Community farmers markets

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
Shelby Siegenthaler of Wishwell Farms sets out tomatoes in her stand at the farmers market in New Albany's Market Square.

It's easier than ever to buy local this summer as most communities host weekly farmers markets. Here is our guide to fresh produce in your community.

Note: Many markets will not be held because of the holiday July 3-4 and during community events.

400 West Rich (downtown Columbus)

400 West Rich Farmers and Makers Market is a great way to spend the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 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 (Arena District).

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 375 N. Front Street. 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.


Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. through the end of October, at 2111 E. Main St. Vendors include: Bridgman Farm, Dan the Baker, Hirsch Fruit Farm, Ohio Farm Direct, Oink Moo Cluck Farms, Rhoads Farm, Sara Bee Pure Honey and more.

Canal Winchester

Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon through Sept. 26 in downtown business district area. The market will be closed on August 8 to accomodate the Canal Winchester Blues & Ribfest, and Sept. 5 for the Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival. Vendors include: Aunt Bea's Fudge, Black Thai Farm, Five Siblings, Fornof Farm Market, Gold N Harvest Farm, Happy Puppy Farms, Nova Terra Farms, Moat's Fresh Produce and more.


9 a.m.-noon Saturdays along N. High Street, between Orchard Lane and W. Dunedin Road. The peak-season Wednesday market will open on July 1, 4-7 p.m. One of central Ohio's largest weekly farm markets. Roughly 60-70 vendors participate each week including: Branstool Orchards, Circle S Farms, Conrad Hive & Honey, Swainway Urban Farm, Oink Moo Cluck Farms, Ohio Farm Direct, The Blueberry Patch, Ohio Bison Farm and more.

Columbus Public Health

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 240 Parsons Ave on selective Saturdays in July and August. A market that will be held three times this summer, the Columbus Public Health Market is designed to bring healthful, freshfoods to areas that could be considered food deserts.


Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the shady side of Sandusky Street downtown. Vendors vary.


Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Oakland Nursery parking lot off of S.R. 161 near the Shoppes at River Ridge. Seasonal market runs through the end of September. Vendors include: Hirsch Fruit Farm, The Bakery at ResTORAHtion Farm, Oink Moo Cluck Farms, SaraBee Pure Honey, Moffitt Maple Farm, Rhoads Farms,Kingdom Fish and more.


Thursdays 4-7 p.m. in Easton Town Square. 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.

Franklin Park Conservatory

Wednesdays from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. at 777 E Broad Street. 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.


Tuesdays from 4-7 p.m. at 1003 W Town Street. This market prides itself on featuringlocal fresh foods at very low prices. Throughout the season, the produce stand offers various berries and greens grown in the Franklinton Urban Gardens.

• German Village/Downtown Pearl Market

Located in the alleyways between Broad, High, Gay and Third Streets, Pearl Market runs Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., mid-May through October. Vendors include: Darby Valley Farm, Jones Farm, Och's Fruit Farm, Franklinton Gardens and more.

Gahanna (Jefferson Township)

Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon June 20 through August 29 at Blacklick Elementary School. Vendors include: Richardson Family Maple Farm, Doran's Farm Market, Sweet Addictions Bakery, Taste by Design and more.

Grandview Heights

Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Grandview Avenue next to the post office.

Granville Farmers' Market

Saturdays, May 9 to October 31; 8:30 am to noon along N. Main St. Located 30 miles east of Columbus. Ten new vendors this year and a total of 61 spaces. Market ends on Oct. 31 this year.

Grove City

Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon through Sept. 12 at the Grove City Town Center. Vendors include: Blueberry Valley, Folsom & Pine Farm, Ohio Bison Farm, White Dove Herbs Schott's Farms Derby Creek Beef Bought-A-Bean, Bell's Country Mart and more.


Tuesday nights through Sept. 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Hilliard United Methodist Church. Vendors include: Crumbz Cakery, Pot and Petal, Blue Jacket Dairy, The Brown and Blonde Bakery, Hirsch Fruit Farm and more.


Saturdays starting June 20 and running through Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon downtown.


Saturdays from May to October, 8 a.m. to noon at 239 W. Main Street in Lancaster. 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

9 a.m.-noon Saturdays at 115 E. Moler Street. 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.

Nationwide Children's Hospital

Livingston Park every other Tuesday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 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.

Marysville (Union County)

Downtown Marysville on Saturday mornings through Oct. 10 and in Richwood on Monday evenings through Oct. 12. The Union County Farmer's Market features vendors who are all from Union County, or from a surrounding county, that are providing wonderful locally grown, raised, baked, and made goods that are as true to Ohio as possible.

Plain City

S. Chillicothe and S.R. 161 from 4:30-7 p.m. 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.

New Albany

Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. in Market Square through Sept. 17. *Also at Easton Town Center Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Locally grown and sourced produce, cheese and meats.

Pataskala/Licking County

Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. from June to September along South Main Street in Pataskala.


Thursday evenings starting June 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. at 89 N. Center St. Market runs through Sept. 24. A Fancy Farmstead, Berry Family Farm, Down the Road Farm, Fornof Farm Market, Hinton Apiaries, Schultz Valley Farms and more.


