Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: A Week Away!

Home grown. Home made. All Ohio. 

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market 2014 Season opens in one week on May 7th at 3 p.m (until 6 p.m.) at N. State and E. Home in Uptown Westerville.

See you at the market!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: v.2014

The updated version of is now up and running.

Thank you for your patience.

When you get a chance, stop by - kick the tires, look under the hood, take it for a spin.

Update 4.30.14: We have a few edits and some broken links. Workin' on it!  
Update 4.30.14: Links repaired, edits complete! 
A learning curve is always best when 
it's only viewed in the rear view mirror!
Thanks for your patience.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Excuse Our Dust

Upgrade in Progress...

Just a quick FYI - While it'd be more exciting to blame it on solar flares - our website,, is in the process of an upgrade and the new version of the site is in-process.

So, you may find a blank page when you're looking for our website.

All vitals are here on the blog or on facebook right now.

Thanks for your patience.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: 2014 Season Announcement Press Release


April 25, 2014  

For Immediate Release.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market 2014 Season Begins May 7th 

"When you know the people who grow your food, it simply tastes better." Chef Duskie Estes 

Visit. Browse. Taste. Shop. Enjoy. Central Ohio’s farmers’ market season is here, and the 2014 Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market is open for business each Wednesday, May 7th through October 29th, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the corner of N. State and E. Home Streets in Uptown Westerville.

Each season, a farmers’ market becomes a community within a community - a familiar gathering place that inspires great stories to bring to the table. A farmers’ market is a place where customers shake the hand of the person who raised and made their food. A farmers’ market is a place where vendors travel to market with fresh, seasonal produce, nourished by Ohio rains and grown under the Ohio sun, in rich, fertile Ohio soil. A farmers’ market is a place to buy artisan foods made with skill, passion, and care.

Home-made. Home-grown. All Ohio. Market Wednesday provides a selection of seasonal fare that includes farm-fresh certified organic, chemical-free, and conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables, and an assortment of artisan baked goods, breads, cheeses, jams, salsas, sauces and rubs, honey, milk, roll butter, maple syrup, meats, poultry, and fresh eggs.

Market fare also includes a seasonal selection of flowering, herb, and vegetable plants, hanging baskets, and colorful fresh-cut flowers.

Early market fresh produce selections include asparagus, rhubarb, assorted greens, lettuces, radishes, and swiss chard.

Market fare also includes a seasonal selection of flowering, herb, and vegetable plants, hanging baskets, and colorful fresh-cut flowers.

This winter’s severe temperatures may be in the history books, but the market orchard vendors will feel the effects this summer. Orchard vendors will be bringing apples to market this summer, but will not have peaches.

The 2014 Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market will feature these Central Ohio vendors throughout the season: Annabelle’s Blooms, Bildsten Landscape, Bird’s Haven Farms, Blue Jacket Dairy, Branstool Orchards, Bridgman Farm, Chuck Evans’ Montezuma Brand Sauces and Salsas, Dana Lee’s, Dan the Baker, Doran’s Family Farm, Flying J Farm, Fox Hollow Farm, Hartzler Family Dairy, Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard, Ohio Farm Direct, Pleiades Maple Products, Roger’s Honey, Sue’s Kitchen, Sugar B Bakery, Swainway Urban Farm, Sweet Thing Gourmet, and Z Blueberry.

Market Wednesday also welcomes its community partners: Westerville Senior Center, Westerville Police Division, Westerville Electric Division, and Westerville Public Library, appearing one week each month throughout the season. 

A trip to the market is a great way to enjoy Wednesdays in Uptown Westerville - market customers can dine and shop Uptown Westerville and stop by the market to pick up a little farm fresh to take home. 

The 2014 Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market Vendor Line-Up:

Annabelle’s Blooms, South Charleston, Ohio: Beautiful cut flowers and bouquets including sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos, and snapdragons. Anna Brown grows her flowers on her grandparents’ farm in Clark County. 

Bildsten Landscape, Columbus, Ohio: Like the hanging baskets you see in Uptown Westerville throughout the summer months? They come from Bildsten Landscape. Westerville residents, Mark and Karen Bildsten will be at the market during May and June with hanging flower baskets, annuals, and potted herbs and lettuces. 

Bird’s Haven Farms, Granville, Ohio: The Bird Family will be bringing their seasonal market produce that includes everything from lettuce to garlic to sweet corn along with flowers and fall favorites like pumpkins and Indian corn. 

Blue Jacket Dairy, Bellefontaine, Ohio: Jim and Angel King’s hand-made, farmstead cheeses include fresh mozzarella, cheddar curds, quark, chevre, and market favorite, Gretna Grillin’ cheese. 

Branstool Orchards, Utica, Ohio: Marshall Branstool will be bringing orchard-fresh apples beginning late summer. (Please note: Due to the severe winter temperatures, there will be no peaches this season.) 

Bridgman Farm, Washington Court House, Ohio: Mary Bridgman brings her produce to market that includes a beautiful assortment of cherry and heirloom tomatoes and herb and vegetable plants. 

Dana Lee’s, Pataskala, Ohio: Dana Landrum features a selection of fresh-baked savory and sweet crackers, breads, rolls, dessert breads, scones, and muffins. 

Dan the Baker, Columbus, Ohio: Dan Reisenberger bakes a selection of European-style, sourdough bread and pastries made from organic grains and available local ingredients. 

Doran’s Family Farm, New Albany, Ohio: Michelle and Jim Doran’s produce is a popular market stop throughout the season featuring a broad selection of vegetables, melons, tomatoes, and seasonal favorite, sweet corn. 

