by Jaime Moore
Farmers’ market season is in full swing, and there’s no marketplace quite like the Dublin Farmers’ Market. Located in the parking lot of the Oakland Nursery, the market is in its third year and hosts 20 vendors from around the state. Hailing from Chillicothe to Ridgeway and everywhere in-between, these farmers, bakers and food artisans offer a diverse array of products that include fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese, breads and baked goods, honey, jam, flowers and more.
Shopping at the market is a win-win for everyone, for several reasons. Customers know the origin of their food—products bought at the market travel fewer than 70 miles, compared to the national average of 1,500 miles for items sold in grocery stores. The food is fresher, too; typically harvested hours before the market, so it still contains vital vitamins and nutrients.
Customers are also able to speak directly with the person that grew the food or made the product and ask pertinent questions: How was the animal raised and what did it eat? When were the strawberries picked? Vendors are prohibited from purchasing food from wholesale or terminal operations.
The market encourages customers to try something new—more than 14 different product categories are represented, including dog food, gluten-free products and artisan breads. Purchases sustain locally owned businesses, too; the market supports more than 20 vendors and employs more than 30 people each week.
The Dublin Farmers’ Market is open from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday through September. To make the most of a visit, follow these “marketing” tips.
Bring bags and baskets. This reduces waste at the market and at home.
Carry cash and small bills. This makes it easier for vendors to make change for the majority of people that bring nothing but $20 bills from the nearby ATM.
Go early. The best produce sells quickly. A farmer may only have a single flat of ripe, juicy blackberries or a couple pounds of fresh green peas. Arriving early helps ensure getting the best pick of the market’s high-demand seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Ask questions. Take the time to learn more about the vendors and their foods and products. This is a good opportunity to ask about possible farm tours, too.
Know the crop calendar. To eat foods that are in season, respect planting and harvest times. Part of the pleasure of shopping at a local market is developing an appreciation for fresh, local foods at the height of their natural season.
Location: 4261 W. Dublin Granville Rd. For more information, call 937-644-0786 or visit DublinFarmersMarket.com.
Jaime Moore is the co-founder and co-owner of Wayward Seed Farm, a certified organic farm in Marysville that offers a community supported agriculture (CSA) program. Contact her at 937-644-0786 or WaywardSeed.com.