Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Say Cheese for the Holidays


Who doesn't think holidays and then think cheese?!

Bellefontaine's own Ohio Proud Blue Jacket Dairy features cheese and cheese gift boxes ready for holiday order on their website. Just click here.

The perfect hors d'oeuvre. Want to pleasantly surprise your holiday guests? Serve Blue Jacket Dairy's favorite, Gretna Grillin' cheese.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: A Honey Health Farms Holiday

Sweet! Dale Benedict tells us Honey Health Farms has a special Holiday Offer:

Honey Health Farms Holiday Sale offering $10.00 off on orders over $60.00 will end Thursday December 17th at 7:00 pm EST.

My own sale with reduced prices on all products will continue through December 25th at 8:00pm EST.

Honey Health Farms really appreciates the opportunity to service your product needs.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Dale

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: A Sue's Kitchen Holiday

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market's Sue Renner bakes pies! And cookies and coffee breads and delicious baked confections!

On Saturday, December 12th from noon to 4 p.m. Sue's Kitchen is hosting a Special Holiday Open House.

Sue invites you to...

Sneak away from the holiday bustle! Visit with friends,Sample Homemade Treats, Select One-of-a Kind Gifts from:

Sue’s Kitchen
Cowtown Candies
Landrum Cottage
Sunny Meadows Flower Farm

4018 York Rd., SW
Pataskala, OH 43062
Call us if you get lost! 740.927.6453

Featuring...
Sue’s Buttercream Frosted Christmas Sugar Cookies, Select your own Cookie dozens,Old Fashioned Pecan Tassies & Holiday Dessert Breads

Bee Katz’s Delectable Fudges, Hand Dipped Creams, Chocolate Barks and other homemade candies beautifully packaged and ready for gift giving.

Dana Landrum’s artisan breads and mouth watering quiches

Gretel’s homemade scented soaps

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Nature's Honey Holidays

Looking for an uncommon holiday gift idea? The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market's Krista Wagner's Nature's Honey products are perfect for gifts, stocking stuffers, thank you gifts, holiday indulgences, and in your home for holiday entertaining.

Krista tells us:

That time of year has come again. Racking your brain to find the perfect holiday gift for the ones you love. Forget those chain stores who overcharge for bath and body products with so many chemicals they can't fit them all on the label. Why not give a Nature's Honey all-natural bath bar to your loved ones! Contact Krista at
natureshoney@live.com.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Westerville Life Haunted Close-Up

The last Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market of the 2009 season, was right before Halloween! Check out these hauntingly fabulous close-ups of Nature's Honey's Krista Wagner, Sue's Kitchen's Sue Renner, and Landrum Cottage's Dana Landrum that popped up on Westerville Life.

Thanks to Gary Gardiner for the great images!!


Click here to visit Westerville Life.


Pictured, left to right: Krista Wagner of Nature's Honey, Eddie Lou Meimer of Pleiades Maple Products, Sue Renner of Sue's Kitchen, Dana Landrum of Landrum Cottage

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: With Gratitude

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. - Melody Beattie

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market Managers and Vendors Wish You a Safe, Happy Thanksgiving Holiday.


A Sue's Kitchen pecan pie. Photo courtesy of Brickstreet Communications. ©2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.

Uptown Westerville Farmers Market: Opportunities for All - WARM, WARM Fresh Green and Westerville Caring & Sharing

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. ~George Bernard Shaw

Help your Neighbor!

Westerville Caring & Sharing:


Check out the City of Westerville facebook page
and you'll learn about an opportunity to enjoy a good meal and help Westerville Caring & Sharing on Wednesday, December 2nd: Eat out for a good cause. Westerville Caring & Sharing will receive 20% of your purchase at Max & Erma's, Westerville, 790 N. State at Maxtown (with presentation of a special coupon). Applies to lunch, dinner and carry-out on Wednesday, December 2nd. Westerville Caring & Sharing is an all-volunteer program working now to serve families, children and senior citizens during the holiday season.

Click here to download or print the special Westerville Caring and Sharing coupon.


Westerville Caring and Sharing helps folks & families in the Westerville School District 365 days a year with everything from everyday needs like blue jeans and school supplies to toys for kids on the holidays. This vital organization welcomes your support including donations, gift cards, and new and gently-used clothing (this is a good time of year for coats) and home furnishings. To learn more about contributing money, gift cards, or new or used items to Caring & Sharing, contact Marge Day Lewis or Bobbie Nelson at 614.470.4320 or P.O. Box 970, Westerville, OH, 43086.

Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM):


WARM Westerville
(the Westerville Area Resource Ministry) offers a much needed hand-up for people and families in need in the greater Westerville area. From job training to personal growth to day-to-day needs, WARM is there to offer empowerment opportunities.

▪ Adopt a WARM family for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas.

For more information, contact WARM at
info@warmwesterville.org or call 614.899.0196

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market teams up with WARM for the WARM Fresh Green Program.

With WARM Fresh Green everyone in the greater Westerville area has the opportunity to benefit from Ohio Proud healthy foods throughout the growing season. Fresh Green participants bring vouchers provided by WARM to the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market throughout the market season for fresh produce, foods, and fruit bearing garden plants. Market vendor participation is entirely optional and every eligible market vendor accepts the Fresh Green vouchers.


During the 2009 Market Season, market vendors accepted $2,470 in WARM Fresh Green vouchers.

The WARM Fresh Green Program is entirely funded by donations.

Join in with the
Uptown Westerville Merchants Association's Home for the Holidays Festival of Wreaths this week as we look forward to November 28th's Home for the Holidays.

14 Uptown Merchants are displaying a custom-made and designed wreath available for "wraffle" to benefit WARM Fresh Green.

Purchase a $1 "wreath wraffle ticket" for a chance to win your favorite wreath! No limit on "wraffle" ticket purchases. All "wreath wraffle ticket" money collected goes directly to the WARM Fresh Green Program.

The wreath winners will be drawn by each participating merchant during Home for the Holidays at 7 p.m. on November 28th.

Thank you for your support!! Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: October 28th Market Report

It's Market Wednesday and it's hard to believe, but this week is the last week of the 2009 Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market. This market opened on May 6th and we watched the produce colors move from spring pastel to vibrant summer sun to earthtones of fall. Three seasons.

Jane Varley of Varley Valley tells us:

It’s been a great year. Sarah and I want to give a big thanks to our customers – you make our job fun. Remember that you can order breads, jams, pies, cookies, and cakes from us throughout the winter. Just give Jane a call at 614.523.0754 or email
janevarley@yahoo.com.

