Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: August 17th Market Report

No doubt about it, people love Market Wednesday!  Especially Sugar B Bakery's Angela Bowman and Montezuma Brand's Chuck Evans (above).

Farmers' had lots of concerns this spring with record setting amounts of rainfall slowing planting (would they have anything to bring to market?) - and now market patrons can reap the benefits because the produce coming to market each week is plentiful, beautiful, and flavorful!

The weather forecast for Market Wednesday is just super and it's just a great day to be outdoors.

Westerville Mayor Kathy Cocuzzi shops for sunflowers at Eyestone Flower Farm.

Organic cherry tomatoes from Flying J Farm.

Signature jams from Kyla Touris at Sweet Thing Gourmet.

Peaches from Malabar Peach & Apple Orchard.

Sweet corn from Doran's Family Farm.

Heirloom tomatoes from Northridge Organic Farm.

Market Wednesday is a family-friendly enviroment and a great place to try new things - most of our artisan food vendors offer samples and kids are the bravest tasters of new flavors and foods! 

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is a great place to create new traditions.

If you ever have questions or are looking for special orders, our vendors are so passionate about food, they make it and grow it for a living - they love to talk food, so just ask!

Artisan foods include cheeses, milk, drinkable yogurt, cookies & confections, protein bars, sweet & savory breads, salsas, tortilla chips, hot sauces, rubs, jams, preserves, fruit butters, flour, maple syrup, raw honey, chutneys, and garam masala.

Locally-raised meat and poultry seletions include grass-fed beef, lamb, poultry, and fresh eggs.

(All meat, poultry, eggs, and cheeses are sold refrigerated or frozen per state and federal regulations, so you might want to bring a frozen food bag or cooler for your purchases.)

The market is always brightened up by fresh cut flowers from Eyestone Flower Farm. Eyestone flowers are organic and beautiful.

Bird's Haven Farms has a rainbow of fresh-cut gladiolas.

We are happy to see Mary Bridgman of Bridgman Farm back at the market - last week was Mary's first week this season (spring rains in Fayette County slowed things down).  Try Bridgman Farm's rich with flavor golden cherry tomatoes.

We will not see Sue's Kitchen (no pie) and we just got word that Pleiades Maple Products (making hay on the farm) should make it to the market today. Sue will return next week with their market favorite artisan foods.

Today is the first day of school in Westerville, so we encourage you to be aware and be safe.

Stop by Meza, just steps south of the market at 48 N. State to try Tatjana Brown's $2 local fruit sangria tasting.  Tatjana offers great advice for wine pairings for your market fare, by the way.

For those of you looking for our resident chef, Chef John Skaggs - we will see two special appearances from Chef John one in September and one in October (dates TBA).  Chef John is temporarily on leave from the market as he creates a new restaurant!

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

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