Ahh, spring. The start of the bountiful growing season and time of year that the Farmers’ Markets begin popping up all over town. If you aren’t growing your own food, Farmers’ Markets are a fantastic way to support your local communities and get yourself some of the best tasting, freshest produce available. We created this list for you to get the best produce grown here in Columbus and our surrounding areas. What are some of your favorite Farmers’ Markets? Do you visit several? Do you have a strategy?
Bexley Farmers’ Market, Corner of Parkview and Main St., Thursdays from 4-7pm, May 19 – October 27. Locally grown produce, meats and cheeses, children’s events, food demonstrations. This year is a new look, day and location. Like them on Facebook. Follow on twitter.
Blendon Township Farmers’ Market, 6350 Hempstead Road, Westerville, Thursdays from 3pm to 6pm, July 7 – October 27. Flowers and herbs, vegetables and fruits, oil soaps, cottage goods.
Clintonville Farmers’ Market, N. High St. at Orchard Lane, Saturdays 9am to 12pm, April 30 – October 29. An outdoor, producer-only market now in its’ 9th year. New this year is the market’s approval to be an EBT/SNAP (USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–formerly food stamps) site. Both EBT cards and debit cards will be accepted at the market tent for $1 EBT and $5 Debit tokens. Also new this year is the Clintonville Farmers’ Market Friends of the Market and the Clintonville Farmers’ Market Kids Garden Club programs. Both programs offer the community ways to participate directly in the market’s mission. Special events include the Spring Sprout Market on April 30th to kick off the season and the Harvest Market on November 19th. Like them on Facebook. Follow on Twitter.
Columbus Commons Market, Wednesdays from 10:30am to 2:00pm, June 1 through August 31, presented by the Harmony Project. In addition to the farmers’ market, the afternoon will feature Urban Arts Outdoors, an outdoor art gallery brought to the Columbus Commons by the OSU Urban Arts Space; live music programmed by CAPA; and foodcarts.
Columbus Public Health Market, 240 Parsons Ave. Summer. July 28, August 4, August 11, 10:00am to 1pm.
COSI hosting Pearl Alley Growers, weekly Farmer’s Market featuring fresh produce, local dairy products and baked goods. The Farmer’s Market at COSI will be at the West Entry and admission is not required to shop. Available on Saturdays, July 9 through September 3rd, 2011 from 1pm – 3pm.
Delaware Farmers’ Markets: Two options: The Main Street Farmer’s Market (Historic downtown Delaware), Saturdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm, May 21 – October 29 and on Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m. And The Original Delaware Farmer’s Market (Delaware County Fairgrounds) on Saturdays, 9:00am – 12:00pm, Late May – October.
Dublin Farmers’ Market, at Dublin Community Church, 81 West Bridge Street, Dublin, Ohio 43017, Every Wednesday, May through September. May and September, 4:30-6:30pm, and June, July, and August, 3:30-6:30pm. Fruits, produce, jams, honey, cheeses, eggs, flowers and plants. New this year, they will also accept SNAP benefits also children will receive a Farmers’ Market Passport to make the experience fun and educational. Like them on Facebook. Follow on Twitter. Read their blog.
East Side Farmers Market, Mt. Vernon Plaza, Every First Saturday from July to November.
NEW! Easton Farmers Market, in the Parking Lot between FadÃƒÂ³ Irish Pub and West Elm, Every Thursday, June 2 – September 29, 3-7pm, rain or shine. Easton is introducing a farmers market and will be hosting vendors from all over the state of Ohio. Over 30 vendors and you will find herbs, flowers, vegetables, Jeni’s ice creams (June and July), free range chicken and grass fed beef and pork as well as artisanal foods, eco products and exquisite handicrafts. They are planning on having special events and activities for children during the market. WIC and EBT are accepted on all Market days by qualifying vendors, check vendor list. Follow on Twitter.
The Franklinton Produce Market will happen again this year. It will open on June 15th, operating two hours a day, six days a week through the middle of October (M,W,F,Sa:9-11; T,Th:12-2)
German Village, Kight Studio 551, 551 S. Fifth Street, Every Saturday, starting July 2nd, 9 a.m – noon until Autumn. Visitors will find brown eggs, homemade noodles, fruit preserves, pies, and whatever herbs, vegetables, fruits, flowers, etc. might be ready – depending upon how the weather this wet season might bless us. Simultaneously, Sandy Kight’s art studio will be open each Saturday morning until noon showing her silk purse creations, chunky jewelry, and monotypes.
Grandview Avenue Farmers Market (by Pearl Alley Grower’s Association), Grandview Ave and Third Ave, Saturdays 10am -1pm, July through October. Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables, Baked Goods, Herbs and Spices, Honey, Plants, Perennials, Fresh Cut and Dried Flowers, Jams and Jellies.
Granville Farmers’ Market, Two locations and times: Saturdays, May 14 to October 22; 8:30 am to noon; N. Main St. and Tuesdays, June 21 to Sept. 13; 3:30 to 6:30; 484 S. Main St. between Ross’ Market and Abe’s Body Shop. Has been called the “best in Central Ohio.” Located 30 miles east of Columbus. Like them on Facebook.
Hilliard Farm Market, corner of Main and Center St. in Downtown Old Hilliard, Every Tuesday 4-7pm, June 15 – September 28. New for 2011 includes a limited number of arts and crafts vendors. Like them on Facebook. Follow on Twitter.
Jefferson Community Farmers Market, Jefferson Community Park, 7494 Clark State Rd. June 18 through October 1, Every Saturday 9am-12pm. Vendors from all over central Ohio offer a large variety of farm-grown and home made goods, from lettuce, sweet corn, melons and cut flowers to bread, scones, honey and goat cheese.
