Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: July 30th Market Report

This week's market brings more peaches fresh from the orchards at Malabar Acres and plenty of fabulous fresh produce -- ahhhhh.

From the morning breakfast table to an evening snack -- The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market features a great selection of fresh produce, meats, eggs, milk, and artisan foods.

Stop by the market to pick up some beautiful fresh sunflowers to finish your summer table!

Flower Power Gourmet and Varley Valley will not be present this week.

Be sure to stop by -- 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at N. State and E. Home.

See you at the market!

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Sue Kitchen's July 30th Market Report

Sue Renner checks in on this week's market...

Do you have zucchini boats growing by the second in your garden? Well here's a recipe (quite delectable if I may say so) to use up that zucchini in a delicious Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread. Its also a good way to sneak veggies into your kids! I will have a few to sell today and a lot to sample. But-here's the recipe for you all to try yourselves:

2 (1oz) unsweetened chocolate-melt in microwave
3 eggs
2 C. sugar
1 C. canola oil
2 C. hand grated zucchini (squeeze all the juice out of to prevent soggy bread; don't use the food processor --it mushes it!)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 C. flour
1. tsp. each of baking soda, salt, cinnamon
3/4 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Generously grease (2) 9x5 loaf pans (or 4 mini loaf pans). Pre-heat your oven to 350F.

Cream the sugar,oil and vanilla, Add the melted chocolate. Beat in each egg separately. Fold in the zucchini.

Mix the dry ingredients together and add to the wet mixture until just moistened. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Bake @ 350F for one hour (large loaves), 40 minutes for mini loaves; or 'til a toothpick comes out clean.

Sprinkle a few chocolate chips on top while still warm. Cool for 10 minutes then remove from pan.

Delicious warm or cold. Freezes easily.


See you later today at the market.I'll have pies, cookies, cinnamon rolls.....and of course zucchini bread!

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Good Reading

Look for Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market vendor Mockingbird Meadows in the August 2008 issue of Columbus Monthly and September 2008's Ohio Magazine.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Bridgman Farm July 23rd Market Report

This week Bridgman Farm features an assortment of summer squash and eggplant.

Try the asian eggplant -- look for an eggplant so purple, it looks black.

Looking for new ways to serve up this great summer fare? Just ask your favorite market vendors for suggestions or check the growing
Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market recipe directory.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: July 23rd Market Report

The Week of June 23rd marks, amazingly, week 12 of this year's Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market and the second week for Doran's Family Farm sweet corn!

For fresh fruit, of course, this week we'll also see our first peaches of the season from Malabar Acres and Z Blue Berry will be back with their delicious fresh-picked blueberries.

Our market farms - Bird's Haven Farms, Bridgman Farm (chemical-free), Carousel Water Gardens, Doran's Family Farm, Flying J Farm (organic), and Northridge Organic Farm (organic) -- are all featuring more and more fresh produce each week as the season moves forward.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market also features market growers and food artisans who bring you meat rubs and dried herbs, infused honey, cheese, maple products, baked goods, milk, spicey mustard and wing sauce, and chutneys.

Flying J Farm, Frijolito Farm, and Northridge Organic Farms feature fresh meats, poultry, and fresh eggs.

This week, the market will not see Flower Power Gourmet, Taste of Seattle Coffee Company, and Varley Valley.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Malabar Acres July 23rd Market Report... Peaches!

This week, Mike Dippold of Malabar Acres will be bringing fresh-picked peaches!


Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: A Recipe from Sue's Kitchen for Zucchini with Pasta

Sue Renner from Sue's Kitchen shares...

Here's a delicious summer recipe to help use up all those zucchini accumulating in your gardens:

Zucchini with Pasta

2 Cups thinly sliced zucchini
1 medium sweet onion-chopped
1 clove garlic-minced.

*Saute the above ingredients in 1 Tbsp olive oil and 1Tbsp butter until golden.

▪ Prepare a box of bowtie pasta per directions.

▪ Mix together 1 small can tomato paste with 2 cups water then add to the sauted veggies.

