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Columbus has some great farmers’ markets. My two favorite farmers’ markets are the North Market Farmers’ Market and the Worthington Farmers’ Market.

During the summer, I try to go to at least one farmers’ market a week, with my daughter in the stroller. She loves watching all the activity and people. I like supporting local farmers and the food is always great. 

The North Market Farmers’ Market is usually less crowded and chaotic than the Worthington Farmers’ Market. Although, the Worthington Market has a larger number of vendors and more selection. Other buyers tend to get pushy and glare at us as I try to navigate the stroller down the sidewalks in Worthington. People are more friendly at the North Market. We usually try to get to both markets as early as possible to avoid crowds and get the best selection.

When: Both markets are held on Saturdays from April to November. The North Market Farmers’ Market opens at 8 am. The Worthington Farmers’ Markets opens at 9 am. 

Where: The North Market is located at 59 Spruce Street, Columbus. There is usually parking available in the North Market parking lot. Make sure you have one of the vendors stamp your parking ticket. The Worthington Farmers’ Market is located on High Street in Old Worthington. A great place to park is the Methodist church one block south of the intersection of High Street and Route 161. 

What to Take: Take reusable grocery bags to carry your purchases. A stroller is great because you can put the goodies in the basket under the seat. However, a stroller makes it hard to navigate crowded sidewalks. When my daughter was younger, I put her in the Baby Bjorn, which freed up my hands. Cash – vendors only take cash and they always appreciate small bills. Take your sense of adventure – try a vegetable that you have never had before. You might be surprised that you like it. Last week, I bought turnips, which I had never cooked before. I sauteed them in a little olive and they were fantastic, even my little munchkin loved them. 

For more information about finding Farmers’ Markets near you, visit Local Harvest.

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