An event every week that begins at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until September 4, 2019 12:00 am
The Franklin Park Conservatory Farmers’ Markets are back, serving a colorful selection of fresh produce and artisanal goods from 3:30-6:30 p.m. every Wednesdays from June 5 to Sept. 4, 2019. No admission is required to shop and parking is free.
A rotating selection of vendors and seasonal produce create a unique shopping experience every week, including the opportunity to shop the latest harvest from the Conservatory community gardens. These harvests are grown and sold by participants of the Franklin Park Conservatory Teen Corps, a paid work-education program designed to prepare Columbus teens for careers in the green industry. Other vendors sell such items as seasonal vegetables, berries, bakery items, honey and jams, specialty eggs and cheeses, juices, textiles, soaps and beauty products, flowers and more.
The Farmers’ Markets, as part of the Conservatory’s mission to elevate the quality of life in the community, were established to address the food desert in the area. Vendors enjoy a zero-cost registration fee, and those receiving public assistance can use Electronic Benefits Transfer cards at the markets and enjoy incentive dollars through the Produce Perks Columbus program (formerly known as Veggie SNAPS).
The markets also include free health and wellness programming, cooking demonstrations and samples, and kids’ crafts and activities. The schedule of special activities is as follows (subject to change due to weather or produce availability):
June 5: Kale chip demo; farmers’ market shopping list kids’ craft; free My Plate placemats
June 12: Turnip, carrot and apple salad demo; butterfly rings kids’ craft
June 19: Kale salad demo; grass caterpillar kids’ craft
June 26: Neighbor Appreciation Day: The first 50 Conservatory neighbors (living in the 43204 and 43205 zip codes) receive free reusable market bag with goodies; hummus and veggies demo; bean necklace kids’ craft
July 3: Strawberries with balsamic vinaigrette demo; CD spinner kids’ craft
July 10: Herbed butter with bread demo; veggie greenhouse kids’ craft
July 17: Kale chips demo; butterfly puppets kids’ craft
July 24: Member Appreciation Day: The first 100 Conservatory members receive a reusable market bag and commemorative Chihuly book; grilled vegetable cooking demo; Veggie People collage kids’ craft
July 31: Grilled peaches with honey drizzle demo; paper plate flowers kids’ craft
Aug. 7: National Farmer’s Week: Family friendly health and wellness activities, free My Plate placemats, and Farmers’ Market vouchers for Buckeye Health members; fresh salsa demo; seed art kids’ craft.
Aug. 14: Seniors Appreciation Day: First 50 seniors receive a free reusable market bag with goodies inside; caprese salad skewers demo; market bingo kids’ activity
Aug. 21: Bruschetta with roasted garlic, tomato and pepper tapenade demo; apple for teacher kids’ craft
Aug. 28: Fruit kabobs demo; farmers’ market coloring pages kids’ craft; free My Plate placemats
Sept. 4: Veggie stir fry demo; scavenger hunt kids’ activity
The 6th Annual Columbus Dessert Festival Returns!