Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: May 30th Market Report

Take it outside! A few minutes outside everyday is good for the spirit!  And, today, ahhhh, is a great day to visit the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market.

Home-grown. Home-made. All Ohio.

Doran's Family Farm tells us they are bringing strawberries today.

Market Wednesday vendors are knowledgeable, friendly, and passionate about what they do  - got questions? got a request? want to share? want to know more? - just ask!

See you at the market!

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: July 4th Special Market Hours

Wake the kids! Phone the neighbors! Sychronize your watches! Access all calendars! It happens once every seven years...

Market Wednesday falls on the 4th of July!

This year, there will be a special hours Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 from 9 a.m. to noon.

We hope you'll make a trip to the farmers' market a part of your July 4th celebration:

Start the day with the Westerville Rotary 5k Run/Walk at 8 a.m. starting and ending @ Alum Creek Park, North (221 W. Main). For more information, click here to visit Premier Sports.

The 2012 Rotary Club of Westerville July 4th Parade begins at 1 p.m. @ Heatherdown and S. State and travels north on State to St. Paul Parish. This year's parade theme is Peace, Love, Trust, and Freedom.

WARM (Westerville Area Resource Minstry) will be collecting non-perishable food along the parade route.

Westerville Symphony will perform a free concert - Sounds of Freedom - on July 4th at 9:00 p.m. @ the Westerville Sports Complex (County Line West and Cleveland).

And, the day ends with Fireworks at 10 p.m. @ Alum Creek Park, South (near Park Meadow and Schrock).

See you at the market!

Normal Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market hours Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., May through October.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Memorial Day Weekend

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic.  It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. - Arthur Ashe

We gather, we remember, we celebrate on Memorial Day Weekend.

The vendors and management of the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market wish you, your friends, and your family a safe, most enjoyable holiday weekend.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Market Wednesday in the News

Chris Russell, photographer for the Columbus Dispatch, visited Market Wednesday this week to shoot images for a story on locavore trends that ran this a.m. in the Columbus Dispatch Business section.

Click here to read the article.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: May 23rd Market Report

School's almost out.  Summer's almost here.  And, a holiday weekend is just days away.

From "What's on the grill?" to "What's for dessert?" it's here on this beautiful day in Uptown Westerville!  

Fruits. Vegetables. Meats. Chicken. Cheese. Eggs. Pie! Cookies. Breads. Confections. Jams. Biscotti. Salsa. Tortilla Chips. Herbs. Hot Sauce. Marinades. Sauces. Spreads. Rubs. Raw Honey. Infused Honey. Herbal Teas. Ohio Maple Syrup. Maple-coated Puffed Spelt. Maple Sugar.

Vegetable, Herb, and Flower garden plants. Hanging flower baskets.

We will not see Bildsten Landscape this week, but they will be back next week.

See you at the market!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Memorial Day's Field of Heroes

Those who won our independence... valued liberty as an end and as a means.  They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty. Louis D. Brandeis

With Memorial Day Weekend approaching, Westerville's Sunshine Rotary will again host the Field of Heroes.

This beautiful, poignant installation of 2,500 American flags to honor those who have sacrificed and served will be on display from May 25th @ 1 p.m. through May 28th @ 12:30 p.m at the corner of N. Cleveland and W. County Line.

Field of Heroes Schedule:

Friday, May 25th
1:00 p.m. - Field Opens to the Public

Saturday, May 26th
9:30 a.m. - Opening Ceremony
6:30 p.m. - Free Concert

Sunday, May 27th
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Free bus tours of Westerville memorials
7:30 p.m. - Flag Retirement Ceremony

Monday, May 28th
12:30 p.m. - Closing Ceremony
Flag Pickup at field

All Weekend:
Honor Flight tribute to World War II Veterans
Reading of hero names at noon
Field illuminated at 8:00 PM

To learn more, volunteer, or purchase a flag, visit the Field of Heroes website (just click here).

The City of Westerville Memorial Day Parade is Monday, May 28th @ 9:45 a.m. starting at College & State in Uptown Westerville and heading south on State and west on Bishop to Otterbein Cemetery.  (A lot of parade spectators follow the parade to the cemetery on-foot.)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: May 16th Market Report

It's a beautiful day in Uptown Westerville and a great day to come to the market!

What can you find on Market Wednesday?

Asparagus, lettuce, onions, greens, rhubarb, radishes, and in small quantity right now, fresh-picked strawberries.

Protein sources like grass-fed beef, pork, lamb, chicken, cheese, drinkable yogurt, and fresh eggs.

Awesome artisan foods and ingredients including, fresh bread, pie, cookies, dessert breads, salsa, hot sauce, jams, biscotti, raw honey, infused honey, dried herbs and teas, Ohio maple syrup products, and milled flour.

