Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: First Press Release of the Season

April 21, 2010

For Immediate Release

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market Starts Its 2010 Season on May 5th.

Home-grown, home-made, and all Ohio, the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market, opens its 2010 season at 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 5, 2010.

At 2:45 p.m., Reverend Stan Ling of Church of the Messiah, United Methodist will offer a special blessing for the 2010 market season.

2010 Market Wednesdays will run May 5th through October 27th, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the corner of N. State and E. Home Streets.

The market provides an ever-changing seasonal fare including farm-fresh certified organic, chemical-free, and conventional fruits and vegetables, heirloom produce, an assortment of baked goods, breads, cheeses, jams, vegetarian burgers, chutneys, spreads, sauces and rubs, pantry fare, raw honey and honey products, pet treats, maple syrup, meats, poultry, and fresh eggs.

Market fare also includes a seasonal selection of flowering, herb, and vegetable plants, hanging baskets, potted flowers, and colorful fresh-cut flowers.

Early seasonal fresh produce selections include asparagus, rhubarb, lettuces, and swiss chard.

The 2010 Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market will feature returning favorites throughout the season:

Amherst Greenhouse, Arjay Gourmet Foods, Batter and Bowl, Bildsten Landscape, Bird’s Haven Farms, Blue Jacket Dairy, Bridgman Farm, Carousel Watergardens Farm and Cathy’s Tasty Treats, Doran’s Family Farm, Eyestone Flower Farm, Flying J Farm, Honey Health Farm, Landrum Cottage, Luna Burger, Malabar Peach Orchard, Northridge Organic Farm, Pleiades Maple Products, Sue’s Kitchen, and Sweet Thing Gourmet.

And, the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market welcomes new vendors: Triple J Farms featuring a selection of fresh meats, poultry, and eggs. And, Branstool Orchard will bring sweet cherries, peaches, and apples to market starting mid-June.

A trip to the market is a great way to enjoy a Wednesday afternoon in Uptown Westerville – we encourage market patrons to dine Uptown Westerville for lunch, browse, visit, and shop Uptown Westerville, and stop by the market to pick up farm-fresh ingredients to take home for dinner.

Market patrons have the opportunity to talk with and meet the person who grew or made the food they are buying. The market is a great place to try new flavors and foods along with traditional favorites.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market and Westerville Area Resource Ministry are teaming up, for the third year, for the WARM Fresh Green Program so farm fresh, healthy foods can be available to everyone in the Westerville City School district. Fresh Green participants receive vouchers to purchase fresh produce, meats, poultry, eggs, artisan foods, and fruit-bearing plants. In 2009, market vendors honored $2,470 in Fresh Green vouchers.

2010 Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market Vendors:

Amherst Greenhouse, Ada, Ohio: Aidan and Mary Horst will be at the market starting late summer with their beautiful greenhouse chrysanthemum pots.

Arjay Gourmet Foods, Columbus, Ohio: Rohini Mulchandani will be at the market with her delicious chutneys, garam masala and baked goods during the summer months.

Batter and Bowl, Columbus, Ohio: Sara Yates will bring her fresh-baked cookies, protein bars, and cakes throughout the market season.

Bildsten Landscape, Columbus, Ohio: Like the hanging baskets you see in Uptown Westerville throughout the summer months? They come from Bildsten Landscape. Mark and Karen will be at the market during May and June with hanging flower baskets, annuals, and herbs.

Bird’s Haven Farms, Granville, Ohio: The Bird Family will be bringing their seasonal market produce that includes everything from lettuce to garlic to sweet potatoes along with flowers and fall favorites like pumpkins and bittersweet.

Blue Jacket Dairy, Bellefontaine, Ohio: Jim and Angel King’s hand-made, farmstead cheeses include fresh mozzarella, cheddar curds, quark, chevre, and market favorite, Gretna Grillin’ cheese.

Branstool Orchard, Utica, Ohio: Marshall Branstool will be bringing sweet cherries, peaches, and apples beginning in mid-to-late June.