▪ Heat to a boil, stirring occasionally then reduce to a simmer.

▪ Add pasta and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.

▪ Serve hot with parmesian cheese sprinkled on top.

Great meal when served with fresh green salad and a bread stick!

See you Wednesday!


Sue's Kitchen
cell: 614.588.6903

Look for more recipes in the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market Directory.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: July 9th Market Photo Tour

What a gorgeous day at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market!

It is exciting to see so many people: friends and families, young and old, dog walkers and bikers, alike, at the market.

Click here to take a photo tour of the July 9th Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market on

Pictured: Hand-poured beeswax candles from Mockingbird Meadows.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Bridgman Farm July 16th Market Report

Mary Bridgman of Bridgman Farm is bringing...



Cherry tomatoes

Now we just need a grill and and a few skewers...

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: The Heritage Bakery's July 16th Market Report

Sue Renner from The Heritage Bakery brings some big flavors with this week's artisan baked goods:

Sue says...

If you're hungry for homemade pie, I will be bringing fresh-picked Big-n-Beautiful Black Raspberry and Summertime Red Raspberry pies, Tartfully Scrumptuous Cherry pie, first of the season Lodi/Granny Smith Apple pie, and Bodacious Blueberry pies! Get your ice cream and be ready!

I have made extra cookies for all the kids: Chocolate Chippers, Peanut Kiss Blossoms, Peanut Butter and Snickerdoodles.

I will also bring the Jumbo Cinnamon Rolls but they will be soft and gooey in this heat. Sounds yummy, actually.

See you all tomorrow-stay cool!

Sue Renner

The Heritage Bakery

Monday, July 14, 2008

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Rohini's Chutney Cooking Sauce Recipe

Rohini Mulchandani of Arjay Gourmet Foods has a recipe for a sauce that's great with fish or chicken:

Saute' some sliced onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms in oil and add enough chutney to the mix to make a "cooking" sauce.

Season with salt, if needed.

Then, add the meat to this mixture and simmer over the stove or pour the sauce over some fillets and bake at 350F for 20-30 minutes or until cooked.

Rohini says, "So far, I have used the mango chutney with salmon, cilantro or the tamarind date chutney with other white fish and chicken, with delectable results. But any chutney can be combined with either chicken or fish. I also like tomato with beef, and cranberry with pork, chicken or turkey."

A Farmers' Market Tip: Rohini says that Rohini's Chutney goes great with Blue Jacket Dairy's Gretna Grillin' cheese.

Thanks, Rohini -- visit Rohini at Arjay Gourmet Foods on your next trip to the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market.

Click here to visit the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market Recipe Directory.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: July 16th Market Report

Well, Mike Dippold of Malabar Acres tells us you can't fool Mother Nature, so the peaches are not ready to pick yet. Worth the wait, signs point to next week (July 23rd), so keep checking back.

We will not see Carousel Water Gardens and Cathy's Tasty Treats, Taste of Seattle Coffee Company or Varley Valley Products this week.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Sweet Corn on July 16th

Simple and Sweet:

Doran's Family Farm will have fresh sweet corn at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market beginning July 16th!!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Flower Power's July 16th Market Report

Diane and Summer of Flower Power Gourmet share their July 16th market report.

Diane says:

Summer and I will be bringing Lavender rose angel food cake, cinnamon lavender rolls, Lemon lavender bars, lavender fudge, strawberry lavender lemonade, ginger lemonade, raspberry-rosemary lemonade.

See ya Wed,
Diane and Summer
Flower Power Gourmet

Market visitors love Flower Power Gourmet's lemonades!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Buckeye Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe from Buckeye Mustard

Lisa Latshaw of Buckeye Mustard shares a brand new recipe!

Serves: 4

1 pkg. (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup blue cheese salad dressing
1/2 cup or so, according to taste of Buckeye Buffalo Wing Sauce
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese or shredded mozzarella cheese (about 2 ounces)
2 cans (9.75 ounces each) premium chunk chicken breast in water, drained
Assorted crackers or fresh vegetables

▪ Heat oven to 350 degrees
▪ Stir the cream cheese in a 9-inch deep dish pie plate with a fork until smooth.
▪ Stir in the dressing, Buckeye Buffalo Wing Sauce and blue cheese. Stir in chicken.
▪ Bake for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Stir before serving.

