugar B Bakery, Kokoborrego Cheese Co./Sippel Family Farm, Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard, J-Pops, Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods.

The original power rangers! This week's community partner is Westerville Electric Division.

Annabelle's Blooms has completed the 2015 Market Season. Thanks to Anna Brown for brightening the market space each season with her beautiful flowers.

This will be J-Pops last week of the 2015 Market Season. Thanks to Steve White for making each visit to the market a very cool experience!!

Home grown. Home made. All Ohio. Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. through next week, October 28th, @ N State and E. Home.

Browse. Visit. Taste. Shop. Enjoy.

See you at the market!

Pictured: Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: October 14th Market Report


I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house. [Nathaniel Hawthorne, The American Notebook, October 10, 1842]

What a nice afternoon to visit Uptown Westerville and the farmers' market!

Browse. Visit. Taste. Shop. Enjoy.

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

This week's community partner is Westerville Police Division.

We will not see J-Pops and Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard this week.

Market Wednesday fresh-picked selections include sweet potatoes, peppers, garlic, squash varieties, greens, potatoes, turnips, pumpkins, chestnuts, and varieties of crisp apples.

Artisan vendor selections include loaf breads and bagels, sheep's milk cheese, pie!, organic grass-fed cow's milk cheese, maple syrup, tortilla chips, salsas, jam, empanadas, dessert breads, cookies, biscotti, rubs, barbecue sauce, maple sugar, marinades, and confections.

Fox Hollow Farm features naturally-raised beef, pork, lamb, and chicken. Flying J Farm features grass-fed beef.

Just a note: Fox Hollow Farm also sells fresh eggs, which are sometimes available at market, and always available through pre-order. You can place an order with Fox Hollow Farms ahead of time through their online order option (very simple), including eggs, and your order will be ready for pick-up. After the market season, you can continue to place orders with Fox Hollow Farms, they stop by Uptown Westerville regularly, between seasons, for order pick-ups. http://www.foxhollowfarmnaturally.com/order/ 

Home grown. Home made. All Ohio. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. through October 28th (that's three more markets!) @ N. State and E. Home Streets in Uptown Westerville.

See you at the market!

Pictured: Certified organic produce from Kokoborrego Cheese Co./Sippel Family Farm

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: October 7th Market Report


There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October. [Nathaniel Hawthorne]

Boy Howdy, have we got a beautiful, farm fresh autumn day ahead of us in Uptown Westerville.

The weather forecast this afternoon calls for partly sunny skies, temperatures in the mid-70s, a light breeze, and zero chance of precipitation.

 This week's vendor line-up: Annabelle's Blooms, Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard, J-Pops, Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods, Ohio Farm Direct, Flying J Farm, Bird's Haven Farms, Fox Hollow Farm, Branstool Orchards, Pleiades Maple, Miss Cristy's Bakery, Sweet Thing Gourmet, Montezuma Sauces and Salsas, Sugar B Bakery, Kokoborrego Cheese Co./Sippel Family Farm.

Browse. Visit. Taste. Shop. Enjoy.


Home-grown. Home-made. All Ohio. Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. through October 28th @ N. State and E. Home Streets in Uptown Westerville.

See you at the market!


Pictured: Sweet Potatoes from Bird's Haven Farms.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: September 30th Market Report


Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!
Humbert Wolfe

It is hard to believe this Market Wednesday is the final day of September, but here we are - the morning's overcast will eventually give way to sunlight and clouds, and with  temperatures in the mid-to-high 60s and a light breeze, it will be a just-right afternoon to visit Uptown Westerville and the farmers' market.

This week's vendor line-up: Kokoborrego Cheese Co./Sippel Family Farm, Annabelle's Blooms, Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard, Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods, Ohio Farm Direct, Bird's Haven Farms, Fox Hollow Farm, Branstool Orchards, Miss Cristy's Bakery, Sweet Thing Gourmet*, Montezuma Brand Sauces and Salsas, Sugar B Bakery.

