Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: September 24th Market Report

It is officially Fall 2008, and as the leaves begin to change, the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market colors and textures are changing as well.

The sunny vibrant colors of tomatoes and peppers brighten the market, and we are now starting to see the calm, muted sunshine hues of green beans, sweet potatoes, redskin potatoes, winter squash, apples, garlic, and pumpkins.

As always, the market is a fun, hands-on experience for kids -- the market is a great place for kids to taste new flavors and pick out mini-pumpkins for less than $1, maple-leaf maple sugar lollipops for 25-cents, and a fresh, crisp apple for just 50-cents. (The facial on kids last week as they picked out there fresh apple were priceless!)

And, for kids of all ages, the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is a great place to meet the person who grew or made the foods for tonight's dinner table.

Jane Varley of Varley Valley Products sent us a market report -- click here to read Jane's post.

Market vendors are our neighbors right here in Central Ohio and they feature produce (organic, chemical-free, and conventional), meats and poultry, eggs, chutneys, jams, jellies, maple syrup, sauces, fresh-baked goods, specialty foods like halvah, cheeses, flour, flowers, honey, mustard, and herbs, spices (including garam masala) & rubs.

Re-usable market bags are available for just a $3 donation to the W.A.R.M. Fresh Green Program (help people in need get healthy, fresh foods at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market). Check with your favorite market vendor or stop by Amish Originals Furniture Co. at 8 N. State.

See you at the market!!
Pictured: Pumpkins from Doran's Family Farm.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Varley Valley Products September 24th Market Report

It's market day in Uptown Westerville!

Jane Varley of Varley Valley Products (delicious breads and jams) shares:

My power is finally back on so I have been baking up a storm. I will have the following breads: challah loaf, orange swirl, lemon swirl, cinnamon swirl, cinnamon raisin swirl, parmesan herb white, whole wheat, totally wheat, and
parmesan peppercorn wheat.

I will be bringing the following jams and jellies: Black Raspberry Jelly, black raspberry jam (half of the seeds removed), strawberry peach, strawberry rhubarb, and spiced tomato. I am bringing the following low sugar jams and jellies: Blueberry, brandied plum, strawberry, spiced plum, tomato basil, mango chutney, and hot mango chutney.

As some of you know, I live smack in the middle of a large woodlot. I was very lucky with the windstorm. Although I lost a huge red oak and two shagbark hickory trees, none of them were near the house or driveway. Like many people, I was without power for about 5 days. However, I am blessed with incredible neighbors. My next door neighbors, Steve and Renata Snyder were kind enough to offer me power from their generator (which they had borrowed from a friend from bible study). They could have chosen to use all of the power themselves so that they would have more conveniences (like a stove or microwave). Instead, they offered to power my refrigerator/freezer and my big freezer, along with one light and a TV (they used the remaining power to power the exact same things in their house). Because of this, I did not lose any food. I am lucky to live in a real (although small) community. Steve mows my lawn for me (a huge help because of my bad knee). His son cleans my gutters and blows leaves off of my roof. Other neighbors plow my 350 foot driveway for me. Several neighbors will look after my 4 dogs if I have to be away too long. Three of the men in the neighborhood help me with home fixit stuff and heavy things. Another neighbor uses their van to transport large things that I need to buy. And the list goes on and on – I am truly blessed.

Jane Varley

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Westerville Ranked No. 5 on Money Magazine's Best Places for Affordable Homes

The editors of Money Magazine have named Westerville as one of CNN/Money Magazine's 2008 Top 25 Best Places for Affordable Homes in the nation.

As a matter of fact, Westerville is #5 on the list!

Money Magazine says...

There's no shortage of charm in Westerville, Ohio's largest suburb. Historic architecture has been preserved in Uptown Westerville, where 19th century homes mingle with bed and breakfasts, mom-and-pop stores, and a weekly farmer's market in the summer.

Prefer newer real estate? Two-bedroom condos sell for $160,000 to $399,000. Residents count on two large hospitals as well as plenty of small practices to keep them in good health.

Head to Hoover Reservoir for afternoon sailing or kayaking, or buzz on over to Alum Creek Lake for some water skiing. Landlubbers can admire the scenery at Alum Creek while picnicking, horseback riding, hiking, or just relaxing on the beach.