Can also be made in a crock pot.


Thanks, Lisa.

Visit Buckeye Mustard on your next trip to the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market.

Time to get in training for tailgating!
Buckeye Mustard and Frijolito Farm are teaming up July 9th for some delicious grilled chicken wings today -- stop by for a sample!

Want more recipes? Check our growing recipe directory and be sure to ask market vendors for cooking tips as well!

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: July 9th Market Report from Arjay Gourmet Foods

Rohini Mulchandani tells us about this week at Arjay Gourmet Foods....

Rohini's Chutneys - in a variety of flavors and heat levels, these condiments can be used as a dip, a spread (sandwiches, bagels, hot dogs and hamburgers), a dipping sauce for finger foods and hors doeuvres, a topping or side with meats, and a cooking, grilling, marinating sauce. Samples available, come taste at my booth!

Rohini's "Nutritionally enhanced, Indian or American-inspired" Baked Goods:

Cardamom Cookies - lite and delicious, promoting the flavor of cardamom, a sweet dessert spice.

100% Whole Wheat Flour Cookies - flavored with molasses, moist and delicious.

Coconut Halvah - an Indian dessert with coconut cooked in milk and sugar and flavored with cardamom and vanilla.

Cashew Nut Chocolate - a creamy confection, tastes like dark chocolate with nuts.

▪ Lowfat (Ohio-fresh) Strawberry or Lite Pumpkin Cupcakes - delicious, for "kids" of all ages.

▪ Wheat-free Crispy Rice Snack Mix - cereal-based and seasoned with Indian spices. Makes a good snack or can be used as a salad topping.

Samples of different items available each week.

See you at the market,

"The Chutneylady" --Rohini Mulchandani, Ph.D. of Worthington

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Week 9 Photo Tour

The Week 9 Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market photo tour is now on file at, just click here to connect.

Considering the string of downpours between the sunshine from week 8, this week was just amazingly beautiful weather -- some of the best of the summer. And, so many market shoppers kept the upcoming 4th of July weekend festivities in mind.

Market vendors will tell you it was a bit breezy for their canopies, from time-to-time, but it was just such a pleasant day for leisurely shopping. A perfect day for a bike ride, stroller ride, or dog walk to the market.

The market is more than just popping buy for pie (although pie IS important). The market is a true experience for the senses.

One of the best things about the farmers' market is being able to take the time to taste new foods and talk with the market vendors.

Not sure about chutney? Rohini at Arjay Gourmet will be more than happy to answer your questions. Can't imagine that there could be personal care products made with edible ingredients? Dawn Combs at Mockingbird Meadows is happy to tell you how! Want to know more about organic farming? Ask Mike Laughlin at Northridge Organic Farm or Dick Jensen at Flying J Farm. Sue Renner at The Heritage Bakery will be happy to share her stories about picking blackberries for this week's delicious pies. Want to know what it's like to live on a farm that's been in your family since the late 19th century? Ask Eddie Lou Meimer at Pleiades Maple Products. How about finding out what it's like to be a new farmer? Ask the Shinglers at Frijolito Farm.

As, Mary Bridgman of Bridgman Farm mentioned last week, if you are going to farm, you have to love what you're are doing. When you buy locally, you not only know where your food is coming from, but you know the people who bring it to you.

Check out the Market Vendor Directory -- click here.

Pictured: Mockingbird Meadows and Arjay Gourmet Foods.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: July 9th Market Updates

July 9th is Market week 10!

This week's Farmers' Market welcomes a new season vendor and couple new weekly vendors.

Dana Landrum of Landrum Cottage Designs will be at the market this week with her amazing breads.

And, we are expecting a new market vendor with blueberries -- Z Blueberries from Fredricktown -- look for Charlie and Taffy Douglas today!