TODAY’S BREAD SELECTION

Challah -- $4.25
Cinnamon Swirl -- $4.50
Cinnamon Raisin Challah -- $5.50
French Baguette -- $2.75
Italian -- $4.25
Totally Wheat -- $4.75
Birdseed Nut Totally Wheat-- $6.00
Jalapeno Cheddar Garlic -- $6.50

Dale and Kevin Benedict invite you to visit Honey Health Farms:

Honey Health farms has developed a new bar of soap to help combat flu viruses using ingredients from mother nature's storehouse.

Our "Mother Nature’s Best Skin Soap" has excellent antiseptic ingredients including:
Tea Tree Oil
Honey
Niaouli Oil
Glycerin
Rosemary

Help Protect yourself and family by using Nature's Gift! Buy a bar for each of your bathing areas!

Honey Health Farms would also like to thank all of our wonderful customers in the Westerville area for their patronage over the past two years.

Our goal at Honey Health Farms is to provide alternative nutrition and health options by selling high quality, all natural products produced with the help of honey bees and mother nature.


Arjay Gourmet Foods and Blue Jacket Dairy have now ended their 2009 Market season. Rohini's chutneys and Blue Jacket's fabulous cheeses, especially that Gretna Grillin', were a market favorite throughout the season.

We always encourage you to Shop Uptown Westerville and stop by
Meza, 48 N. State, and visit with Tatjana Brown and take some wine for a test drive with Meza's Market Wednesday $1 wine tastings.

From everyone at the market, thanks for a great 2009 Market Season!

See you at the market!

Photo: Fresh apples from Malabar Acres at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market. ©2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: October 21st Market Report

What a beautiful Market Wednesday afternoon in Uptown Westerville. And, the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is open today 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at N. State and E. Home.

This is the next to last Market Wednesday for 2009. While the season of sweet corn, green beans, and tomatoes has passed, market vendors are featuring fresh from the earth vegetables like sweet potatoes, potatoes, turnips, onions, and carrots and from the vine like a variety of squash and pumpkins.

Artisan food vendors feature a variety of baked goods, jams, jellies, chutney, veggie burgers, meats, and cheeses.

And, stop by Nature's Honey to check out Krista Wagner's fabulous soaps made from common food ingredients and essential oils.

Jane Varley of Varley Valley shares:

It looks like it will be absolutely beautiful weather for the market this week. Sarah is planning to come to the market, sit in the sun, and clean crabapples in preparation for jelly making. I will have to do my crabapple cleaning at home.

It is hard to believe that another season is already over. Please remember that you can still order bread from me throughout the whole year. Since I live in Westerville, it is easy to pick it up at my house. I might even be able to deliver it to you.

TODAY’S BREAD SELECTION

Challah -- $4.25
Cinnamon Swirl -- $4.50
Cinnamon Raisin Swirl -- $5.25
Lemon Swirl -- $5.75
Orange Swirl -- $5.50Add Image
Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin -- $5.00
French Baguette -- $2.75
Totally Wheat -- $4.75
Birdseed Nut Totally Wheat-- $6.00
Sourdough White
Rustic Sourdough

On a day like today, we hope you have some time to stroll Uptown and Shop Uptown Westerville.Stop by Meza, 48 N. State for their Market Wednesday $1 Wine Tasting.

See you at the market!


Photo: Pumpkins and squash from Northridge Organic Farm at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market. ©2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: October 14th Market Report

It's Market Wednesday in Uptown Westerville and the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is open today from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at N. State and E. Home.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market features Central Ohio's best fresh home-grown and home-made with a touch of down-home. Our market vendors know their stuff, have a passion for what they do, and are just plain nice. So, next time you're at the market, if you haven't done so yet, take a minute and shake the hand or chat for a bit with the person who baked the pie you just bought or grew your favorite veggies .

Krista Wagner of Nature's Honey has a new bath treat today. Krista shares: "Brand new product this week, Herbal Bath Tea bags! My Calm and Soothing Bath Tea is a great way to rid yourself of the winter itchies and relax after a long day. I will be offering my bath teas at a special price this week...only $1.00! They are regularly priced at $2.00 each, so stop by and stock up this week while they are such a good deal!"

Jane Varley (Varley Valley, 614.523.0754) is bringing her fresh-baked table breads to the market today:

It’s a perfect time to stop by for some fall vegetables for a hearty soup and some bread to round out the meal. I just love some butternut squash soup with a hearty Birdseed Nut Totally Wheat bread. Whatever your meal plans, stop by and try out some bread and jam. Our seasonal jams include: apple butter, brandied apple butter, no sugar apple butter, crabapple jelly and spiced crabapple jelly.

TODAY’S BREAD SELECTION

Challah -- $4.25
Cinnamon Swirl -- $4.50
Cinnamon Raisin Swirl -- $5.25
Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin -- $5.00
Italian -- $4.25
French Baguette -- $2.75
Totally Wheat -- $4.75
Birdseed Nut Totally Wheat-- $6.00
Fruit Birdseed Nut Totally Wheat -- $7.00

Angel King of Blue Jacket Dairy tells us they are now featuring a seasonal favorite:

One of our favorite seasonal products is Sweet Pumpkin Quark. It's light, fluffy and simply delicious especially when serve on a vanilla wafer for a quick snack or as a light dessert. Your family and friends will love it.

Blue Jacket Dairy's farmstead cheeses are not only Ohio Proud, but are delicious! Stop by Blue Jacket's market space today, visit with Julie, and by all means if you haven't done so yet, try the Gretna Grillin' cheese!

Thinking about an autumn tablescape? The market has a selection of pumpkins, Indian corn, gourds, and squash.

Sue's Kitchen will not be attending this week's market.
Visit Sue's cool blog, click here. Carousel Watergardens Farm, Arjay Gourmet, and Pleiades Maple Products will also not be attending this week's market.

We encourage you to
Shop Uptown Westerville on Market Wednesdays. Meza at 48 N. State always features a Market Wednesday wine tasting.

The market meets rain or shine and Accuweather is indicating a break in the rain and cloudy skies between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., so pack the umbrella or rain gear just in case, and we'll see you at the market!

Photo: Buckeye Buddies from Landrum Cottage at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market. ©2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: October 7th Market Report

It's Market Wednesday in Uptown Westerville! Market weather is sunny with a touch of autumn and perfect for shopping at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market.

