Our farm-based vendors drive as long as 2 hours to arrive in Westerville on Wednesday afternoons (and have sometimes been in the fields since as early as 2 a.m.), that also means up to 2 hours to head home. And, they all have working farms and must return to their farms and complete the work they have to do to end the day as they prepare for the next. It really is fresh-baked, and often, food artisans need to go home to prepare their foods for the next market on the next day.
Additionally, some vendors - to make best use of the trip to Greater Columbus - have deliveries to make before and after Market Wednesday.
The market sets up in a space graciously provided by Church of the Messiah and we need to work within their schedule - they vacate the space on our behalf on Wednesdays and have lots of activities Wednesday evenings - and in classic Uptown Westerville fashion, one event winds down and cars begin arriving for the next activity as we finish up our load-out at the end of the day.
We have considered and tested extended hours - market management has twice (2006 and 2009) publicized and tested longer hours and market hours correspond to actual market activity and interest - 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Can't get to the market until 5:30 or 6? Talk to your favorite vendor - most vendors are happy to save back fresh produce and artisan goods for 'on your way home from work' pick up.
Thank you for your interest in buying fresh and buying local. Central Ohio has the good fortune of an abundance of farmers' markets almost every day of the week, including weekends.
Market Wednesday opens for business at 3:00 p.m.
3 p.m. is 3 p.m.
Asking will not get you a different answer.
Produce, meat & poultry, egg, dairy, bakery, and cottage food vendors are held to a standard by this market, federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations. To participate in the Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market, vendors must agree to respect and meet those standards.
When you come to market, when you get out of your car, while you're at market, and before you head out - take a beat and take stock - know where your car, purse, keys, wallet, phone, checkbook, charge cards, sunglasses, pacifiers, valuables, and purchases are at all times. There is a lot going on at a farmers' market and it's just very easy to get distracted.
The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is a non-smoking environment. Thanks.
The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market is open rain or shine... when it's your basic summer rainfall, but we're not fools... in the event of severe weather (lightning, tornado sirens, mircroburst conditions), the market will suspend or close.
If the market suspends, any vendor with customer pick-ups will stay until 6 p.m.
Consider bringing a cooler or stay-cold bag. Meats and poultry are sold frozen. Eggs, milk, cheese, and other dairy are sold refrigerated. (Or just to keep produce selections cool on the way home.)
This market is a safe place.
There are times and places for everything and the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market is not a place for causes, campaigns, commercial outreach, or candidates.
No unapproved solicitation of market patrons or vendors permitted.
We want our market patrons to feel they can enter and leave the market unencumbered, be undistracted from their children, and just completely enjoy their trip to the market.
Please note that the market takes place on private property. Sidewalks are public spaces, and with that, we expect common courtesy, common sense, and respect for applicable laws.
Discretion is the better part of valor, and in the end, will win you more friends.
Thank you for being so understanding.
Common courtesy. Common sense. Kindness. Treat people the way you would want to be treated. Relax. (It's a farmers' market!) Browse. Visit. Taste. Shop. Enjoy.
Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter which fork you use. - Emily Post
Our vendors are people who love to talk shop and make sure you get along okay while you're shopping. Got a question? Just ask.
Vendor participation in programs such as WIC, and Senior Programs, varies by the vendor. Just ask your favorite vendor what programs they may participate in before you make a purchase.
Franklin County LifeCare Alliance Senior Farmers' Market coupons (fresh produce and honey) are currently accepted at Bird's Haven Farms, Bridgman Farm, and Doran's Family Farm.
Bird's Haven Farms and Doran's Family Farm participate in the WIC Farmers' Market coupon program (unprepared fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs).
Delaware County (SourcePoint) Senior Farmers' Market coupons (for Delaware County residents) are accepted at Bird's Haven Farms (fresh produce, herbs, vegetable and herb plants).
(The WARM Fresh Green Program has been retired. Fresh produce is now available on-site at WARM. )
Prices as Marked. Just like the grocery store. (As a rule, a farmers' market is not a place to haggle over prices.)
Home-grown. Home-made. All Ohio.
Parking is free on-street, across the street, and just to the east of the market space. There are bike racks in Rotary Park on the SE corner of E. Home and N. State.
All Market Wednesday Vendors (except Malabar Peach and Apple Orchard) accept VISA, MC, Amex, and Discover debit and credit cards.
If you need cash, Uptown Westerville ATMs:
Middlefield Bank, 17 N. State, near W. Main, ATM at the drive-thru behind the bank
Union Savings Bank, 44 S. State, @ Winter St., across from City Hall
Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., Kemba ATM inside library entry way
Bope Sunoco, 150 S. State @ the corner of E. Walnut and S. State
Market Hours... The Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market opens for business at 3 p.m. each Wednesday @ N. State and E. Home Streets (62 N. State) from May through October and closes at 6 p.m.
Market set up is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
UPTOWN WESTERVILLE FARMERS' MARKET