I visited Easton Farmer’s Market this afternoon with friend, fellow foodie and owner of Columbus Food Aventures, Bethia. We were both so pleased to see so many vendors and such a comprehensive market for something so new. In only its second week, it was a veritable grocery store in the parking lot just behind Fadó and J Crew. Go figure.
Produce highlights include fresh produce from Rock Dove Farms (from whom I scored fresh shelling peas), Wishwell Farms (which had gorgeous fresh broccoli crowns, asparagus and already beautiful tomatoes) and Ann’s Raspberry Farm. Today, once again, I ran out of cash before I made a full circle around the market. I couldn’t help but pick up several varieties of heirloom tomato plants (including brandywine, persimmon and Aunt Ruby’s German green).
One of the great things about Easton market right now is how complete it is. In addition to all that great produce, there are a ton of artisanal foods vendors as well. Namely, Omega Bakery, whom you’re probably familiar with only at the North Market. Easton Market is a great location to pick up some of their spectacular bread if you live a bit closer to the ‘burbs. You can also score some great Lucky Cat Bakery goodies there as well.
Also easily pick-up-able are cheeses from Blue Jacket Dairy (say yes to cheese curds!) and Mackenzie Creamery, whose chèvre is practically legendary, it’s so yummy. Other proteins to be had include grass fed beef from Long Meadows Beef and locally raised bison from Ohio Bison farm. Frijolito Farm is there as well with their rich eggs and delicious chicken (lots of their food comes from vegetable scraps from the Greener Grocer).
There are, amazingly, so many more vendors to be had. Plus kids activities and chef demonstrations courtesy of the wonderful Local Matters. Or pick up a copy of the latest issue of Edible Columbus near the non-profit information table. My favorite idea is the Veggie Valet, which allows you to shop, then drop off your purchases to be stored in a cooled truck up until 8pm while you peruse the rest of Easton. Genius.
Full slideshow of today’s fun and games can be found on Bethia’s Flickr.
Easton Farmer’s Market | Thursdays, 3:00 PM-7:00 PM | June through September