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Guide to Farmers Markets Around Columbus – 2017

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A few changes to Farmers Markets this year, so it’s time for an update on where you can find local, fresh produce and more to stock your pantry and get the bests tastes of the season.

Unfortunately, Dublin did not receive enough visitors at their Oakland Nursery location and will be taking 2017 off. They hope to return in 2018. Merion Village has relocated the Southside Market to the lot next to Tatoheads.

If you don’t grow your own food or already support a CSA, Farmers Markets give you a chance to get some of the best local food around. Here’s an updated list for you to get the best produce grown here in Columbus and our surrounding areas. Happy Hunting!

400 Market. Every 2nd Friday from 7pm to 10pm, coincides with Franklinton Fridays.  This market may not have lots of fresh produce, but does promise to have: “locally-produced: artisan baked goods, chocolates, & more; a variety of work from our in-house artists; hand-crafted jewelry, candles, soaps and more; vintage clothes & home goods; and more.”

All Life Community Market, Held June 1st through October 26th on Thursdays, from 4pm-7pm. The All Life Community Market brings together local farmers and vendors with integrity around local sustainability, natural and healthy gardening practices and supportive small business culture. This market is a forum for educating the public about these practices. The market is held on the south side of ALC’s property across the ravine from the All Life Center. You are welcome to park at the center and enjoy a walk across the boardwalk and ravine bridge. There is also ample parking off 23 by the market as well.

Athens Farmers’ Market. A bit of a drive, but this one is great. “Our farmers and producers provide the absolute best food for area shoppers all year round! What began as a handful of farmers selling their produce is now a community event showcasing farmers, orchardists, specialty food producers, bakers, horticulturalists, cheese makers and many other food-based entrepreneurs.” The market is open Saturdays Year-round from 9am-12pm; on Wednesdays from 9am-12pm, running April through December; and on Thursdays from 4pm-7pm running May to September. Located at 1000 E. State St., Athens, OH 45701. Like them on Facebook.

Bexley Farmers’ Market, Intersection of Dawson and Main Streets, Thursdays from 4-7pm, May 18 – October. Locally grown produce, meats and cheeses, children’s events, food demonstrations. Like them on Facebook. Follow on twitter.

Bexley Natural Market, 508 N. Cassady Ave. in their parking lot. Farmers’ Market, Wednesdays 3pm-7pm, starting mid-May and going through November. Like them on Facebook.

Blendon Township Farmers’ Market, – cancelled for 2016 due to repaving and road construction, most likely will return in 2017.

Canal Market District, Located at 24 E. Walnut St., Newark, Ohio 43055. Farmers Market returns on Friday, May 5. Hours 4pm-7pm Tuesday & Friday. Arts & Crafts Market hours 10am-3pm on the select Saturdays of the Month: May 13, June 3, July 22, August 5, September 9, October 1, with a Christmas Market November 24. Shop from 60 of Central Ohio’s BEST local food producers and vendors. First farmers market in Licking County to accept EBT, WIC Farm Market Nutrition Program, and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program coupons. They will also have food trucks, live music, eductaional programs, community organizations. Like them on Facebook.

Canal Winchester Farmers Market, Downtown at 36 S. High St., Saturdays from 9am-12pm, May 27 through September 24 (rain or shine). One of central Ohio’s longest running outdoor markets, the Canal Winchester Farmers’ Market runs Saturday mornings from May 27 through September 30 (rain or shine). Hours are from 9am-12pm. The market will be closed on July 29 to accomodate the Canal Winchester Blues & Ribfest, and September 2 for the Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival.

Clintonville Farmers’ Market. 2017 marks the 15th season of the Clintonville Farmers’ Market! And April 29 marks the opening day of outdoor Saturday markets along North High Street, between Orchard Lane and W. Dunedin Road. Join us from 9am-Noon for seasonal, locally-produced, freshly-harvested Ohio food and lots of fun. The market runs 30 weeks this year, every Saturday through November 18. Ride your bike to market and park bikes, wagons, and strollers at the Baer Wheels Bike Corral. Visit the market information table to exchange debit card and Ohio Direction Cards EBT/SNAP for market tokens. Producers with eligible items accept VeggieSNAP tokens and WIC coupons. Some accept Lifecare Alliance Senior coupons, as well. For the safety of people and produce, we ask that patrons leave pets at home. Special events on May 6, May 13, May 20. Like them on Facebook. Follow on Twitter.

