Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: June 27th Market Report

Honey and honey products from Honey Health Farms.

Sugar snap peas from Doran's Family Farm.

Squash from Bridgman Farm.

Squeeze the pig! Fox Hollow Farm.

Crackers from Dana Lee's.

Infused honey from Mockingbird Meadows.

Shopping at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market.

Blueberries from Z Blueberry!

New from Blue Jacket Dairy horseradish cheddar curds.

Shopping at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market.

It's a beautiful day in Uptown Westerville and a great day for fresh air shopping!

Westerville Public Library will be visiting the market this week. So stop by to say hi!

Our resident cooking instructor, Cindy Ramsey, starts her season with some awesome ideas for summer squash (read more about Cindy below) and we've got peaches!!

Angela Bowman of Sugar B Bakery will not be at this week's market.

Mark your calendars for next Wednesday, July 4th - Happy Birthday America! - the market will be open special hours 9 a.m. to noon.

See you at the market!

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Vendors In Print

The current issue of Edible Columbus features three Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market vendors:

Branstool Orchards.

Sweet Thing Gourmet.

Bird's Haven Farms.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Peaches!

We wait for it every season - fresh, right-off-the-tree peaches - nothing like 'em.  And, we've got them today! The first of the season from Branstool Orchards.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Cooking with Chez Cindy

"That looks great, but what do I do with it?" Today, the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market welcomes resident cooking instructor, Cindy Ramsey, of Chez Cindy. Cindy will be preparing simple recipes that include ingredients right out of the market.

Cindy's featured recipes today are...

Sauteed Squash with Feta-Basil and Baked Pasta with Summer Squash and Tomatoes.

Check out Cindy's recipes on her blog,

Cindy has a true passion for simple good food and the connections we all make over the dinner table. 

Cindy will be at the market every other week through September. So, stop by Chez Cindy today, say hello, chat food and ingredients and local foods, and taste!

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Honey Health Farms - About Propolis

Dale Benedict of Honey Health Farms shares information about propolis:

Propolis Facts:

Because of its antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, this precious substance has been used as a healing agent for many centuries. Only honeybees can make propolis.

It has the ability to provide protection against infectious invaders, promote healing and regeneration of tissue, and provides a superior source of energy and stamina. It has been used as ointments for healing cuts and wounds and shown to have outstanding value for a wide variety of illnesses.

It is also used as a natural alternative to penicillin and other antibiotics. It is said to be particularly safe and effective and inhibits the resistance-building effect that is a negative factor with prescription antibiotics.

In the former Eastern Bloc countries, antibiotics have never been widely available, but beekeeping is widely practiced. To help prevent many diseases, hospitals and clinics recommended washing, gargling or irrigating the sinuses with propolis rinses, as well as taking propolis internally.

This bee product is certainly a good weapon against bacteria when used topically as well as taking propolis internally. It can clearly prevent infections, and can also help heal infections that have already begun.

To visit Honey Health Farms online, click here. 

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Honey Health Farms - About Royal Jelly

Honey bees are small, but mighty.

There is evidence that honey bees are millions and millions and millions of years old. Rock art shows that early civilizations gathered honey and actually kept bees. And, archaeologists have found still edible honey in ancient Egyptian tombs.

Honey has all the substances needed to sustain life including enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and water. 

Bee hives yield more than honey, like beeswax (for candles), royal jelly, propolis, bee bollen,

Dale Benedict of Honey Health Farms sent us some really interesting information on the benefits of bees.

Royal Jelly Fact Sheet

Royal Jelly is the substance that turns an ordinary bee into the Queen Bee. It is made of pollen which is chewed up and mixed with a chemical secreted from a gland in the nursing bee's heads. This "milk" or "pollen mush" is fed to all the larvae for the first two days of their lives.

The larvae chosen to become a queen continue to eat only royal jelly. The queen grows one and a half times larger than the ordinary bee, and is capable of laying up to two thousand eggs a day. The Queen Bee lives forty times longer than the bees on a regular diet. There is no difference between a queen bee and a worker bee in the larval stage. The only factor that is different between them is that a developing queen bee continues to eat only royal jelly.

In France, there have been reports of women fed royal jelly during menopause, showing complete remission of their symptoms. Some were even able to become mothers again. France also claimed that their studies showed royal jelly to have rejuvenating and sexually stimulating effects on both men and women. Canada has approved royal jelly as a natural dietary supplement for its athletes. Royal jelly is not a drug, but a nutritious, quickly assimilated food.