This week Krista Wagner of Nature's Honey tells us:

"A new soap bar this week! Some of you might have had a chance to try it in its mini-soap form, which I offered a couple weeks ago. Now I have large bars! Evergreen Envy is one of my absolute favorite blends, made from Bay, Rosewood, and Pine Essential Oils. It is a great woodsy smell that both men and women will love. This soap also has bentonite clay, my key ingredient all my shaving bars, so this bar can be duel-purpose...both for the bath and shaving! This is the only time Evergreen Envy will be offered...once these 15 bars are sold, that is it! Stop and have a smell...smelling is always free!"

Nature's Honey is a perfect, affordable artisan gift!

Arjay Gourmet Foods will not be at this week's market.

The market is a great source for Halloween pumpkins and fall decor(including Indian Corn).

See you at the market!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Sept. 30th Market Report

It's Market Wednesday in Uptown Westerville! The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market opens for business each Wednesday from 3 p.m to 6 p.m. at N. State and E. Home.

While you're at the market, stop by and visit Eddie Lou Meimer at Pleiades Maple Products and check out Pleiades Ohio State Logo maple syprup. Perfect for tailgating brunches! Now you just need a stack of Buckwheat pancakes!!

This week Krista Wagner of Nature's Honey tells us: "Sorry I wasn't around last week, folks, but I promise to make up for it this week! TWO new soaps this week! Cedarwood Sage Bath Bar, made with cedarwood, sage, and petitgrain essential oils and lovely ground lemon basil (that I dried myself!). I will also have a new soap in my goat milk and lavender line: Lavender & Vanilla Body Bar. Made with lavender and vanilla essential oils and ground chamomile flowers, this bar is great for the fall season (vanilla is very warming). See you at the market!"

Dale Benedict of Honey Health Farms tells us they'll have... "Comb Honey and autographed copies of Miss Moxie The Amazing Honeybee Story that I recently wrote and published. This story makes a wonderful gift for any person interested in one of nature's most creative and nectar producing insects. Plus our highly sought after wildflower honey, cinnamon honey, honeybee pollen blend, bee pollen, four homemade soaps, moisture cream and lip/body balm."

Bridgman Farm
and Amherst Greenhouse have now ended their 2009 Market Season.

We recommend an afternoon in Uptown Westerville! Come uptown for lunch, browse, visit and
Shop Uptown Westerville, and take dinner ingredients home from the market!

Meza,
48 N. State, features Market Wednesday $1 wine tastings and a selection of delicious pantry foods and quality ingredients to bring out the best in your market fresh meals.

With highs in the low 60s and partly sunny skies, it's a great day for fall market shopping.

See you at the market!


Photo: Ohio State maple syrup from Eddie Lou Meimer at Pleiades Maple at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market. ©2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: September 23rd Market Report

Happy first market of fall 2009! It's Market Wednesday and the Uptown Westerville Farmers Market will be open for business from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. today.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market features home-grown, home-made, Ohio Proud organic and conventionally-grown produce, meats, and artisan foods including chutney, raw honey, cheese, an amazing array of baked goods including pie, and food-sourced personal care products.

This week Jane Varley of Varley Valley sends her market report:

This week I decided to try a couple of “new” breads. At a customer’s request (thanks Pat) I have added some cinnamon to my Oatmeal Raisin Bread. Stop by and try a sample. I have also made an oldie but goodie, Zucchini Walnut Bread. Hope to see you at the market!

TODAY’S BREAD SELECTION

Challah -- $4.25
Cinnamon Swirl -- $4.50
Cinnamon Raisin Swirl -- $5.25
Lemon Swirl -- $5.75
Orange Swirl -- $5.50
Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin -- $5.00
French Baguette -- $2.75
Totally Wheat -- $4.75
Birdseed Nut Totally Wheat-- $6.00
Jalapeno Cheddar Garlic -- $6.50
Zucchini Bread -- $6.50


We will not see Krista Wagner of Nature's Honey this week, but Krista will be present at the September 30th market next week!


We also won't see Mark & Cathy Krist of Carousel Watergardens Farm this week. And, Amherst Greenhouse has finished its 2009 market season (they've sold all this year's mums).


We always like to encourage our market patrons to
Shop Uptown Westerville on Market Wednesday! Just a few steps from the market, you'll find Meza at 48 N. State. Stop in to visit Tatjana Brown and check out her selection of pantry accompaniment for your market purchases. Wine pairings? Tatjana always features a Market Wednesday special $1 wine tasting.


Traffic note: County Line Road east of N. State is being graded to be resurfaced. Expect delays on County Line and occasionally at the County Line/N. State intersection.


See you at the market!



Photo: Kid-size pumpkins at Bird's Haven Farms at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market
. ©2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: September 16th Market Report


It's Market Wednesday in Uptown Westerville! The
Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is open for business from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at N. State & E. Home through October 28th.


The produce selection is colorful, flavorful, and plentiful! And, we are starting to see autumn squash like butternut and acorn and... pumpkins.


Jane Varley of Valley Valley shares this week's report:


September is a great time to visit the market. The summer produce is still available and the fall produce is just starting to come in. In addition, we typically have wonderful weather this time of the year.

Sarah has been busy picking wild grapes and turning them into wild grape jelly. If you have never had any, please stop by for a sample. It really doesn’t taste like the typical Concord grape jelly. The fruit is very sour so it makes a wonderful sweet and tart jelly. Sarah is planning to spend some time at the market tomorrow cleaning the latest batch of grapes. If you haven’t met Sarah (my bread apprentice and jam business partner), please stop by and say hello.

TODAY’S BREAD SELECTION

Challah -- $4.25
Cinnamon Swirl -- $4.50
Cinnamon Raisin Swirl -- $5.25
Lemon Swirl -- $5.75
Orange Swirl -- $5.50
Oatmeal Raisin -- $5.00
French Baguette -- $2.75
Totally Wheat -- $4.75
Birdseed Nut Totally Wheat-- $6.00
Angel Pinwheels (4) -- $5.00

See you at the market!

Jane

Jane Varley
614.523.0754


We will not see Pleiades Maple Products this week and Mary Bridgman of Bridgman Farm has completed her 2009.


The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market encourages you to Shop Uptown Westerville! Stop by Meza, 48 N. State, for special Market Wednesday $1 wine tastings and a selection of pantry foods to compliment your market purchase.


See you at the market!



Photo: The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is open for business. ©2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: The 16th Annual Cops & Kids Day

Sunday, September 13th is 2009's Cops & Kids Day at Hoff Woods Park 556 McCorkle Blvd (south of County Line and north of Hoff) from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Brought to you by the Central Ohio Peace Officers and Westerville Police Division, the 16th annual Cops & Kids Day features...

