This afternoon Penny and I walked over to the initial New Albany Farmers Market. The Market will be held between 4 and 7 p.m. every Thursday, from now until early September, in the Market Square area in front of the library.
The Market drew a good crowd and the farmers must have been doing a pretty brisk trade, because by the time we got there at around 6 p.m. some of the items were sold out. We saw stands from many Ohio farming communities, including Hiram, Frazeyburg, and Fredericktown. Items for sale included honey (with and without honeycombs), artisanal cheeses and meats, berries, ice cream, freshly baked breads (including gluten-free options), various kinds of vegetables, yogurt, sweet corn, and preserves. The stands ran up and down both sides of the Market Square roadway, and it looked like organizers could squeeze in a few more if some other local farmers express interest.
I was tempted by some fresh goat cheese, but the varieties I asked for were sold out. (The woman at the stand promised to have a bigger supply next week.) Instead, I bought some Muenster cheese made from milk taken from 100% grass fed cows, and it is quite good. If you live in the Columbus area and support the local sourcing of food, or if you just want to sample some freshly picked or home-cooked fare, the New Albany Farmers Market is well worth a visit.