Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Sue's Kitchen's October 29th Market Report

Sue Renner reports...

Come celebrate our last market of the season!

Its right before Halloween so you must come and get your last minute goodies for home and garden fall decor and most of all, yummy treats for trick or treaters, school teachers, friends and family.

Sue's Kitchen will be smelling pretty good as I prepare comfort foods to bring next Wednesday. For the first time this year I will have Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread (oh so yummy), Bags O' Treat Mix, and Buttercream Iced Pumpkin Sugar cookies. There will also be Chocolate Chip cookies, Peanut Butter Blossoms, Oatmeal Raisin cookies, Apple pies (big and little) and Cinnamon Rolls.

Hope to see you there!


Sue's Kitchen

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Varley Valley Products October 29th Market Report

Jane reports....

I will not be bringing bread tomorrow but will be bringing 5 new jams: crabapple, spiced crabapple, sweet apple butter, cranberry apple butter and no sugar apple butter.


Varley Valley Products

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Thank You!

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market vendors say Thank You, Westerville for a great season!

▪ Agape Garden
▪ Amherst Greenhouse
▪ Arjay Gourmet Foods
▪ Bildsten Landscape
▪ Bird’s Haven Farm
▪ Blue Jacket Dairy
▪ Bridgman Farm
▪ Buckeye Mustard
▪ Carousel Water Gardens &
Cathy’s Tasty Treats
▪ Cat Run Ranch
▪ Doran’s Family Farm
▪ Honey Health Farms
▪ Flower Power Gourmet
▪ Flying J Farm
▪ Frijolito Farm
▪ Landrum Cottage Designs
▪ Malabar Acres
▪ Mockingbird Meadows
▪ Northridge Organic Farm
▪ Osage Lane Creamery
▪ Pleiades Maple Products
▪ Snowville Creamery
▪ Sue's Kitchen
▪ Taste of Seattle Coffee Company
▪ Varley Valley Products
▪ Z Blue Berry

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: October 29th Market Report

This is Week 26 -- the last week of the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association's Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market.

To all market patrons, we say... Thank you!

Any farmers' market is energized by its community and in Westerville, we are indeed blessed.

The sights, flavors, and sounds of the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market fast became a weekly favorite for family outings -- kids loved the opportunities to taste so many new flavors and market visitors could meet and connect with the people who were making and growing the food they were buying.

Proudly... All Ohio. Home-grown. Home-made.

Market visitors of all ages came by foot, car, bike, stroller, motorcycle, wheelchairs, and even on motorized-scooters. And, the market was certainly a favorite destination for dog walkers.

Market shoppers would meet or run into friends, classmates, co-workers, and neighbors -- a Wednesday afternoon favorite destination, often filled with surprises.

This year's market started with sunrise features like hanging baskets, baby lettuces, and garden starter and bed plants. During the summer, the market colors and flavors were as bright and rich as the daytime sun reflected in fresh-picked foods like tomatoes, corn, & peaches and in the vibrant beautiful sunflowers that decorated the market each week. And, now our market features the colors and flavors of sunset with pumpkins, root vegetables like sweet potatoes & squash, apples, and stems of bittersweet.

The 2008 market hosted 26 different vendors throughout the season, featuring not only a selection of chemical-free, conventional, and organic produce, but fresh meats, poultry & eggs, artisan foods like chutneys, jams, breads, pies, pastries, coffee, mustard, maple products, rubs, honey, cheeses, milk, and the colors of the season in herbs, hanging baskets, cut flowers, and beautiful mums.

Special thanks go to Church of the Messiah and the City of Westerville for their cooperation and support in hosting our market location at E. Home and S. State streets.

This week, Sue's Kitchen is back after a vacation-break and Sue has apple pie and delicious cinnamon rolls, quick breads, and cookies. Sue's pies are a market favorite and one week this season, Sue sold 33 pies in 15 minutes! (Hint: if you want pie, come at 3 p.m. and head right to Sue's Kitchen!!) Jane Varley of Varley Valley is attending market today with a selection of jams and jellies -- so good.

Keep in mind... this Friday, October 31st, is the
Westerville Uptown Merchants Association's Midnight Madness event. WUMA is starting a new Madness tradition: The Community Pumpkin Display. Enter a pumpkin in the display from the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market! (Drop off is Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and then 7 to 8:30 p.m.)

Arjay Gourmet Foods (Rohini's Chutneys) will not be at this week's market.

Check back with the blog -- we'll be letting you know what vendors you can reach during the winter months.

See you today at the market!!

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Take the October 22nd Market Photo Tour

Week 25! The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market October 22nd Photo Tour is now posted on flickr.