Flying J Farm, Johnstown, Ohio: Dick Jensen features a selection of grass-fed beef cuts, vegetables, freshly-milled wheat and spelt flour, and maple syrup. 

Fox Hollow Farm, Fredericktown, Ohio: Lisa and Bruce Rickard will bring selections of grass-fed, naturally raised beef, pork, lamb, and chicken and fresh eggs. 

Hartzler Family Dairy, Wooster, Ohio: Jace and Rachel Hartzler feature a selection of non-homogenized, pasteurized milk, roll butter, and packaged ice cream.  Hartzler Family Dairy’s Holstein and Guernsey cows are pasture-fed, and Hartzler’s farming methods are based on their grandfather's philosophies that farming be as nature intended, including no herbicides, no pesticides, or hormones. 

Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard, Jeromesville, Ohio: Westerville resident, Mike Dippold will be bringing fresh-picked apples to market. We should see Mike with his first truckload of apples sometime late summer. (Please note: Due to the severe winter temperatures, there will be no peaches this season.) 

Chuck Evans’ Montezuma Brand Sauces and Salsas, Columbus, Ohio: Chuck and Mary Evans bring a delicious mix of mild to smoking hot fresh salsas, hot sauces, barbecue sauces, marinades, rubs, and tortilla chips to market. Chuck’s Smokey Chipotle®-Raspberry-Lime Salsa won best fruit-based salsa at the Houston Hot Sauce Festival in 2012! 

Ohio Farm Direct, Fredericktown, Ohio: Doug Daniels brings cheese and drinkable yogurt made from milk from his organic, grass-fed herd and also features nitrate-free trail bologna, beef sticks, and summer sausage. 

Pleiades Maple Products, Mt. Gilead, Ohio: Eddie Lou Meimer will be bringing her award winning maple products to market throughout the season that include maple syrup, maple sugar, barbecue sauce, maple-coated puffed spelt, vinaigrette dressing, and kid-favorite maple leaf suckers. 

Roger’s Honey, Baltimore, Ohio: Roger and Marlene Miller come to market with wildflower honey, bee pollen, and a selection of honey-based products including creamed honey and honey stix. 

Sue’s Kitchen, Pataskala, Ohio: Sue Renner bakes pies! This season, Sue’s Kitchen will be a limited engagement vendor. 

Sugar B Bakery, Galena, Ohio: Angela Bowman makes daily bread a special event. Sugar B features loaf breads, bagels, scones, cookies, and flatbreads. 

Swainway Urban Farm, Clintonville, Ohio: Joseph Swain raises certified organic microgreens, lettuces, mushrooms, and a selection of specialty vegetables. 

Sweet Thing Gourmet, Bexley, Ohio: Mark and Kyla Touris feature a selection of delicious home-made jams and biscottis. 

Z Blueberry, Fredericktown, Ohio: A short, but very sweet season, Taffy and Charlie Douglas will come to market in June and July with fresh-picked blueberries.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is a fluid community: market vendor weekly appearances may vary; produce and product availability vary throughout the season.

Market Wednesday suggests bringing a cooler - market meats are sold frozen, and eggs and dairy products are sold refrigerated, and a cooler will help produce travel well on hot summer days.

Bird’s Haven Farms and Doran’s Family Farm accept WIC (USDA) Farmers’ Market Program Coupons. Bird’s Haven Farms, Doran’s Family Farm, and Bridgman Farm accept LifeCare Alliance Senior Farmers’ Market Program (USDA) Coupons. Delaware County Senior Farmers’ Market progam coupons are only valid at Delaware County farmers’ markets in Powell, Sunbury, and Delaware.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is a rain or shine market, but will suspend activity in case of severe weather conditions. In-lot and on-street free parking is available near the market and throughout Uptown Westerville. There is bike-friendly parking in Rotary Park at the southeast corner of N. State and E. Home Streets, right across from the market space.

The market has no official mailing address, but for GPS needs, travelers can reference 62 N. State Street, Westerville, Ohio, 43081.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is Ohio Proud.

For more information on the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market:


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Now in its ninth season, the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market offers a selection of home-grown, home-made, all Ohio farm-fresh produce and artisan foods. Market Wednesdays run May through October from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the corner of N. State and E. Home Streets in the Church of the Messiah, UM parking lot, in Uptown Westerville. Market produce is certified-organic, chemical-free, and conventionally grown. A great place to live, shop, work, eat, meet and play, the Uptown Westerville neighborhood is the home of city government, and features an eclectic mix of residences dating back to the 1800s, tree-lined brick streets, Otterbein University, Westerville Public Library, activities, traditions, culture, business, and commerce. The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is a fluid community. Market vendor weekly appearances may vary. Produce and product availability may vary throughout the season. Market Wednesday takes place rain or shine. The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is an entirely volunteer effort.

For additional information about the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market,

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: Uptown Friday Nights!

Hokey Smokes! It's the first Fourth Friday of 2014!

The Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau presents, Fourth Fridays in Uptown Westerville. With live entertainment, activities, street vendors, food carts, and extended hours at Uptown shops, Fourth Friday is a lively, family-friendly summer tradition in Uptown Westerville.

Here's this year's Fourth Friday details:

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
throughout Uptown Westerville

Friday, April 25, 2014: Uptown Alive
Friday May 23, 2014: Back to Nature
Friday, June 27, 2014: Safety Fest
Friday, July 25, 2014: World Bazaar
Friday, August 22, 2014: the tail wagging Dog Days of Summer
Friday, September 26, 2014: School Daze

And... The Westerville Uptown Merchants Association is featuring Uptown Friday Nights with extended shop hours (to 8 p.m.) throughout the summer. For more information, visit the Shop Uptown Westerville website!