Monday, April 28, 2008

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Look for Our Ad!

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market begins next week! May 7th!

So, we are celebrating our very first ad -- featured in ThisWeek Community Newspapers - Westerville edition:

We invite you to visit our Farmers' Market on a regular basis throughout the season and, may we say in advance, welcome and thank you!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Welcome Sue's Kitchen

The Uptown Westerville Farmer's Market welcomes Sue's Kitchen.

Ahhhhh, Sue Renner bakes!

Sue says:

I can't wait to see everyone at the market again. It has been a long and crazy winter and I am so ready for those 90 degree days (not!). Some lovely spring temperatures would be just perfect so everyone can come out to visit us.

I have been busy "trialing" new recipes and adding new items for everyone to sample at the market. For those of you who like spending time with family and friends sipping coffee and eating tasty coffeecakes, I have several delicious varieties to share, including lemon cherry and apple walnut. They come in family size or individual size for those of you on the go. Also new this year are granola bars for those of us trying to eat whole grains and less processed sugar.

Since our first market is right before Mother's Day we must do all we can to celebrate everything "Mom." I plan to bring lots of goodies to the market to satisfy Mom's sweet tooth. You will find a variety of cookie stacks: Peanut Blossoms with kisses on top for Mom, Buttercream Frosted Sugar Flower Cut-outs, Chocolate Chip, and My Mom's Oatmeal Raisin. For the pie lovers, there will be Springtime Strawberry Rhubarb, Apple of my Eye Apple, Peachy Peach, Tart Cherry and So Berry Nice pies. Like last year, I will bring 9-inch pies for the whole family and individual 4 inch pies perfect for Mom.

*Keep in mind I do make low-sugar baked goods to order and can bring them to the market for you as long as you call me in advance to order.

You will be able to complete your surprise for Mom by picking up handmade Mother's Day cards and notecard sets at Sue's Kitchen. Each card features a beautiful picture of spring blossoms taken from around Central Ohio; from forsythia to hyacinth, cherry blossoms to daffodils.

Oh, and a Farmers' Market tip: If you want pie, come early!

Visit Sue each Wednesday at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market or Contact Sue Renner at 614.588.6903.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Welcome Frijolito Farm

The 2008 Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market Welcomes...

Frijolito Farm
Columbus, Ohio

Wayne & Mayda Shingler

At the market, we will be offering whole chickens, chicken pieces, and a limited supply of eggs. In July, we'll also have chicken sausage.

Frijolito Farm is a backyard farm that has grown to include gardens in other locations in Columbus and Licking County. Our chicken, eggs, fruits, and vegetables are produced by sustainable farming practices. It is our mission to produce wholesome food in harmony with nature for our family and yours.

Be sure to visit Frijolito Farm each week throughout the season!

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Meet Jane Varley of Varley Valley Products

Why I love to bake and make jam:

Some of my earliest memories include picking berries, making jams and making bread with my mother and my brother. (My father just enjoyed the fruits of our labors).

I distinctly remember “helping” my mom make brioche (a fancy French pastry) when I was about four. I can only imagine how much help I actually was (NOT). I remember seeing a picture of me at that age, covered head to toe in flour.

I also remember going out to pick black raspberries – I usually ended up with just a few in my bucket, while my brother and mom managed to get a bucket full. I guess you are not supposed to eat 10 for every 1 you put in the bucket!

We always made our own breads, jams, maple syrup, and other foods. As a matter of fact, I don’t remember ever purchasing store-bought bread until I went to college. As my mom would say, “Believe you me, homemade is better”.

Although my last name is English/Irish, my ancestry is Pennsylvania Dutch, with my family moving from Germany to western Maryland in the late 1800s. I come from a long line of von Hoechlers, von Munchaus, Mayers and Jungs.

I grew up on my grandmom’s and great-grandmom’s recipes. I thought that everyone had pie for every meal of the day! Yes, we had breakfast pies (shoo-fly, Montgomery, and funeral pie); main dish pies (meat pies and pot pies (actually made in a pot), and dessert pies. We also had good home-made bread and jam at every meal. Sweets and Sours (pickled items) were also served at lunch and dinner.