▪ Free Admission
▪ Free Refreshments
▪ Free Prizes
▪ Music
▪ SWAT Displays
▪ Helicopters
▪ DARE Cars
▪ Mounted Patrols
▪ K-9 Units
▪ “Dunk-A-Cop” Tank
▪ Souvenir Gift to the 1st 1200 Kids

The
Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market and Westerville Uptown Merchants Association are proud to help sponsor this informative and fun annual community event.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: September 9, 2009 Market Report

It's Market Wednesday! Weather reports indicate no rain until early evening, so it's a great day to visit the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market!

Krista Wagner of Nature's Honey shares: "Double Mint Delight handmade soap bars are back! Made with peppermint and spearmint essential oils, these bars are great for the hot days of summer."

Eyestone Flower Farm has finished their season and Bridgman Farm will not be attending today and will be making select appearances over the next few weeks.

Artisan foods and fresh produce! A happy place! See you at the market!

While you're uptown for the market, just a reminder to Shop Uptown Westerville!

Photo: Shopping at Doran's Family Farm at the Uptown Westerville Farmers Market. ©2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: September 2nd Market Report

It's a beautiful day in Uptown Westerville, so it must be Market Wednesday and the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market will be open for business from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The colors and flavors of summer continue to reflect in the beautiful produce, flowers, and artisan foods from our market vendors.

This week, we will not see Sue's Kitchen, but Sue will be back next week with her great pies, cookie stacks, and coffee bread. (Check out Sue's blog
fromsueskitchen or follow Sue on twitter at suebakespies.)

And, Eddie Lou Meimer is involved in the Morrow County Fair, so we won't see Pleiades Maple Products this week, either.

Jane Varley of Varley Valley sends her market report:

We certainly have had some great weather recently. Sarah has been busy picking wild grapes and hopes to have some wild grape jelly next week. For those of you who don’t know, wild grapes are quite a bit different than the domesticated varieties. They are very small and quite tart. Their small size makes for a lot of labor but their tartness makes excellent jelly.

This week we added low sugar rhubarb jam and low sugar spiced tomato jam.

We will also have the following breads available at this week’s market:

Challah
Orange Swirl
Lemon Swirl
Cinnamon Swirl
Cinnamon Raisin Swirl
Oatmeal Raisin
Sourdough White --in both Italian and Baguette form
Rustic Sourdough (3/4 white flour and ¼ whole wheat flour) – in
Italian, Baguette, and Boule form
Totally Wheat
Parmesan Peppercorn Totally Wheat
Parmesan Herb Totally Wheat – this is a very mild loaf that is a great accompaniment for dinner
Birdseed Nut Totally Wheat – this is a form of our very popular Birdseed Nut Bread using all whole wheat flour. It is heavier than the standard Birdseed Nut Bread but has the same great crunchiness and taste.

We will also be offering tastes of sourdough bread using all whole wheat flour. We would love to get your feedback.

See you at the market!

Jane

Thanks, Jane!

The Horsts of Amherst Greenhouse will have their beautiful mums -- $5 per pot and the mums with ornamental grass pots are $20.

Dale Benedict of Honey Health Farms (if you haven't tasted Honey Health's raw honey yet, you are missing out!) will have autographed copies of his new book about Miss Moxie the Honeybee.

So, stop by for the peak of produce, meats for the grill, eggs, veggie burgers, fresh baked goods, chutneys, jams, jellies, cheese, raw honey, and to wash up for dinner, stop by Nature's Honey to check out Krista Wagner's wonderful natural ingredient soaps.

Thanks to the City of Westerville and Westerville Magazine for including the market in the September/October community calendar!

Remember, while you're uptown for the market to take a little time and Shop Uptown Westerville. Be sure to step carefully around the ladders at W. Main and N. State at the old Holmes Hotel.

Meza
, 48 N. State, always features a Market Wednesday $1 wine tasting and Tatjana Brown's selection of made-in-Ohio pantry foods are the perfect compliment to a wonderful meal. And, check out Amish Originals Furniture Co., 8 & 38 N. State, those great adirondack chairs we all love to sit on are now marked down 15% for end of season (in stock & while they last).

Keep an eye at the market on twitter: marketwednesday.

Have a great day and... see you at the market!


Photo: Amherst Greenhouse mums at the Uptown Westerville Farmers Market. ©2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Honey Health Farms Miss Moxie

Dale Benedict of Honey Health Farms has authored a special book about honey bees, Miss Moxie The Amazing Honeybee.

Dale's cover model, Miss Moxie, is the subject of his new book about the benefits of honey and honeybees.

Humans and honeybees have had a beneficial relationship for ages. This enjoyable and interesting book, is for all ages, and in these green times, tells an important story to illustrate that even the tiniest creatures help hold up the world!

Dale will have copies of Miss Moxie available for sale at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market starting today.

Dale is currently self-publishing Miss Moxie's story and will make the book available for school, civic groups, and churches for fundraisers at a discounted price. For more info contact Dale 937.642.3164 or visit http://www.honeyhealthfarms.com/.

By the way, when you stop by Honey Health Farms, taste the honey!

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: August 26th Market Report

It's a beautiful day in Westerville, Ohio and it could not be a more perfect day to visit the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market.

A feast for the senses, a trip to the market is fun, relaxing, and an adventure. You never know who you'll meet, what new flavors you might taste, and what you might find!

10% of today's receipts from most market vendors will go to the Westerville South High School Athletic Boosters. Thanks to Mary Bridgman of Bridgman Farm (see the tomatoes above!) for her efforts.

Malabar Acres orchard is now a weekly market feature. Their peach crop may have been wiped out by a freeze, but their apples are plentiful, beautiful, and fresh-picked. Last week, they featured Granny Smith's and Cortland's.

This week, we welcome back Amherst Greenhouse -- their beautiful potted mums are something to behold and a good value.

Jane Varley of Varley Valley sent us her market report. Jane shares:

Hello everyone. I bought a bushel and a half of apples from Malabar Farms last week and have been busily making apple butter. If you haven’t tried some of Mike’s pesticide free apples stop by his tent this week. I was so busy with the apples I didn’t get a chance to make the low sugar rhubarb jam or the low sugar spiced tomato jam that I promised a few people. I will definitely have them for next week’s market.