Lancaster Farmer’s Market, Downtown Lancaster, Intersection of Broad and Main Street, Every Saturday 8am-12pm, April 30 through October 29 and Every Wednesday 10am-1pm, May 4 through September 28. On Saturday June 19 and Saturday July 30, the Farmer’s Market will be at a different site: The Happy Penguin, 1531 Granville Pike. Lots of parking is available.
Market & 15th and High, on the Wexner Center Plaza, Thursdays from 3:30 to 6:30 pm, May 5 – October 27, rain or shine. The largest of its kind in the campus area, the market features fresh, locally grown produce from area farmers, as well as dairy products, meat, breads, and more. Special events include a ‘shop and cook’ with local chefs, musical guests and a different food cart each week (first week being Lucky Ladle). Visitors can enjoy free exhibition admission each Thursday from 4pm-8pm. Like them on Facebook. Follow on Twitter.
Nationwide Downtown Pearl Alley Growers Farmers’ Market, Northwest Corner of Nationwide Blvd on High St., Thursdays 11am-2pm, July through October. Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables, Herbs and Spices, Honey, Plants, Perennials, Fresh Cut and Dried Flowers, Jams and Jellies.
NEW! New Albany Farmers’ Market, 200 Market Street, Market Street Square, Every Thursday 4-7pm, July 7 through September 8. 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. It is part of the Healthy New Albany initiative. Like them on Facebook.
North Market Farmers’ Market, 59 Spruce St., Saturdays 8am, April 30- end of October/early November. The North Market is a ‘Sell What You Grow’ Farmers’ Market, with 25 vendors offering their best. New to the North Market Farmers’ Market this year is vendor Oink Moo Cluck. The Farmer’s Market will begin on April 30, with the Grand Opening being the Market to Market Ride on May 7 (a collaboration with The Hills Market). Other special events include: Grillmaster’s Festival May 28-29, Food & Ohio Wine Festival July 8-10, Farmer’s Festival August 13, Columbus Microbrew Festival September 16-17, Harvest Festival and Fall Market to Market Ride October 8. The Artisan Sundays that bring local arts and craftspeople are the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month (May 1-Oct 16). Other special events include cooking demonstrations. The Farmers’ Market accepts Senior coupons and EBT cards and WIC for produce. Like them on Facebook. Follow on Twitter.
Olde Gahanna, noted on their website: “Unfortunately, the OGCP will not be having a Farmers’ Market in 2011.”
Olde Worthington Summer Farmers Market, downtown Worthington at the corner of Rt. 161 and High Street,Every Saturday 9am-noon, May 7 through October 29. Established in 1987, over 70 vendors offer you the best of everything. Opens with Plant Fest, a celebration of Spring now in it’s 9th year. Like them on Facebook.
Pearl Alley Growers Columbus Square, Cleveland Ave and 161, Tuesdays 4-6pm, July through October. Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables, Herbs and Spices, Honey, Plants, Perennials, Fresh Cut and Dried Flowers, Jams and Jellies.
Pearl Market Downtown Columbus (Summer), Pearl Alley downtown, Every Tuesday & Friday from 10:30am-2 pm from Tuesday May 17 through Friday October 28. Lately it has gotten so big there has been some spillover onto the Broad St. sidewalk. Offers lunch items, breads, produce, flowers, popcorn. You can become an Individual Friend of Pearl Market for only $25. That donation gets you listed on their website and also gets you a reusable shopping bag and postcards. $20 is tax deductible. Like them on Facebook. Follow on Twitter.
Plain City Farmers Market, Every Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the intersection of Main Street and Chillicothe Street. Fresh fruits and veggies, baked and canned goods, order for poultry and eggs, cut flowers. Like them on Facebook.
Powell Farmers Market, City of Powell Municipal Bldg. Parking Lot, Every Thursday 3-6pm, June 9 through September 29. Farmers, crafters and artisans, free parking, rain or shine. Accepting Delaware County Senior Nutrition Vouchers.
Reynoldsburg Farmers’ Market, 1520 Davidson Drive in Huber Park, Every Thursday from 3:30-6:30pm, July 7 through September 29. Established in 2008, market visitors will find tomatoes, sweet corn, melons, eggplant, asparagus, beans, cabbage, onions, honey, flowers, herbs, and baked goods. Join their Facebook Group.
SouthPointe Farmers’ Market, 3477 South High Street, Every Friday from 2-5pm, June through September. Accepts Food Assistance benefits, Lifecare Alliance coupons, WIC.
Upper Arlington Farmers’ Market, new location at the Upper Arlington Senior Center, 1945 Ridgeview Road., Every Wednesday, 3:30-6:30pm, May 18 through October 12, rain or shine. Fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers and dairy. Special events include the Harvest Festival August 3rd.
Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market, N. State and E. Home Streets, Every Wednesday, 3-6pm, May 4 through October 26, rain or shine, free parking. Market Wednesday is now in its 6th season. Offering products that are home-grown, home-made and all Ohio. This market is at capacity and will have an abundance of produce and goods to fill your grocery bags with. Like them on Facebook. Follow on Twitter. Read their blog.
Westside International Farmer’s Market, at the Hilltop Business Center, 3600 Sullivant Ave., Every Thursday through Oct. 16 from 3-7pm.
Follow more Farmers’ Market news on Columbus Underground here. View discussions on Farmers’ Markets here. If you are looking for Farmers’ Markets in other parts of Ohio, ColumbusFoodie.com provides some tips.