Most of my baked goods and jams use recipes from my grandmom and great-grandmom. So when I am kneading bread or rolling out pie crust, my mind is often remembering my childhood and I am filled with loving thoughts of my mom (who passed away in 2005). I can’t think of a better reason for baking.

Thanks, Jane!

Uptown Westerville Farmers Market: Our first Recipe! Kalamata Olive Spread from Varley Valley

Kalamata Olive Spread on Parmesan Peppercorn Wheat Bread

From: Jane Varley, Varley Valley Products, Breads, Baked goods, and Jams.

Jane says: "This makes an elegant and very easy finger sandwich for a tea or just a quick snack."


1/2 cup chopped, pitted Kalamata Olives (or your favorite, strongly flavored olive)
8 oz. (Large Package) Cream Cheese
Varley Valley Parmesan Peppercorn Wheat Bread

▪ Chop pitted kalamata olives (or your favorite, strongly flavored olive).

▪ For each 1/2 cup of chopped olives, add 8 ounces (a large package) of cream cheese and mix well.

▪ Thinly slice (1/3 to ½ inch) some Varley Valley Parmesan Peppercorn Wheat Bread (refrigerating the bread makes it a bit easier to slice).

▪ Spread a slice with some of the olive mixture and top with another slice.

▪ Cut the sandwich into quarters (you can cut off the crusts first if desired).

To serve: Take a fancy party toothpick and skewer a well-drained whole pitted olive. Push a skewered olive (upright), into each piece of the quartered sandwich.

▪ If desired, add a thin slice of cucumber or fancy cut carrot.

▪ Serve at room temperature.

Click here for the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market Recipe Directory.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Welcome Varley Valley Products

The 2008 Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market welcomes...

Varley Valley Products
Westerville, Ohio

Jane Varley

▪ Breads, Jams, and other Baked Goods

▪ Custom Orders Welcomed (usually requires 3 days advanced notice)

Visit Jane each week to check out what she's fresh-baked!

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: What's New At Malabar Acres

Mike Dippold from Malabar Acres shares...

Well, let me give you a little update.

First of all I will be at market as my peach crop appears to have made it through the winter. We have to worry for about another month as we could get a killer frost when trees are in blossom. Winter kill has been bad the last two years so this year was a much needed break.

Things seem to be in slow motion this spring. Wet ground kept me out of orchard until later than normal and it has been hard to burn our trimmings. Last Friday and Saturday were finally nice and we got to burn up our major brush pile. One more to go next weekend.

Check out our website in near future. I plan to get it updated by May 1st with our offering for the year which will be a challenge but you got to set goals.

I will be in Worthington as I have in the past as well as Ashland and Wooster. Prices will have to be higher as gas, diesel, and chemicals have all gone up a lot.

The old apple orchard is shaping up quite a bit so maybe we will have some better apples this year. The bees appears to be bouncing back quite well but no mass winter kills like last year.

Well this is my contribution. It will be time to cut grass before we know.

I ask all of you to keep me in mind for any real estate needs. That is how I make my living. The orchard is my passion but the real estate pays the bills. Have a buyer looking for nice 50-60 acres northwest to northeast of Columbus say one hour out. Prefers no house on property unless it is on the edge of acreage. Will lease back land to farmer any tillable land. He is in 70s and just wants a quite place to retire too.

Mike Dippold
Malabar Acres/Ashland Co. 419-554-0027
Century 21 Joe Walker of Westerville 614-899-1400

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: What's New this Spring at Bildsten Landscape!

We just wanted to send you an update on our spring growing season.

We have been busy in the greenhouses growing our plants for the spring Farmer's market.
Thank goodness for the recent sunny days.

The hanging baskets are starting to show color and it won't be long until the canopy in the greenhouses are full of blooms.

The basil and parsley are growing very well and we should have some really nice herbs to sell at the first market day in May.

We look forward to seeing everyone in a few weeks.

