Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market 2010: May 5th Market Report

The 2010 Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market Season has just sprouted!

Home-grown. Home-made. All Ohio.

Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., May through October.

Welcome to the first weekly Market Report of the Season.

We won't mention the weather report because it looks so really, really good and we live in Ohio!  A perfect day for al fresco shopping.

It's early in the growning season, so look for asparagus, leaf lettuces, and swiss chard from our market produce vendors. 

We love the way the market colors change throughout the season.  We start out with the pale greens of  spring and blend into the rich, deep, or sunny colors of summer and end the season with the warm earthtones of root vegetables, pumpkins, and squash.

The farmers' market is a great place to meet the person who grew the produce and made the artisan foods you're taking home this week. 

Scheduled to appear on opening day:

Batter and Bowl, Sara Yates, Columbus: Baked goods.

Bildsten Landscape, Mark and Karen Bildsten, Columbus: Like the flowers you see Uptown during the summer? They come from Bildsten Landscape.

Bird's Haven Farms, Lee and Lindsey Bird & Tom and Ann Bird, Granville: Produce.

Blue Jacket Dairy, Angel & Jim King, Bellefontaine: Artisan Cheese! Including market favorite, Gretna Grillin'.  Angel King shares: "Blue Jacket Dairy is excited about the start of the market. We’ll have lots of fresh and aged cheese to chose from." 

Bridgman Farm, Mary Bridgman, Washington Court House: Produce.  Mary will be featuring vegetables plants at this week's market.

Carousel Watergardens Farm & Cathy's Tasty Treats, Mark and Cathy Krist, Marion: Produce, eggs, poultry, pantry fare and vegetable plants.

Doran's Family Farm, Jim and Michelle Doran, New Albany: Produce.

Eyestone Flower Farm, Chris and Andrea Schimpf, Bloomsville (of course!): Beautiful cut flowers.

Flying J Farm, Dick Jensen, Johnstown: Organic grass fed-beef, vegetables, flour and maple syrup.

Honey Health Farms, Dale Benedict & Kevin Benedict, Marysville: Raw honey, pollen, honey-based personal care products.

Dale Benedict tells us:

Spring 2010 has started off with high levels of tree pollen. Use our local honey and/or or bee pollen to ward off the effects of allergies. We are also introducing a new soap (Mother Nature's Best Skin Soap) using special ingredients specific for sanitizing. Also Children and Adults alike (those young at heart) should stop by our booth to meet and enjoy the singing of Home Bee.  She' does a little rap dance and then sings "Sugar, Sugar. Dale and Kevin may even join her in their impression of " The Blues Brothers".

Landrum Cottage, Dana Landrum, Pataskala: Sweet and savory breads and baked goods.

Luna Burger, Barbie Luna, Columbus: Vegan burgers.

Northridge Organic Farm, Mike Laughlin, Johnstown: Organic produce and lamb.

Pleiades Maple Products, Eddie Lou Meimer, Mt. Gilead: Everything maple including maple syrup.

Sue's Kitchen, Sue Renner, Pataskala: Baked goods including PIE!

Sweet Thing Gourmet, Mark and Kyla Touris, Bexley: Jams and biscotti.

Triple J Farms, Michael Johnson, Warsaw: Grain-fed beef, Berkshire pork, poultry, eggs, and dog treats.

For the balance of our market vendors, or to learn more about this week's vendors, visit our market directory, just click here.

Normally, we open at 3 p.m., but this week, we invite you to join us at 2:45 p.m. as Rev. Stan Ling of Church of the Messiah, UM blesses the market.

See you at the market!

Pictured: Tomato sprouts from Carousel Watergardens Farm. (c)2009 Brickstreet Communications. All rights reserved.

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