In Germany, Drs. Chochi, Prosperi, Quadri and Malossi (in separate studies) used royal jelly as an aid to badly undernourished and premature babies. The infants fed royal jelly increased in weight and health. Another doctor, Telatui, reported that neuro-psychic patients given royal jelly regained normal weight, a more stable nervous system, and a greater degree of stamina for physical and mental work.

Chemical analysis of royal jelly found it rich in protein and the B vitamins (especially panothenic acid). However, analysis of royal jelly fails to break it down into all its different components. It cannot be synthesized.

Royal jelly has proven to be a potent bactericide. It also acts as a catalyst, stimulating intercellular metabolic activities without significantly modifying normal physiological activity. Thus, it hastens cell recovery with no side effects. Royal jelly has been known to speed up healing of wounds and to reduce the amount of scarring.

The beneficial effects of royal jelly seem not to depend entirely upon its vitamin content, but upon some type of enzymatic or catalytic action of an as yet unknown factor; or perhaps, the known factors working in combination with a co-enzyme through a process that has not yet been defined.

Since the action of royal jelly seems to be systemic rather that one which affects a specific biological function, it has been recommended for a great variety of purposes: to retard the aging process, for menopause, correction of under-nutrition, for arthritis, vascular diseases, peptic ulcers, liver ailments, nervous instability, skin problems, improvement of sexual functions, general health and well being.

Next time you're at the market, stop by Honey Health Farms.  Ask Dale about his own book written for kids, but just as informative for adults about Miss Moxie: The Amazing Honeybee Story.

Click here to visit Honey Health Farms online. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Good Advice

Robin Davis of the Columbus Dispatch offers some great trips for shopping at farmers' markets.

A first trip to the farmers' market can seem a bit overwhelming - lots of tents, lots of people, lots to taste, lots to see. 

Relax. It's a farmers' market!  Take your time and enjoy.

This is an opportunity to meet the person who made your artisan foods or grew your sweet corn and peaches. 

Our vendors are nice people who are knowledgeable with a true passion for what they do - so ask questions, share ideas, taste samples, and take in the market without pressure to buy.  When you are ready to buy, if you aren't sure about what to do, just ask.

Each season, we watch a trip to the farmers' market become a weekly tradition for so many.

We think you'll find Robin's article super helpful and Market Wednesday has an FAQ section on this blog in the right margin.

Most Central Ohio communities have a farmers' market - we highly recommend making the farmers' market experience a regular part of your summers.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: June 20th Market Report

Today is the Summer Solstice - the longest day of the year.  And, yes, it's a mighty warm first day of summer!

We will not see Sue's Kitchen and Pleiades Maple Products today and Bildsten Landscape thought they were done for the season last week, but decided to come back this week!  We'll see Sue's Kitchen and Pleiades Maple next week.

Z Blueberry of Fredericktown will be attending today's market with fresh-picked, chemical-free blueberries.

Tomatoes at Bird's Haven Farms.

Zephyr Squash at Northridge Organic Farm.

Summer squash selection at Doran's Family Farm.

Shopping at Fox Hollow Farm.

Angela Bowman's delicious breads at Sugar B Bakery.

Bildsten Landscape Hanging Baskets.

Cheese from Ohio Farm Direct.

Salsa from Montezuma Brand - That Lime Garlic Salsa is Delish!

Shopping at Sweet Thing Gourmet.

Each week, we see new varieties of produce, last week lots of broccoli and summer squash, including zucchini and zephyr squash.

We'll list this week's produce live on our twitter account as the market opens.

This week, community partner Westerville Electric Division will be visiting the market.  Stop by to meet the folks from the electric division and adults get a free CFL light bulb today (while supplies last).

Just a reminder of our special hours on Wednesday, July 4th from 9 a.m. to noon.

For those of you wondering about peaches (yum), both Branstool and Malaber Acres Orchards tell us that they are looking for peaches from about July 11th forward - Mother Nature is ready when she's ready, but that may give you a ballpark idea.  We can't wait!

Stay cool! And, we'll see you at the market!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: June 6th Market Report

What a gorgeous Central Ohio afternoon! Perfect weather for a trip to the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market.

Springtime produce, artisan foods, and flower, herb, and veggie garden plants.

We welcome the Westerville Senior Center today. Stop by and say Hi.

Have a great day. See you at the market!