The Bildsten's

Click here to visit online.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Welcome Malabar Acres

The 2008 Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market Welcomes...

Malabar Acres
Jeromesville, Ohio

Mike Dippold

Apples and Peaches

Check back, Malabar Acres will be at the Market as they harvest...

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Welcome Mockingbird Meadows

The 2008 Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market Welcomes...

Mockingbird Meadows
Biodynamic Honey and Herb Farm
Marysville, Ohio

Dawn and Carson Combs


Bulk Medicinal Herbs

Red Clover, Chamomile, Raspberry Leaf, Comfrey, Scullcap, Nettle, Calendula, Dandelion, Peppermint… and many more

Fresh Herbal Greens

Dandelion, Burdock, Cress, Chickweed, Lambs Quarter, Sheep Sorrel, Amaranth, Mustard, Summer Savory… and many more

Herbal Health Care Products
*Made with only edible ingredients

▪ First Aid Products- Universal Salve, Kloss’s Liniment….
▪ Baby and New Mama Care Products- Talc-less Baby Powder,
Baby Shampoo…..
▪ Adult Skin Care Products- Body Cream, Herbal Salt Scrub….
▪ Herbal Tea Mixes- Mockingbird Mint, Benjamin Bunny Blend…..

Raw Honey and Raw Honey Products

▪ Herbal Infused Honey- Lemon Balm, Rosemary, Peppermint….
▪ Raw Pollen
▪ Raw Honey
▪ 100% Beeswax hand poured and dipped candles

Visit Mockingbird Meadows every Wednesday afternoon throughout the season!

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Welcome Arjay Gourmet Foods

The 2008 Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market Welcomes...

Arjay Gourmet Foods Ltd.
Columbus, Ohio

Rohini Mulchandani, Ph.D.

Purveyor of (East) Indian inspired:
▪ Rohini's Chutneys
▪ Seasoning (Garam Masala)
▪ Baked Goods

Some items available for sampling.

Hope to see you at my booth!

Visit Arjay Gourmet throughout the season!

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Welcome Flying J Farm

The 2008 Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market Welcomes...

Flying J Farm
5329 Van Fossen Road
Johnstown, Ohio

Dick Jensen

The Flying J Farm sells only organic food grown on our farm. We specialize in Grass-fed beef because it has much less of the bad cholesterol found in grain-fed meat and much more Omega-3, Beta Carotene, and CLA than grain fed beef.

We also offer our own maple syrup, flour (milled the day before from hard wheat, soft wheat, and spelt grown on our farm), and a full complement of organic produce throughout the summer.

We are open to visitors at any time so give us a call and come out to see the hereford cows and calves, horses, donkey, the garden, the woods, the streams, the lake, and more!

Visit Flying J Farm at the Uptown Westerville Farmers Market every week!

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Welcome Northridge Organic Farm

As we add vendors to our 2008 market vendor roster, the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market Welcomes...

Northridge Organic Farm
Johnstown, Ohio
Mike Laughlin


▪ Broccoli
▪ Cabbage
▪ Eggplant
▪ Lettuces
▪ Sweet & Hot Peppers
▪ Sweet & Irish Potatoes
▪ Onions
▪ Radishes
▪ Other Root Crops
▪ Summer & Winter Squash
▪ Heirloom and Standard Tomatoes

Visit Northridge Organic throughout the market season!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Our 2008 Season begins May 7th!

As the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market begins the 2008 season, Thank you to...

Amish Originals Furniture Co., Brickstreet Communications, Church of the Messiah, U.M., Dairy Queen, Gallery 202, Otterbein College, Pasquale's Pizza and Pasta, St. Paul's Catholic Church and the students and faculty at St. Paul's School, The City of Westerville, the members of the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association, and the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Thanks, especially to The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market Vendors, and most importantly, the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market Patrons.

Fresh Wishes for 2008!

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market
Every Wednesday, May 7th through October 29th
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
NE corner of N. State and E. Home Streets.
Parking is always free throughout Uptown Westerville