Saturday, April 23, 2011

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: For Immediate Release....

We sent out our first press release of the season:

April 22, 2011

For Immediate Release

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market 2011 Season Begins May 4th

Spring, summer, fall, home-grown, home-made, and all Ohio, the 2011 Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market is open for business each Wednesday, May 4th through October 26th, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the corner of N. State and E. Home Streets in the Church of the Messiah parking lot.

Reverend Jim Wilson of Church of the Messiah, United Methodist will offer a special blessing for the 2011 market season at 2:45 p.m. on May 4th.

The market provides an ever-changing seasonal fare including farm-fresh certified organic, chemical-free, and conventional fruits and vegetables, an assortment of baked goods, breads, cheeses, jams, chutneys, salsas, sauces and rubs, pantry fare, raw honey and bee pollen, maple syrup, meats, poultry, and fresh eggs.

Market fare also includes a seasonal selection of flowering, herb, and vegetable plants, hanging baskets, potted flowers, and colorful fresh-cut flowers.

Early seasonal fresh produce selections include asparagus, rhubarb, lettuces, and swiss chard.

The 2011 Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market will feature returning favorites throughout the season:

Amherst Greenhouse, Arjay Gourmet Foods, Batter and Bowl, Bildsten Landscape, Bird’s Haven Farms, Blue Jacket Dairy, Branstool Orchards, Bridgman Farm, Carousel Watergardens Farm and Cathy’s Tasty Treats, Chuck Evans’ Montezuma Brands, Dana Lee’s, Doran’s Family Farm, Eyestone Flower Farm, Flying J Farm, Honey Health Farm, Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard, Northridge Organic Farm, Pleiades Maple Products, Sue’s Kitchen, Sugar B Bakery, and Sweet Thing Gourmet.

Market Wednesday also welcomes limited engagement vendors Sugar Inc. and Ohio Farm Direct.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market celebrates the connection we make with friends and family over good food and drink with resident Chef John Skaggs of Two Caterers and Tatjana Brown of Uptown Westerville wine shop, Meza. Each week, Chef John serves up samples of market fresh recipes featuring ingredients selected directly from the day’s market fare. Each week, Tatjana will suggest wine pairings to complement Chef John’s recipes. John enjoys talking with market patrons, and answering questions like, “That looks great, but what do I do with it?”

A trip to the market is a great way to enjoy a Wednesday afternoon in Uptown Westerville - market patrons can dine Uptown Westerville for lunch, browse, visit, and shop Uptown Westerville throughout the afternoon, and then stop by the market to pick up farm-fresh ingredients to take home for dinner.

Each Market Wednesday visit is a personal experience - market patrons not only have the opportunity to meet friends, create traditions, and enjoy a family outing, but to also connect directly with the people who grow or make their market selections.

During the 2011 season, the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market will also host special appearances from Westerville community partners including Westerville Public Library and the Westerville Police Division.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market and Westerville Area Resource Ministry are teaming up, for the fourth year, for the WARM Fresh Green Program so farm fresh, healthy foods can be available to everyone in the Westerville City school district. Fresh Green participants receive vouchers from WARM to purchase fresh produce, meats, poultry, eggs, artisan foods, and fruit-bearing plants. In 2010, market vendors honored $2,975 in Fresh Green vouchers.

The 2011 Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market Vendors:

Amherst Greenhouse, Ada, Ohio: Adin and Mary Horst will be at the market starting late summer with their beautiful potted chrysanthemums.

Arjay Gourmet Foods, Columbus, Ohio: starting May 11th, Rohini Mulchandani will be at the market with her delicious chutneys, garam masala, and baked goods.

Batter and Bowl, Columbus, Ohio: Sara Yates will bring her fresh-baked cookies, protein bars, brownies, no bakes, and bars throughout the market season.

Bildsten Landscape, Columbus, Ohio: Like the hanging baskets you see in Uptown Westerville throughout the summer months? They come from Bildsten Landscape. Mark and Karen will be at the market during May and June with hanging flower baskets, annuals, and potted herbs.

Bird’s Haven Farms, Granville, Ohio: The Bird Family will be bringing their seasonal market produce that includes everything from lettuce to garlic to sweet potatoes along with flowers and fall favorites like pumpkins and Indian corn.

Blue Jacket Dairy, Bellefontaine, Ohio: Jim and Angel King’s hand-made, farmstead cheeses include fresh mozzarella, cheddar curds, quark, chevre, and market favorite, Gretna Grillin’ cheese.

