Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market: 2016 Season Opener

May 3, 2016

For Immediate Release.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market 2016 Season Begins May 4th

"Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” [James Beard]

Home-made. Home-grown. All Ohio.  The 2016 Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market is open for business each Wednesday, May 4th through October 26th, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the corner of N. State and E. Home Streets in Uptown Westerville.

Browse. Visit. Taste. Shop. Enjoy. Market Wednesday provides a selection of seasonal fare that includes farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, and an assortment of artisan baked goods, breads, cheeses, jams, salsas, honey, sauces and rubs, maple syrup, meats, poultry, and fresh eggs.

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

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

The 2016 Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market will feature these Central Ohio vendors throughout the season: Annabelle’s Blooms, Bildsten Landscape, Bird’s Haven Farms, The Blueberry Patch, Branstool Orchards, Doran’s Family Farm, 8 Sisters Bakery, Flying J Farm, Fox Hollow Farm, Hinton Apiaries, J-Pops, Lona Belle’s Home Baked Goods, Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard, Miss Cristy’s Bakery, Chuck Evans’ Montezuma Brand Sauces and Salsas, Ohio Farm Direct, Pleiades Maple Products, Sugar B Bakery, and Sweet Thing Gourmet.

Market Wednesday also welcomes the first vendor participating in the market’s new Market Vendor Mentorship Program. Fox Hollow Farm is sponsoring David Kelly of Fox Hollow Garden. David will start coming to market in June with greens, fresh herbs, and hummus.

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

For the first time in two years, market customers can expect a full season of peaches from Branstool Orchards and Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard beginning sometime in July.

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 2016 Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market Vendor Line-Up:

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

Bildsten Landscape, Columbus, Ohio: Westerville residents, Mark and Karin Bildsten will be at the market during May and June with hanging flower baskets, annuals, and potted herbs, kale, chard, 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 tomatoes to sweet corn along with sunflowers and fall favorites like pumpkins and gourds.

The Blueberry Patch, Mansfield, Ohio: Fresh-picked Richland County blueberries and blueberry products from the Beilstein Family.  Look for The Blueberry Patch season to begin early summer.

Branstool Orchards, Utica, Ohio: Marshall Branstool will be bringing orchard-fresh peaches, apples, and pears beginning late summer.

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.

8 Sisters Bakery, Mt. Gilead, Ohio: A new Market Wednesday Vendor. Emma Lister and her sisters carry on the family tradition of creating great baked goods and foods with their mother’s recipes and a passion for baking. 8 Sisters features baked breakfast pastries, sourdough bread, pumpernickel bread, and more.

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

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

Fox Hollow Garden, Fredericktown, Ohio: Our Market Wednesday Mentoring Program Vendor. David Kelly will join Market Wednesday in June with greens, fresh herbs, and hummus.

Hinton Apiaries, Grove City, Ohio: A new Market Wednesday vendor.  Jerry and Jill Hinton sell everything honey, including seasonal varietal honey, bee pollen, bees wax, honey stix, honey candy, infused honey, honey cookies, and honey-based products.

J-Pops, Bexley, Ohio: Steve White’s delicious hand-crafted gourmet ice pops are a Market Wednesday favorite.

Lona Belle’s Home Baked Goods, Heath, Ohio: Baker Lyle Linerode specialties feature his Mom’s best-recipe cookies, along with cinnamon rolls, coffee and dessert breads, muffins, brittles, and fudge.

Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard, Jeromesville, Ohio: Westerville resident, Mike Dippold will be bringing fresh-picked apples, peaches, and pears to market sometime in July.

Miss Cristy’s Bakery, Galena, Ohio: Baker Cristy DuBois selection includes fresh-baked pies, empanadas, tartlets, and muffins.

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.

Ohio Farm Direct, Fredericktown, Ohio: Doug Daniels brings cheese made from milk from his organic grass-fed herd.

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

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

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

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

Market Wednesday suggests bringing a cooler - market meats and J-Pops 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 and LifeCare Alliance Senior Farmers’ Market Program (USDA) Coupons.

Delaware County Senior Farmers’ Market program coupons are only valid at Delaware County farmers’ markets in Powell, Sunbury, and Delaware.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is a rain shower 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:

email: info@marketwednesday.com

Market website: http://www.marketwednesday.com/

Market blog: http://uptownwestervillefarmersmarket.blogspot.com/

On facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MarketWednesday


Now in its eleventh season, the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market offers a selection of home-grown, home-made, all Ohio farm-fresh produce, flowers, plants, 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, United Methodist parking lot, in Uptown Westerville. A great place to live, shop, work, eat, meet and play, Uptown Westerville is the home of city government and a marketplace destination. Uptown Westerville’s eclectic mix of business and residential architecture, that spans the decades, creates a neighborhood atmosphere that hosts Otterbein University and Westerville Public Library along with a variety of merchants, restaurants, activities, and events. 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 shower or shine. The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is an entirely volunteer effort.

For additional information about the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market, info@marketwednesday.com.

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