Sunday, April 5, 2009

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Bridgman Farms Sends a Market Report

Mary Bridgman of Bridgman Farm lets us know how things are going in Washington Court House. In 2009, Mary's beautiful and sweet heirloom tomatoes were like eating sweetened drops of sunlight -- gorgeous, deep colors brighten picnic tables and buffets... so, delicious to eat. Truly a market favorite.

Mary writes:

At Bridgman Farm, we're still recovering from Hurricane Ike, which took our greenhouse in September. We've been rebuilding it between Mother Nature's winter blasts. This week, we finally fired up the furnace and transferred 50 flats into the greenhouse that we had started in our kitchen. Little broccoli, onion, cabbage, chard, spinach and lettuce seedlings are popping up and renewing our hope for a great 2009. It will be our third year at the Westerville Farmers Market and 16th selling at central Ohio markets.

This year, we're adding sweet corn, cut flowers and free-range chickens, turkeys and pork. Along with the new, we'll continue to offer our longtime favorites, all grown using sustainable practices.

In May, we'll have gourmet lettuce mixes, snow and snap peas, root vegetables, greens and broccoli.

By mid July, we hope to be awash in corn, eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, melons, squash and basil. Come September, we hope to see ornamental corn, pumpkins and other winter squash varieties growing alongside new crops of broccoli and lettuces.

Our signature heirloom and cherry tomatoes will continue into mid-October.

We're offering our pastured chickens and turkeys as a pre-paid package delivered to the Westerville Farmers Market on designated Wednesdays from June through November. Cost is $200 for 10 chickens and a turkey. For more information, contact

This week, we hope to finish seeding our lettuces; next week we'll be starting tomatoes, eggplants and peppers. Won't be long now til we're back tilling the soil.

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