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Pictured: Market view from Northridge Organic Farm.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Take the October 15th Market Tour

The October 15th Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market Tour is now posted on

Pictured: Mini pumpkins at Bird's Haven Farms

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Take the October 8th Photo Tour

The October 8th Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market Photo Tour is now posted on

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Pictured: Personal pumpkin pie from Sue's Kitchen.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: October 22nd Market Report

This is the next to last Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market for 2008.

We aren't slicing fresh tomatoes for the table or grilling corn from the market right now, but market produce vendors still have plenty of fall flavors for your table like butternut squash, sweet potatoes, onions, red skin potatoes, apples, sweet and hot peppers, green beans, garlic, and turnips.

(Fresh green beans, cooked with red skin potatoes, onion, and a touch of fresh garlic, and your favorite seasonings make a great side dish on a beautiful, cool fall evening.)

Check out the market selection of fall favorites like Indian corn, gourds, pumpkins, bittersweet, wheat, and of course, pumpkins!

This week will be the last week of the season for Arjay Gourmet Foods and Rohini's Chutneys -- now is the time to stop by, see Rohini, and stock up! Brace yourself -- no pie this week... Sue Renner of Sue's Kitchen will not be at this week's market, but will be at next week's market. So, plan for pie on October 29th!

Next week, on October 31st, the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association is presenting Midnight Madness from 7 p.m. to midnight. This year's event features a Community Pumpkin Display with Uptown Gift Cards for first, second, and third prizes. Pick a pumpkin at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market this week or next and enter! (Drop your pumpkin entry off on October 31st at the parking lot on W. Main, just west of N. State, between Morgan's Treasure (12 W. Main) and the Visitors Bureau (20 W. Main) from noon to 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Jane Varley's October 22nd Market Report

As the season winds down I am busy making jams using autumn fruit. Next week I will have Sweet Apple Butter (for those who like it a bit sweeter than my standard apple butter). I hope to also have Cranberry Apple Butter, Pear Butter, and Crabapple Jelly. But that is all for next week.

This week, I am introducing a new jam, Hot Plum Jam. No there isn’t a special variety called a “Hot Plum”. This is a sweet plum jam that has the fire of added hot peppers. It goes great with cheese or as a glaze for pork or poultry. You can also make a wonderful appetizer “Hot Plum Brie en Croute” – click on the recipe or see the recipe section for instructions on how to make this simple, but impressive hors d’oeuvre.

I am also announcing the return of a favorite, Blackberry Triple Sec Jelly. This is a full sugar blackberry jelly with the added nuance of orange supplied by Triple Sec liqueur.

I will be bringing the following jams and jellies: Black Raspberry Jelly, Black Raspberry Jam, Blackberry Jelly, Blackberry Triple Sec Jelly, Spiced Plum Jam, Hot Plum Jam, Spiced Tomato Jam, Apple Butter, Low Sugar Blueberry, Low Sugar Brandied Plum, Low Sugar Crabapple Jelly, Low Sugar Strawberry, Tomato Basil, Mango Chutney, and Hot Mango Chutney.

I will be bringing the following breads: Challah loaf, Lemon Swirl, Orange Swirl, Cinnamon Swirl, Whole Wheat, and Totally Wheat. I will also be bringing Cardamom Orange Swirl, a new creation. For those of you who are familiar with my Orange Swirl, I would love to hear your opinion about this new variation. Stop by and have a taste.


Varley Valley Products

Uptown Westerville Farmers Market: Jane Varley's Hot Plum Brie Recipe

Jane Varley of Varley Valley Products shares this new recipe featuring her new hot plum jam -- pick up a jar at today's market.

Perfect comfort food for cooler fall weather....


1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
1/3 to ½ cup Varley Valley Hot Plum Jam
1/3 to ½ cup slice almonds, toasted
1 8 oz wheel of brie cheese

▪ Preheat oven to 350 degrees
▪ Lightly grease a baking pan or lipped cookie sheet
▪ Roll pastry slightly to form a round large enough to completely cover brie
▪ Spread jam in a circle the size of your brie wheel in the center of the pastry
▪ Sprinkle the jam circle with the almonds
▪ Place the brie wheel on top of the jam
▪ Wrap brie in the pastry sheet. Trim excess pastry. Seal the seams with water and press together with your fingers. The brie should be fully enclosed in the pastry.
▪ Place the wheel, seam side down on the baking sheet. The jam side will now be at the top.
Note: If you have a Teflon baking sheet, use it – it will keep the bottom of the brie from sticking to the baking sheet.
▪ Cut decorations from the pastry trimmings. Stick to the top of the brie wheel with water.
▪ Bake 30 to 40 minutes until the pastry is brown
▪ Serve warm with crackers.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: October 15th Market Report

As the market season winds down, each week's mix of market vendors is a surprise.

Sue's Kitchen will not be attending this week (15th) or next week's market (22nd) -- so you'll have to hang in there for a couple weeks until October 29th if you want pie!

Jane Varley will be at today's market, with her delicious jams and jellies. (No breads this week.)