It looks like it will be perfect weather so Sarah and I baked up a storm. I made my absolute favorite bread (to eat – not necessarily to make), jalapeno cheddar garlic. If you like the hot taste of jalapenos, stop by and try a sample.

TODAY’S BREAD SELECTION

Challah -- $4.25
Cinnamon Swirl -- $4.50
Cinnamon Raisin Swirl -- $5.25
Lemon Swirl -- $5.75
Orange Swirl -- $5.50
Orange Rosettes (4) -- $5.00
Oatmeal Raisin -- $5.00
Totally Wheat -- $4.75
Parmesan Peppercorn Totally Wheat -- $5.75
Onion Garlic Totally Wheat -- $5.00
Birdseed Nut -- $6.00
Jalapeno Cheddar Garlic -- $6.50

JAMS AND JELLIES (most are chemical free):

Apple Butter (low sugar and no sugar)
Sweet Apple Butter (low sugar)
Apple Cranberry Butter (low sugar)
Gingered Apple Pear Butter (low sugar)
Wild Blackberry Jam (full sugar, low sugar, and very low sugar)
Wild Blackberry Jelly (full sugar, low sugar)
Wild Blackberry Triple Sec Jelly (full sugar)
Wild Black Raspberry Jelly (low sugar, very low sugar)
Blueberry Jam (low sugar)
Sweet Cherry Jam (low sugar, very low sugar and no sugar)
Crabapple Jelly (full sugar)
Spiced Crabapple Jelly (full sugar, low sugar, and no sugar)
Elderberry (full sugar and low sugar)
Grapefruit Marmalade (full sugar)
Brandied Grapefruit Marmalade (full sugar)
Mango Chutney (low sugar)
Hot Mango Chutney (low sugar)
Spiced Mulberry Jam (full sugar)
Pear Jam (no sugar)
Gingered Pear Jam (no sugar)
Pear Jelly (low sugar)
Gingered Pear Jelly (low sugar)
Hot Plum Jam (full sugar)
Spiced Plum Jam (full sugar and low sugar)
Rhubarb Jam (full sugar and low sugar)
Rhubarb Pear Jam (very low sugar)
Wild Rosehip Jelly (full sugar)
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam (full sugar and low sugar)
Tomato Basil Jam (full sugar)
Spiced Tomato Jam (full sugar)

Remember to
Shop Uptown Westerville! Meza, 48 N. State, features a Market Wednesday $1 Wine Tasting and Tatjana carries a lot of Made in Ohio pantry foods to compliment your market purchases.

By the way, E. Main between Haywood Alley and N. Vine is currently closed.


See you at the market!



Photo: Cherry tomato selection from Bridgman Farm at the Uptown Westerville Farmers Market. ©2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: August 26th Proceeds Raise Money for Westerville South Athletics

Go 'Cats! Today is a special day at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market.

Buy from these market vendors today and 10% of their receipts will go to the Westerville South High School Athletic Boosters.

▪ Batter & Bowl
▪ Bird's Haven Farms
▪ Blue Jacket Dairy
▪ Bridgman Farm
▪ Carousel Watergardens Farm & Cathy's Tasty Treats
▪ Doran's Family Farm
▪ Flying J Farm
▪ Honey Health Farms
▪ Landrum Cottage Designs
▪ Luna Burger
▪ Malabar Acres
▪ Nature's Honey
▪ Northridge Organic Farm
▪ Pleiades Maple Products
▪ Speckled Hen Farm
▪ Sue's Kitchen
▪ Sweet Thing Gourmet

Thanks for your support! See you at the market!

Special thanks to Mary Bridgman of Bridgman Farm for her help in making this event possible!

Thank you for your support.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: School's In. Go Slow.

Today is the first day of school in Westerville and throughout Central Ohio.

Four life saving words: Pay Attention. Slow Down.

See how slow you can go by respecting speed limits in school zones and neighborhoods and when the school bus is stopped, please stop, too. Been a while since you took the test for your temps and not sure what to do?
Click here for the Ohio revised code on stopped school buses.

Be safe.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: August 19th Market Report

It's Market Wednesday in Uptown Westerville! The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is ready for a warm, humid afternoon.

Krista Wagner of Nature's Honey tell us:

I will be offering a new product this week, called Chamomile Facial Scrub. My 8 oz jars of Chamomile Facial Scrub contain a mixture of chamomile flowers, organic ground oatmeal, and grated handmade soap. You also recieve a piece of muslin and ribbon to tie it all together, moisten, and scrub away! I only have a limited number of jars, so come pick up a Chamomile Facial Scrub before they are gone!

Be ready for pie withdrawal -- Sue Renner of Sue's Kitchen will not be attending this week's market -- but she'll be back next week!

Jane Varley of Varley Valley shares:

We have several new jams this week: elderberry, low sugar wild elderberry, Mango Chutney (similar to Major Grey’s chutney), Hot Mango Chutney, and Spiced Tomato Jam. If you have never tried tomato jam before, please stop by and try it. It tastes like lemon and spices with a very mild tomato flavor.

TODAY’S BREAD SELECTION

Challah -- $4.25
Cinnamon Swirl -- $4.50
Cinnamon Raisin Swirl -- $5.25
Lemon Swirl -- $5.75
Orange Swirl -- $5.50
Oatmeal Raisin -- $5.00
Totally Wheat -- $4.75
Parmesan Peppercorn Totally Wheat -- $5.75
Birdseed Nut -- $6.00

JAMS AND JELLIES (most are chemical free):

Apple Butter (low sugar and no sugar)
Sweet Apple Butter (low sugar)
Apple Cranberry Butter (low sugar)
Gingered Apple Pear Butter (low sugar)
Wild Blackberry Jam (full sugar, low sugar, and very low sugar)
Wild Blackberry Jelly (full sugar, low sugar)
Wild Blackberry Triple Sec Jelly (full sugar)
Wild Black Raspberry Jelly (low sugar, very low sugar)
Blueberry Jam (low sugar)
Sweet Cherry Jam (low sugar, very low sugar and no sugar)
Crabapple Jelly (full sugar)
Spiced Crabapple Jelly (full sugar, low sugar, and no sugar)
Elderberry (full sugar and low sugar)
Grapefruit Marmalade (full sugar)
Brandied Grapefruit Marmalade (full sugar)
Mango Chutney (low sugar)
Hot Mango Chutney (low sugar)
Spiced Mulberry Jam (full sugar)
Pear Jam (no sugar)
Gingered Pear Jam (no sugar)
Pear Jelly (low sugar)
Gingered Pear Jelly (low sugar)
Hot Plum Jam (full sugar)
Spiced Plum Jam (full sugar and low sugar)
Rhubarb Jam (full sugar and low sugar)
Rhubarb Pear Jam (very low sugar)
Wild Rosehip Jelly (full sugar)
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam (full sugar and low sugar)
Tomato Basil Jam (full sugar)
Spiced Tomato Jam (full sugar)

There is a chance we may see Mike Dippold of Malabar Acres this week (if not this week, next) -- he's started to pick apples.

