Saturday, April 23, 2011

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: News from Bird's Haven Farms

Bird's Haven Farms' 2011 Greenhouse Opening is this Weekend!

Greetings from the farm,

Bird's Haven Farms FIFTH Annual Greenhouse Opening!!

Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

While it may be drizzly outside this weekend, it will be toasty and warm inside the greenhouse where you can surround yourself with our our large selection of individually created hanging baskets and planters, annual bedding plants, and started produce plants and herbs!!!

Spend the weekend dreaming of spring and preparing your home, landscape, and garden ALL while SUPPORTING LOCAL and celebrating Earth Day by purchasing plants that were grown with the environment in mind!!!

5545 Lafayette Rd.
Granville, OH 43023

Gift Certificates Available For Both Plants and Produce!
Great Mother's Day Gift - Sunday, May 9th


Thank you,
The Bird Family

Hours (Now - October 31):
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sunday Closed
Other times by appointment.

Pictured: Select produce from Bird's Haven Farms 2010 Season at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: For Immediate Release....

We sent out our first press release of the season:

April 22, 2011

For Immediate Release

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market 2011 Season Begins May 4th

Spring, summer, fall, home-grown, home-made, and all Ohio, the 2011 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 the Church of the Messiah parking lot.

Reverend Jim Wilson of Church of the Messiah, United Methodist will offer a special blessing for the 2011 market season at 2:45 p.m. on May 4th.

The market provides an ever-changing seasonal fare including farm-fresh certified organic, chemical-free, and conventional fruits and vegetables, an assortment of baked goods, breads, cheeses, jams, chutneys, salsas, sauces and rubs, pantry fare, raw honey and bee pollen, 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 2011 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, Branstool Orchards, Bridgman Farm, Carousel Watergardens Farm and Cathy’s Tasty Treats, Chuck Evans’ Montezuma Brands, Dana Lee’s, Doran’s Family Farm, Eyestone Flower Farm, Flying J Farm, Honey Health Farm, Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard, Northridge Organic Farm, Pleiades Maple Products, Sue’s Kitchen, Sugar B Bakery, and Sweet Thing Gourmet.

Market Wednesday also welcomes limited engagement vendors Sugar Inc. and Ohio Farm Direct.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market celebrates the connection we make with friends and family over good food and drink with resident Chef John Skaggs of Two Caterers and Tatjana Brown of Uptown Westerville wine shop, Meza. Each week, Chef John serves up samples of market fresh recipes featuring ingredients selected directly from the day’s market fare. Each week, Tatjana will suggest wine pairings to complement Chef John’s recipes. John enjoys talking with market patrons, and answering questions like, “That looks great, but what do I do with it?”

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

Each Market Wednesday visit is a personal experience - market patrons not only have the opportunity to meet friends, create traditions, and enjoy a family outing, but to also connect directly with the people who grow or make their market selections.

During the 2011 season, the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market will also host special appearances from Westerville community partners including Westerville Public Library and the Westerville Police Division.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market and Westerville Area Resource Ministry are teaming up, for the fourth 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 from WARM to purchase fresh produce, meats, poultry, eggs, artisan foods, and fruit-bearing plants. In 2010, market vendors honored $2,975 in Fresh Green vouchers.

The 2011 Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market Vendors:

Amherst Greenhouse, Ada, Ohio: Adin and Mary Horst will be at the market starting late summer with their beautiful potted chrysanthemums.

Arjay Gourmet Foods, Columbus, Ohio: starting May 11th, Rohini Mulchandani will be at the market with her delicious chutneys, garam masala, and baked goods.

Batter and Bowl, Columbus, Ohio: Sara Yates will bring her fresh-baked cookies, protein bars, brownies, no bakes, and bars 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 potted 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 Indian corn.

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 Orchards, Utica, Ohio: Marshall Branstool will be bringing orchard-fresh sweet cherries, peaches, and apples beginning late June.

Bridgman Farm, Washington Court House, Ohio: Mary Bridgman brings her produce to market that includes a beautiful assortment of cherry and heirloom tomatoes and fresh basil.

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.

Dana Lee’s, Pataskala, Ohio: Dana Landrum features a selection of fresh-baked savory and sweet crackers, breads, rolls, coffee breads, scones, muffins, and dog biscuits.

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.

Malabar Peach and Apple 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 and Laura Laughlin bring a selection of lamb, fresh basil and seasonal organic vegetables that include broccoli, sweet potatoes, radishes, peppers, eggplant, and heirloom tomatoes.

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 trail bologna, beef sticks, and 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, 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 pie.

Sugar B Bakery, Galena, Ohio: Angela Bowman makes daily bread a special event. Sugar B features loaf breads, bagels, scones, and flatbreads.

Sugar Inc., Columbus, Ohio: Ava Misseldine creates cupcakes that feature sweet and savory flavor combinations and blended teas with tea leaves from her family’s tea plantation in Hawaii.

