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.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: August 26th Market Report


It's Market Wednesday and a great day to visit Uptown Westerville! Yep, today is the definitive farm fresh day! Partly cloudy skies, temperatures in the low 70s, medium range humidity, and a light breeze. (Is this really August???)

This week's vendor line-up: 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, 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 Public Library!

We will not see Annabelle's Blooms this week, but Anna Brown will return next week with her beautiful cut flowers.

Browse. Visit. Taste. Shop. Enjoy.

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

See you at the market!

Pictured: Cherry Tomatoes from Bird's Haven Farms.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: August 19th Market Report


It's Market Wednesday in Uptown Westerville! We expect to see a beautiful, hot and humid, typical August afternoon today. And, we are hoping those southwestern breezes in the forecast are consistent!

Browse. Visit. Taste. Shop. Enjoy.

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

This week's community partner is Westerville Electric Division.

Pleiades Maple Products will not be at market today due to outside temperatures (90° or more too hot for maple syrup and sugar products).

Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard is an outside possibility today. We aren't expecting Mike, but have a place for him just in case.

What can you find on Market Wednesday this week? Delicious, grown under the Ohio sun in rich Ohio soil - fresh-picked produce including sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, onions, kale, blueberries, cucumbers, squash varieties, peaches, melons, and apples, cheese (sheep's milk and cow's milk), pie (that's right, we said pie!), empanadas, tartlettes, fresh-baked bread and bagels, cookies, coffee breads, moon pies, fruit ice pops in fabulous flavors, meats and poultry, and fresh eggs.

Stay cool, today!

Each Wednesday, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. @ N. State and E. Home through October 28th.

See you at the market!

Pictured: Heirloom tomatoes from Bridgman Farm.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: August 12th Market Report


Hokey Smokes! What a great stretch of beautiful summer weather. We deserve it! It's a farm fresh Market Wednesday in Uptown Westerville!

Browse. Visit. Taste. Shop. Enjoy.

This week's Market Wednesday line-up: 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, 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.

This week's community partner is Westerville Police Division.

Home grown. Home made. All Ohio. Each Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. thru October 28th @ N. State and E. Home Streets.

See you at the market!

Pictured: Bridgman Farm's awesome Sungold cherry tomatoes. (This might just be what a ray of sunshine tastes like!)


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: It's Farmers' Market Week!


Thank you for supporting farmers' markets!

 

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: August 5th Market Report


The weather forecast calls for a beautiful August Market Wednesday afternoon in Uptown Westerville. Browse. Visit. Taste. Shop. Enjoy. It's a great day to visit the market!

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

Branstool Orchards did not have enough peaches to come to market today, however they are selling their peaches today at the orchard store in Utica. More on their website: http://branstoolorchards.com/

We expect to see Mike Dippold of Malabar Peach and Apple, Mike says he picked about a half truck bed of peaches (that may be about 800 to 1000 pounds of peaches (a full truck bed is about 2000 pounds), so he'll have a small selection of peaches. We'll post on facebook once Mike pulls into the lot this afternoon, so check back to be sure.

This week's community partner is Westerville Senior Center.

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! And... we'll see you at the market!

Pictured: Blueberries from The Blueberry Patch.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: July 22nd Market Report


Oh, it's a beauty of a farm fresh day in Uptown Westerville.

The weather forecast is "sunny and comfortable." This afternoon we should see sunny skies, temperatures in the high 70s, reduced humidity, and a light breeze from the northwest. Chance of precipitation is... zero!

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

Browse. Visit. Taste. Shop. Enjoy.

This week's vendor line-up: 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, The Blueberry Patch, Pleiades Maple Products, Sweet Thing Gourmet, Sugar B Bakery, Kokoborrego Cheese Co./Sippel Family Farm, Annabelle's Blooms.

The Market Wednesday community partner this week is Westerville Public Library.

We will not see Montezuma Salsas and Sauces, Miss Cristy's Bakery, J-Pops, and Bridgman Farm this week (they'll be back next week).

Just a traffic note: Northbound N. Vine Street is down to one lane between E. College and E. Home due to construction in front of Emerson School. Expect delays or skip that route altogether!

Thank you for visiting each week! See you at the market!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: July 8th Market Report


It's Market Wednesday in Uptown Westerville!

And, today is the first day of sweet corn season at Doran's Family Farm.

Browse. Visit. Taste. Shop. Enjoy.

Join us each Wednesday through October 28th. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. @ N. State and E. Home Streets in Uptown Westerville.

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

This week's community partner is Westerville Police Division.

Sugar B Bakery, J-Pops, and Bridgman Farm are out this week, and will return next week.

We're looking at a cloudy,cool afternoon ahead with a chance of showers, so pack the 'brella just in case, and we'll see you at the market.

Pictured: Green Beans from Doran's Family Farm.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: 4th of July - Love Country, Love Westerville


You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. - Erma Bombeck

Happy Birthday, America! Have a safe, happy Independence Day Weekend.

Here's what's going on in Westerville over Independence Day: 


The Rotary Club of Westerville presents "Love Country, Love Westerville" as the theme of the 2015 Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 4.

Please visit www.westervillerotary.com for additional event information.

* Rotary July 4th 5K Run/Walk
8 a.m. (5K begins)
Alum Creek Park North
221 W. Main St.
Register online at www.premierraces.com.

* Rotary Parade & Community Food Drive
1 p.m.
The parade steps off at Heatherdown and South State Street and travels north along South State Street to St. Paul Parish. Canned and boxed food items will be collected for the Westerville Area Resource Ministry along the parade route.

* Westerville Symphony
6-7:30 p.m.
NEW LOCATION: Westerville South High School
303 S. Otterbein Ave.

