By Jake Fernberg, Photography by Carole Topalian
OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
BEXLEY NATURAL MARKET: 508 NORTH CASSADY AVE (M-F 10-8, SA 10-6 SUN 11-5)
A unique, cooperative grocery store with a mission to bring highly nutritional food to its community, the Bexley Natural Market is open seven days a week in order to provide wonderfully fresh food. Bexley Natural Market provides not only local, organically grown products, they also are a great place to buy bulk herbs, vitamins and supplements.
CLINTONVILLE COMMUNITY MARKET: 200 CRESTVIEW ROAD (M-SU 9 AM-9PM)
A member-owned grocery store that prides itself on bringing organic and natural products to Clintonville residents at fair prices, the Clintonville Community Market offers a plethora of locally produced foods. The market also has a kitchen and diner on the premises, with a menu designed to showcase some of the local Ohio goods.
NEAR EAST SIDE COOPERATIVE MARKET: 85 PARSONS AVE (M-F 4PM-7PM, SA AND SU 1PM-5PM)
A market dedicated to bringing affordable, fresh food to a community that could be considered a food desert (there is no grocery store within three miles), the Near East Side Cooperative Market is thriving as they move into a new location for the summer and foreseeable future. They offer fruits, vegetables, grains, meats and dairy, as well as a limited selection of wholesome processed foods.
HILLIARD FARM MARKET: MAIN AND CENTER ST. DOWNTOWN OLD HILLIARD (4PM-7PM)
The Hilliard Farm Market has, since 2007, has provided the vibrant Columbus community the opportunity to purchase products directly from farmers. The growing community has a vast array of vendors, from dog treats to olive oils and everything in between.
FRANKLINTON PRODUCE MARKET: 1003 W TOWN ST. (3PM-7PM)
This market prides itself on featuring local fresh foods at very low prices. Throughout the season, the produce stand offers various berries and greens grown in the Franklinton Urban Gardens.
PEARL MARKET DOWNTOWN COLUMBUS FARMS MARKET: PEARL ALLEY BETWEEN GAY AND BROAD ST (10:30AM-2PM)
Pearl Market offers a variety of farm fresh produce from all over Central Ohio in the heart of Downtown Columbus. With its various lunch options, live music offerings, and diverse produce selection, Pearl Market enriches downtown every Tuesday and Saturday.
CLINTONVILLE FARMERS MARKET: N. HIGH ST. BETWEEN ORCHARD LN AND WEST DUNEDIN RD (4PM-7PM) STARTING JULY 1
During the peak of summer, the Clintonville Farmers Market is open twice a week in order to provide more access to wholesome local foods to the Columbus community. The Clintonville Market has a vast, incredibly fresh selection: greens, berries, cheese, breads and even popsicles are available at the market depending on when in the season you arrive.
MAIN STREET DELAWARE’S FARMERS MARKET: DOWNTOWN DELAWARE (3PM-6PM)
The sidewalks of Historic Downtown Delaware fill up with seasonal produce and baked goods at the Delaware Farmers Market. Vendors also offer flowers and plants both live and cut and crafts like soap and pottery. The market also runs on Saturdays.
DUBLIN FARMERS MARKET: 4261 WEST DUBLIN GRANVILLE RD. (3:30PM-6:30PM)
The Dublin Farmers Market provides a rain or shine chance to stock up on fresh, local produce grown and produced authentically. They regularly update their blog with posts on what foods are coming in to season and that week’s vendors.
FRANKLIN PARK CONSERVATORY FARMERS MARKET: 1777 E BROAD ST. (3:30PM-6:30PM)
Enjoy seasonal produce and fresh dairy, meats, and baked goods at the Franklin Park Farmers Market. They also host various local food trucks, and with a location parallel to the botanical gardens, a scenic outing is guaranteed.
NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL MARKET: LIVINGSTON PARK (11AM-1PM) EVERY OTHER TUESDAY STARTING JULY 15
Entering their second year, the Nationwide Childrens’ Hospital Farmers’ Market represents a chance for healthy food options to be available to community residents and visitors. Last summer, each day of the market had a different theme, with one market highlighting greens and another focusing on gourds. While a 2015 schedule has yet to be announced, hopefully the offerings remain informative and exciting.
