Gahanna residents could find everything from free-range chickens to fresh-baked bread at the Olde Gahanna Community Partnership's Creekside farmers market.

Gahanna residents could find everything from free-range chickens to fresh-baked bread at the Olde Gahanna Community Partnership's Creekside farmers market.

The market is held from 3 to 6 p.m. every Wednesday through Sept. 10 at the Creekside Plaza on Mill Street.

Participants include Jorgensen Farms, Wieland Farm & Bugtussle Nursery, Wishwell Farms, Night Crawler Gardens, Honey Grove Botanicals Bath Boutique, Sher Bliss, Res–Q Cleaning Solutions and Tick Ridge Alpaca Farm.

Shelley Wetherill of Tick Ridge and Judy Klein of Swisher Creek Farms are participating in the farmers market because they want people to know more about alpacas, they said.
"Children and adults are amazed," said Klein, who added that they spend a lot of time explaining the difference between llamas and alpacas.

Wetherill said alpacas are about one-third the size of llamas.
"They are born and bred for their luxury fabric," she said.

Wishwell Farms last week sold squash, green peppers, corn and zucchini. Wishwell Farms' Jessica Woodhouse said visitors were pleased with the produce.
'It is so pretty, they want to buy it," she said.

Connie Schlainske was selling local unprocessed honey gathered from beehives at her home. On July 23, she was selling a light-colored spring-harvest honey. There are more than 40 different colors of honey, she said.

Schlainske said there are several benefits to buying local honey.

"At the grocery store, you don't know where it comes from," she said, adding that processed honey has been heated so it won't crystallize.

Local honey tastes better because it is fresher and offers more natural benefits, Schlainske said.

Farmers market manager Danielle Carr said vendors and shoppers have had a positive reaction to the market. She said 16 vendors were at the July 23 market, selling everything from vegetables to organic lamb. Vendors came from as far as Athens County, she said.

Offerings will change throughout the season. A vendor with more than 17 varieties of tomatoes will start participating in the market in two weeks, Carr said.

Honey Grove Botanicals Bath Boutique's Barbara Drobnick helped organize the farmers market.

"I've learned a lot about farm life," Drobnick said.

Those interested in participating as vendors should visit www.oldegahanna.com or call Barbara Drobnick at 638-7809.