We encourage you to Shop Uptown Westerville while you are here for the market and keep in mind that Meza, 48 N. State, offers $1 wine tastings and has some really special pantry compliments to your market choices.

See you at the market!!


Photo: Fresh Sweet Corn from Doran's Family Farm. (c)2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Blue Jacket Dairy's August 12th Market Report

What Angel King has to say is short and sweet....

We will be bringing our farmstead original cheese, Ludlow, to the market this week. This is a great time to pick up a package of Fresh Mozzarella to go with some fresh basil and tomatoes from the market. We look forward to seeing you!

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Nature's Honey August 15th Market Report

Krista Wagner of Nature's Honey has a new soap:

I will have a new soap at the market this week, called "Sweet Bay Rose." It is made with Rose, Basil, Eucalyptus, and Bay Essential Oils.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Varley Valley's August 12th Market Report

Jane Varley sends her August 12th Market Report:

We will have fresh picked wild blackberries for sale again this week. Sarah is planning on picking Wednesday morning.

We have no new jams this week. We have been so busy picking and juicing that the jams just didn’t get made. We hope to have the following additional jams next week: Elderberry Jelly, low sugar Elderberry Jelly, Mango Chutney, Hot Mango Chutney, and Spiced Tomato Jam.

TODAY’S BREAD SELECTION

Challah -- $4.25
Cinnamon Swirl -- $4.50
Cinnamon Raisin Swirl -- $5.25
Lemon Swirl -- $5.75
Orange Swirl -- $5.50
Orange Rosettes -- $5.00
Oatmeal Raisin -- $5.00
Totally Wheat -- $4.75
Parmesan Peppercorn Totally Wheat -- $5.75
Birdseed Nut -- $6.00

JAMS AND JELLIES (most are chemical free):

Apple Butter (low sugar and no sugar)
Sweet Apple Butter (low sugar)
Apple Cranberry Butter (low sugar)
Gingered Apple Pear Butter (low sugar)
Wild Blackberry Jam (full sugar, low sugar, and very low sugar)
Wild Blackberry Jelly (full sugar, low sugar)
Wild Blackberry Triple Sec Jelly (full sugar)
Wild Black Raspberry Jelly (low sugar, very low sugar)
Blueberry Jam (low sugar)
Sweet Cherry Jam (low sugar, very low sugar and no sugar)
Crabapple Jelly (full sugar)
Spiced Crabapple Jelly (full sugar, low sugar, and no sugar)
Grapefruit Marmalade (full sugar)
Brandied Grapefruit Marmalade (full sugar)
Spiced Mulberry Jam (full sugar)
Pear Jam (no sugar)
Gingered Pear Jam (no sugar)
Pear Jelly (low sugar)
Gingered Pear Jelly (low sugar)
Hot Plum Jam (full sugar)
Spiced Plum Jam (full sugar and low sugar)
Rhubarb Jam (full sugar and low sugar)
Rhubarb Pear Jam (very low sugar)
Wild Rosehip Jelly (full sugar)
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam (full sugar and low sugar)
Tomato Basil Jam (full sugar)


Jane Varley
614.523.0754

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Sweet Thing Gourmet featured In the News

WBNS TV news just ran a feature story on UWFM market vendor Sweet Thing Gourmet.

Congratulations to Kyla and Mark Touris for the deserved attention.

Click here to watch the 10TV story.

Stop by Sweet Thing Gourmet at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market each Wednesday through October. Kyla and Mark always feature samples of their delicious jam varieties.

And, check out the home-made biscotti!

This week at the market, we discovered a perfectly flavorful pairing -- Blue Jacket Dairy's Gretna Grillin' cheese and Sweet Thing Gourmet's Balsamic Strawberry jam! Oh so good.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Welcome Eyestone Flower Farm

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market welcomes new market vendor Eyestone Flower Farm of... (wait for it)... Bloomsville, Ohio! Really.

Eyestone Flower Farm fresh-cut flowers are grown chemical-free and Chris and Andrea Schimpf are featuring beautiful gladiolas, lilies, and sunflowers.

Stop by and pick up a piece of the sun each Wednesday.


Photo: Sunflowers from Eyestone Flower Farm at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market by Linda Foor. ©2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: August 5th Market Report

While it may be cloudy, weather reports so far indicate a good day to visit the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market!


Sue Renner of Sue's Kitchen
, along with her cookie stacks and coffee breads, will be bringing pies, including mini blueberry pies and a big hit last week -- Blueberry Crumb Bars. Visit Sue's charming blog: fromsueskitchen.blogspot.com!


Jane Varley of Varley Valley
will be bringing her delicous, fresh-baked breads along with a wide selection of jams and jellies.


Doran's Family Farm
will, of course, have sweet corn. And, since few to no Ohio peaches available anywhere this year due to a freeze, to answer customer requests, Doran's will be bringing a small selection of peaches from a Pennsylvania orchard.


Krista Wagner of Nature's Honey
soaps will bring her usual selection of smell-good-and-clean and is featuring her popular Honey Almond Oatmeal soap.


Pleiades Maple Products
will not be attending today's market... Pleiades Farm is makin' hay!

We encourage you to Shop Uptown Westerville when you visit the market each Wednesday. Meza, 48 N. State, features a $1 Wednesday Wine Tasting along with pantry compliments to your market purchases. What's for dinner tonight from soup to nuts, and the wine that goes with them, is in Uptown Westerville.


Photo: Sun-kissed golden cherry tomatoes and broccoli from Bridgman Farm at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market by Linda Foor. ©2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Varley Valley's August 5th Market Report


Jane Varley of Varley Valley shares her August 5th market report:


Blackberry season is coming to an end. Maybe our “war wounds” will finally heal. Between the thorns, mosquitoes, and chiggers Sarah feels like she has been through a battle, if not a full blown war. Elderberry season is now underway and we have been busy picking and juicing the berries. We hope to have some elderberry jelly soon.

