Worthington's weekly farmers market has a year-round schedule and is one of central Ohio's largest and most popular markets.
This summer, the ThisWeek Worthington News will feature vendors each week in a question-and-answer format to highlight some of the products customers crowd High Street in Old Worthington to buy.Lucky Cat Bakery
When Andy Semler relocated from the East Coast to Pataskala in 2009, Lucky Cat Bakery was born. Semler bought a farm and began growing vegetables and selling them at local farmers markets.
Soon, he noticed a lack of "artisan" bread options at the markets, bought a book about baking and "began experimenting." As a result, he founded Lucky Cat. Lucky Cat goods can be found throughout central Ohio, with freshly baked items coming from a 4,000-square-foot facility in Granville. Its website is LuckyCatBakery.com.
Business and sales manager Nate Roderick answered questions for this week's market Q&A.
Q: Do you have a brick-and-mortar location or an online presence for sales, or do you just focus on farmers markets?
A: Our facility in Granville is strictly a production facility. We do not sell to the public out of a brick-and-mortar store. However, we are on the shelves at numerous local grocery stores ... and deliver bread six days per week to wholesale customers from Columbus, Grandview Heights, Granville, New Albany, Newark and Westerville.
Q: What makes you stand out at the farmers market?
A: We produce a product line that is easy for customers to incorporate into their daily meal planning. Our core offerings include a variety of sliced sandwich breads. We also offer specialty breads that customers can use for entertaining.
Q: What is your most popular item?
A: Sliced sourdough bread. We sell a ton of sourdough!
Q: Do you sell different products throughout the summer or have consistent options?
A: Our product line is very stable and we generally offer the same products weekly. We will occasionally have additional offerings, such as hamburger buns and dinner rolls around holiday weekends.