By Mariah West
Moving on from the summer season and into the fall harvest, now is the perfect time to visit one of the many farmers’ markets that call Columbus home. Whether you’re a health food fanatic in search of organic fruit and veggies or a sweet tooth who craves something straight from the oven, there’s something for everyone at our above-and-beyond local markets. Here are five of our all-time favorites, and ones we’ll be sure to make a stop to before winter rolls along.
Worthington Farmers Market
The Farmers Market in Old Worthington is by far one of the best and largest of its kind in Central Ohio, hosting a selection of over 70 different farmers and vendors every Saturday morning year-round since 1987. Every week, this bustling market buzzes with patrons and their pups shopping and trying free samples of everything from farm-fresh goods like meat, cheese, coffee, and produce, and prepared eats including cinnamon rolls, donuts, and pressed juices. The event is also host to several special events like live music, yoga classes, a compost exchange program, cooking demos & workshops, and kids’ activities. More info >>
Clintonville Farmers’ Market
Now in its 15th season in 2017, the Clintonville Farmers’ Market continues to be widely popular within the community, running for 30 weeks of the year every Saturday, April through November. The nonprofit, producer-only market uses hosts over 60 vendors serving up organic produce, cheese & dairy, homemade jams & salsas, spices, and ethical meat like bison, beef, shrimp, fish, and poultry. All and more can be purchased using the market’s token system, which allows for cash and card as payment. More info >>
North Market Farmers’ Market
Established in 1876, the North Market holds the reputation of hosting one of the oldest farmers’ markets in the city, continuing its tradition with events every Saturday morning during the growing season. Every weekend, the event welcomes over 20 vendors to the North Market parking lot to sell their fresh-grown food and goods ranging from fruits & veggies, flowers, and herbs, to skincare, honey, and baked treats. Shoppers are also encouraged to explore inside the market, which is home to 35 additional resident vendors and eateries. More info >>
Nestled between the skyscrapers in the heart of Downtown is the semiweekly Pearl Market on Pearl and Lynn Alleys, taking place every Tuesday and Friday in June through October. This event hosts over 50 rotating and permanent farmers, artisan vendors, food trucks, musicians, and even local nonprofits that want to have a presence. In addition to the typical farm fare like produce, meat, and flowers, the Pearl Market also offers prepared foods like kettle corn, Belgian waffles, and pitas, and a variety of handmade craft goods like jewelry, clothing, artwork, and candles. More info >>
Grove City Farmers’ Market
Grove City’s location on the outskirts of town amongst many farmlands and countrysides might be a factor in the stellar Farmers’ Market the neighborhood boasts. Every Thursday afternoon in June through October, the market’s 50+ peddlers offer locally home-grown flowers and fruit & veggies by the truckload in addition to edible finds like honey, pepperoni rolls, homemade noodles, and baked goods like cookies, muffins, crumb cake, and various types of breads. The market also frequently hosts musical acts for additional entertainment. More info >>
Skip the grocery store next time and try one of these and more of Columbus’ finest farmers’ markets; you won’t be disappointed in what you’ll find and taste.