I have been thinking about adding some fruit syrups to our product line. Let me know if this is something you would be interested in. The pricing would be similar to our jellies. The syrup could be used to top pancakes, French toast or ice cream. It can also be used in making drinks (such as blackberry margaritas – my brother’s special creation).

This week we have added the following Jams: Low sugar sweet cherry, low sugar blueberry, grapefruit marmalade, and brandied grapefruit marmalade. I know what you are thinking; it is out of season for grapefruit. Last winter, I froze the juice and the peels and have finally gotten around to the tedious chore of slicing the peels into itty bitty strips. If you like orange marmalade, stop by and try some of my grapefruit marmalade.

TODAY’S BREAD SELECTION

Challah -- $4.25
Cinnamon Swirl -- $4.50
Cinnamon Raisin Swirl -- $5.25
Lemon Swirl -- $5.75
Orange Swirl -- $5.50
Oatmeal Raisin -- $5.00
Totally Wheat -- $4.75
Onion Garlic Wheat -- $5.00
Birdseed Nut -- $6.00

JAMS AND JELLIES (most are chemical free):

Apple Butter (low sugar and no sugar)
Sweet Apple Butter (low sugar)
Apple Cranberry Butter (low sugar)
Gingered Apple Pear Butter (low sugar)
Wild Blackberry Jam (full sugar, low sugar, and very low sugar)
Wild Blackberry Jelly (full sugar, low sugar)
Wild Blackberry Triple Sec Jelly (full sugar)
Wild Black Raspberry Jelly (low sugar, very low sugar)
Blueberry Jam (low sugar)
Sweet Cherry Jam (low sugar, very low sugar and no sugar)
Crabapple Jelly (full sugar)
Spiced Crabapple Jelly (full sugar, low sugar, and no sugar)
Grapefruit Marmalade (full sugar)
Brandied Grapefruit Marmalade (full sugar)
Spiced Mulberry Jam (full sugar)
Pear Jam (no sugar)
Gingered Pear Jam (no sugar)
Pear Jelly (low sugar)
Gingered Pear Jelly (low sugar)
Hot Plum Jam (full sugar)
Spiced Plum Jam (full sugar and low sugar)
Rhubarb Jam (full sugar and low sugar)
Rhubarb Pear Jam (very low sugar)
Wild Rosehip Jelly (full sugar)
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam (full sugar and low sugar)
Tomato Basil Jam (full sugar)


Jane Varley
614.523.0754


Photo: Fresh bread from Varley Valley at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market by Linda Foor. ©2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: July 29th Market Report

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market vendors are bringing more and more produce each week: Bird's Haven Farms, Bridgman Farm, Carousel Watergarden Farm, Doran's Family Farm, Flying J Farm, Northridge Organic Farm. Conventional. Chemical-free. Certified Organic.

Sweet corn, melons, green beans, wax beans, summer squashes, cucs, peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, onions, tomatillos, garlic, cabbage, potatoes, okra....

The recipe floating in the air last week... stuffing banana peppers with goat's milk cheese and grilling them. Yum.

Our artisan food vendors feature home-made breads, pies, cookies, brownies, chutneys, raw honey, cheeses, jams & jellies, biscottis, crackers, scones, seasonings, rubs, mixes, and veggie burgers.

And, stop by the market for a selection of fresh eggs, lamb, chicken, and beef.

While we expect rain late Tuesday into Market Wednesday, accuweather shows partly cloudy skies with no precip for most of the market with possible rain around 4 p.m., clearing by 5 p.m. The market is open rain or shine! Bring a parka or pack an umbrella just in case, and come to the market.

Krista Wagner of Nature's Honey is featuring her popular Lavendar Goat Milk soap this week. Stop by Krista's market space and take a whiff!! Ahhhhh, Clean!


Jane Varley reports Varley Valley will be featuring a selection of fresh-baked table breads and jams & jellies.

We will not see Carousel Watergarden Farm today.

While you're Uptown for the market, we hope you have some time to
Shop Uptown Westerville. Meza, 48 N. State, features a $1 wine tasting and great pantry ingredients to compliment your market purchases. Stop by and say Hi to owner, Tatjana Brown.

Check back to this posting (or
visit the market on twitter) for the latest updates!



Use your best judgment in a thunderstorm, in case of lightning, market suspends operations. Photo: Shopping at Doran's Family Farm at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market by Linda Foor. ©2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Follow the Market on twitter


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The Westerville Uptown Merchants Association is now on twitter!

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Uptown Westerville Farmers Market logo is a trademark of the Westerville Uptown Merchants Association. ©2009 Westerville Uptown Merchants Association. All rights reserved. Photo image: Uptown Westerville Gateway Sign by Linda Foor. ©2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Westerville Uptown Farmers' Market: Welcome Luna Burger

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market welcomes new market vendor: Luna Burger!

Made from locally-grown ingredients, Luna Burgers are home-grown vegan burgers.

Barbie Luna says Luna Burgers are made from...
Ingredients you can trust. Family farmers in Ohio and community gardeners across Columbus provide the main ingredients for our vegan burgers. From grains and beans to herbs and greens, we strive to bring you great taste by supporting our local economy.

Three Luna Burger Flavors:
▪ The Classic
▪ Farmhouse Chili
▪ Garden Thyme

Perfect for the Grill!


Photo image: The Luna Burger Classic at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market by Linda Foor. ©2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: July 22nd Market Report

This week marks Week 12 of the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market. The market meets rain or shine (all vendors have a canopy) and weather reports as of this posting, call for some rain at noon, a cloudy afternoon (without rain), and some precip around 5 p.m.

The Market Photo Tours for week's 10 and 11 are now uploaded to flickr.com.

We are starting to head into the best parts of the produce season -- peppers, tomatoes, green beans, and sweet corn. The colors are vibrant and the flavors rich.

We will not see Bridgman Farm this week, but Mary tells us that she will be here next week with lots of tomatoes. Sweet Thing Gourmet will also not be at this week's market (we'll see Mark and Kyla next week).

