Farm Fresh and Local Produce – 8/23/08

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Columbus, Eating Local, Farmer's Market, North Market, Produce

We kind of knew before we started that this would be a long morning. I had a few items I needed to get from the North Market (some cheese from Curds and Whey, wine from Grapes of Mirth, prosciutto from Best of the Wurst, rosemary walnuts from the Greener Grocer) for tomorrow’s BBQ/Potluck, which necessitated sticking around until after 8am when these vendors opened. Luckily, I got all my farmers market shopping done while Paul was making the rounds getting the other stuff.

The weather has turned hot again. I was so enjoying the mild summer, even if my garden wasn’t. Hopefully the weather will hold out for tomorrow. One of the things I got this morning were some of those Canadice grapes from The Orchard of Bill and Vicky Thomas to go on the cheese board I’m putting together. Should be yummy.

Canadice Grapes

One of the things that Alana was passing out the other night as an amuse bouche were ground cherries, right out of hand. We enjoyed these so much that we picked up a pint of them today from Wayward Seed Farms. I’m still not sure if I’m going to keep them all for myself or pass them around myself tomorrow. Should I share?

Ground Cherries from Wayward Seed Farms

Heirloom tomatoes are everywhere and as much as I enjoy them, I prefer the cherry/grape varieties.

Assorted Chery Tomatoes

Also pretty much to be found everywhere was eggplant. Even though I stopped to admire these grafitti eggplant, I ended up getting a basket with 4 large eggplant in it for $2 instead.

Graffiti Eggplant

And Mrs. Rhoads had beautiful golden raspberries, but I passed as I wouldn’t have been able to use them in the next couple of days, and it would have been a shame to let these gorgeous berries go to waste.

Golden Raspberries from Rhoads Farm

And at Wishwell Farms (I believe), I picked up a couple of these lilac peppers. They taste unusual – not sweet at all for some reason.

Green and Lilac Peppers

We didn’t get out of the North Market until 8:45, and really didn’t find much else at Worthington, unfortunately. At least not much stuff that I hadn’t already bought at the North Market. So no pics, as it was too crowded to really take any.

Ditto with Clintonville – we got there after 9:30, and there was a line 40-deep for peaches (needless to say, they ran out quickly), and navigating it was near impossible. After picking up my eggs (they were out of CNG by the time I got there, and only had cage-free left), and some yummy foccacia, I got out of there quickly.

I love the markets, but hate the crowds. Are there any secret gem markets that you all know about that has the same kind of selection, without the aggravation? And how was your trip to the market this morning? What did you get, and what’s on the menu for you?

3 Responses to “Farm Fresh and Local Produce – 8/23/08”

  1. Polly Says:

    On Saturday, my sister and I went to Urbana’s Farm Market. Oh my, what a plethora of finds. I wasn’t able to take any photos…but, we obtained: heirloom tomatoes, jalapeno pickles, brown eggs (1.50 a dozen), beer bread, herb butter, fresh green string beans and Freshwater Farms smoked trout and smoked trout mousse!! Which, by the way – I mentioned to them how much people missed them at the North Market – they were so pleased to know that they were loved by many in the Columbus area. Take care and I hope that you have (had) a wonderful dinner today :)

  2. Trig Says:

    That’s some seriously good looking produce, Becke. It’s making me hungry!

  3. Kay Says:

    Absolutely love the photos. So colorful and sharp.

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