Bridgman Farm, Washington Court House, Ohio: Mary Bridgman brings her organic produce to market that includes a beautiful assortment of cherry and heirloom tomatoes. In late summer, look for the Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry, a small, sweet heirloom tomato that new world colonists used in their cooking. Mary will be bringing vegetable plants to market open.

Carousel Watergardens Farm and Cathy’s Tasty Treats, Marion, Ohio: Mark and Cathy Krist will bring a selection of fresh produce, pantry fare, fresh hot peppers, vegetable plants, and fresh eggs and poultry to the market.

Doran’s Family Farm, New Albany, Ohio: Michelle and Jim’s produce is a popular market stop throughout the season featuring a broad selection of vegetables, melons, tomatoes, and seasonal favorite, sweet corn.

Eyestone Flower Farm, Bloomville, Ohio: Chris and Andrea Schimpf grow beautiful, organic blooms that include gladiolas, sunflowers, lilies, and tulips.

Flying J Farm, Johnstown, Ohio: Dick Jensen features a selection of grass-fed beef cuts, organic vegetables, freshly-milled wheat and spelt flour, and maple syrup.

Honey Health Farms, Marysville, Ohio: Dale Benedict brings his raw honey, bee pollen, and honey products to market throughout the season. Ask Dale about Miss Moxie, who has a starring role in his informative children’s book about bees and honey.

Landrum Cottage, Pataskala, Ohio: Dana Landrum features a selection of fresh-baked savory and sweet crackers, breads, rolls, dessert breads, scones, muffins, and dog biscuits. This year Dana is adding fresh-made quiche to her market menu.

Luna Burger, Columbus, Ohio: Barbie Luna is bringing her popular vegan burgers to market this season and will be featuring some special appearance selections including herbed-maple “sausage,” a new burger called “The Tailgater,” and a gluten free veggie burger.

Malabar Peach Orchard, Jeromesville, Ohio: Mike Dippold will be bringing fresh, chemical-free peaches and apples to the market. We should see Mike with his first truckload of peaches sometime in July.

Northridge Organic Farm, Johnstown, Ohio: Mike Laughlin brings a selection of lamb, fresh basil and seasonal organic vegetables that include broccoli, sweet potatoes, radishes, peppers, eggplant, and heirloom tomatoes.

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, vinaigrette dressing, and kid-favorite maple leaf suckers.

Sue’s Kitchen, Pataskala, Ohio: Sue Renner bakes pies! Sue will be bringing a selection of fresh baked-goods that include family recipe cookies, coffee breads and cakes, and pie.

Sweet Thing Gourmet, Bexley, Ohio: Mark and Kyla Touris feature a selection of delicious home-made jams and biscottis.

Triple J Farms, Warsaw, Ohio: Michael Johnson features a selection of grain-fed meats and poultry including pork, beef, chicken, turkey, duck, and eggs.

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.

Prior to market open, the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market continues its tradition of inviting the Franklin County Auditor’s Office of Weights and Measures to come to market to check and certify vendor scales and answer any vendor questions.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is Ohio Proud.

For more information on the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market email: or check out the WUMA Uptown Farmers' Market web page and the Farmers' Market blog:


Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: A New Market Wednesday Season!

It's 2010, we've had a long winter and a beautiful spring, and it's now market season!

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market 2010 Season begins Wednesday, May 5th at 3 p.m.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market opens each Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at N. State and E. Home Streets.

Rev. Stan Ling of Church of the Messiah, UM will bless the market season at 2:45 p.m.

We have a new logo: The logo with the ginkgo leaf represents the market seasons from spring to fall and Uptown Westerville. Besides the big, beautiful ginkgo tree at City Hall, State Street is lined with young ginkgo trees. The ginkgo tree is an ancient tree that represents resilience, longevity, prosperity, wisdom, hope, and peace. We couldn't think of a better symbol for the community or the market.

You'll see some new signage and features throughout the season.

Many of your Market Wednesday favorite vendors are returning and we've got a couple new vendors, too.

To learn more, visit the new Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market web site at:

See you at the market!