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 featured vendors each week in a question-and-answer format to highlight some of the products customers crowd High Street in Old Worthington to buy.
This is the final Q&A of the market season.Clamlube Brand Hot Sauce
Mike and Debra Laviolette started Clamlube Brand Hot Sauce less than two years ago, but the company already reaches across the country and into Canada.
The Laviolettes began with just one flavor, eventually expanding into 10 varieties and three salsas.
But Clamlube still is focused on central Ohio.
Mike Laviolette said he and his wife get "quite a bit" of their peppers and ingredients from local farmers.
What they can't find from a farmer, they try to get from a local grocer.
With Debra Laviolette as the lead chef, they cook, bottle, package and ship out of Columbus.
Their products also can be found at farmers markets throughout central Ohio.
Mike Laviolette said the name is inspired by a friend of his son-in-law, who lives in California.
Mike said the man's name is Woody Clamlube, which he "just thought ... was a cool name." The name helped contribute to the California themes used in Clamlube's branding.
"We decided since we took a surfer's name, we would have this ocean vibe with the mermaid (logo) and some of the names and all that stuff," he said.
Clamlube is preparing to launch two new sauces, Akua Kawaka (the Devil's Barrel) and Love Spice, both made from Carolina Reaper peppers, said to be the spiciest in the world.
For more information, follow Clamlube on social media or go to clamlube.com.
Mike Laviolette answered questions for the Q&A.
Q: Are you a local business, or do you reach into other cities/states?
A: We are distributed through two of the major hot-sauce distributors in the country, so we are sold across the U.S. and Canada. We are also sold locally in Lucky's Market, Celebrate Local and the Hills Market in Worthington.
Q: Why is the farmers market a good environment for your products?
A: Because of the diversity of people and the fact that there are a lot of really great vendors at the market that attract a large number of shoppers.
Q: What makes you stand out at the farmers market?
A: Our packaging is the first thing, then our sauces are not traditional vinegar-based sauces. We have some that are made with curry, some with ginger, some with black cherries, some with pineapple. So we go for unique flavor first, then the heat. Plus, we have a great variety of different sauces and salsas.
Q: What is your most popular item?
A: It really depends on the time of year. ... Consistently, our California Zen, which is made with curry and our Zing Bling, which is made with lime juice and ginger seem to be favorites.