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.

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