Friday, March 28, 2014

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Tapped


In contemplating the present opening prospects in human affairs, I am led to expect that a material part of the general happiness which heaven seems to have prepared for mankind, will be derived from the manufacture and general use of Maple Sugar. Letter to Thomas Jefferson by Benjamin Rush (George Washington's physician), August 19, 1791

Life on the Farm from Pleiades Maple: 
 
From Eddie Lou Meimer... 

- The 2014 maple season is coming to a close. This warm spell will probably be the last run we collect. The trees are about to bib. Once that happens the chemical makeup of the sap changes and the syrup becomes bitter. We will probably make close to 2000 gallons this year.

- The crew is boiling sap tonight. Big run today. They have over 10,000 gallons of sap to boil in. So far in looks and tastes like Grade B and that's a good thing. 

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: The Frozen Peach Tree Blues


We've been waiting to hear and wanted you to know as soon as we knew: 

Life on the Farm: From Branstool Orchards... 

Time to deliver the sad news: We are not going to have a peach crop this summer. Unfortunately the subzero temperatures at the very beginning of the year were too harsh to handle. Marshall recently contacted an orchard in Adams County in Pennsylvania, and we do plan on them shipping us some peaches. Because they will not be our peaches, we won't be at the farmers markets until our apples are coming on strong. The good news is that our apple crop is looking plentiful and we anticipate having a good apple season.

Utica is a nice drive and not that far, so we'll keep you posted when the Adams County, PA peaches are available at the Branstool Orchards store.

We are looking forward to the Branstool Family's amazing selection of apple varieties later this summer.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Protecting Our Own


Westerville Fire and Police Divisions have released the following information:

Westerville Residents:
 

For immediate release: March 22, 2014

(Westerville, Ohio) – The Westerville Divisions of Police and Fire are investigating suspected acts of arson that have occurred in residential areas this week.


The fires under investigation are believed to have been intentionally set to the exterior rear of each home. The four fires were set while the residents were in the home.


Residents are asked to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity around their home or their neighbors’ homes to the Westerville Division of Police at (614) 882-7444.


Anyone with any information related to these fires is also asked to call police. Reports may also be made via the Police Tipline at (614) 901-6866 to remain anonymous.


Media inquiries may be directed to the Westerville Division of Police at (614) 901-6450.


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Below are some arson prevention tips.


By following the tips provided you can help to protect your property from becoming a target for an arsonist. Many arson fires occur out of doors and with materials that are easily accessible. Survey the areas around your home, garage, carport and out buildings being sure to pay close attention to the items listed below:


• Store all flammable liquids such as paints and gasoline in an approved storage location: Locking cabinets and storage units can also prevent access to kids. Keep all flammables and combustibles away from heat sources such as furnaces and any type of heaters.


• Report suspicious activity near houses or other buildings to the local police and support Neighborhood Watch programs.


• Keep leaves, firewood, overgrown brush and shrubbery and other combustibles away from buildings.


• Keep outside lights turned on at night. Consider installing light fixtures with build-in motion sensors


For more information, click....

Click here for the Fire Division facebook page.

City of Westerville website. 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: The 2014 Season 411


Context and memory play powerful roles in
all the truly great meals in one’s life. 
~ Anthony Bourdain

 We're working on the behind-the-scenes logistics. 
Our vendor line-up is in place.
And, opening day of the 2014 Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market 
will be here before we know it!

Please save the dates! 
Home-grown. Home-made. All Ohio. 
Market Wednesdays in Uptown Westerville
May 7th through October 29th
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
N. State and E. Home Streets
in the Church of the Messiah, United Methodist Parking Lot

See you at the market!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Best Wishes for the Holiday Season!


Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
 and a Safe, Happy Holiday Season!

Best Wishes for the New Year!

From the Vendors and the Management Team
of the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market. 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: The Power of a Brown Paper Bag

 

WARM is our community help center, serving all residents in the Westerville City School District. 

No one puts reaching out to a help organization on their list of life goals.  And, finding yourself in the middle of a rough patch in life, or needing a helping hand, is an event, it's not who you are.  

Having the courage to reach out to WARM is the first step in many to come to help you take back your life. 

And, the WARM food bank has become a resource not only for body, but for mind and spirit.

You can support WARM throughout the year, and this week, it's is as easy as setting a grocery bag outside your front door.

The Rotary Club of Westerville and Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise will be leaving a brown paper grocery bag (from Kroger) on the doorsteps of Westerville City School District residents today, December 7th.  Each bag will have a tag with a pantry-item wish list for the WARM Westerville food bank. 

If you'd like to participate, add any or all items on the wish list to the bag over this next week, and then, next Saturday, December 14th, set the bag at your doorstep and volunteers will be by to pick up your contribution. 

To learn more, click on this link to WARM.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Happy Thanksgiving


Acknowledging the good that you 
already have in your life is 
the foundation for all abundance. - Eckhart Tolle

Blessings and Best Wishes for a safe, 
happy Thanksgiving holiday. 