UPPER ARLINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 1945 RIDGEVIEW ROAD (3PM-6PM)
This market is held every Wednesday rain or shine, and features fresh and local produce like herbs, asparagus, rhubarb, and more. They also offer blade-sharpening services on the first Wednesday of every month.
UPTOWN WESTERVILLE FARMERS MARKET: CORNER OF N. STATE AND E. HOME ST., WESTERVILLE (3PM-6PM)
Open since 2006, the outdoor Uptown Westerville Farmers Market is a great place to get farm fresh food from all over Central Ohio. Vendors also feature seasonal produce, floral arrangements and more.
BEXLEY FARMERS MARKET: PARKVIEW AND MAIN ST. (4PM-7PM)
Conveniently located on Main Street, Bexley Farmers’ Market offers a variety of goods, including locally grown produce, handmade pasta, and even gourmet popsicles. The market also has a food truck and community table area, and weekly musical entertainment.
EASTON FARMERS MARKET: EASTON TOWN SQUARE (4PM-7PM)
Easton Farmers Market presents a unique opportunity to purchase local products like produce, herbs, honey, free range chicken, and more while also in an outdoor mall setting. Local musicians play at the weekly market, and the market also features children’s entertainment like face painting.
NEW ALBANY FARMERS MARKET: 200 MARKET ST., NEW ALBANY (4PM-7PM) STARTING JUNE 18
The New Albany Farmers Market has a mission to bring “the Farm to Market Square” and provide a venue that promotes community health by providing access to locally grown and produced goods. They are proud to offer local breads, fruits, vegetables, and greens.
PICKERINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 89 NORTH CENTER ST., PICKERINGTON (4PM-7PM)
Heading into their third season and located in Olde Pickerington Village, the Pickerington Farmers Market is proud to provide close to two dozen local vendors the opportunity to sell their wares to the citizens of Pickerington. Vendors at the market showcase produce, meats, dairy products, baked goods, and more.
PLAIN CITY FARMERS MARKET: S. CHILLLICOTHE AND S.R. 161 (4:30PM-7PM) STARTING JULY 9
Plain City Farmers Market prides itself on offering fresh fruit, vegetables, baked goods, artisan cheeses, and hot sandwiches. They will have a special opening for Plain City’s Independence Day Parade, where they will have crafts and live music as well as their normal wares.
REYNOLDSBURG FARMERS MARKET: 1520 DAVIDSON DR., HUBER PARK OHIO (3:30PM-6:30 PM) STARTING JUNE 18
Reynoldsburg Farmers Market is an expanding market providing local produce to their city’s residents. This year they will offer fresh produce including berries and greens while also providing space to vendors like Ohio City Pasta and Olde Village Meats.
COLUMBUS PUBLIC HEALTH MARKET: 240 PARSONS AVE (9AM-1PM) JULY 30—AUGUST 13
A market that will be held three times this summer, the Columbus Public Health Market is designed to bring healthful, fresh foods to areas that could be considered food deserts.
A great way to spend the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, the 400 West Rich Farmers and Makers Market is a lot of things: the versatile converted warehouse functions as a music venue, farmers market, art gallery, craft market, and coffee house. The Farmers and Makers market is proud to provide vending space for Ohio farmers and growers in an effort to create a sustainable food community in Columbus, along with their more eclectic artistic offerings.
BATTELLE PLAZA FARMERS MARKET: 375 N FRONT ST. (11AM-1:30PM) STARTING JULY 11
A relatively new market entering its second year, the Battelle Plaza Farmers Market brings locally produced goods to the Arena District. The cash only market is still growing, but includes vendors of fresh produce, honey and beeswax products, and even locally made jams and jellies.
CANAL WINCHESTER FARMERS MARKET: 36 S. HIGH ST., CANAL WINCHESTER (9AM-NOON)
This market offers fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, homemade baked goods, flowers, and various crafts. They are open rain or shine throughout the summer in an effort to support the local agriculture community.
