Saturday, September 29, 2012

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Welcome All American Quarter Horse Congress

A home-grown, home-made, all Ohio welcome to the All American Quarter Horse Congress! Starting October 5th at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.

No matter where you stay in Central Ohio, there is a farmers' market near you!

Visit Uptown Westerville Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. @ N. State and E. Home (program your GPS or navigator for 74 N. State, Westerville, 43081) through October 31st or click here for the Columbus Underground Central Ohio Farmers' Market Guide.

For more information on the All American Quarter Horse Congress, click here.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: September 26th Market Report

Flowers from Annabelle's Blooms.

Apples from Branstool Orchards.
Buy a bag, fill the bag to the top, mix or match. 

Heirloom - Sweet Hubbard Squash - from Doran's Family Farm.

Field-fresh watermelon from Doran's Family Farm.

Cauliflower from Doran's Family Farm.

Voted best fruit-based salsa in the country at the 2012 Houston Hot Sauce Festival. And, it's right here at Montezuma Brand.

Shopping at Bird's Haven Farms.

Peppers at Northridge Organic Farm.

Peppers from Flying J Farm.

Sweet potatoes from Bird's Haven Farms.

Tasting and talking cheese at Ohio Farm Direct.

Update: Dana Lee's is at market today.  We will not see Annabelle's Blooms and Ohio Farm Direct today.

The first Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market of Autumn 2012.  Market Wednesday is rain or shine shopping and the second hour of the market may (or may not - it is weather in Ohio! and Accuweather is reporting a 50% chance) see a bit of rain as this storm system moves on.

If it does rain, while you're at the market, feel free to find the tent of your favorite (or nearest!) vendor to take shelter - some pretty good conversations get rolling on rainy market afternoons.

(By the way, the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is open Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. through October 31st.)

Pulled right out of the soil, picked from the tree, and cut from the vine, fall vegetables take center stage - squash varieties galore, apples, pumpkins, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.

Still fresh-picked from the fields, the last of the season's sweet corn, along with tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, cauliflower, melons, and more.

Visit produce vendors Bird's Haven Farms, Branstool Orchards, Bridgman Farm, Doran's Family Farm, Flying J Farm, and Northridge Organic Farm at this week's market.

Market Wednesday is proud to present wonderful artisan foods from Sugar B Bakery, Ohio Farm Direct, Montezuma Brand, Sweet Thing Gourmet, Honey Health Farms, and Blue Jacket Dairy.

Flying J Farm and Fox Hollow Farm feature a selection of naturally-raised meats, poultry, and fresh eggs.

And, set a gorgeous table or brighten the day of friends or family with a beautiful bouquet from Annabelle's Blooms.

This week we welcome Westerville Public Library to Market Wednesday. By the way, the library is a great (and free) resource for recipes and the 411 on cuisines, gardening, and nutrition. Check it out!

We will not see Sue's Kitchen and Dana Lee's at this week's market.

We feel like Meza is a part of the market tradition each week with their specially-priced Meza Market Wednesday Fruit Sangria tasting. Looking for wine pairings for your market fare? Stop by Meza at 48 N. State, just a crosswalk and a few steps south of the market.

Have a great week and we'll see you at the market!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: September 19th Photo Tour

Take a photo tour of the September 19th
Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Take a Photo Tour.

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: September 19th Market Report

Apples at Branstool Orchards.

Winter squash at Northridge Organic Farm.

Raw honey bears from Honey Health Farms.

Sweet potatoes from Northridge Organic Farm.

Grape tomatoes from Flying J Farm.

Home-made biscotti from Sweet Thing Gourmet.

Tomatillos from Bird's Haven Farms.

Poblano Peppers from Northridge Organic Farm.

Shopping at Fox Hollow Farm.

A cool, sunny September afternoon in Uptown Westerville - ahhh, a great time to visit the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market.

