Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: October 27th Market Report

Today is the final Market Wednesday of the 2010 season - 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., N. State and E. Home in Uptown Westerville.

The market is a great place for pumpkin shopping (from traditional to Cinderella to bumpy, gnarly pumpkins) and Bird's Haven Farms and Doran's Family Farm have mini pumpkins, gourds, and Indian corn, too. Amherst Greenhouse will be at the market today with their beautiful potted mums ($5 gigantic potted mums and $18 gargantuan potted mums!), so stop by the market for your Halloween and harvest season decor.

Warning! Amherst Greenhouse's mums seem to exponentially grow larger as you try to put them in your car!

There is still plenty of produce from potatoes to green beans to peppers (sweet and heat), Malabar Peach Orchard has fresh-from-the-tree apple varieties, and the market also features fresh eggs and poultry from Carousel Watergarden Farm; cheese from Blue Jacket Dairy; veggie burgers and breakfast sausages from Luna Burger; tortilla chips, salsas, hot sauces, and bbq sauces from Montezuma Brand; rubs and seasonings from Cathy's Tasty Treats and Montezuma Brand; jams from Sweet Thing Gourmet; Rohini's chutney at Arjay Gourmet; maple syrup and sugar from Pleiades Maple Products.

Baked goods and confections abound with our newest vendor Sugar B Bakery featuring loaf breads, bagels, and flatbreads; pies, cookie stacks, and coffee breads from Sue's Kitchen; sweet and savory baked goods from Landrum Cottage (try the artiboli!); fresh baked biscotti from Sweet Thing Gourmet.

This week, Chef John Skaggs of Two Caterers is featuring pumpkin recipes.

Click here to visit Chef John's Farmers' Market Recipes.

At the market we're celebrating the bewitching season with a little trick or treat of our own today. We hear some vendors are planning on coming in costume and decorating for the season. And, to warm up for tomorrow night, kids 10 and under can trick or treat at the market - vendors will have treats (limited quantities for about 50 kids). We want to see if a Market Wednesday tribute to All Hallow's Eve at our last market of the season (always right before Beggar's Night, Midnight Madness, and Halloween) can become a new tradition.

We will not see Batter and Bowl and Cowtown Candies at today's market.

We've had such a great Market Wednesday season. Special thanks to Church of the Messiah, Dairy Queen, Amish Originals Furniture Co., Meza, Gary Gardiner, Two Caterers, the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau, Westerville Chamber of Commerce, the City of Westerville, Uptown Westerville merchants and residents, and...

our patrons!!

Pictured: Apple pie from Sue's Kitchen.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: October 20th Market Report

It's a beautiful fall Market Wednesday in Uptown Westerville!

This is our next to last market of the 2010 season and it's been a great season.

We will not see Honey Health Farms, Bridgman Farm, and Eyestone Flower Farm at this week's market and just a reminder that Northridge Organic Farm and Flying J Farm completed their market season last week.

Bird's Haven Farms, Carousel Watergarden Farm, and Doran's Family Farm have a nice selection of fall produce and pumpkins!

Mike Dippold of Malabar Peach Orchard has a selection of all sorts of apples grown and fresh-picked in Richland County.

Chef John Skaggs of Two Caterers is featuring pumpkin recipes this week and next.

Next week, join us in our season finale week as we celebrate Halloween! Kids 10 and under can get a jump on Beggar's Night and wear their costume to the market for a little trick or treating!  Market vendors will be ready with treats for our ghoulish young guests! (Supplies are limited to the first 50 kids).  Who knows, you might see a few surprises from our market vendors as well....

(Westerville's Beggar's Night, by the way is Thursday, October 28th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

As always, Meza, 48 N. State, features the Market Wednesday $1 wine tasting, so stop by and visit Tatjana Brown to see what she has in store.

See you at the market!

Pictured: Gala apples from Malabar Peach Orchard.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: October 13th Market Report

It's a beautiful autumn Market Wednesday in Central Ohio and a perfect day for al fresco shopping at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market.

The temperatures are cool and the leaves are turning and produce is still plentiful at the market including, sweet potatoes, red potatoes, peppers, squashes, pumpkins, peppers, green beans, garlic, onions, and even tomatoes.  Visit market produce vendors Bird's Haven Farms, Carousel Watergarden Farm, Doran's Family Farm, Flying J Farm and Northridge Organic Farm. 