 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Uptown Westerville Holiday Traditions

Tis the season for hometown celebrations and activities that support local businesses and our community:

Saturday, November 30th is National Small Business Saturday. A great day to shop in your own backyard and support local business!

The 29th Annual Snowflake Castle opens its 2013 season on Monday, December 2nd.  

Hours: 
December 2nd, 3rd, & 4th: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
December 5th & 6th: 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

December 7th: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

December 4th, 5th & 6th: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
December 7th: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Stop by Santa's workshop for the 29th-annual Snowflake Castle, Everal Barn at Heritage Park, 60 N. Cleveland Ave. 

Children must be accompanied by an adult. $5 per child, which includes a toy and a photo with Santa & Mrs. Claus

Reservations will be required for all attendees. To make a reservation, please call the Westerville Senior Center at 614.901.6560. 

For more information, click here. 

Friday, December 6th, the Westerville Tree Lighting takes place in front of City Hall, 21 S. State Street at 7 p.m.

For more information, click here.  

Saturday, December 7th the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association celebrates Home for the Holidays. 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, click here to visit the Shop Uptown Westerville website.

For more information, click here.

Sunday, December 8th at 1:45 p.m. the Westerville Sertoma Children's Christmas Parade and 5k Rudolph Run (starts at 1:30 p.m.) heads north on State Street, starting at Brooksedge Blvd. moving up State Street to St. Paul's.

For more information, click here to visit the Westerville Sertoma website. 

To register, or for more information, on the Rudolph Run, click here.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Bird's Haven Deer Fence Fundraiser Progress


Bird's Haven Farms has just 5 days left on their Deer Fence fundraiser.


Update 12.7.13: Bird's Haven Farms raised $5,470. for their deer fence.


Monday, November 11, 2013

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Honoring Our Veterans


With deep gratitude to honor 
all who have served and do serve 
on this Veterans Day.
 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: A Celebration of Community!


Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. - Melody Beattie

Everyone who touches the market fuels its success. This has been a tremendous market season and we appreciate your patronage and support! From the vendors and management team of the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market, heartfelt thanks and best wishes!

Mark your calendars for 2014! May 7th through October 29th. See you at the market!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: October 30th Market Report


It's October 30th and it's the last Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market of the 2013 season. We have a great day ahead with temperatures forecast in the low 60s, a light breeze, a mere 3% chance of rain, and clouds. Sounds like a great day to shop for a little farm fresh!

Home-grown. Home-made. All Ohio. Join us this Market Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at N. State and E. Home in Uptown Westerville.

This week's vendor line-up: Fox Hollow Farm, Bird's Haven Farms, Flying J Farm, Honey Health Farms, Hartzler Family Dairy, Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard, Sugar B Bakery, Chuck Evans' Montezuma Brand Salsas and Sauces, Sweet Thing Gourmet, Blue Jacket Dairy, Dan the Baker, Pleiades Maple Products, Branstool Orchards.

We are waiting to hear from Dana Lee's and Ohio Farm Direct.

It's a Market Wednesday Halloween Tradition - it's the one day of the season that super heroes, fairies, stormtroopers, dragons, monsters, and princesses visit the farmers' market - kids can warm up for Westerville's Beggar's Night (October 31st from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and pick up treats from our vendors!
(We'll pass out candy until we run out! And costumes aren't required - you just have to be a kid!)

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. - Melody Beattie   

This has been a tremendous market season and we appreciate your patronage and support! From the vendors and management team of the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market, heartfelt thanks! 















See you at the market!

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Malabar Peach Trees


Mike Dippold of Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard tells us:

I will be placing my order for peach trees for spring planting. A number of people over the years have asked me about when and how to order. If anyone whats a tree or two, I would be happy to order with mine. Two kinds that I have coming will be Contender and Coralstar. Each tree will be 4 to 6 foot tall and two years old. Cost is $37.50 per tree which includes shipping. You must pay at time of order. Ripening date for these kinds are mid-August.

Like I tell everyone a peach tree is a beautiful tree even when you dont get peaches. Get your sight ready now for next spring. Put in a little lime. Also watch to make sure the spot that you have selected does not sit in water in late winter. If planting two trees, space on twenty foot center. I have wood stakes that I drive in now while ground is soft. You can wire tie your tree to it for the first couple of years to keep it from getting broken off or blown over.

You can see Mike today at the market or contact Mike via email at malabaracres@hotmail.com.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: October 23rd Market Report

Not a photo provided by NASA! It's celery root from Northridge Organic Farm.

No way around it, this day is a crazy one when it comes to the weather. Snow this morning, and we are expecting things to warm up this afternoon to the high 40s. You may not want to linger today, but there will still be plenty of farm fresh at N. State and E. Home this afternoon for a quick shop.

Today's market vendor line-up: Fox Hollow Farm, Branstool Orchards, Northridge Organic Farm, Pleiades Maple Products, Dan the Baker, Sweet Thing Gourmet, Chuck Evans' Montezuma Brand Salsas and Sauces, Sugar B Bakery, Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard, and Bird's Haven Farms.

This week's community partner is Westerville Public Library.

