If it’s Saturday morning, you’re likely to find us in downtown Worthington, enjoying the ever so popular Worthington Farmers Market. This year-round event takes place from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. on North High Street (May – October) — and moves to the The Shops at Worthington Place during the winter months (November – April). We’ve fallen into a routine of getting the kids up, eating a quick breakfast and then heading over to the market to grab up some ingredients for our weekend meals.
I’ll admit, it can be overwhelming at first as the sidewalks are packed with people — be prepared to maneuver around strollers, dogs on leashes and often long lines at some of the more popular stands. However, I’d say it’s well worth it for the high-quality produce, poultry, beef, etc. that you can find.
While I’m sure every vendor is worth checking out, I’ve highlighted some of our favorites below:
- Bailey’s Drive-In Donuts – The kids love grabbing a bucket of these fluffy donut holes covered in cinnamon and sugar. They’re the perfect snack to occupy them while we navigate the market. Check out these “famously delicious” donuts while you’re there — and visit their website for updates on available flavors like blueberry, apple cider and pumpkin (yum!).
- The Crazy Cucumber – If you’re into pickles (or even if you’re not), be sure to check out this stand. It’s hard to miss as the line usually wraps around the parking lot — and for good reason. With flavors like hot garlic, horseradish and our favorite, sour, you’re sure to find something that meets your pickle fix.
- Doran’s Farm Market – If you’re searching for some fresh produce, be sure to stop by Doran’s. They offer a variety of vegetables including zucchini, eggplant, onions and our go-to, their delicious tomatoes. We’ve also enjoyed their fresh sweet corn on occasion and it never disappoints.
- Hummavore – Hummus is a family favorite (seriously, Ellie can eat a whole tub of it by herself) so we were extremely excited to see it sold at the market! You can try different flavors before you buy – and believe me, you’ll want to buy more than one. Some of our favorites include the ‘Mid-East’ and ‘Toum’ (garlic).
- Ohio Bison Farm – We very much enjoyed these excellent bison steaks — fresh and free of hormones and GMOs, they make the perfect meal for a date-night in.
- Tilley Farmstead – Another favorite of ours if we’re on the hunt for fresh produce. We love their sweet onions, garlic, zucchini and squash.
I highly recommend checking the market out this fall — and also be sure to stop by some of the local stores and restaurants that line High Street while you’re there.
Hungry? If you’re lucky, you might be able to snag a table on the sidewalk at The Whitney House so you can check out all the action while you grab some lunch.
Thirsty? Stop by House Wine for a glass of Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. During the Farmer’s Market, you can enjoy samples and tastings — or just grab a bottle or two to take home with you.