Branstool Orchards, Utica, Ohio: Marshall Branstool will be bringing orchard-fresh sweet cherries, peaches, and apples beginning late June.

Bridgman Farm, Washington Court House, Ohio: Mary Bridgman brings her produce to market that includes a beautiful assortment of cherry and heirloom tomatoes and fresh basil.

Carousel Watergardens Farm and Cathy’s Tasty Treats, Marion, Ohio: Mark and Cathy Krist will bring a selection of fresh produce, pantry fare, fresh hot peppers, vegetable plants, and fresh eggs and poultry to the market.

Dana Lee’s, Pataskala, Ohio: Dana Landrum features a selection of fresh-baked savory and sweet crackers, breads, rolls, coffee breads, scones, muffins, and dog biscuits.

Doran’s Family Farm, New Albany, Ohio: Michelle and Jim’s produce is a popular market stop throughout the season featuring a broad selection of vegetables, melons, tomatoes, and seasonal favorite, sweet corn.

Eyestone Flower Farm, Bloomville, Ohio: Chris and Andrea Schimpf grow beautiful, organic blooms that include gladiolas, sunflowers, lilies, and tulips.

Flying J Farm, Johnstown, Ohio: Dick Jensen features a selection of grass-fed beef cuts, organic vegetables, freshly-milled wheat and spelt flour, and maple syrup.

Honey Health Farms, Marysville, Ohio: Dale Benedict brings his raw honey, bee pollen, and honey products to market throughout the season.

Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard, Jeromesville, Ohio: Mike Dippold will be bringing fresh, chemical-free peaches and apples to the market. We should see Mike with his first truckload of peaches sometime in July.

Northridge Organic Farm, Johnstown, Ohio: Mike and Laura Laughlin bring a selection of lamb, fresh basil and seasonal organic vegetables that include broccoli, sweet potatoes, radishes, peppers, eggplant, and heirloom tomatoes.

Ohio Farm Direct, Fredericktown, Ohio: Doug Daniels brings cheese and drinkable yogurt made from milk from his organic, grass-fed herd and also features nitrate-free trail bologna, beef sticks, and summer sausage.

Pleiades Maple Products, Mt. Gilead, Ohio: Eddie Lou Meimer will be bringing her award winning maple products to market throughout the season that include maple syrup, maple sugar, barbecue sauce, vinaigrette dressing, and kid-favorite maple leaf suckers.

Sue’s Kitchen, Pataskala, Ohio: Sue Renner bakes pies! Sue will be bringing a selection of fresh baked-goods that include family recipe cookies, coffee breads, and pie.

Sugar B Bakery, Galena, Ohio: Angela Bowman makes daily bread a special event. Sugar B features loaf breads, bagels, scones, and flatbreads.

Sugar Inc., Columbus, Ohio: Ava Misseldine creates cupcakes that feature sweet and savory flavor combinations and blended teas with tea leaves from her family’s tea plantation in Hawaii.

Sweet Thing Gourmet, Bexley, Ohio: Mark and Kyla Touris feature a selection of delicious home-made jams and biscottis.

Prior to market open, the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market continues its tradition of inviting the Franklin County Auditor’s Office of Weights and Measures to come to market to check and certify vendor scales and answer any vendor questions.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is a fluid community. Market vendor weekly appearances may vary. Produce and product availability may vary throughout the season.

In-lot and on-street free parking is available near the market and throughout Uptown Westerville. There is bike-friendly parking in Rotary Park at the southeast corner of N. State and E. Home Streets.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is Ohio Proud.

For more information on the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market email:, market website: and the Farmers' Market blog:


Now in its 6th season, the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market offers a selection of home-grown, home-made, all Ohio farm-fresh produce and artisan foods. Market Wednesdays run May through October from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the corner of N. State and E. Home Streets in Uptown Westerville. Market produce is certified-organic, chemical-free, and conventionally grown. A great place to live, shop, work, eat, meet and play, the Uptown Westerville neighborhood is the home of city government, and features an eclectic mix of residences dating back to the 1800s, tree-lined brick streets, Otterbein University, activities, traditions, culture, business, and commerce. The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is a fluid community. Market vendor weekly appearances may vary. Produce and product availability may vary throughout the season. Market Wednesday takes place rain or shine. For additional information about the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market, contact Market Wednesday manager, Linda Foor: 614.352.1144,

Web information:

Market address for online mapping and GPS directions: 74 N. State St. (Church of the Messiah’s The Gathering Place, next door to the market).

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