by Jake Fernberg; Photography Courtesy of Carole Topalian
Even though we’ve left Central Ohio’s peak growing season and are now looking straight at winter, Columbus-area food producers’ work does not end with the autumn equinox. Living, producing, and buying local is a year-round pursuit, and there are a handful of farmers markets in the area that continue to operate in winter. Here’s a quick rundown of some of our favorite weekly markets to check out this winter:
Open Seven Days
Bexley Natural Market (10am to 8pm.M-F, 10am to 6pm Sat, 11am to 5pm Sun):
A co-operative grocery store in the middle of Columbus, the Bexley Natural Market remains open all year and continues to provide highly nutritional food to their community. More like a grocery than the other markets on this list, they are also a great place to stock up on vitamins and supplements in addition to local organically grown products.
Reynoldsburg Farmers Market (4 to 7pm January 14 to February 25)
A new addition to the season this year is Reynoldsburg Market, which will be open Thursday evenings starting January 14. While specific vendors are still up in the air, the organizers of the market expect around twenty vendors offering year-round staples like breads, cheeses, and meats. In lieu of fresh produce, the Reynoldsburg Market will have craft vendors.
400 West Rich Handmade Market (December 11 7 to 11pm)
On the evening of December 11, the versatile space at 400 West Rich street will turn into a Handmade Market showing off a variety of crafts from local producers. This year’s market is being hosted by Quirky Clean, a company that hand makes bath, body and home care products, and will feature many other craft vendors.
Indoor New Albany Farmers Market (9am to 12pm)
The first Saturday of every month from December to February plays host to the New Albany Farmers Market. Come enjoy the morning at the Heit Center and check out their seasonal offerings, baked goods (including savory pastries), locally made cheese, honey, and other goods.
North Market Farmers Market (8am to 12pm)
One of the most established farmers markets in Central Ohio, the North Market Farmers Market continues on even after the growing season. Their website includes a schedule of their ever-changing vendors, and their winter offerings include local charcuterie and honey from Honeyrun Farm. Located in downtown Columbus, the North Market is a great place to start your Saturday morning.
Worthington Farmers Market (9am to 12pm)
Central Ohio’s largest farmers market continues to provide vending space to over 70 local producers in the winter months. From November to April, the market moves inside to the Shops at Worthington Place but continues to offer seasonal fruits and vegetables, baked goods, cheeses, jams, honey and syrup, as well as meat, poultry, and eggs. Continue to support the year-long tradition of the Worthington Farmers Market even after the growing season is finished.