The market will be held from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Oct. 24 at the Liberty Square shopping plaza north of the city's downtown.


Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. at Huber Park from June 18 through Sept. 10. Vendors include: Black Thai Farm, Olde Village Meats, Doggie Delicacies, Underhill Farm and more.


Saturdays in Sunbury Square from 9 a.m. - 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.

The Ravens' Market

Saturdays, 1555 S. James Road from 1-4 p.m. 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.

Upper Arlington

Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Upper Arlington Senior Center, 1945 Ridgeview Road.

Uptown Westerville

Wednesdays 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. May through October at N. State & E. Home in Uptown Westerville. Vendors include: Bird's Haven Farms, The Blueberry Patch, Doran's Family

Farm, Branstool Orchards, Flying J Farm, Fox Hollow Farm and more.


Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon downtown along North High Street. The Worthington Farmers Market is proud to be a part of the Veggie SNAPs program this market season. The market is one of the largest in central Ohio with over 70 vendors each week. Vendors include: 2 Crows Farms, Blue Jacket Dairy, Curly Tail Organic Farm, Jorgensen Farms, Mockingbird Meadows, Swainway Urban Farm, VanScoy Farms, Oink Moo Cluck Farms LLC, ohio farm direct, Pies by The PieMan, Dan the Baker, Sippel Family Farm/Kokoborrego Cheese, SaraBee Pure Honey and much more.


Bexley Natural Market(year-round)

508 N. Cassady Ave. Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 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 (year-round)

200 Crestview Road. Monday-Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. 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.

Delaware County Community Market (year-round)

222 East William Street, Delaware. Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday Noon - 4 p.m.) The Delaware County Community Market Corp is a member-owned market. A member of Ohio Proud, the market offers locally produced foods. The market has a large pre-prepared food area.

Near East Side Cooperative Market (seasonal)

85 Parsons Ave. Monday-Friday 4-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1-5 p.m. A market dedicated to bringingaffordable, 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.

Yutzy's Farm Market (year-round)

6010 Converse Huff Road, Plain City. Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Our fresh produce is grown right here on the farm, from U-pick strawberries in June to sweet corn starting in July. We also offer a full line of fresh fruits and vegetables year around and seasonal items like southern peaches, Michigan blueberries, New York apples and cherries, and Indiana melons. We carry a full line of bulk foods, including spices and baking supplies. Our deli is stocked with the finest meat and cheese you can find. Step up to the counter, and we'll slice it just how you like it, whether it's Virginia baked ham or Swiss cheese. Our deli meat and cheese is delivered fresh from Holmes County every week.

North Market (year-round)

59 Spruce Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Sunday - Monday: 10am - 5pm. Tuesday - Saturday: 9am - 7pm. Baked goods; Bedding plants; Canned or preserved fruits/vegetables; Coffee/tea; Cut flowers; Dairy products; Eggs; Fresh/dried herbs; Fresh fruits; Fresh vegetables; Honey; Maple syrup/products; Mushrooms; Poultry/fowl meat/products; Red/other non-poultry meat/products; Soap/body care products.

Miller's Country Gardens (seasonal)

2488 State Route 37 West, Delaware. Monday - Saturday 9 am to 7 pm. At Miller's Country Gardens you can't get produce any fresher. We pick our crops everyday so you can enjoy the very best in quality. Normally around mid-July and going through September we are picking tomatoes, sweet corn, melons, beans, peppers, cucumbers, squash, potatoes, onions and much more. (Note: All crops are subject to availablility.)

Doran's Farm Market (seasonal)

5462 Babbitt Road. New Albany. Open May-October, daily 10 a.m.-7 p.m., during strawberry season open at 8 a.m. Mums and Harvest the Arts Festival - second Saturday in October. Products sold: Apples, asparagus, beans, beets, blackberries, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, cherries, cider, cucumbers, eggplant, grapes, herbs, honey, melons, onions, peaches, pears, peas, peppers, plums, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, rhubarb, squash, strawberries, sweet corn, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon and zucchini.

Schacht Farm Market (seasonal)

5950 Shannon Road, Canal Winchester. Open September & October, Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 am - 5 pm. and Sundays in October only noon-5 p.m. Conveniently located on the far east side of Columbus. Established in 1981. As of the 2013 season, we will offer a wide variety of products in the Autumn season. Some crops will be available both picked and U-pick.

Smith Farm Market (year-round)

3341 Winchester Pike, Columbus. Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Summer hours starting in May: 9 am-7 pm Monday - Saturday and 11 am-5pm Sunday. Seeds, seed potatoes, onion sets, dry straw, firewood. Pies baked on site, homemade fudge, real ice cream, hanging baskets, and planters. Featuring our famous sugar corn end of June to the end of September. Southern Pit BBQ stand,

Jacquemin Farms Market (seasonal)

7437 Hyland-Croy Rd. Open June-October, Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. In October only Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. *Hours during June (strawberry season) are Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. We have a "Fall Fun Days" weekends in October. Fun Days include: straw maze, kiddie playland, hayrides, inflatables, pumpkin picking and school field trips.