Our new season vendor is Cat Run Ranch featuring fresh-cut flowers.

Start your own mini-training camp for football season tailgating -- never to early to train! Buckeye Mustard will not only be featuring its latest recipe: Buckeye Buffalo Chicken Dip but they will be teaming up with Frijolito Farm for some grilled buffalo wings.

We've been missing Jane Varley of Varley Valley Products these last few weeks, and while Jane will miss this week's market (her breads are soooooo good), she hopes to be here on the 16th, probably not with bread, but with her delicious jams.

Oh, and if you want pie, call Sue Renner of The Heritage Bakery ahead of time or arrive at the market right at 3 -- Sue sold all her pies in the first 15 minutes of the market last week.

Keep checking back, this is an active market, and market vendor news rolls in regularly as we get closer to our 3 p.m. open.

Just a note: Mike Dippold of Malabar Acres tell us he's expecting peaches for next week's market (July 16th).

Pictured: Fresh-picked strawberries from Doran's Family Farm.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Frijolito Farm's July 9th Market Report

Wayne Shingler of Frijolito Farm tells us....

Frijolito Farm has a new batch of chicken!

We have boneless skinless breasts, split breasts, thighs, legs, wings, backs, and whole birds.

As always, our chicken is free-range, antibiotic-free, and raised in Franklin County.

Come by our stand and try a free chicken wing grilled with Buckeye Buffalo Wing Sauce, from
Buckeye Mustard, also available at the Westerville Market.

Thanks, Wayne. Visit Frijolito Farm each week at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Bridgman Farm's July 9th Market Report

This week, Mary Bridgman of Bridgman Farm is bringing select lettuces and summer squash.

Think of the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market for this week's farm-fresh produce!

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Welcome Cat Run Ranch

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market welcomes new market vendor: Cat Run Ranch.

Cat Run Ranch is located in Freedonia, Ohio and features cut flowers.

Stop by the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market this week to pick up fresh cut flowers for your summer table or for someone special!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: The Heritage Bakery on July 2nd

The Heritage Bakery's Sue Renner tells us....

Its Black Raspberry season! Today I will have a few small "Black Beauty Raspberry Pies," and if everyone likes them I will bring more, and hopefully large ones, next week. I have stained fingers and scratches all over my arms but we have black raspberries!!!

This week may be the end of the strawberry rhubarb pies -- Mark-I have your pie :) -- but the beginning of all the beautiful summer fruits!! Yippee! I'm looking forward to picking Lodi apples, peaches, blackberries.... all I can get.

For today I have peach, strawberry-rhubarb, & cherry pies; pastry lemonade with pecans; chocolate chip, peanut butter and oatmeal raisin cookies.

See you at the market

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Parking Uptown this Week

When you visit the market this week, you may see no parking signs and orange cones along State Street.

Because you are driving and your eyes are on the road, you may not notice right away that those no parking signs are only for Friday, July 4th.

So on-street and lot parking as usual uptown except on Independence Day

Thank you for Shopping Uptown Westerville!

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Save the Date for Peaches

Save the Date!!

Mike Dippold of Malabar Acres reports that Wednesday July 23rd is looking very good for the first peaches of the season!

Keep Checking Back....

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Photo Tour for Week 8 of the Market

Last week's Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market Week 8 Photo Tour is now online at

Click here to take the Week 8 photo tour.

All afternoon, the market greeted alternating waves of showers and sunshine, and market shoppers came prepared with umbrellas.

Doran's Family Farm made their first appearance at this year's market with fresh strawberries and select produce. Flying J Farm, Northridge Organic Farm, Carousel Water Garden, Bridgman Farm, and Bird's Haven Farm are bringing more and more produce each week.

Most market vendors are under canopy and, actually, taking shelter from the raindrops can be a great opportunity to sample new foods and strike up great conversations with vendors and shoppers.The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is the perfect place to pick up the foods on your list for the Independence Day holiday weekend.

From breakfast to dinner -- shop local and have a great holiday weekend!