Visit these vendors each Wednesday through October from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at N. State and E. Home at The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market:

▪ Arjay Gourmet Foods: Rohini's Chutneys, Garam Marsala, and Baked Goods
▪ Batter & Bowl: Cookies and Confections, including the $1 Cut-Out
▪ Bird's Haven Farms: Produce and Flowers
▪ Blue Jacket Dairy: Cheese, really good cheese!
▪ Bridgman Farm: Chemical-free Produce
▪ Carousel Watergardens Farm &
Cathy's Tasty Treats:
Produce, Fresh Eggs, Seasonings, Rubs, Spreads, Mixes, Pet Treats
▪ Doran's Family Farm: Produce
▪ Flying J Farm: Certified Organic Produce and Grass-Fed Beef
▪ Honey Health Farms: Raw Honey, Pollen, Personal Care
▪ Landrum Cottage: Specialty Breads and Baked Goods
▪ Luna Burger: Vegetarian Burgers
▪ Malabar Acres: Orchard (later in the season)
▪ Nature's Honey: Goat's Milk and Natual Soaps and Care Products
▪ Northridge Organic Farm: Certified Organic Produce and Lamb
▪ Osage Lane Creamery: Goat's Milk Feta Cheese
▪ Pleiades Maple Products: Maple Syrup and Maple Products
▪ Speckled Hen Farm: Fresh Eggs, Chicken, Chicken Brats & Sausage
▪ Sue's Kitchen: Pie, Baked Goods, Cookies
▪ Sweet Thing Gourmet: Jams and Biscottis
▪ Varley Valley: Fresh Table Breads and Jams & Jellies

Stop by, taste, shop, visit, ask questions... know where your foods come from and shake the hand of the person who grew your produce and baked your bread! The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is a shopping experience! See you at the market!


Use your best judgment in a thunderstorm, in case of lightning, market suspends operations. Photo image: Organic peppers from Flying J Farm at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market by Linda Foor. ©2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Thanks Uptown Westerville's Dairy Queen!

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market says Thank You in a big way to Sonny and Rose D'Andrea and the staff of Uptown Westerville's Dairy Queen at 84 S. State.

Not only do we get top billing on the DQ sign each Wednesday, but Sonny and Rose have generously supported the WARM Fresh Green program as well.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is the result of a perfect recipe of support from our customers, our market vendors, Uptown Westerville merchants, and our community.

We encourage you throughout the week, and especially on Wednesdays, to buy local and Shop Uptown Westerville.

Click here for the Dairy Queen menu. (Cool on the go... remember, on our warm summer days that DQ has a drive-thru!)


Photo image: Uptown Westerville Dairy Queen Wednesday sign by Linda Foor. ©2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Blue Jacket Dairy's July 15th Market Report

Angel King from Blue Jacket Dairy offers this week's market report:

We will be bringing Fresh Mozzarella with us to market along with two recipe suggestions.

My personal favorite is the Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil Pizza. It is such a favorite that we make it every Wednesday for lunch.

Angel
Blue Jacket Dairy


Market insider tip:
Blue Jacket Dairy is a market fav for tasting! Stop by and talk to Blue Jacket's Julie and try the cheddar curds, chevre, and, by all means, the Gretna Grillin' Cheese! Gretna Grillin' tastes like a grilled cheese sandwich without the bread! Trust us -- you'll taste, you'll want to buy!


Photo image: Shopping for cheese at Blue Jacket Dairy at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market by Linda Foor. ©2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Varley Valley's July 15th Market Report

Jane Varley of Varley Valley sends this week's market report, and explains how Varley Valley jellies are made from selecting ingredients to jelly in the jar, ready for purchase... ready to spread!


Hello from Varley Valley,

We have the following new jams today:

- Pesticide free, spiced Mulberry Jam --$8.00
- Wild, pesticide free Blackberry Jelly (NO Seeds!) --$9.00 for 8 fluid ounces, $5.00 for 4 fluid ounces
- Wild, pesticide free Blackberry Triple Sec Jelly (NO Seeds!) -- $9.50 for 8 fluid ounces, $5.25 for 4 fluid ounces
- Wild, pesticide free, low sugar Blackberry Jelly (NO Seeds!) -- $9.50 for 8 fluid ounces, $5.25 for 4 fluid ounces
- Wild, pesticide free, low sugar Blackberry Triple Sec Jelly (NO Seeds!) -- $10 for 8 fluid ounces, $5.50 for 4 fluid ounces
- Wild, pesticide free, low sugar Black Raspberry Jelly (NO Seeds!) --$10.50 for 8 fluid ounces, $5.75 for 4 fluid ounces
- Wild, pesticide free, very low sugar Black Raspberry Jelly (NO Seeds!) -- $11.00 for 8 fluid ounces, $6.00 for 4 fluid ounces
- Wild, pesticide free, no sugar Black Raspberry Jelly (NO Seeds!) -- $7.00 for 4 fluid ounces

As you can see, we have been very busy picking berries and turning them into luscious jelly. We like using wild berries because the flavors are so much more concentrated. Picking wild berries is an arduous task. We have to push through thickets while wearing lots of clothing to help protect us from the thorns. Even so, we usually are quite covered in scratches by the end of the day. When we are done, we know we’ve worked hard – a very good feeling. It is delightful to be out in the country, with all the sounds of the birds, the insects, and the frogs. For me, it makes me feel connected to the past. I can imagine my ancestors, and the Native Americans before them, spending the day in the exact same manner. My berry picking outfit is probably a bit different than theirs though. When you stop by my booth, ask me for a description – I must look hilarious to others.

Here is a quick rundown on the jelly making process: It takes a minimum of 20 minutes to pick a pint of berries (much more time if the berries are sparse). It takes almost 3 cups of berries to make a cup of full sugar berry jelly. It takes about 5 cups of berries to make a cup of no sugar jelly. This does not include the time involved in cleaning the berries, cooking them down, squeezing the berries through a jelly bag to remove the seeds, making the jelly, and processing the jars. As you can tell, it is a very labor intensive product. An 8 ounce jar of Very Low Sugar Black Raspberry Jelly takes between 60 and 90 minutes to pick the berries, and another 30 minutes to turn them into jarred jelly – a total of 1 ½ to 2 hours per jar. The good news is that it only takes a very small amount of jelly to create a big taste. You can cover a slice of bread with just a teaspoon (at most 2 teaspoons) of Very Low Sugar Black Raspberry Jelly and be quite satisfied. This adds just a little over a gram of sugar to your toast.

We are planning to pick blueberries in the coming week or two. We will be adding some blueberry jam to our selection shortly thereafter.

Today's Breads:

Challah
Cinnamon Swirl
Cinnamon Raisin Swirl
Orange Swirl
Lemon Swirl
Totally Wheat
Birdseed Nut
Garlic Onion Wheat
Parmesan Peppercorn Wheat
Orange Rosettes
Jalapeno Cheddar Garlic

We will also have just a few pints of wild blackberries to sell.

I look forward to seeing you at the market.

Jane



Photo image:Visiting Varley Valley at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market by Linda Foor. ©2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.