Hilliard has started its very own weekly Farmer’s Market. This is great news to residents and near-by locals who will now have access to farm fresh products that they might not have been able to get before. The market will be a weekly market held on Tuesdays from 4pm to 7pm and will feature local farmers and vendors. Yesterday was the start of the market and thankfully the rain held off although it was still very hot!
The market is held in downtown Hilliard, the area referred to as “Old Hilliard” on the corner of Main Street and Center Street. There is a parking lot there for the market and customer parking. For those familiar with the area, it is located near the entrance to the Rails to Trails path. Scott and I were out running errands yesterday and had a chance to stop by to check out the goods. I was so excited to finally be able to get to a Farmer’s Market! This was my first market trip so far this season and I have to say that the Hilliard Market didn’t disappoint!
The market is small compared to other markets I’m sure but for a market that just started this year they are off to a great beginning! There were vendors there selling everything from homemade doggie treats to honey to sausage and everything in between!
I took a walk around checking out the vendors and the produce first before making my way back and purchasing a few items. I loved seeing all of the produce available and the market was teeming with loads of berries! Strawberries and raspberries being super popular. One vendor even had some black raspberries!
This is a picture of some of my goods that I bought. Add in loads more squash to the mix because I stocked up and actually would like some more!
My favorite thing is the lettuce, red and romaine. To be honest, finding greens and lettuce was my big concern with Farmer’s Markets. Maybe that seems odd, but when I read market reports no one ever talks about greens or lettuce. To me, someone who is new to the local scene and just starting to learn about farmer’s markets, I assumed that no one grew lettuces and only focused on other produce based on other’s purchases. The fact that I found some lettuce, and huge bunches of it, made me extremely excited! The tomatoes were greenhouse tomatoes and totally organic and chemical free. They smelled amazing and I just had to get some!
The first thing I did last night was cook up some of the squash!
It was late so I didn’t do anything fancy, just roasted it in the oven at 425 for about 15 minutes. I let it sit in a marinade of:
- Olive Oil
- Toasted Sesame Oil
- Soy Sauce
- Rice Vinegar
- Salt, pepper, and garlic powder
Today I made a great salad with the lettuce and one of the tomatoes!
- Red Romain
- Red onion
- Chopped tomato
- Pumpkin seeds
Topped with balsamic, some of the raw honey, and olive oil. YUM! The tomatoes tasted exactly like summer!
Rhoads said that next week they would have corn and green beans so make sure you stop by if you are looking for the first batch of summer sweet corn! They also said in about 2-3 weeks they should start having some peaches available as well!
Participating and purchasing from your local farmer’s market helps support your local community. You will get a chance to meet the farmers and know where the food you are eating comes from. Everybody benefits from farmer’s markets!