Black Radish Creamery

IMG_2448The California Girl has been back in Ohio for less than two weeks, and already she’s become mildly addicted to the jams and preserves prepared by Black Radish Creamery, a local central Ohio outfit that Kish and I discovered recently at the New Albany Farmer’s Market. 

Two weeks ago we bought several of the Black Radish concoctions in anticipation of the California Girl’s visit with the California Guy.  We grilled out the night of their arrival and prepared chicken on skewers glazed with the Black Radish peach preserves, and it was a hit.  But the California Girl particularly relishes the King B, a combination of black raspberries, cane sugar, organic lemon juice, lemon zest, sea salt, and vanilla bean.  Needless to say, it (like the California Girl herself) rocks.

The California Girl is leaving this weekend, and charged me with the mission of going to tonight’s Farmers’ Market and picking up a few more jars of the King B while she and Kish are off visiting their cousin and The Ultimate Cheapskate.  So the Farmers’ Market is where I found myself an hour or so ago, trying to control two straining, surging, misbehaving dogs while I fished out my wallet and bought some more of the fresh, fruity goodness in a jar.

Mission accomplished, California Girl!  The King B awaits your return, and I hope you take it back to the West Coast and give your Golden State buddies a taste of what Ohio has to offer.

To The Bloodmobile!

This afternoon I gave blood at the American Red Cross bloodmobile at the New Albany Farmer’s Market.  It was one of eight different mobile units that were out for blood in the central Ohio area today.

IMG_2400It’s the first time I’ve donated at a bloodmobile, as opposed to the set-up when the Red Cross comes to visit our law firm — and the whole time the voice in my head was saying, in its best Adam-West-as-Batman tones:  “To the bloodmobile!”

The principal difference between the bloodmobile and the standard set-up is the number of machines that are available.  Other than that, the process was the same.  There are four comfortable padded couches — two to a side — on which donors can recline while doing their civic duty, and the staff was friendly and professional.  All told, it took me about 40 minutes to verify my identity, answer the health questions, give blood, and then grab a water bottle and snack and head out the door to buy some cheese, preserves, and apple butter at the Farmer’s Market.

There’s always a need for blood., and giving is a good way to help your community and people in need.  If you’re at a place where the bloodmobile is visiting and you’ve got a few minutes to spare, your donation would be much appreciated!

At The New Albany Farmer’s Market

IMG_6197From today until the end of the summer, the town square area of New Albany will feature a weekly Farmers’ Market, every Thursday from 4-7 p.m.  It’s a nifty event that gives area farmers and entrepreneurs a chance to display their wares while New Albany residents stroll along and decide whether to indulge in a fresh-baked pie or some buffalo meat.

Today the Farmers’ Market featured jams, sweet corn and fresh produce, baked goods, homemade ethnic food, ice cream, and a slew of other goodies.  I went for some honey from Latshaw Apiaries, just down the road in Alexandria, Ohio, and two kinds of cheese from the Kokoborrego Cheese Company in Mt. Gilead, Ohio.

I love having the Farmers’ Market as a local sourcing option.  This afternoon we walked there with the dogs, we got some exercise, I bought my goods, and we supported area businesses — all at the same time.

The New Albany Farmers Market

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.