Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: September 21st Market Report

It's a great day in Uptown Westerville!  With cloudy skies above, the temperatures are in the mid-70s, forecasts show no precipitation during market hours (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.) with rain moving in after 6 p.m.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is open for business rain or shine. So, pack some rain gear just in case! All vendors have tents, so if you do get caught between drops, stop by your favorite vendor or meet a new one and hang out where it's dry!

We will not see Arjay Gourmet today.  Rohini will be back next week. 

And, we just heard from the Horsts around noon and Amherst Greenhouse will not be at today's market with their mums.  Adin tells us it has just been pouring rain there all morning and they can't even get to the mums to get them loaded for market.  We'll see Amherst Greenhouse next week.

Today will be Montezuma Brand's last Market Wednesday this season.  So stop by and chat with Chuck Evans and stock up on salsas, chips, and hot sauce!

While peach season is over, apples are here, so visit Mike Dippold of Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard (on the southwest corner of the market, next to Northridge Organic).  Produce remains plentiful and we are starting to see pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and root veggies. 

Final touches for a wonderful meal. Fresh cut flowers from Farmhouse Herbs and Flowers will be at today's market with beautiful cut flowers.

If you feel like some fresh-baked today, stop by Sugar B Bakery (fresh bread), Batter and Bowl (cookies and confections - Sara's pumpkin cookies (pictured above) are a fall favorite!), Sue's Kitchen (if you want pie, come early rather than late!), and Dana Lee's (sweet and savory breads). 

The market also features Ohio cheeses from Blue Jacket Dairy and Ohio Farm Direct (who also has milk and drinkable yogurt). 

If your shopping list includes flour, stop by Flying J Farm for some fresh ground flours.

Sweet Thing Gourmet features delicious jams and biscottis.

And, go naturally sweet with raw honey and bee pollen from Honey Health Farms and Ohio maple syrup from Pleiades Maple Products (Eddie Lou also has maple-coated puffed spelt cereal (really good), maple sugar candy, maple sugar, and sauces, dressings, and spreads. 

Market meat and poultry selections include lamb (Northridge Organic), Grass-fed beef (Flying J Farm), and poultry and fresh eggs (Carousel Watergardens Farm).  Eggs and cheese are refrigerated and meat and poultry are frozen, so we encourage you to pack a cooler or cool pak bag if you plan on lingering at the market (something we also encourage).

The City of Westerville Electric Division will be visiting today - ask them about the upcoming Plan It Green Exposition on Fourth Friday in Uptown Westerville.

It's becoming a patron tradition - take a few steps south to Meza, 48 N. State, for Tatjana Brown's Market Wednesday local fruit sangria tasting.

Have a great Market Wednesday!  See you at the market!

Shopping at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market.

Fresh bread at Sugar B Bakery.  Angela's Spinach Loaf is a market favorite.

Chuck Evan's Montezuma Brand spicy rubs.

Produce selection at Northridge Organic Farm.

Ingredients at Market Wednesday! Garlic and shallots at Northridge Organic Farm.

Buy a single apple or a big bag at Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard.

Fresh cut flowers from Farmhouse Herbs and Flowers.

Fresh green beans from Doran's Family Farm.

Cheese from organic, grass-fed cows from Ohio Farm Direct.

Sweet corn at Bird's Haven Farms.

Golden cherry tomatoes from Bridgman Farm.

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