And plants and flowers - vegetable, herb, and flower garden bedding plants and beautiful hanging flower baskets.

Dana Landrum of Dana Lee's will not be attending this week's market. Dana will be back next week with her sweet and savory baked goods (try her crackers some time - yum).

Have a great day! See you at the market!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Time-Lapse

Market Wednesday vendor Bildsten Landscape supplies the beautiful hanging flower baskets and pots that have become a summer hallmark in Uptown Westerville.

The City of Westerville has posted a very brief, very cool time-lapse video of this year's flowers as they grow in the Bildsten greenhouse.

(There is music with this video.)

Click here to watch on YouTube. (Note: Link updated 5.14.12)

For more information on the Uptown Westerville hanging baskets, visit the city website by clicking here or stop by the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market and talk with Karen and Mark Bildsten.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Delaware Gazette's Market Guide

Thanks to Tuesday Trippier of the Delaware Gazette for her helpful guide to area farmers' markets including... Market Wednesday!

Click here to read more.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: May 9th Market Report

It is a great day to shop for a little farm fresh!

Sue Renner of Sue's Kitchen and Dawn Combs of Mockingbird Meadows start their 2012 seasons today.

We have a beautiful selection of hanging flower baskets from Bildsten Landscape and Bird's Haven Farms. And, Bridgman Farm and Bird's Havens Farms have a great selection of bedding plants for flower, vegetable, and herb gardens!

Early seasonal produce from Doran's Family Farm, Bridgman Farm, Northridge Organic Farm, Flying J Farm, and Bird's Haven Farms includes asparagus, lettuces, onions, radishes, and rhubarb.

Our selection of sweet and savory artisan foods includes baked confections, fresh bread, biscotti, jams, salsas, hot sauce, tortilla chips, rubs, marinades, maple syrup, cheeses, and honey. One of the best parts of visiting Market Wednesday is taste testing new flavors!

Visit Sugar B Bakery (delicious daily bread), Montezuma Brand (salsas, hot sauces, tortilla chips), Sweet Thing Gourmet (jams and biscottis), Blue Jacket Dairy (cheese), Dana Lee's (baked goods), Sue's Kitchen (baked goods), Pleiades Maple Products (Ohio maple syrup), Honey Health Farm (raw honey), Mockingbird Meadows (infused raw honey and herbs).

Our farm-raised protein selection comes from Fox Hollow Farm (proteins including grass-fed beef, pork, poultry, and fresh eggs and Flying J Farm (grass-fed beef).

See you at the market!

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Sue's Kitchen

Ahhhh! Pie!! Sue's Kitchen's 2012 Market Wednesday season begins today!

Sue is bringing strawberry/rhubarb and applie pies, cookies, including chocolate chip and snickerdoodles, pastry lemondade dessert bread, and... triple... chocolate... brownies!

Visit Sue's blog, click here.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: May 2nd Market Report

It's the farm fresh season opener for 2012 in Uptown Westerville.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market opens today at 3 p.m. (until 6 p.m.) at the corner of N. State and E. Home St.

At 2:45 p.m., Rev. Ryan Grace of Church of the Messiah, UM will offer a blessing for the market season.

We look forward to a great 2012!

See you at the market!

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Bird's Haven Farms

Bird's Haven Farm of Granville features a broad selection of farm fresh produce throughout the season, including vegetables, fruits, pumpkins, and garden plants.

This week, look for potted annuals, herbs, early vegetables (lettuce, radishes, onions) and hanging baskets.

Stop by and visit Lee and Lindsey & Anne and Tom today.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Sue's Kitchen Starts Later

Fans of Sue's Kitchen will need to temper their Market Wednesday excitement for a few more weeks - Sue is coming to market with her delish pies, cookies, and dessert breads, but later this month.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Bridgman Farm

Mary Bridgman of Bridgman Farm (Washington Court House) brings beautiful produce to market each season including heirloom tomatoes,  cherry tomatoes (sun-kissed sweet), Aunt Molly's ground tomatoes (gotta try a sample when they come to market this summer!), peppers, eggplant, onions, melons, and pumpkins.

Mary is looking forward to tomorrow's season opener and is bringing some great options for gardeners. Mary tells us, "I'll have a huge selection of gorgeous heirloom, hybrid and cherry tomato plants, along with summer squash, lettuce and cucumber plants. I'll also have lots of herb plants and sunflower and giant zinnia starts in a rainbow of colors."

Mary feels a true connection to Westerville as a community, she's a retired reporter for the Columbus Dispatch and covered the Westerville city government and city schools beat for years, gaining a special affection for our community in the process.

Stop by Bridgman Farm each week on Market Wednesday.