Clintonville Natural Foods, 4398 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH 43214. Local natural foods store located in Clintonville that sells vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO food products. Extensive bulk spice and herb selection.

Columbus Public Health Market, July 27, August 3 and 10 from 10am to 1pm on the CPH front lawn 240 Parsons Ave.

Delaware Farmers’ Market: The Main Street Farmer’s Market (Historic downtown Delaware), 2017 season will begin on Saturday, May 27 and run through Saturday, October 28, weather permitting. The popular markets will run from 9:30am to 12:30pm on Saturdays and from 3pm to 6pm on Wednesdays. Wednesday markets will begin after May 31. The sidewalk markets are conducted on the shady side of Sandusky Street in the heart of Historic Downtown Delaware. Income-eligible senior citizens can get vouchers for farmers’ market foods from the Delaware County Council for Older Adults.

Dublin Farmers’ Market, Not happening for 2017, hoping to return 2018.  Like them on Facebook. Follow on Twitter.

Easton Farmers Market, in Easton’s Town Square behind Brio Tuscan Grill, Each Thursday beginning July 6 through August 10, 2017, from 4pm-7pm, growers and artisans from across the state showcase their finest and freshest at the Easton Farmers Market. You can also check out the Celebrate Local store. WIC and EBT are accepted on all Market days by qualifying vendors. Like them on Facebook. Follow on Twitter.

Franklin Park Conservatory Farmers’ Market, Wednesdays, June 7–September 6, 3:30pm–6:30pm. Shop from local farmers every week for seasonal vegetables, fruits and flowers, plants, baked goods, honey, sauces, oils and vinegars, beef, pork, eggs and cheese. Enjoy cooking and wellness demonstrations, food trucks, live music and interactive kids’ crafts. Market vendors accept EBT with the Ohio Direction Card and offers incentive Veggie SNAPS (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) dollars for fresh produce. Ample free parking available and no admission charged!

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Franklinton Farm Stand, The Franklinton Farm Stand operates seasonally and provides a physical space for Franklinton Gardens to share fresh produce. Conveniently located on the corner of West Town Street and Avondale Avenue, across from St. John’s Episcopal Church, customers will see a variety of produce throughout the season–from greens and tomatoes to green beans and sweet potatoes. Like our other markets, we offer a variety of payment options including credit, cash, EBT/SNAP, VeggieSNAP tokens, WIC coupons, and Senior Farmers Market coupons. Stay tuned for activities, events and samples for all ages throughout the growing season and leading up to our end of the season Fall Festival. Open May 25 to October 20: Thursdays: 3pm-6:30pm, Fridays: 3pm-6:30pm, Saturdays: 10am-1pm.

Grandview Avenue Farmers Market, Grandview Avenue Farmer’s Market is run by The Pearl Alley Growers’ Association. It opens this year on July 1 and closes October 28, from 10am to 1pm. Market Sample Day is August 12 and Apple Day is September 16. Like them on Facebook.

Granville Farmers’ Market, Saturdays, May 6 to October 28; 8:30am to noon; North Main Street and Broadway, although please check the calendar for dates where the location will move to St. Edward’s Catholic Church. Has been called the “best in Central Ohio.” Located 30 miles east of Columbus. More than 60 vendors this year. Like them on Facebook.

Grove City Farmers’ Market, Saturdays, May 2o – September 9. Historic Grove City Town Center | Corner of Broadway and Park Street Grove City, Ohio 43123, 8am-12pm Enjoy fresh produce, locally raised meats, homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, and more!

Hilliard Farm Market, located at Hilliard United Methodist Church at 5445 Scioto Darby Rd., Hilliard, OH, Every Tuesday 4-7pm, May 30th – September 12th. They are seeking volunteers for the 2017 season. Like them on Facebook. Follow on Twitter.

Lancaster Farmer’s Market, Lancaster, Every Saturday 8am-12pm, May 6 – October 28 held at the Government Services Parking Lot, 239 W. Main St., Lancaster, OH. The market takes place rain or shine. Well-behaved dogs are welcome, but should be on a leash. Some vendors accept credit and debit cards, SNAP/EBT, Ohio Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program and WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons. Look for program signs on display by participating vendors.  AND! Lancaster Handmade Market, May 20, June 3 & 17, July 1 & 15, July 21 Art Walk, August 5 & 19, September 2 & 16, September 23 Fall Festival, October 7 & 21, and December for a Holiday Market, of the month 10am-2pm, under the trees at Broad and Main. Like them on Facebook.