CLINTONVILLE FARMERS MARKET: N. HIGH ST. BETWEEN ORCHARD LANE AND WEST DUNEDIN ROAD (9AM-NOON)
The Clintonville Market has a vast, incredibly fresh selection: greens, berries, cheese, breads and baked goods are available at the market depending on when in the season you arrive. The Clintonville Market is filled with vendors that only sell what they themselves have produced, often under organic methods and guidelines.
MAIN STREET DELAWARE’S FARMERS MARKET: DOWNTOWN DELAWARE (9:30aM-12:30PM)
The sidewalks of Historic Downtown Delaware fill up with seasonal produce and baked goods at the Delaware Farmer’s Market. Vendors also offer flowers and plants both live and cut and crafts like soap and pottery. During the peak of summer, the Market runs on Wednesday as well.
With more than 60 vendors, the Grandview Avenue Farmers Market has an incredible array of options. This year, the market will provide fresh produce from numerous farms, consciously-raised beef, to more specialized fare like gluten-free baked goods, and even an apothecary.
GROVE CITY FARMERS MARKET: 4035 BROADWAY, GROVE CITY (8AM-NOON)
Open rain or shine, the Grove City Farmers Market offers over 30 licensed vendors space to sell fresh produce, baked goods, and more. The Market also runs a “Family Fun Day,” where live entertainment and games like cornhole add a fair-like atmosphere to the standard market fare.
JEFFERSON COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET: 6540 HAVENS CORNER, BLACKLICK (9AM-NOON) STARTING JUNE 20
Jefferson Community Farmers Market recently moved locations to the grounds of the Blacklick Elementary School, which reinforces the community-centric feel of the market. Opening in late June, they are excited to offer fresh produce, grass-fed meat, and locally collected honey and syrup.
LANCASTER FARMERS MARKET: 239 W. MAIN ST., LANCASTER (8AM-NOON)
From May to October, the Lancaster Farmers Market showcases over 30 vendors, offering everything from fresh produce to artisan soaps and lotions. Vendors from all over Central Ohio convene at the Lancaster Farmers Market, providing a wide variety of goods.
MERION VILLAGE FARMERS MARKET: 115 E. MOLER STREET (9AM-NOON)
A market entering its second summer, the Merion Village farmers market stresses community. They encourage shoppers to not only survey their fresh produce but to have picnic meals on the grounds and listen to the local jazz musicians that play weekly at the market.
MOUNT VERNON FARMERS MARKET: MOUNT VERNON PUBLIC SQUARE, MOUNT VERNON (9AM-NOON)
Centrally located in the Mount Vernon Public Square, this market offers produce, flowers, honey, and more. This season, they also have a handful of vendors that sell grass-fed meats.
North Market Farmers Market: 59 Spruce Street (8AM-Noon)
One of the longest running farmers markets in Central Ohio, the North Market farmers market offers a wonderful selection of some of the best farmers and vendors in the region. Find everything from high-quality local flowers and honey, to fresh vegetables and fruits, planters for your garden, and more.
POWELL FARMERS MARKET: 240 N. LIBERTY STREET, POWELL (9AM-NOON)
The Powell Farmers Market will be entering its fifth year providing the greater Powell Area with access to fresh locally produced food. The Market includes venders that offer homemade soaps, salsas and seasoning rubs, homegrown produce, and home baked goods.
SUNBURY FARMERS MARKET: SUNBURY SQUARE, SUNBURY (9AM-NOON)
The Sunbury Farmers Market offers various homegrown and hand-made products. A growing vendor community, this summer the market will showcase gluten-free baked goods, chutneys and jellies, grass-fed beef, and more.
WORTHINGTON FARMERS MARKET: OLDE WORTHINGTON (8AM-NOON)
The Worthington Farmers Market is the largest farmers market in Central Ohio, and it runs year round (they operate indoors from November through April). Held in downtown Worthington, the market vendors provide locally raised fruits, vegetables, cheeses, cuts of meat, and many other goods.
THE RAVENS’ FARMERS MARKET: 1555 S. JAMES ROAD (1PM-4PM)
A market aimed at improving the food offerings on the East Side of Columbus, The Ravens’ Farmers Market provides fresh produce and baked goods. The neighborhood market also provides jams, honeys, and spices.