Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: August 24th Market Report


Ain't no sense in stayin' inside / If the weather's fine, and you got the time. [from (It's a) Beautiful Morning, Felix Cavaliere/Edward Brigati, Jr.]

It's Market Wednesday in Uptown Westerville!

This week's Vendor Line-up includes: Miss Cristy's Bakery, Sweet Thing Gourmet, Montezuma Sauces and Salsas, Sugar B Bakery, Sippel Family Farm/Kokoborrego Cheese Co., Fox Hollow Garden, J-Pops, Doran's Family Farm, Hinton Apiaries, Bird's Haven Farms, Branstool Orchards, and Pleiades Maple Products.

We expect to see Annabelle's Blooms today, as well, but don't have a confirm yet.

We will not see Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods and Flying J Farm, and expect their return next week.

This week's community partner is Westerville Public Library.

Meza Wine Shop @ 48 N. State, just steps south of the market, features a specially-priced Market Wednesday cocktail from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Meza features a selection of Ohio wines and can offer great advice on wines and wine pairings.

Check out Meza on facebook! https://www.facebook.com/Meza-Wine-Shop-107925695898588/

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

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

See you at the market!

Pictured: Bird's Haven Farms

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: School's In - Time to Take Time

It's the first day of school in Westerville for Grades 1 to 12!!

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

Westerville City Schools: http://www.wcsoh.org/

Westerville City Schools on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WCSOH/

Ohio Revised Code - Stopping for Stopped School Bus: http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/4511.75

Ohio Revised Code - Speed Limits - Assured Clear Distance: http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/4511.21

Have a great school year! Congrats to the Class of 2017! Go Wildcats! Go Warriors! Go Warhawks!

(Kindergarten/Preschool starts 8.23)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: August 17th Market Report


...Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the tree house; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape.... [Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird]

It's a farm fresh Market Wednesday in Uptown Westerville!

Once again, even with lowered temperatures, mix in the elevated humidity, and the heat index remains front-and-center - new and improved, but still a factor.

We are looking at a nice afternoon, with thermometer temperatures in the mid-to-high 70s, partly cloudy skies, a breeze; with all that, a feels-like that is about 11° higher. There is an outside chance of precip during set up and throughout late afternoon.

Peaches, sweet corn, all varieties of peppers and tomatoes, fresh basil, eggplant, potatoes, melons, and the first apples of the season - a farmer's bounty come to market and a great day to visit a farmers' market.

This week's Vendor Line-Up includes: Pleiades Maple Products, Miss Cristy's Bakery, Sweet Thing Gourmet, Montezuma Sauces and Salsas, Sugar B Bakery, Sippel Family Farm/Kokoborrego Cheese Co., Fox Hollow Garden, J-Pops. Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods, Doran's Family Farm, Flying J Farm, Bird's Haven Farms, and Branstool Orchards,

We expect to see Annabelle's Blooms today, as well, but don't have a confirm yet.

Hinton Apiaries will not be at-market today (first day of school for the kids) - we'll see Jerry next week.

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

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

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


See you at the market!

Pictured: Bird's Haven Farms

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: August 10th Market Report


Snow flurries began to fall and they swirled around people's legs like house cats. It was magical, this snow globe world. [Sarah Addison Allen]

Just a little literary cooling breeze!

We have a muggy, August afternoon ahead, and it's a great day to pick up a little farm fresh in Uptown Westerville.

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

We will not see Sugar B Bakery, Pleiades Maple Products, Annabelle's Blooms, and Fox Hollow Farm.

We will not have a community partner this week, but will see Westerville Police Division next week, along with Westerville Electric and Water Divisions.

Home grown. Home made. All Ohio. Each Wednesday, 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.

Thanks for giving us the business! See you at the market.

Pictured: Sunflowers from Bird's Haven Farms.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: August 3rd Market Report


It was one of those humid days when the atmosphere gets confused. Sitting on the porch, you could feel it: the air wishing it was water. [Jeffrey Eugenides]

Welcome to the first Market Wednesday of August.

Today's weather forecast? As it was yesterday... so it is today. The humid air continues to invade our personal space! So, a beautiful day ahead, but it's August, and it will be hot and feel hotter. Fingers crossed for the consistent 5 mph calm wind in the forecast. Still a great day to put on your best summer-cool and pick up a little farm fresh.

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

We hope to see Annabelle's Blooms, 8 Sisters Bakery, and Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard. (We will update on facebook as we get confirmations.)

This week's community partner is Westerville Senior Center.

We will not see Fox Hollow Farm, Hinton Apiaries (Jerry is representing the Ohio State Beekeepers Association at the Ohio State Fair today) and Pleiades Maple.

Just a note on The Blueberry Patch - it looks like next week will be the last week we will see The Bluberry Patch this season.

Home grown. Home made. All Ohio. Each Wednesday, 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.

Thanks for giving us the business! See you at the market.

Photo: Cantaloupe from Doran's Family Farm.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Uptown Westerville Farmers Market: July 27th Market Report


It’s a sure sign of summer if the chair gets up when you do.  [Walter Winchell]

We are looking forward to a sunny, hot afternoon in Uptown Westerville filled with summer's farm fresh bounty.

Today's vendor line-up includes: Fox Hollow Farm, Branstool Orchards, The Blueberry Patch, Miss Cristy's Bakery, Sugar B Bakery, Sippel Family Farm/Kokoborrego Cheese Co., Fox Hollow Garden, Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods, Doran's Family Farm, Hinton Apiaries, Flying J Farm, Bird's Haven Farms.

