Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Uptown Westerville Farmers Market: July 4th Market Report

Sue's Kitchen

Shopping at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market.

Chuck Evans' Montezuma Brand Salsas

Tomatoes at Bird's Haven Farms
(they're early because they're greenhouse-started).

Peaches from Branstool Orchards

Ohio maple syrup from Pleiades Maple Products

Summer squash from Bird's Haven Farms

Shopping at Honey Health Farms

Shopping at Fox Hollow Farm

Shopping at Montezuma Brand and Sweet Thing Gourmet

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. ~Erma Bombeck

Yes, we'll say it one more time - we have special hours for this week's market only, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the same place N. State and E. Home in Uptown Westerville.

So far, weather forecasts for Fourth of July, call for a beautiful summer's morning in Central Ohio.  Sunny, with some humidity, temperatures in the low to mid-80s, a light breeze, and occasional cloud cover. There is a 24% chance of precipitation between 11 a.m. and noon. We call it a perfect day for al fresco shopping.

So far, we know we will not see Blue Jacket Dairy, Northridge Organic Farm, Mockingbird Meadows, and Doran's Family Farm. 

We will see Ohio Farm Direct, Montezuma Brand, and Sweet Thing Gourmet.
We heard from Branstool Orchards yesterday and they will be bringing peaches to market. We can't wait!

Bird's Haven Farms is coming to market with fresh produce including lots of tomatoes!

Sue's Kitchen will have Red Raspberry and Blueberry Crumb Bars, Blueberry Sour Cream Muffins, Snickerdoodles, and Chocolate Chip Cookies.  (Sue took pre-orders only for 4th of July pies.)

Z Blueberry plans to come to market, but a lot depends on what they will have available.

As of this moment, we expect to see Fox Hollow Farm, Flying J Farm, Bird's Haven Farms, Bridgman Farm, Sue's Kitchen, Montezuma Brand, Pleiades Maple Products, Sweet Thing Gourmet, Sugar B Bakery, Branstool Orchards, Honey Health Farms, Ohio Farm Direct, and Dana Lee's at the July 4th market.

In the aftermath of recent storms and with the heat, the roster is subject to change, please check back regularly, as we update this blog post.  You can also Like us on Facebook (click here) and follow us on Twitter (click here).  We will be tweeting live from the market to let our followers know what we have.

The Westerville Police Division will be closing State Street between Huber Village/Heatherdown and County Line Rd. East from 12:30 p.m.. to 4:30 p.m. on July 4th. Since the market is open from 9 a.m to noon, your travel to the market should not be affected. Alternate route through Westerville: Huber Village (east) to S. Spring (north) to County Line Rd. East.

There is a 5k walk/run that begins at Alum Creek Park north at 8 a.m., so you may see participants as you travel through town in the morning.

Please respect any no parking signs and orange cones.

Parking is available in lots and on-street throughout Uptown Westerville.  There are parking lots to the east and south of the market lot along E. Home Street.

Be aware, please, that parade-watchers stake their space and put out chairs along State St. in Uptown Westerville beginning very early in the day.

If you are uptown for the parade and plan to stop by the market, keep in mind that meats are sold frozen, eggs and any dairy are refrigerated, and produce does best when it stays cool.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market and WARM (Westerville Area Resource Ministry) team up for the WARM Fresh Green Program.  You can help WARM help those in need on July 4th by bringing non-perishable food items to the parade to add to the WARM shopping carts traveling along the parade route.  For more information, click here to visit WARM online.

We look forward to seeing our regular patrons and hopefully some new visitors home for the holiday! No pressure, ever, to buy - come by for the experience (you may run into someone you know!)  As you gather with friends and family at your holiday feed on Wednesday, we hope you'll be able to say, "Thanks, I bought it at the farmers' market!" 

Have a safe, super July 4th holiday. Enjoy! Happy Birthday, America!

Thanks to quotegarden.com. Regular market hours, Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. resume next week (July 11th) through October 31st.

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