Fruits, vegetables, cheeses, naturally-raised meats and eggs, raw honey, loaf bread, salsa, chips, sauces, marinades, rubs, jams, biscotti, beautiful cut flowers, and very nice people. Gather 'round a farm fresh table with friends and family and you can say, "Thanks, I stopped at the farmers' market, and...."

We suggest a stop at Meza, 48 N. State, for wine pairing ideas or the specially-priced Market Wednesday Sangria tasting. Owners Tatjana and Jason Brown create a welcoming atmosphere, sharing their enthusiasm for simple, great tasting, affordable wines. 

Community partner Westerville Electric Division is at the market today.

We will not see Dana Lee's, Sue's Kitchen, and Pleiades Maple this week.

Update: We heard from Mary Bridgman this a.m. and Bridgman Farm will not attend market today.  Mary's season is starting to wind down and she'll keep us posted week to week.

Home-grown. Home-made. All Ohio. See you at the market!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Award Winning Confections!

Award-winning Congratulations go to Pleiades Maple Products!

Eddie Lou Meimer's grandson took first place at the Morrow County Fair for his baked Maple Bars!

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Award Winning Salsa!

Award Winning Congratulations! to Market Wednesday vendor Chuck Evans' Montezuma Brand.

Chuck's Smokey Chipotle Raspberry Lime Salsa took First Place in Best Fruit-Based Salsas at this past weekend's Houston Hot Sauce Festival.

Stop by to see Chuck at this week's market! Or, visit Montezuma Brand online.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: September 12th Market Report

Apples are here! from Branstool Orchards.

Cauliflower at Doran's Family Farm.

Cherry tomatoes from Bridgman Farm.

Summer hot pepper bounty from Bird's Haven Farms.

Sweet potatoes from Northridge Organic Farm.

Heirloom tomatoes from Northridge Organic Farm.

Unique flavors with Kyla's special touch -
Kyla's Signature jams at Sweet Thing Gourmet. 

Mmmmmmmmm! Sauces... from Montezuma Brand.

Fresh-baked! Sugar B Bakery.

Shopping for cheese at Ohio Farm Direct.

A light breeze on a low humidity, sunny September afternoon in Uptown Westerville - seems like a great afternoon to take a walk on the fresh side... the farm fresh side!

It's Market Wednesday in Uptown Westerville (remember, the market season runs through October 31st) and the late summer produce selection is quite something - bittersweet news - peach season has come to an end (and we will always speak fondly of the amazing peaches in the summer of 2012 - let's take a moment to remember....sigh) but the seasons change, and apples are here at Branstool Orchards.

The produce selection continues to be top-notch and plentiful - sweet potatoes, butternut squash, cauliflower, cucumbers, green beans, eggplant, tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, potatoes, onions and more. Stop by Northridge Organic Farm, Bridgman Farm, Doran's Family Farm, Bird's Haven Farms, and Flying J Farm on your trip to market this week.

All produce is locally-grown from Licking and Fayette counties and fresh-picked - our produce vendors have been out since way early this morning prepping for their trip to Market Wednesday.

For family dinner, a gathering of friends, tailgating, or grilling - check out naturally-raised and grass-fed beef, lamb, pork, and chicken from Fox Hollow Farm and Flying J Farm. Ingredient or main dish - Fox Hollow Farm also has fresh eggs.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market features two cheese vendors - from Bellefontaine, Blue Jacket Dairy featuring cheddar curds, Gretna Grillin' cheese, and chevre and from Fredericktown, Ohio Farm Direct featuring cheeses made from organic grass-fed cow's milk. So good.  Both vendors offer samples so stop by, chat, ask questions, taste.

As a matter of fact, most of our vendors offer samples - you won't know until you try... a sample that is! (No pressure to buy if you just want to taste or have a question.)

What else is at the market? Artisan foods including raw honey from Honey Health Farms, delicious jams and biscotti from Sweet Thing Gourmet, chips, salsa, hot sauces, marinades, and rubs from Montezuma Brand, maple syrup, maple-coated spelt, maple confections, and maple sugar from Pleiades Maple Products, and fresh-baked from Dana Lee's and Sugar B Bakery.

