Westerville's Uptown Farmers Market will open for the summer season at 3 p.m., with fresh spring produce, artisan cheeses, baked goods and honey, locally raised organic meats and potted flowers and plants.

Westerville's Uptown Farmers Market will open for the summer season at 3 p.m., with fresh spring produce, artisan cheeses, baked goods and honey, locally raised organic meats and potted flowers and plants.

The 2010 market will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. each Wednesday through Oct. 27 at the corner of North State and East Home streets. Before the May 5 opening, there will be a blessing at 2:45 p.m. by Stan Ling, pastor of Church of the Messiah.

According to a press release from market organizers, 21 Ohio vendors have signed up to participate in this year's market, with different vendors rotating in and out throughout the season.

Throughout the summer, patrons will be able to buy certified organic, chemical-free and conventional fruits and vegetables, heirloom produce, baked goods, breads, cheeses, jams, vegetarian burgers, chutneys, spreads, sauces and rubs, pantry items, raw honey and honey products, pet treats, maple syrup, meats, poultry and fress eggs.

There also will be seasonal selections of flowering, herb and vegetable plants, as well as hanging baskets, potted flowers and freshly cut flowers.

At the early spring markets, patrons can expect to find asparagus, lettuces, Swiss chard and rhubarb.

Some vendors returning from last year's markets include: Amherst Greenhouse, Arjay Gourmet Foods, Batter and Bowl, Bildsten Landscape, Bird's Haven Farms, Blue Jacket Dairy, Bridgman Farm, Carousel Watergardens Farm and Cathy's Tasty Treats, Doran's Family Farm, Eyestone Flower Farm, Flying J Farm, Honey Health Farm, Landrum Cottage, Luna Burger, Malabar Peach Orchard, Northridge Organic Farm, Pleiades Maple Products, Sue's Kitchen and Sweet Thing Gourmet.

New vendors include Triple J Farms, which will offer fresh meats, poultry and eggs; and Branstool Orchard, which will bring sweet cherries, peaches and apples to market starting in mid-June.

According to the press release, the Uptown Farmers Market is again teaming with the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM) for the Fresh Green Program.

Through WARM, program participants will receive vouchers to purchase food items at the market.

Last year, $2,470 in Fresh Green vouchers were used at the market.

For more information about Westerville's Uptown Farmers Market, visit www.marketwed-nesday.com.

jnesbitt@thisweeknews.com