Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Maket: October 31st Market Report

Ohio maple syrup from Plieades Maple Products.

Fall broccoli from Bird's Haven Farms.

Pumpkins and gourds from Bird's Haven Farms.

Sweet potatoes from Bird's Haven Farms.

Salsas from Montezuma Brand.

Raw honey bears from Honey Health Farms.

Sweet Thing Gourmet's jams.

Pumpkins! At Bird's Haven Farms.

Update: Last minute cancellations: Dana Lee's, Blue Jacket Dairy, Sue's Kitchen, Ohio Farm Direct.

On the edge of unprecedented weather, the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market celebrates Halloween and our last Market Wednesday of the season.

Home-grown. Home-made. All Ohio. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at N. State & E. Home Streets in Uptown Westerville.

While, it'll be cloudy, forecasts for this afternoon include a breeze, temperatures in the mid-40s and, with the exception of a chance for trace precipitation between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., no rain... or snow! So, a typical fall day, perfect for a trip to the market.

Kids can warm-up for Westerville's Beggar's Night (6 p.m to 8 p.m.) and trick or treat at the market! Trick or treat has become a favorite season-ending tradition - vendors will have candy to share (while supplies last of course!) and it's the only time of year that fairy princesses, super heroes, cowboys, lions, dinosaurs, and stormtroopers visit the market.

Northridge Organic Farm has now completed its Market Wednesday season. Much thanks to Mike and Laura Laughlin.

Where can you shop today?

Plieades Maple Products featuring everything from maple sugar to maple syrup all from Morrow County.  Try the maple-coated puffed-spelt cereal!

Fox Hollow Farm with naturally-raised pork, beef, chicken, lamb, and fresh eggs.

Sue's Kitchen, a favorite market stop, for pie (usually if you arrive early during market hours), cookies (including snickerdoodles), and delicious confections like brownies and dessert breads.

Bird's Haven Farms, with a selection of Licking County produce including squash, broccoli, peppers, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and more.

Flying J Farm featuring grass-fed beef, produce, and fresh-milled flour.

Ohio Farm Direct sells a selection of cheeses made from organic grass-fed milk along with drinkable yogurt, summer sausage, and trail bologna.

Dana Lee's with a selection of delicious baked goods including market favorite, artiboli.

Honey Health Farms, selling raw honey, bee pollen, and a selection of honey-based products.

Blue Jacket Dairy, featuring a selection of artisan cheeses, including chevre, and market favorite Gretna Grillin' cheese.

Sweet Thing Gourmet, with delicious jams and biscottis.

Montezuma Brand, selling salsas (from mild to sizzling), sauces, rubs, hot sauces, and chips.

Sugar B Bakery, Galena's own Angela Bowman bakes some amazing loaf breads, including market favorite, Spinach Loaf.

Don't forget just steps south of the market, at 48 N. State, Meza's specially-priced Market Wednesday sangria wine-tasting. Last week, Meza featured a red apple sangria - wonder what Tatjana Brown will have this week!

Thank you so much for a tremendous 2012 Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market season! Thanks for giving us the business!

See you at the market!

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Resilience

Our thoughts are with anyone in the path of this storm - we clean up and move on always, but as we read, hear, and see story after story, we just feel so for this storm's affect on people's lives and count our blessings.

A Katrina survivor was quoted on Monday, with the following advice: "Faith and the knowledge that no matter what, your life and the life of your family is more important than any material possession you may have."

Be safe.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Uptown WestervilleFarmers' Market: October 24th Market Report

Squash, gourds, and pumpkins from Bird's Haven Farms.

Sweet or Spicy Sweet Jams from Sweet Thing Gourmet.

Peppers and sweet potatoes from Flying J Farm.

Real Ohio Maple Syrup from Pleiades Maple Products.

Sweet potatoes from Bird's Haven Farms.

Cabbage from Northridge Organic Farm.

Kevin, Mark, and Dale at Honey Health Farms.

Cheese! Tasting samples at Blue Jacket Dairy.

Sauces from Montezuma Brand.

Made with milk from organic grass-fed cows.
Ohio Farm Direct.

Fresh bread from Sugar B Bakery.

Shopping at Sweet Thing Gourmet.