*There is a chance we will not see Sweet Thing Gourmet today. We'll keep you posted on facebook.

We will not see J-Pops and Flying J Farm.

Home grown. Home made. All Ohio. Each Wednesday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. through October 28th @ N. State & E. Home in Uptown Westerville.

Browse. Visit. Taste. Shop. Enjoy.

See you at the market.


Pictured: Bird's Haven Farms.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: September 23rd Market Report


Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple. - J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)

Farewell Summer and welcome Autumn 2015. The new season arrives in the form of a beautiful day! It's Market Wednesday in Uptown Westerville and we could not ask for better farm fresh weather.

Today's weather forecast calls for a continuation of this stretch of gorgeous weather. Sunny blue skies with the occasional cloud, temperatures in the high-70s, low humidity, a light breeze that occasionally tussles the leaves, and no chance of precipitation.


This week's Vendor line-up: Sugar B Bakery, Kokoborrego Cheese Co./Sippel Family Farm, Annabelle's Blooms, Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard, J-Pops, Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods, Ohio Farm Direct, Flying J Farm, Bird's Haven Farms, Fox Hollow Farm, Branstool Orchards, Pleiades Maple Products, Miss Cristy's Bakery, Sweet Thing Gourmet.

This week's community partner is Westerville Public Library.

We heard from Michele and Jim Doran and Doran's Family Farm has completed their 2015 Market Wednesday season. Doran's Family Farm is one of Market Wednesday's original vendors and we say Thanks to Michele and Jim, along with family and crew, for ten great farm fresh seasons! Looking forward to 2016's sweet corn already!

Home grown. Home made. All Ohio. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. each Wednesday through October 28th @ N. State and E. Home Streets in Uptown Westerville.

Have a great day! See you at the market!

Pictured: Apples from Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: September 16th Market Report


Oh, it's a beautiful day to pick up a little farm fresh in Uptown Westerville! Sunshine, blue skies, temperatures in the high 70s/low 80s, low humidity, and a light breeze from the southwest.

This week's vendor line-up: Sweet Thing Gourmet, Montezuma Sauces and Salsas, Sugar B Bakery, Kokoborrego Cheese Co./Sippel Family Farm, Annabelle's Blooms*, Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard*, J-Pops, Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods, Doran's Family Farm*, Ohio Farm Direct, Flying J Farm*, Bird's Haven Farms, Fox Hollow Farm, Branstool Orchards, Miss Cristy's Bakery.

The starred vendors (Doran's Family Farm, Malabar Peach and Apple, Flying J Farm, and Annabelle's Blooms) are expected, but depending on what they are able to fresh pick, may not attend market today. As soon as we know, we'll post here on facebook.

Pleiades Maple is out this week. Eddie Lou Meimer will return to market next week.

Branstool Orchards is bringing apples to market today - this year's peach season lite has now come to an end.

This week's community partner is the always energized Westerville Electric Division.

As we stand at the gateway to fall in Central Ohio, we will start to see our produce vendors wind down their seasons.

Last night, we heard from Mary Bridgman with Bridgman Farm, and Mary believes she's done for the season. She has a late tomato planting (late due to the monsoon conditions in Fayette County earlier this summer) that probably won't ripen, and if she has tomatoes for market we will see Bridgman Farm at the market yet this season. (We'll keep you posted.) Huge thanks to Mary, and Shannon Fisher, for bringing such beautiful, delicious produce (ah, those Sungolds!) to market each week.

We are currently waiting to hear from Michele Doran with Doran's Family Farm as to whether or not they will have enough to bring to market today. We'll keep you posted!

We are also waiting to hear from Flying J Farm and Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard.

We will see Bird's Haven Farms, Branstool Orchards, and Kokoborrego Cheese Co./Sippel Family Farm today.

Home grown. Home made. All Ohio. Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. @ N. State and E. Home through October 28th!

Browse. Visit. Taste. Shop. Enjoy.

See you at the market!


Pictured: Branstool Orchards. 