Annabelle's Blooms is scheduled, but Anna fresh picks her flowers right before she leaves for market, so her appearance will be dependent on the effects of the weather.

We are waiting to hear from Dana Lee's and Honey Health Farms.

We know we will not see Ohio Farm Direct, Hartzler Family Dairy, Bridgman Farm, and Flying J Farm this week.
We just heard from Blue Jacket Dairy - they are experiencing technical difficulties in the cheese making process and have no curds to bring to market - so we will not see Blue Jacket Dairy today.

Bird's Haven Farms:












Northridge Organic Farm:









 



Maple Sugar from Pleiades Maple.


 Fresh-baked from Sugar B Bakery.


Biscotti from Sweet Thing Gourmet.


Prairie Wheat organic sourdough bread from Dan the Baker.


Golden Delicious from Branstool Orchards.


Montezuma Brand Salsas

See you at the market!

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Time and Change


This week Market Wednesday honors Northridge Organic Farm as Mike and Laura Laughlin retire from farmers' markets to enjoy more time with their family, especially their grandchildren

Farmers' markets are an organic entity, fueled by good people - it is inevitable that markets ebb and flow like the changing seasons. 

Mike and Laura, we love you and we will miss you. Thank you for helping our little market get off the ground and for eight tremendous seasons. 

From all of us at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market - May the winds be with you always and come visit anytime!

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: A Thousand Words


If you see Gary Gardiner (seen here on the right, speaking with market customer Gerry Domanik) today at the market wish him a Happy Birthday! You may not think you know Gary but you do - he's the guy who walks around the market with his cameras in tow. 

Gary is actually a retired Associated Press hard news photographer who uses his passion for his art to not only chronicle life in Westerville, but to encourage enthusiasm for photography.

WBNS News' Kristyn Hartman recently presented a nice feature about Gary - check it out at this link (just click here). Happy Birthday, Gary!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Spooktacular


It's time for the always spooktacular Midnight Madness evening sponsored by the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association. 

This Friday, October 25th, 6 p.m. to Midnight in Uptown Westerville. 

Details on the WUMA website... go ahead... click on the link below for more information... if... you...dare.......


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: October 16th Market Report

Apples from Branstool Orchards.

It's a classic fall day in Central Ohio and a great day to stop by the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market for some farm-fresh shopping. At our market, falling leaves are made of maple sugar! 

Morning showers are ushering in cooler temperatures, but so far, this afternoon looks to be cool (60s) and cloudy and without precipitation (with a slight chance of showers between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. - still, might want to pack a 'brella).

Home-grown. Home-made. All Ohio. Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. @ N. State and E. Home through October 30th.

This week's vendor line-up: Flying J Farm, Honey Health Farms, Hartzler Family Dairy, Ohio Farm Direct, Annabelle's Blooms, Sugar B Bakery, Chuck Evans' Montezuma Brand Salsas and Sauces, Sweet Thing Gourmet, Blue Jacket Dairy, Dan the Baker, Pleiades Maple Products, Northridge Organic Farm, Branstool Orchards, Fox Hollow Farm, and Bird's Haven Farms.

We are waiting to hear from Dana Lee's Bakery and Malabar Peach & Apple Orchard. (Mike had possible Pirates post season plans (Sorry, Mike, but a good baseball season, still!) and isn't currently on this week's line-up card, but we may hear from him.)

Knowledge is power! A visit with this week's community partner, Westerville Electric Division, will brighten your day.

What can you find at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market? 

▪ In-season produce selections that include sweet potatoes, late season tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, squash varieties, potatoes, leeks, garlic, raw chestnuts, kale, apples, and pumpkins.

▪ Protein and dairy including pasture-raised and grass-fed beef, pork, lamb, and chicken, fresh eggs, cow's milk and goat's milk cheeses, milk, roll butter, and packaged ice cream.

▪ Artisan foods like fresh-baked breads, pastries, cookies, savory baked goods, biscotti, jam, raw honey, salsa, hot sauce, marinades, spreads, maple-coated puffed spelt, scones, tortilla chips, spice rubs, and maple syrups.

▪ Beautiful in-season cut flowers and bouquets.

Market artisan foods like jams, honey, maple syrup, sauces, confections, and salsas are perfect for gift baskets! (We've even had brides order market artisan foods for bridal party thank yous!)


Peppers from Flying J Farm.


Brioche Loaf from Angela Bowman's Sugar B Bakery.


Pumpkins from Bird's Haven Farms.


Maple sugar Maple Leaves from Pleiades Maple Products.


Fresh from the fields squash varieties from Bird's Haven Farms.


Pick some up for the holidays. Raw chestnuts from Northridge Organic Farm.


Fox Hollow Farms has fresh eggs from pasture raised hens.


Sweet potato varieties from Northridge Organic Farm.


Organic sourdough bread from Dan the Baker.


Taters! from Flying J Farm


Chuck Evans' Montezuma Brand Salsas and Sauces 
on the extra hot side salsa selection.
(Salsa heats range from sizzling to flavor-rich mild.)


Fresh-baked biscotti from Sweet Thing Gourmet.

See you at the market!