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

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 a fluid community. Market vendor weekly appearances may vary. Produce and product availability may vary throughout the season.

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.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is Ohio Proud.

For more information on the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market email:, market website: and the Farmers' Market blog:


Now in its 6th season, the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market offers a selection of home-grown, home-made, all Ohio farm-fresh produce 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 Uptown Westerville. Market produce is certified-organic, chemical-free, and conventionally grown. A great place to live, shop, work, eat, meet and play, the Uptown Westerville neighborhood is the home of city government, and features an eclectic mix of residences dating back to the 1800s, tree-lined brick streets, Otterbein University, activities, traditions, culture, business, and commerce. 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 or shine. For additional information about the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market, contact Market Wednesday manager, Linda Foor: 614.352.1144,

Web information:

Market address for online mapping and GPS directions: 74 N. State St. (Church of the Messiah’s The Gathering Place, next door to the market).

Monday, April 18, 2011

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: The Market Wednesday 2011 Vendor Directory

The Market Wednesday 2011 Vendor Directory is now online.

Here's the basic 411 for the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market 2011 Roster...

Amherst Greenhouse Harrod, Ohio

Adin and Mary Horst will bring their beautiful potted mums to market starting late summer.

Arjay Gourmet Foods Columbus, Ohio

Rohini Mulchandani will start her season on May 11th.  We look forward to another season flavored by Rohini's chutneys, delish baked goods, and garam masala.

▪ Batter & Bowl Worthington, Ohio

What cut-out cookie will kick-off the season?  We can't wait to see! Sara Yates brings her delicious baked goods including Mexican Brownies, Key Lime Bars, Macaroons, No Bakes and, the market favorite, Protein Bars!

▪ Bildsten Landscape Columbus, Ohio

Mark and Karen grow beautiful flowers and their hanging baskets are beyond compare.  Like the hanging baskets in Uptown Westerville in the summer?  They come from Bildsten Landscape. Bildstens will be at the market through late June. 

A hanging basket from Bildsten Landscape makes a great Mother's Day gift!

▪ Bird's Haven Farms Granville, Ohio

Beautiful produce from the Bird Family from beans to greens to tomatillos to potatoes. 

▪ Blue Jacket Dairy Bellefontaine, Ohio

Delicious farmstead cheeses, from Angel and Jim King, made from cow's milk from Blue Jacket Dairy and goat's milk from an Amish farm.  Stop by to visit Blue Jacket's own Julie George and sample the market favorite Gretna Grillin' cheese!

▪ Branstool Orchards Utica, Ohio

We're just going to say three things: 1. Sweet Cherries, 2. Peaches, and 3. Apples.

We should see cherries from the Branstool Family in mid to late June.

▪ Bridgman Farm Washington Court House, Ohio

Mary Bridgman is bringing fresh basil and a selection of veggies to market, including a selection of cherry tomatoes that are out of this world!

▪ Carousel Watergardens Farm & Cathy's Tasty Treats Marion, Ohio

All natural, hormone and antibiotic free chicken, turkey, and brown eggs along with a selection of produce (what a hot pepper selection in late summer) and pantry items that include rubs, dry herbs, mixes, and preserves.

Mark and Cathy Krist always start the season with a great selection of vegetable and bedding plants to help you get a head start on this year's garden.

▪ Chuck Evans' Montezuma Brand Columbus, Ohio

Author, enthusiast, and innovator Chuck Evans knows hot sauce! Chuck's salsas, sauces, and rubs are flavorful and perfect for summer eating.  Montezuma's tortilla chips are the perfect accompaniment for Chuck's salsa selection. Serve up Chuck's red, white, and blue chips on the 4th!

Chuck will be at the market starting late June through late August.

▪ Cowtown Candies Pataskala, Ohio

Turtles... fudge... buckeyes... barks.... caramel apples.....

We'll see Bee Katz after the summer heat in the fall. Can't wait!

▪ Dana Lee's Pataskala, Ohio

Dana Landrum makes amazing sweet and savory baked goods including breads, crackers, and scones.

▪ Doran's Family Farm New Albany, Ohio

Asparagus to sweet corn to tomatoes to pumpkins - Michelle and Jim Doran bring an amazing bounty of fresh-picked produce to market each week.

▪ Eyestone Flower Farm Bloomville, Ohio (of course!)

Chris and Andrea Schimpf supply beautiful organic sunflowers, lilies, glads, and zinnias.  So fresh and real, Chris' gets regular visits from butterflies and bees!

Look for Chris in mid-summer as blossoms begin to open.

▪ Flying J Farm Johnstown, Ohio

Dick Jensen features organic grass-fed beef, produce, and farm-milled flours.

▪ Honey Health Farms Marysville, Ohio

Dale Benedict is passionately a honey farmer.  Dale features raw honey, bee pollen, comb honey, and honey-based personal care products.

▪ Malabar Peach & Apple Orchard  Jeromesville, Ohio

Mike Dippold raises and sells chemical free and fresh-from-the-tree, full of flavor peaches and apples.  Buy just one peach or apple or in quantity.