Friday, September 11, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Never Forget


9.11.01 Never Forget. Live to Honor.

May your strength give us strength
May your faith give us faith
May your hope give us hope
May your love give us love
 

From Into the Fire
Bruce Springsteen, The Rising

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: September 9th Market Report


It's Market Wednesday in Uptown Westerville!

We have a mixed bag of hot and humid summer weather ahead of us today. We are looking at a forecast that calls for mostly sunny skies, temperatures in the 80s with elevated humidity and a light breeze. There is a chance of rain this afternoon, and we hope the computer models are right, with any rain staying out of Central Ohio, and mostly to Southeastern Ohio; we'll keep an eye on the weather radar.

Home grown. Home made. All Ohio. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. each Wednesday through October 28th @ N. State and E. Home Streets in Uptown Westerville.

Today's Vendor Line-up: Miss Cristy's Bakery, Sweet Thing Gourmet, Montezuma Sauces and Salsas, Annabelle's Blooms, Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard, Bridgman Farm, Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods, Doran's Family Farm, Flying J Farm, Bird's Haven Farms, Fox Hollow Farm, Branstool Orchards.

This week's community partner is Westerville Police Division.

We have a bit of a "market lite" today with some vendors out this week. We will not see Pleiades Maple Products, Sugar B Bakery, Kokoborrego Cheese Co./Sippel Family Farm, and J-Pops.

We might see Ohio Farm Direct - it depends on available staff.

All vendors, except Pleiades Maple, expect to return next week. Pleiades Maple will return on September 23rd.

Browse. Visit. Taste. Shop. Enjoy.

See you at the market!

Photo: Bridgman Farm market fare.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Enjoy!

 
Without labor nothing prospers.  - Sophocles. 

Have a safe, happy Labor Day weekend!  

Image of Culver Art and Frame staff, circa 1910 - 1920, 74 N. State courtesy of Westerville Public Library Local History Center online.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: September 2nd Market Report


We welcome September with a classic August weather day! While it may be warm and muggy, the sun will be out, sharing the blue sky with passing clouds, and it will be a great day in Uptown Westerville to pick up a little farm fresh!

Home grown. Home made. All Ohio. Each Wednesday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. through October 28th @ N. State and E. Home Streets in Uptown Westerville.

Today's vendor line-up: Branstool Orchards, Miss Cristy's Bakery, Sweet Thing Gourmet, Montezuma Sauces and Salsas, Sugar B Bakery, Kokoborrego Cheese/Sippel Family Farm, Annabelle's Blooms, Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard, J-Pops, Bridgman Farm, Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods, Doran's Family Farm, Ohio Farm Direct, Flying J Farm, Bird's Haven Farms.

This week's community partner is Westerville Senior Center.

Eddie Lou Meimer is at the Morrow County Fair all week, so we will not see Pleiades Maple Products. Eddie Lou will return next week, and will be out one more time on September 16th.

Branstool Orchards and Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard are bringing apples to market this week. There is an outside chance of some late season peaches, but our short and sweet peach season has pretty much come to an end.

Browse. Visit. Taste. Shop. Enjoy.

See you at the market!

Pictured: Sunflowers from Bird's Haven Farms.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Busy Weekend!


It's hard to believe that September is here. Football season has started, college to kindergarten - school is in, and Labor Day Weekend is just days away.

From Westerville's 9.11 Observance to Cops and Kids Day at Hoff Woods, there are so many community events the second weekend of September is a busy one, here are the highlight events:

Friday, September 11th: 


• 9.11 Memorial Observance: Remembering the Fallen, Protecting the Future.

12 p.m. First Responders Park, 374 W. Main (between the Senior Center and the Fire Station). The Westerville Divisions of Police and Fire Chaplain Corps invite the community to the sixth-annual 9.11 Memorial Observance on Friday, September 11th at 12 p.m. This annual ceremony takes place at the site where steel from the felled North Tower of the World Trade Center stands. It will also be one time of year three flags are raised from the 10th-anniversary Memorial Observance in 2011. Each flag was flown in a special location: the American flag was raised over the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.; the state of Ohio flag flown over the State House in Columbus; and the City of Westerville was flown at Westerville City Hall.

