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Indoor farmers market moving to Shops at Worthington Place

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Worthington's indoor farmers market is moving to the mall.

Opening day is set for Nov. 3 at the north end of The Shops at Worthington Place, formerly known at the Worthington Square Mall. The last outdoor market of the season is slated for Saturday, Oct. 27.

The indoor market will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays until the outdoor market opens again in the spring. The outdoor market operates from April through October on High Street in downtown Worthington.

The only day the outdoor market will be closed is the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

The indoor market, sponsored by the Old Worthington Business Association, opened four years ago at the Griswold Center, on the northwest edge of the Village Green. It quickly became so popular that it went from being open just a few times during the winter to nearly every Saturday. The popularity also made it difficult to accommodate shoppers and vendors in the limited space inside the city's senior center.

Thirty-four vendors will be able to sell their wares at the mall, compared to 20-22 at the Griswold Center.

More emphasis will be placed on fresh vegetables, but many types of items will be available, more like at the summer market, market director Jaime Moore said.

"We tried to make sure that if you're coming to the indoor market, you can buy everything you can from the outdoor market," she said.

Because of the limited space, shoppers were not able to spend time socializing with neighbors, having breakfast or talking to the people who supplied their food, she said.

"Now if you want to talk for 25 minutes, you can talk for 25 minutes," Moore said.

One drawback will be that people from the Old Worthington neighborhoods will not be able to walk to the indoor market. Moore said few people actually walked because of the winter weather and the challenges of getting items home from market.

Now people from near the mall will be able to walk, and organizers hope the Worthington Place location at U.S. Route 23 and I-270 would draw shoppers from outside Worthington, as well.

Another advantage is the parking, which will be more plentiful at the mall than at the Griswold Center.

The indoor market will be in the north end of the mall and will cover the east-west north corridor. It will wrap around the play area and will stretch as far south as Urban Baggerie.

Moore said both she and Worthington Place owner Tom Carter are excited.

"We believe it will be a great partnership for us," she said.

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