Look for Mike in mid-July with the first of the season's peaches.

▪ Northridge Organic Farm Johnstown, Ohio

Mike and Laura Laughlin feature lamb and a selection of organic produce throughout the season from asparagus to sweet potatoes.

▪ Ohio Farm Direct Fredericktown, Ohio

A new limited engagement vendor. Doug Daniels' farm has been in his family since 1835.  Doug features cheeses and drinkable yogurt made with the organic milk from his grass-fed dairy cattle.  Doug also features nitrate-free trail bologna, beef sticks, and summer sausage.

Doug will be at the market May through the last week of June and then mid-August through the end of the season.

▪ Pleiades Maple Products Mt. Gilead, Ohio

Eddie Lou Meimer's farm was established by her grandfather in the 1800s.  He named his dairy farm Pleiades to honor his seven daughters. Now, Pleiades Farm features Ohio maple syrup and maple products.  Kids love to stop by Pleiades for maple sugar lollipops!

Eddie Lou tells us this has been an off-the-charts record year for maple syrup production.

▪ Sue's Kitchen Pataskala, Ohio

Always time for pie! Well, here's a market insider tip - if you want pie from Sue's kitchen, let Sue Renner know ahead of time or be at the market by 3 p.m. open!  Sue also features a selection of cookie stacks in favorite home-made varieties like peanut butter, chocolate chip, snickerdoodles, and oatmeal.  Sue also features a special coffee bread each week.

▪ Sugar B Bakery Galena, Ohio

Angela Bowman bakes delicious, beautiful loaf breads, scones, bagels, flat breads, and gluten free goods.  A great place to make daily bread a special occasion.

▪ Sugar Inc. Cupcake and Tea Salon Columbus, Ohio

A new limited engagement vendor.  Ava Misseldine bakes beautiful, delicious sweet and savory cupcakes.  Ava also creates blended teas with leaves from her family's tea plantation in Hawaii.

Ava will be at the market May through the last week of June and then mid-August through the end of the season.

▪ Sweet Thing Gourmet Bexley, Ohio

Mark and Kyla Touris feature some of the most uncommon and delicious jams you'll ever taste, with flavors like vanilla pear, cherry cognac, and hot pepper peach.  And, Kyla's fresh-baked biscottis add a great, indulgent kick to a coffee break.  Buy biscotti by the bag or just one.

Two Caterers, Columbus, Ohio

Chef John Skaggs returns to the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market, creating delicious recipes made with ingredients straight out of the market.  This year, Tatjana Brown, owner of Uptown Westerville's Meza, will also suggest wine pairings for Chef John's market fare recipes.

"That looks great, but what do I do with it?" Chef John is there, also, to answer any questions you may have about market fare, cooking, serving suggestions, or recipes.

Tidbits and details:

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is a fluid community. Market vendor weekly appearances may vary. Produce and product availability may vary throughout the season. The market takes place rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, such as lightning, the market will suspend activity.

Most vendors offer samples - feel free to taste.  Kids, actually, are the bravest and most enthusiastic tasters!  If you have a question for a vendor, don't hesitate to ask - they are happy to speak with you!

All market meats are processed per State of Ohio standards and are frozen.  Cheese and eggs are refrigerated.  Something to keep in mind if you want to bring along a "stay cold bag" or cooler.

Market hours are from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. There is no customer service before 3 p.m.  The market closes at 6 p.m. and we understand some folks are still making their way home from work and activities. First, our produce vendors are all coming from active, working farms and some farmers are driving an hour to two hours to Westerville - these folks need to get back home to tend to their farms.  And, we've tested a 7 p.m. close twice and, frankly, there was very little customer activity and limited selection due to earlier market activity. The 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. market hours are the hours responsive to customer traffic and interest. If you are pressed for time, ask your favorite market vendor about calling ahead or ordering ahead.

We look forward to a bountiful 2011 market season.

Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., May 4th through October 26th.  North State and East Home Streets.

See you at the market!

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Just Socializing

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Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: A Fond Remembrance

Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning. ~Lydia M. Child

As we look forward to our sixth season, we would like to take a moment to fondly remember one of our original vendors, Cliff Nishimura of Zenjiro Gardens of Athens.  Cliff passed away this past January. Cliff was an artist, veteran, father, and gardener who grew beautiful flowers, with a special touch for zinnias.

Back in 2006, Cliff supported the UWFM when the market was made up of a handful of vendors and just getting started.  Cliff even gave us our first "Farmers' Market Today" banner. We spoke with him in 2010 and thought we'd see Cliff and his beautiful flowers each Market Wednesday and, alas, Cliff decided on Upper Arlington's Wednesday market.

Cliff will always be a part of our market and we are all the better for knowing him.

With heartfelt care, respect, and gratitude, we say farewell and thank you to Cliff Nishimura, 1951 - 2011.

Photo courtesy of Columbus.