• Uptown Westerville Friday Nights - Cruisin' Uptown.
A free family-friendly get-together. Starting at dinner-time. Participating Uptown merchants stay open until 8 p.m. Love vintage cars and hot rods? Join vintage car and hot rod enthusiasts as they gather Uptown every Friday evening - use an Uptown parking spot or join the crowd in the US Savings Bank parking lot (44 S. State between Winter St. and Hanby School across the street from city hall).

Friday, September 11th - Saturday, September 12th:


 • Great American Campout.
September 11th, 6:30 p.m. to September 12th, 9:00 a.m. Antrim Shelter @ Heritage Park, 60 N. Cleveland (near W. Main). Ages 4 and up. Admission: $15 per person. You have to register for this event to attend. Cookout dinner and breakfast provided. Bring your own gear. Activities.

For details: http://www.westerville.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/4396/35


Saturday, September 12th: 


• 9.11 Travis Manion Foundation Heroes 5k Run.

9:00 a.m., Alum Creek Park North, 221 W. Main. Admission: Fee to participate in the run/walk. Sign up and info: https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Westerville/2014911HeroesRun 


The 9/11 Heroes Run 5K run/walk welcomes runners and walkers of all levels and of all ages. Events take place all over the world, on or near September 11th, and are 100% organized by local community volunteers.

• Household Hazardous Waste Collection.

8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Westerville Department of Public Service, 350 Park Meadow Rd. (north off Schrock Rd., between State St. and the Alum Creek bridge).

A well-organized opportunity to cast off the hard to cast off - flammables, toxics, reactives, electronics, fats/oils/grease, tires (4 per household), and corrosives. (Latex/water-based paints are accepted at a $1.00 per can fee.)

For a detailed list: http://www.westerville.org/services/public-service/refuse-recycling-yard-waste/household-hazardous-waste-collection

• Bargain Boutique and Maternity Sale.

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland (@ County Line Rd. W.) Admission: a non-perishable food item which will be donated to a local food bank. Special parking info: Parking for event is at the Sports Complex with shuttle service available.

Buy or sell good usable maternity clothes, children clothing, toys and furniture for children of all ages.

Learn more (Info for selling at this event is available online): http://www.westerville.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/4122/35

Sunday, September 13th:


• Cops and Kids Day.

10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. @ Hoff Woods Park, 556 McCorkle Blvd. (between County Line Rd. E. and Maxtown Road). A free event.

At Cops & Kids Day kids get the chance to interact with the law enforcement community while learning about the equipment and technology that law enforcement personnel use.

Law enforcement officers from all over the state of Ohio bring cruisers, helicopters, motorcycles, K9 units, rescue units, and S.W.A.T. vehicles.

Kids can participate in games, police-related scenarios, and other fun activities including a "Dunk-a-Cop" tank.

The first 1,000 children receive a free Cops & Kids Day giveaway item.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is a proud sponsor of Cops and Kids Day.

• The Great Food Truck Fest.

Noon to 7 p.m. @ Nationwide Children's Hospital Close To Home, 455 Executive Campus Dr. (near N. Cleveland & County Line Rd. W.) A free event. Help WARM (Westerville Area Resource Ministry) put together 10,000 meal packets and enjoy music, kid-friendly activities and a gathering of food trucks.

Learn more:

https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatWestervilleFoodTruckFest

http://www.warmwesterville.org/

• Military Service Appreciation Day @ Westerville Community Center.

12:00 p.m. to 5 p.m., Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland @ County Line Rd. W. For active and retired military and reserve personnel enjoy FREE access to the pool, gymnasium, zenith climbing wall, track, and fitness area. Immediate family members receive half-price admission for the day as well.

Cops and Kids Day photographs courtesy of the City of Westerville.