Two local markets will join together to celebrate Ohio foods and the beginning of the spring market season during the second "Market to Market" cross-city bike ride on Saturday, May 1.

Two local markets will join together to celebrate Ohio foods and the beginning of the spring market season during the second "Market to Market" cross-city bike ride on Saturday, May 1.

The Hills Market and the North Market are connected by a 13-mile stretch of the Olentangy Bike Trail. Riders may begin the day with breakfast at either market from 8 to 10 a.m., before setting out on a journey to the market at the other end of the bike trail.

"It was basically just a brainstorm that came into fruition," said Jill Moorhead, marketing director for The Hills Market. She said October's ride was a success, drawing 300 participants.

"Everyone who participated in it loved it," Moorhead said. "The vendors, the cyclists ... we thought the only problem with the October one was that it was at the end of the season."

Saturday's event will coincide with the opening of the farmers market at the North Market, while The Hills Market will be celebrating Kahiki Day, offering samples of Kahiki frozen-food products and additional Polynesian-themed foods throughout the store.

Cyclists will be issued a passport at the beginning of the ride, and can collect stamps by stopping along the path to meet with participating vendors and organizations.

"Every vendor who came last time is signed up again," Moorhead said. "Greenovate, Crimson Cup, Pattycake Bakery. B1 Bicycles will be assisting with any cycling problems that people might have."

Other participants include Local Matters, Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association, Ohio Proud, Opera Columbus, Seagull Bags, Small Business Beanstalk, Sustainable Worthington and Wild Goose Creative.

A completed passport will earn the rider a scoop of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream and a reusable bag filled with coupons and treats. Participants are also invited to cycle back to the first market and receive a completely different bag.

At the request of riders in October's event, all cyclists will receive a T-shirt, designed by local artist Clinton Reno.

"People were interested in seeing who else was part of the ride," Moorhead said. "We thought T-shirts would be fun so you could really see how many people are doing it."

Moorhead also said anyone who pre-registers for the event will be entered into a drawing to win a custom messenger bag from Seagull Bags.

Local food blogger Bethia Woolf of www.hungrywoolf.com, a resident of Victorian Village, participated in the first Market to Market event.

"I'm a supporter of both the North Market and Hills," she said. "I can't really think of a better way to spend Saturday morning then to go to both of them and have breakfast outside."

The ride is limited to 400 participants, and will be held rain or shine. Registration is $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

"It's so positive to see two different businesses that could be competing really working together and cooperating and putting together a fantastic event for the community by working in partnership," Woolf said.

khetrick@thisweeknews.com