This week's community partner is Westerville Public Library.

We have some vendors out this week: Pleiades Maple, 8 Sisters Bakery, J-Pops, Montezuma Sauces and Salsa.

We may see Annabelle's Blooms and Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard today, waiting to hear for sure. We'll post as soon as we know.

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


Thanks for giving us the business!

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

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: July 20th Market Report


I have a love affair with tomatoes and corn. I remember them from my childhood. I only had them in the summer. They were extraordinary. [Alice Waters, Chef]

While it may feel hot this week, we have a picturesque summer's day ahead.  So, put on your coolest cool, and come join us in Uptown Westerville for a little farm fresh.


The good news is that there is no precipitation and lower humidity in the forecast this week. Forecasts call for temperatures in the mid-to-high 80's with a "feels like" running ten degrees higher than the thermometer, and a 4 mph wind.

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

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

We have some vendors out this week: Pleiades Maple, Hinton Apiaries, and Flying J Farm.

8 Sisters Bakery presence at market depends on staffing, so we may or may not see them this week. We'll let you know as soon as we know.

3 p.m. to 6 p.m. @ N. State and E. Home Streets through October 26th.

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


See you at the market.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: July 13th Market Report


It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility. [Yogi Berra]

Well, it's going to be a hot, humid afternoon in Uptown Westerville. This kind of weather helps Market Wednesday farmers bring a richer variety of locally-grown summer vegetables and fruits to market, and inspires Anna Brown's beautiful flowers to bloom.

Today's vendor line-up includes: Flying J Farm, Bird's Haven Farm, Fox Hollow Farm, Branstool Orchards, The Blueberry Patch, Miss Cristy's Bakery, Montezuma Sauces and Salsas, Sippel Family Farm/Kokoborrego Cheese Co., Anabelle's Blooms, Fox Hollow Garden, J-Pops, Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods, Doran's Family Farm, and Hinton Apiaries.

This week's community partner is Westerville Police Division.

Life happens. Nature happens. Farming happens. (Especially in 26 weeks of a market season!) We have some vendors out this week: Sugar B Bakery, Pleiades Maple, and Sweet Thing Gourmet.

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

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


See you at the market.

Pictured: Peppers from Bird's Haven Farms.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Westerville's 2016 Independence Day: Friends, Fireworks and Freedom



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!

Here's what's up in Westerville:

Westerville Rotary presents Friends, Fireworks and Freedom:

First, PARADE ROUTE CHANGE! Just like the old small town USA Pepsi commercial, the parade starts at St. Paul's and heads SOUTH on State Street to Electric Avenue. (A direction change and shortened route due to the construction on S. State.)

8:00 a.m.: Westerville Rotary July 4th Walk-Run. There is a children's run at 9:15 a.m. Early same-day registration @ 6:45 a.m. Alum Creek Park North, 225 W. Main.

More info and links: https://westervillerotary.com/Rotary_July_4th_Road_Run.html

This run honors Westerville's Agnes Meyer Driscoll. If you don't know about her, you should. She was a cryptologist and played a crucial role in breaking unbreakable codes, during World War II.

1:00 p.m.: Parade!! The parade route runs south on State Street from St. Paul's to Electric Avenue.

Bring canned and boxed food items for the WARM (Westerville Area Resource Ministry) Community Food Drive, which will be collected along the route. Visit www.warmwesterville.org for a list of needed items.

3:00 p.m.: Food, Fun, and Music at Westerville South High School (303 S. Otterbein Ave.)

3:00 -10:00 p.m. Food trucks and carts!
3:30 p.m.: Westerville Symphony
5:00 p.m.: Musician John Reichle
6:15 p.m.: Hurricane Jerry & the Stormfront
8:00 p.m:. McGuffey Lane

The road to success is dotted by many tempting parking spaces. [Will Rogers]

Like the market space, Westerville South is located in a residential neighborhood. Please note posted parking restrictions in the area surrounding Westerville South High School for emergency vehicle and neighborhood access.

Note: Due to construction, the intersection @ E. Walnut and Otterbein Ave. has a lot going on - eastbound E. Walnut is closed east of Otterbein, as is E. Park St.; lanes can be restricted, and northbound Otterbein features a trench-style depression in the road surface just before the intersection.

10:00 p.m. Boy Howdy! Fireworks!!!

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.

The fireworks display will be simulcast with 104.9 The River. For timing updates, follow the City of Westerville Twitter account: @tellwesterville.

Huge shout out to Rotary Club of Westerville! Learn more: https://westervillerotary.com/

Here is a link to the parade route: http://www.westerville.org/home/showdocument?id=24716

Details from the City of Westerville: http://www.westerville.org/Home/Components/News/News/820/46

Have a safe, happy Independence Day weekend!

Thanks to Steven White and J-Pops for great Bomb Pop Photograph!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: June 29th Market Report


Such a beautiful day to pick up a little farm fresh in Uptown Westerville.

We all weathered-through a lot of weather this past month, and, here we are, the last market of June looking at a great forecast: Mostly sunny skies, temperatures in the mid-70s, low humidity, a light breeze, and no precipitation.

Today's vendor line-up includes: 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, Fox Hollow Garden, J-Pops, and Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods.

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

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

See you at the market.

Pictured: Certified organic cabbage from Sippel Family Farm.

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