Summer temperatures, sun, and no chance of precipitation are in today's forecast - sounds like a great day for fresh air shopping at the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market.

Home-grown. Home-made. All Ohio. N. State and E. Home. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Through October 31st.

What's coming to market today?

Fresh fall produce, including pumpkins from Northridge Organic Farm, Bird's Haven Farms, and Flying J Farm.

Naturally-raised beef, chicken, lamb, pork, and fresh eggs from Fox Hollow Farm and Grass-fed beef from Flying J Farm.

Fresh-baked breads from Sugar B Bakery.

Raw honey and honey products from Honey Health Farms.

Salsas (mild to firey hot), chips, sauces, and rubs from Montezuma Brand.

Artisan cheeses from Blue Jacket Dairy.

Fresh-baked sweet and savory from Dana Lee's.

Jams and biscottis from Sweet Thing Gourmet.

Organic grass-fed cow's milk cheeses from Ohio Farm Direct.

Ohio maple syrup, maple-coated spelt, and more from Plieades Maple Products.

Good reads from our special guest Westerville Public Library.

Looking to next week...

Sue's Kitchen will be at next week's market.

Trick or treat pre-game! Also at our October 31st market - it's a market tradition - on the edge of Westerville's Beggar's Night (October 31st, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) - kids can wander vendor to vendor for Halloween treats!

We appreciate your interest and your patronage! We'll see you at the market!

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Take a Market Photo Tour

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: October 17th Market Report

Hot peppers from Bird's Haven Farms.

Ohio maple sugar from Pleiades Maple Products.

Goat's milk Feta cheese from Blue Jacket Dairy.

Golden raw honey from Honey Health Farms.

Organic sweet potatoes from Northridge Organic Farm.

Fresh-milled flour from Flying J Farm.

Sweet Thing Gourmet jam selections.

Pie pumpkins from Northridge Organic Farm.

Ready to roast on an open fire.
Chestnuts from Northridge Organic Farm.

Old school recipe cookies from Sue's Kitchen.

Bird's Haven Farms.

Tasting and shopping at Honey Health Farms.

Update: Branstool Orchards has completed their 2012 Market Wednesday Season. Ohio Farm Direct will not be at-market this week.

A sunny fall afternoon, temperatures in the 70s, a light breeze: seems like the perfect ingredients for a great day at the Uptown Westerville Farmers Market.

Market Wednesday continues through October 31st - 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. @ N. State and E. Home.

Fall produce is plentiful - Lee Bird of Bird's Haven Farms tells us fall broccoli has a great flavor. Come to the market and find sweet potatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, cabbage, potatoes, apples, lettuce, and a tremendous selection of squash varieties.

And, shop for for pie pumpkins or carving pumpkins and harvest decor, like gourds and Indian corn.

Visit Branstool Orchards, Northridge Organic Farm, Bird's Haven Farms, and Flying J Farm.

For meats and proteins: Fox Hollow Farm features naturally-raised beef, pork, lamb, chicken and fresh eggs, Flying J Farm sells grass-fed beef, and Ohio Farm Direct has trail bologna and summer sausage.

This weeks' artisan foods include...

Ohio Farm Direct - cheeses and drinkable yogurt made from organic grass-fed milk.

Montezuma Brand - salsas (from mild to uber hot), hot sauces, barbecue sauce, marinades, rubs, and tortilla chips

Honey Health Farms - raw honey and honey products including bee pollen, bee propolis, and honey combs.

Sweet Thing Gourmet - jams and biscotti

Blue Jacket Dairy - cheeses including feta, cheddar curds, and market favorite Gretna Grillin'

Pleiades Maple Products - Ohio maple syrup, maple suger, maple-coated puffed spelt, sauces, spreads, and maple confections. A simple, sweet treat - Pleiades Maple is a favorite stop for kids (and grown-ups) for maple sugar suckers!

Sue's Kitchen - Sue Renner bakes pies... darn good pies! And... cookies and dessert breads, sometimes even brownies. Sue has been out a few weeks, so we welcome Sue back to Market Wednesday (we'll also see Sue on Oct. 31st).

Farmers' market artisan foods make great gifts - we have market customers who buy jams, maple syrup, salsas and hot sauces and honey as wedding favors, for gift baskets, and thank you gifts.