Malabar Peach Orchard features a variety of Richland County-grown, fresh-picked apples.

This is the last week of the season for Northridge Organic Farm and Flying J Farm.  Much thanks to Mike & Laura Laughlin and Dick Jensen for a great market season of delicious organic produce and meats.

Chef John Skaggs of Two Caterers is not attending this week's market, but will be at the market the last two weeks of the season.  We appreciate Chef John and Chef Colin's presence at the market - giving new meaning to the phrase chef's surprise!! 

Bridgman Farm and Eyestone Flower Farm will not be at the market this week.

The UWFM features a tremendous variety of pantry and tailgating fare including salsas, sauces, and tortilla chips from Chuck Evans' Montezuma Brand, Rohini's chutney from Arjay Gourmet Foods, Ohio maple syrup, spreads, and syrup based sauces and dressings from Plieades Maple Products, and jams from Sweet Thing Gourmet and Cathy's Tasty Treats at Carousel Watergarden Farm.

Fresh meats and poultry are available from Northridge Organic Farm, Flying J Farm, and Carousel Watergarden Farm.  Carousel Watergarden Farm also features free range brown eggs.  Visit Blue Jacket Dairy for their delicious cheese including cheddar curds, chevre, and the market favorite Gretna Grillin' cheese. And, Luna Burger features delicious veggie burgers and breakfast sausages.  (All meats, poultry, and veggie burgers are sold frozen and eggs and cheese are refrigerated.)

The market features an awesome selection of baked goods and confections including, traditional loaf breads from Sugar B Bakery; pies, cookies, and coffee breads from Sue's Kitchen (if you want pie, get to the market before 4 p.m. or contact Sue ahead of time); cookies, brownies, and protein bars from Batter and Bowl; fudge varieties, puppy chow, caramel apples, and brownies from Cowtown Candies; sweet and savory breads and crackers from Landrum Cottage, and biscotti from Sweet Thing Gourmet.

Check with Sara Yates at Batter and Bowl for her special order Halloween iced cookies - black cat, bat, ghost - individually wrapped Sara's special spooky cookie package is $20 and great for ghouls, ghosts, and goblins of all ages!

On the run, but still want market fare? Check with your favorite vendor.  Most vendors will hold a special order for you if you let them know ahead of time, so you can have your farm fresh in a dash.

Market vendors have right out of the field pumpkin and decorative squash varieties and, of course, Amherst Greenhouse is here with their amazing potted mums, starting at $5 per pot.

As always, we encourage you to Shop Uptown Westerville on Market Wednesdays including stopping at Meza, 48 N. State. Meza features a variety of affordable wines and pantry fare and each Market Wednesday, Tatjana Brown hosts a Market Wednesday $1 wine tasting... a perfect pairing.

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

Pictured: Breads from Sugar B Bakery.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: October 6th Market Report

Grab a sweatshirt and come on up to the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market - it's Market Wednesday!

Chef John Skaggs of Two Caterers is featuring a recipe using potatoes and peppers from the market today.

Amherst Greenhouse is here as you can see (photo above) and our produce vendors, Bird's Haven Farms, Carousel Watergarden Farm, Doran's Family Farm, Flying J Farm, and Northridge Organic have a plentiful farm fresh produce selection. And, Malabar Peach Orchard has a selection of Richland County fresh-picked apple vareties.

Sara Yates of Batter and Bowl is featuring a special Halloween cookie package of individually wrapped Halloween cut-outs for $20!  A fun treat for ghouls and goblins of any age! (By the way, Sara bakes and decorates cakes for all occasions.)

Also, check with Sue Renner of Sue's Kitchen and ask her about her cookie care packages. Order a selection of 3 or 5 dozen cookies and Sue will ship them to you favorite cookie fanatic!

Stock your pantry and fridge as you shop for cheese, meats, baked goods, chutney, jams, raw honey, salsa, maple syrup, and salsa - all Ohio Proud.

Stop by Meza, 48 N. State, for Tatjana's Market Wednesday $1 wine tasting!

See you at the market!