Merion Village Farmers’ Market, NEW LOCATION! 1297 Parsons Ave., near Parsons and Gates, next to Tatoheads. Thursdays June 1 through September 28, 5pm to 7:30pm. The weekly market will have a variety of vendors including fresh produce, eggs, meats, jams and jellies, spices, granola and more! Our neighborhood farmers market can only succeed with the support of dedicated shoppers, so please stop by every Thursday in June through September to support our vendors and this exciting opportunity for our neighborhood! Like them on Facebook

Mount Vernon Farmers’ Market, Public Square, intersection of Main Street and High Street, Every Saturday from 9am to noon. Rain or shine. May 6 is opening day. Goes through October. Produce, flowers, honey, baked goods, pet snacks, seasonal cooking demos with professional chefs, and more. Find unique, handmade items at the Makers Market across the street in front of City Hall.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Farmers Markets, on the following dates: Tuesday, July 18th, Tuesday, August 1st, Tuesday, August 15th, Tuesday, August 29th, Tuesday, September 12th, Tuesday, September 26th from 11am to 1pm. Held at Livingston Park-760 E. Livingston Avenue, Columbus, OH 43205.

Nationwide Pearl Alley Growers Market at the Arena, Nationwide Market runs on Thursdays from 10am-1pm. It opens this year on Thursday, July 6 and closes on Thursday, October 26. Events: Apple Day on September 14.

New Albany Farmers’ Market, 200 Market Square, Market Street Square, Every Thursday 4pm-7pm, Summer Season: June 22 – September 7. At this “Producer-only” market, you will find over thirty vendors with local fruits, vegetables, herbs, breads, poultry, beef, dairy, eggs and gluten free baked goods, and salsas. Like them on Facebook.

North Market Farmers’ Market, 59 Spruce St., Saturdays 8am, Opening on May 27 and going through the end of October/early November. The North Market Farmers Market is one of the oldest and largest in Central Ohio, featuring more than 20 farmers offering an array of locally-grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, honey and herbs. Every Saturday throughout the growing season, Ohio farmers bring their fresh-picked produce to North Market, where customers are able to purchase directly from the local farms selling the highest-quality products from their fields. Peddlers’ Picnic Sundays will showcase locally made and vintage fine art, jewelry, handmade items and more, start on June 4 through October 29, with no dates on July 9 (Ohio Wine Festival) or October 15 (Columbus Marathon). Located on the North Market’s Farmers’ Market Pavilion area. The Farmers’ Market accepts Senior coupons and EBT cards and WIC for produce. Like them on Facebook. Follow on Twitter. Little Eater Produce & Provisions carries many locally grown produce items as well.

Pearl Market Downtown Columbus (Summer), Pearl Alley downtown, Every Tuesday & Friday from 10:30am-1 pm from Tuesday, June 2 through Friday, October 13. Offers lunch items, breads, produce, flowers, popcorn. Musicians performing also. Major credit cards and the Ohio Direction Card are both accepted at the Pearl Market Tent in exchange for tokens that may be used throughout the market. Like them on Facebook. Follow on Twitter.

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Pickerington Farmers Market, in Olde Pickerington Village, 89 N. Center St. at Town Square Drive, Thursdays from 4pm-7pm, June 1 through September 28. Each week, vendors offered produce, meats and dairy products as well as baked goods, crafts, and more. Like them on Facebook.

Plain City Farmers Market, Located at the corner of South Chillicothe and S.R. 161 the “finest little Farmers Market around” is every Thursday from 4:30pm to 7:00pm. starting July 4 through October 5. Fresh fruits and veggies, baked and canned goods, order for poultry and eggs, cut flowers. Like them on Facebook.

Powell Farmers Market, Spring/Summer Market for 2017 runs from May 13 through October 28 every Saturday from 9am-12pm. The market is located at 240 N. Liberty St., Powell, OH. (Corner of Liberty and Grace Drive).

Prairie Township Farmers Market, season begins Monday, June 5 and runs through Monday, September 25. The market meets from 4pm – 7pm on Monday evenings and we are located at the Prairie Township Community Center at 5955 W. Broad St., Galloway, OH 43119.