Old school lore tells us that 90 days after we hear the first locusts of summer, we see the first frost, and with that, produce and flower vendors start to wind down their seasons - Doran's Family Farm and Annabelle's Blooms have ended their season. We appreciate greatly the Doran Family and Anna Brown and the amazing produce selection and beautiful flowers they bring to market. We look forward to seeing them next season in Uptown Westerville.

Dana Lee's and Sugar B Bakery will not be at this week's market.

This week's special guest is the Westerville Electric Division. Time for fall bulbs... we mean CFL bulbs! Stop by to visit Zoe and Tara and get a free CFL light bulb.

When you come Uptown for Market Wednesday, we encourage you to shop Uptown Westerville as well.  Each week, Meza, 48 N. State, just south of the market, features a specially-priced Market Wednesday Sangria Tasting. Looking for affordable wine pairing ideas, stop by to see Tatjana Brown. Meza sells wines from all over the world, including a nice selection of Ohio wines.

Enjoy this beautiful day. See you at the market!

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: October 10th Market Photo Tour

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: October 10th Market Report

Winter squash from Northridge Organic Farm.

Fresh-baked from Sugar B Bakery.

Ohio maple syrup from Pleiades Maple Products.

Apples from Branstool Orchards.

Delicata squash from Bird's Haven Farms.

Shallots from Northridge Organic Farm.

Ohio Farm Direct cheese.

Fiesta Salsa from Montezuma Brand.

Sweet potatoes from Bird's Haven Farms.

Pumpkins from Bird's Haven Farms.

Raw honey bears from Honey Health Farms.

Sweet Thing Gourmet jams.

Potatoes from Flying J Farm.

Baby boos from Doran's Family Farm.

Update: Bridgman Farm has ended its season. Much thanks to Mary Bridgman and Shannon Fisher. Ohio Farm Direct will not be at market today, but will be there next week. Annabelle's Blooms has no flowers this week, so we won't see Anna.

Fall harvest weather in Central Ohio, it's here. A partly sunny afternoon with a breeze and temps in the 50s - sounds like a good time to grab a sweatshirt and head Uptown for some autumn air shopping.

Produce vendors: Northridge Organic Farm, Branstool Orchards, Bird's Haven Farms, Doran's Family Farm and Flying J Farm. Shop for winter squash varieties, pumpkins, potatoes, peppers, apples, sweet potatoes, garlic, leeks, peppers, and more.

Artisan foods from Sugar B Bakery, Montezuma Brand, Honey Health Farms, Ohio Farm Direct, Pleiades Maple Products, Blue Jacket Dairy, and Sweet Thing Gourmet include cheese, salsa (from mild to ultra hot!), maple syrup, jams, raw honey, loaf breads, maple-coated puffed spelt, maple sugar, barbecue sauce, rubs, marinades, sauces, drinkable yogurt, summer sausage, and trail bologna.

Shop Fox Hollow Farm and Flying J Farm for proteins including naturally-raised beef, pork, chicken, lamb, and fresh eggs.

Brighten tonight's dinner table or bring cheer to a friend - fall bouquets from Annabelle's Blooms.

We will not see Dana Lee's and Sue's Kitchen this week. Sue's Kitchen will be at market October 17th and October 31st.

Bridgman Farm may be at market this week - as of this post, we are waiting to hear from Mary - we'll update as soon as we know.

While visiting the market, stop by Meza, 48 N. State, for Tatjana's specially-priced Market Wednesday tasting or for wine pairing suggestions. Browse, shop, visit.

Have a great day! We'll see you at the market.

Uptown Westeville Farmers' Market: October 3rd Photo Tour

Friday, October 5, 2012

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Family Fun this Weekend - The Mosher Apple Butter Festival

A great sweatshirt weather event! The Mosher Apple Butter Festival is this Sunday, October 7th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at McVay Elementary on Hempstead Rd.

This kid-focused event is presented by the Westerville Lions Club in honor of late Westerville City Schools science teacher Ned Mosher.

Learn how to make apple cider and apple butter, check out a real log cabin! Admission is free with apple cider, apple butter, and pulled-pork sandwich meals for sale.

For more details, check out this link to ThisWeek Westerville, click here.