Home-made. Home-grown. Shop at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market, each Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. through October 29th at the corner of N. State and E. Home.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: September 17th Market Report

September at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market means the best bounties of summer remain and early autumn harvests begin to appear. Winter squash and small pumpkins are starting to appear and the tomatoes cannot be sweeter. Stop by the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market today and enjoy the fruits of the seasons.

Reusable market bags are here! Stop by
Amish Originals Furniture Co., at 8 N. State St., on your way to the market today, or ask your favorite market vendor. Pick up the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market bags for just a $3 donation to the W.A.R.M. Fresh Green Program.

Pleiades Maple Syrup has added two new products a maple barbecue sauce and a maple vinaigrette. Stop by Plieades Maple Products today to check out Eddie Lou Meimer's delicious Ohio maple syrup, lollipops (kids love the 25-cent maple leaf maple candy lollipops), maple products, and the new gourmet sauces.

Bridgman Farm, Taste of Seattle Coffee Co., and Varley Valley will not be at this week's market.

A Feast for the Senses! The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market currently features these vendors:

▪ Agape Garden
▪ Arjay Gourmet Foods
▪ Bird’s Haven Farm
▪ Blue Jacket Dairy
▪ Bridgman Farm
▪ Buckeye Mustard
▪ Carousel Water Gardens & Cathy’s Tasty Treats

▪ Cat Run Ranch
▪ Doran’s Family Farm
▪ Honey Health Farms
▪ Flower Power Gourmet
▪ Flying J Farm
▪ Frijolito Farm
▪ Landrum Cottage Designs (we'll see Dana in October)
▪ Malabar Acres
▪ Northridge Organic Farm

▪ Pleiades Maple Products
▪ Snowville Creamery (they are week-to-week right now depending on supply)
▪ Sue's Kitchen
▪ Taste of Seattle Coffee Company
▪ Varley Valley Products

Market produce is organic, chemical-free, or conventional. Check your weekend shopping list, the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market can be your tailgating headquarters.

Want to know more about our market vendors? Great! Click here to visit the Market Directory.

See you today at the market!

If you can -- make an afternoon of it or stop by after school -- Shop Uptown Westerville and pick up dinner ingredients at today's market.

Kids love the market -- they can taste new flavors and find affordable, healthy foods to choose and purchase! (Kids always end up at Flower Power Gourmet -- they love the flower and herb infused baked goods!)

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is a fluid community. Vendor appearance each week may vary.

Pictured: Market bags at Bridgman Farm. Pleiades Maple Syrup.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Welcome Honey Health Farms

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market welcomes Honey Health Farms of Marysville.

Honey Health Farms features natural raw honey and honey products including bee pollen, moisture cream, and lip balm.

Stop by and visit Dale Benedict on your next market visit!

Click here to check out Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market Vendor Directory.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: In the News

Check out Lin Rice's story about the Uptown Westerville Farmers Market in the September 4th edition of ThisWeek Community Newspaper, Westerville.

Click here to read story.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: September 10th Market Report

What a beautiful day to shop at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market!

Sue Renner of Sue's Kitchen shares: Today Sue's Kitchen has lots of peach pie, big and little. The apples are wonderful and sweet so there will also be Apple Walnut Streusel Bread- also my sample today. There will be Apple and Cherry pies, cookies and Jumbo Cinnamon Rolls. Check out the Peanut Blossom cookies with Candy Corn kisses-CUTE! Seeya there, Sue.

We will not see Varley Valley today.

As the seasons begin to change, so does the produce selection, which remains colorful and rich in flavors. We are starting to see some fall squash and there is still plenty of sweet corn.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market bags are available at your favorite market vendor or at Amish Originals Furniture Co. , 8 N. State, for a minimum $3 donation to the W.A.R.M. Fresh Green Program.

See you at the market!

Pictured: Pears from Carousel Water Gardens.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: September 3rd Market Report

This week, we have a gorgeous day, perfect for a trip to the market.

Snowville Creamery will have milk at this week's market.

Jane Varley of Varley Valley will be here with bread! Challah loaf, lemon swirl, orange swirl, cinnamon swirl, cinnamon raisin swirl. Jane will also be bringing her fabulous jams, including.... Tomato spice (lemony and spicy and oh so good), black raspberry jelly (my favorite but it is pricey because of the labor involved), and black raspberry jam (half of the seeds are removed).

Remember market bags are here! Just a minimum $3 contribution to the W.A.R.M Fresh Green program -- ask your favorite market vendor!

Pictured: Sweet peppers from Northridge Organic Farm.