Reynoldsburg Farmers’ Market, 1520 Davidson Drive in Huber Park, Every Thursday from 3:30pm – 6:30pm, June 15 through September 7. Established in 2008, market visitors will find tomatoes, sweet corn, melons, eggplant, asparagus, beans, cabbage, onions, honey, flowers, herbs, and baked goods. Like them on Facebook.

Smith Farm Market, We are a year round farm market that has been bringing Central Ohio an exceptional variety of local produce, plants, and delicious baked goods for almost forty years. Two locations: Columbus – 3341 Winchester Pike, Columbus, Ohio 43232, Open Thursday thru Sunday 9am to 6pm, the Bakery is open year-round. Open for the Produce and Plants season from April through mid-December. Offers firewood, straw, and cider during the winter. Gahanna at 380 Agler Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230, opening Mid-May.

Sunbury Farmers’ Market, Sunbury Square, Every Saturday from 9am-noon, May 2o through October 14. Local produce, products, and homegoods. Like them on Facebook.

Union County Farmers Markets, in Marysville on Saturdays from May 13 – October 14, 8:00am to 11:00am at Partners Park, Corner of Sixth and Main. And on Thursdays in Richwood from May 11 through October 12 from 3:30pm-6:30pm. Features vendors with locally grown, raised, baked, and made goods that are as true to Ohio as possible. Marysville on Facebook. Richwood on Facebook.

Upper Arlington Farmers’ Market, Every Wednesday from May 17 – September 27, 3pm – 6pm. Upper Arlington Senior Center, 1945 Ridgeview Road. Market held rain or shine. “Join us for Peak of the Pick from 3pm – 6pm on Wednesday, August 16. The event features special tastings, music and more! If it’s healthy, locally produced fruits, veggies, herbs, breads, pork, beef, flowers and dairy you’re looking for, the Upper Arlington Farmers’ Market has it all! We invite you to join us every Wednesday, where you can find a variety of delicious produce, sold to you directly from local farmers. Our market also offers a variety of specialty vendors including products like beef jerky, organic dog food and dog treats, gourmet granola, and soy candles to name a few.” Rain or shine.

Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market, May 3 through October 25, Wednesdays, from 3pm – 6pm, at the corner of North State and East Home Streets. The Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market is a rain or shine market. 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 North State and East Home Streets. Ohio Proud. Like them on Facebook.

Westgate Farmers Market Open the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from June through October this season from 9am-1pm. Opening date is June 3, 2017 and end of season is October 14, 2017. Located at the West Gate Masonic Lodge, 2925 W. Broad St., Columbus Ohio 43024. They will accept cash, credit, debit, SNAP, VeggieSNAP match, WIC FMNP coupons and Senior FMNP coupons! The contact information for the market is: [email protected] Like them on Facebook.

Worthington Farmers Market, outdoor season – The summer market runs every Saturday from May 6 thru October 28, (closed September 23), in the streets of Olde Worthington, 646 N. High St., from 8am – 12pm. Established in 1987, it’s one of the largest and most respected markets in Ohio. Over 70 vendors participate in the market which is held in downtown Worthington during Summer. Shop for fresh, Ohio grown seasonal fruits and vegetables interspersed with flowers, plants and homemade foodstuffs that vendors display. Use convenient parking behind the Worthington Inn and the Methodist church just one block south of the intersection of Routes 23 and 161. Like them on Facebook. Follow on Instagram.

Worthington Farmers Market, indoor season – Saturdays from November thru April, closed the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Every Saturday, 9am – 12pm at The Shops at Worthington Place. 7227 N. High St., November 4 to April 28. You will find locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, locally produced cheeses, jams, jellies, honey and maple syrup, high quality cuts of meat from carefully raised farm animals, eggs from pastured chickens, flowers, herbs, plants, homemade soaps, and foodstuffs. Like them on Facebook. Follow on Instagram.

Follow more Farmers Market news on Columbus Underground here. Get all of these in your calendar by using our Event Calendar.

This list is current as of May 23, 2017. Updates will be added as they become available.

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  • Alex Culley

    I have been looking for a legit farmers market in the city. I have tried Clintonville and Worthington so far. Neither have been what I was looking for. Neither were bad, they were just not very many farmers at either of them. Both are packed with bakeries, soap makers, etc. What little produce they actually had was extremely expensive. I love shopping local and with small businesses but $6 a pint for strawberries that are in season while Fresh Thyme is selling them for $1, well you can see the issue with that.

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