And, today we will see Blue Jacket Dairy (delicious cheddar curds, fresh mozzarella, chevre, and the market fav, Gretna Grillin(TM) cheese. Bird's Haven Farms, Arjay Gourmet and Honey Health Farms will also be attending today's market.

Our produce vendors' selection truly varies this time of year, so we only know from week-to-week who we will see.

The 2008 market season ends on October 29th -- two days before the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association's Midnight Madness event from 7 p.m. to midnight on October 31st. Pick up a pumpkin at the October 29th market, decorate and/or carve it, and enter it in The Community Pumpkin display. (First prize is a $25 Uptown Gift Card redeemable at any of 16 Uptown businesses.)

See you at the market!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Varley Valley Products October 8th Market Report

Jane Varley of Varley Valley Products shares her October 8th market report:

I will have the following breads tomorrow: Challah loaf, orange swirl, lemon swirl, totally wheat, and rye.

I will have the following jams tomorrow: apple butter (new this week), hot pepper (new this week), black raspberry jelly, black raspberry jam, spiced plum, strawberry rhubarb, spiced tomato, low sugar blueberry, low sugar brandied peach, low sugar brandied plum, low sugar strawberry, low sugar spiced plum, mango chutney, hot mango chutney, and low sugar tomato basil jam.

Jane Varley

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: October 1st Photo Tour

Take the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market October 1st Photo Tour on

Beautiful colors.

Fresh produce.

Delicious Artisan Foods.

Sure signs of fall -- pumpkins, bittersweet, corn stalks, mums, and Indian corn.

Pictured: Apples from Malabar Acres.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: October 8th Market Report

This week's Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market will bring us more fabulous flavors of fall.

We welcome our newest market vendor -- Osage Lane Creamery and their goat's milk feta cheese. While you are at the market, be sure to stop by and visit Blue Jacket Dairy as well -- they have the absolute market favorite Gretna Grillin'™ cheese along with chavre (goat's milk cheese), fresh mozzarella, and cheddar curds (so good!).

Sue Renner's pies at Sue's Kitchen are the best and they sell fast, so visit Sue early during your market visit. Sue's cinnamon rolls, quick breads, and cookies are a delicious treat. Check out Buckeye Mustard, Honey Health Farms, Varley Valley Products, and Pleiades Maple Products for delicious artisan foods as well.

Our fresh produce vendors: Bird's Haven Farms, Carousel Watergardens, Doran's Family Farm, Flying J Farm, Malabar Acres, Northridge Organic Farm continue to bring some of the best, if not the best, you'll find in Central Ohio. And, the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is the place for pumpkins, squash, bittersweet, mini pumpkins, Indian corn, and even corn stalks for fall decor. (Check out Birds' Haven Farms Indian corn wreaths.)

Grass-fed beef, free-range poultry and fresh eggs are available from Flying J Farm and Frijolito Farm.

Market produce vendors offer organic, chemical-free, and conventional options.

This week, we will not see Arjay Gourmet Foods, Flower Power Gourmet, and Amherst Greenhouse at the market.

Market bags are still available at Amish Originals Furniture Co., 8 N. State or from your favorite market vendor. Just a $3 donation to the W.A.R.M. Fresh Green Program.

To check out our market directory, click here!

Reminder: Shop Uptown Westerville!

Pictured: It's fun to talk with the person who grew your green beans! Shopping at Doran's Family Farm.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Welcome Osage Lane Creamery

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market welcomes our newest market vendor: Osage Lane Creamery from Pataskala.

Osage Lane Creamery features a raw goat's milk feta cheese that is Greek in consistency with a Bulgarian flavor.

Stop by and visit owner Emma Stout -- and check out a tasting sample of this delicious unique cheese.

Pictured: Osage Lane Creamery goats.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: October 1st Market Report and Welcome Amherst Greenhouse

It is hard to believe that today is October 1st! And, we mark the beginning of the last 5 weeks of the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market 2008 season.

With fall in the air, visit one of the market's newest vendors -- Amherst Greenhouse of Ada, Ohio. Last week was Amherst's first week at the market and their gorgeous, full potted mums (pictured) were popular with market customers at just $5 a pot.

The market today, also welcomes a new goat's milk feta cheese vendor.

Reusable market bags are available at Amish Originals Furniture Co., 8 N. State, or from your favorite market vendor for a $3 donation to the W.A.R.M. Fresh Green Program.

Arjay Gourmet Foods, Northridge Organic Farm, Taste of Seattle Coffee Co., Flower Power Gourmet, and Varley Valley Products will not be attending this week's market.

Market tip: If you want pie -- arrive as close to 3 p.m. as possible!!

See you at the market.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Market Photo Tour on Flickr

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market Photo Tour is updated now on

Take in the vibrant colors, delicious foods, and market activity each week with a photo tour.