* McGuffey Lane Concert
8-10 p.m.
Westerville South High School
303 S. Otterbein Ave.

* Fireworks
Dusk
Fireworks are launched from Alum Creek Park South near Park Meadow Road and Schrock Road and can be seen from multiple locations around the City. For timing and weather-related updates, please follow the City of Westerville Twitter account: @tellwesterville.

Source: City of Westerville.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: July 1st Market Report

Beets from Bird's Haven Farms

What a beauty of a weather forecast for the first Market Wednesday of July! Partly to mostly sunny skies, temperatures in the high 70s, medium range humidity, a 9 mph breeze and... zero chance of precipitation. Sounds like a very good day for a little farm fresh.

Home grown. Home made. All Ohio. Wedesdays through October 28th, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. @ N. State and E. Home in Uptown Westerville. See you at the market!

Today's market line-up: J-Pops, Doran's Family Farm, Ohio Farm Direct, Bird's Haven Farms, Fox Hollow Farm, Pleiades Maple Products, Miss Cristy's Bakery, Sweet Thing Gourmet, Montezuma Salsas and Sauces, Sugar B Bakery, Kokoborrego Cheese Co./Sippel Family Farm.

We will not see Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods. Lyle Linerode will be back at market next week.

Bridgman Farm is out this week and next, so we'll see Shannon Fisher back on July 15th.

We heard from Dick Jensen at Flying J Farm, and he needs to take advantage of the rain-free weather and get some things done at the farm. So, we won't see Flying J Farm today, but Dick will be back next week.

Browse. Visit. Taste. Shop. Enjoy.

Have a great day! See you at the market!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: June 24th Market Report


Good day sunshine! It's a good looking Market Wednesday in Uptown Westerville. Forecast calls for partly sunny skies, temperatures in the high 70s, mid-range humidity, a sustained light breeze, and zero chance of precipitation. Now that's farm fresh!

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

Browse. Visit. Taste. Shop. Enjoy.

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

A real page turner! This week's community partner is Westerville Public Library.

Avoid cookie and zucchini bread emergencies - Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods will not be at market next week, July 1st, so today is a good day to stop by and stock up!

Come by and visit! Have a great day!

See you at the market!




Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: June 17th Market Report


The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful. 
- e.e cummings

We'd like to tell you that this afternoon will be filled with bright sunshine, unicorns, and rainbows... but we can't! We have a cloudy, humid Market Wednesday forecast ahead, temperatures should be in the low 70s (a welcome change), and the only rain in the forecast is a 54% chance of a thunderstorm between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.


So, while today may be a "shop 'n' go" day at the market, come join us in Uptown Westerville.

Home grown. Home made. All Ohio. The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is open for business 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. each Wednesday through October 28th @ N. State and E. Home Streets.

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

We may see Pleiades Maple Products, we'll know by lunchtime.

We will not see Bridgman Farm this week.

Bildsten Landscape is making their last appearance of the season this week.

This week's community partner is Westerville Electric Division.

Have a fabulous day.

See you at the market!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: June 10th Market Report


What a nice day to visit a farmers' market.

Browse. Visit. Taste. Shop. Enjoy. 


Home grown. Home made. All Ohio. The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is open for business 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. each Wednesday through October 28th @ N. State and E. Home Streets.

Forecasts call for sunny skies, temps in the high 80s and a welcome breeze to go with. Great weather to pick up a little farm fresh.

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

We will not see Ohio Farm Direct and Bridgman Farm this week - both vendors will return next week.

Michele Doran, of Doran's Family Farm, tells us that they'll be bringing strawberries and, hopefully, a few sugar snap peas to market today.

This week's community partner is Westerville Police Division. Be sure to stop by and visit WPD's Crime Prevention Specialists Pierre La Rose and Preston Tarte.

Have a great day.

See you at the market!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: June 3rd Market Report

What's that fabulous aroma? 
Ahh, yes, basil plants at Bird's Haven Farms.

We're looking at a nice summery day ahead in Uptown Westerville.  A great day to browse, visit, taste, and shop at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market.

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

Weather forecasts look good - temperatures in the mid-70's, a light breeze, partly sunny skies and a tad humid. There is a slight chance of a pop up shower (no storms) and if that happens - find a vendor tent with your favorite samples - have a nosh and talk a little celebration-of-good-food shop.

Today's vendor line-up: Sweet Thing Gourmet, Montezuma Sauces and Salsas, Sugar B Bakery, Kokoborrego Cheese Co./Sippel Family Farm, Bildsten Landscape, 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.

This week's community partner is Westerville Senior Center.  Stop by and say Hi!

We will not see J-Pops this week. Steve will be back next week with more delicious flavor-combo gourmet ice pops.

Ohio Farm Direct is here this week, but we won't see them next week, so today is a good day to check the cheese stash at home for cheese needs.

What will you find at the market this week? You'll still see herb and veggie seedling plants, and flower baskets and pots. Doran's will be bringing strawberries. And, we'll also see spring produce including lettuce, microgreens, swiss chard, and onions. Artisan foods include bread, maple sugar, bagels, biscotti,  jams, salsas, sauces, tortilla chips, cheese (sheep's milk and cow's milk), maple-coated spelt, cookies, tartlettes, empanadas, pies, maple syrup, along with a selection of meats, poultry, and fresh eggs.

We like to give a shout out to Tatjana Brown at Meza Wine Shop, 48 N. State, just south of the market space. Meza features a specially-priced Market Wednesday cocktail. Your in good company: Meza is a friendly resource for wine pairing suggestions.

Have a great week.

Enjoy.

We'll see you at the market!

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.