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Interviewee: Michelle White, Market Manager (not pictured)
Location: Clintonville (North High Street and Dunedin Road)
Note: Thursday, June 18 is the 2nd Annual Benefit Concert at India Oak Grill (590 Oakland Park) from 7-10pm. This year’s entertainment includes live bluegrass music by Grassahol, a 50/50 raffle, drink specials, and CFM t-shirt sales. Proceeds go to the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center which provides vouchers to Clintonville seniors in need, as well as CFM’s Organic Farmer Initiative program.
Q | You’ve been around for 12 years! Who are some popular producers that have been at the Clintonville Farmers Market (CFM) for a long time?
A | I know! It’s amazing to look back on the market’s growth. A small group of Clintonville residents started with 6 weeks and 6 producers back in 2003. This year we’ll hold 43 unique market events (including our Wednesday market season) and host over 65 different producers. It truly does take a community. Popular longtime producers include Henson Family Farm, Conrad Hive & Honey, Sippel Family Farm, Paige’s Produce, and Wishwell Farms.
Q | Do you have the same producers at every market, or is it rotational? Can we expect any newcomers this summer?
A | A majority (over 80%) return to the market each week. We do have newcomers this season, 7 to be exact. New products at the market include fresh pasta, charcuterie, bagels, popsicles, and kimchi. A new producer, Two daughters Kimchi, is also offering hot prepared items like steamed buns and grilled cheese.
Q | Clintonville is a neighborhood with a lot of community pride, especially for CFM! What are community members’ favorite aspects of the market?
A | Here is some feedback I’ve received…
“My favorite aspect of the Clintonville Farmers Market is the variety; every farmer grows something slightly different from his/her peer. I think this is not only a draw for consumers but encourages the community among the farmers. In a society of competition, it’s nice to see people coming together to support small businesses and farmers buying from farmers at the market.” – Jess Darkes
“I love the tokens. (She’s referring to the market’s ability to accept EBT – Ohio Direction Card – and debit cards in exchange for tokens to spend at producer stalls.) It gives me the hope we will build a deep economy in Columbus. It also equalizes those on food stamps and those not.” – Vicki Fitts
“Being able to bike to the market and having a bike corral; seeing lots of friends every time I go plus the music makes it a real social event; meeting the farmer & bakers, they are so generous with their advice when I ask questions like “how do you grow that?” – Elaine Fujimura
Other things I know people come our for are the quality and freshness of the foods available.
Q | What’s in season right now?
A | Strawberries! Plus, early summer crops like beans, broccoli, cabbage, herbs, kale and leafy greens, and peas. The first flush of summer squash, peppers, and raspberries will appear in mid June.
(Links to all producers pictured below can be found at the bottom of the post.)
Pictured producer links:
Darby Valley Farm
Miller Thyme Farm
Rhoads Farm Inc.
Dangling Carrot Farm
Conrad Hive & Honey
Dan the Baker