We will not see Sue's Kitchen and Annabelle's Blooms this week.

For those of you wondering about the mums from Amherst Greenhouse, we've checked with the Horsts and they don't believe they'll have mums to bring to Westerville this season. Amherst Greenhouse is in Harrod, Ohio in Allen County and the greenhouse is open select hours Monday through Saturday.  Check Amherst's facebook page for details - just click here.

While you're Uptown to visit Market Wednesday, take a walk just south of the market to explore Uptown Westerville. Known for architectural features that span centuries, Uptown Westerville is filled with interesting shops and restaurants like Amish Originals Furniture Co., Morgan's Treasure, Outside Envy, Chocolaterie Stam, A Gal Named Cinda Lou, Westerville Public Library, and Thai Grille. 

Meza, at 48 N. State, features a specially-priced Market Wednesday sangria tasting, and owners, Tatjana and Jason Brown, are happy to make pairing suggestions for your favorite recipes and market fare.  Meza, by the way, features a nice selection of Ohio wines.

Have a great day and see you at the market!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: September 5th Market Report

Peppers and squash at Doran's Family Farm.

Early stages of cole slaw? Cabbage from Doran's Family Farm.

Onions from Bridgman Farm.

Sweet bites of the summer sun! Cherry tomatoes from Bridgman Farm.

It's good - try some samples - flavors like Lemon Zest and Garlic Herb.
Ohio Farm Direct cheese made from organic grass-fed cow's milk and from

Fresh from the field - Annabelle's Blooms.

Sweet potatoes from Northridge Organic Farm.

Shopping at Northridge Organic Farm.

Poblano peppers at Northridge Organic Farm.

Market favorite cheddar curds from Blue Jacket Dairy.

Peaches at Branstool Orchards.

Sweet corn from Doran's Family Farm.

Cauliflower from Doran's Family Farm.

Yummy sandwich bread from Sugar B Bakery.

Personal size watermelons from Bird's Haven Farms.

Shopping at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market.

Montezuma Brand sauces.

Shopping for Montezuma Brand.

Hot peppers won't be the only thing sizzling at the market today - we will be, too! A gorgeous day is ahead, but no denying old Isaac refuses to completely let go - it will feel warm and humid.

The market produce selection is rockin' - peaches, melons, tomatoes, sweet corn, zucchini, onions, beets, garlic, tomatillos, green beans, cabbage, cauliflower, sweet and hot peppers, potatoes, and more.  Last week, at both Flying J and Northridge Organic, we saw the season's first sweet potatoes arrive at market.

This week's artisan food slate includes raw honey from Honey Health Farms, sweet and savory baked goods from Dana Lee's, jams and biscottis from Sweet Thing Gourmet, salsa, chips, sauces and rubs from Montezuma Brand, amazing artisan cheeses from Blue Jacket Dairy and Ohio Farm Direct, infused honeys and herbal teas from Mockingbird Meadows, and fresh-baked loaf breads from Sugar B Bakery.

Our Market Wednesday proteins include grass-fed beef from Flying J Farm and naturally-raised beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and fresh eggs from Fox Hollow Farm.

Brighten your day or someone else's with beautiful cut flowers from Annabelle's Blooms.

All home-grown, home-made, and all Ohio.

The Westerville Senior Center will be at today's market.  Eligibility to join the Westerville Senior Center (just $12 a year) starts at age 55. Stop by to chat or check out their current newsletter - lots of activities, lots of services, lots of nice people!

We will not see Sue's Kitchen and Pleiades Maple Products today.

Stop by Meza, just a few steps south of the market at 48 N. State for Tatjana and Jason's Market Wednesday Sangria tasting.  Just click here to visit Meza online.

Thank you so much for adding Market Wednesday to your weekly grocery list!

See you at the market!