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 is featuring vendors each week in a question-and-answer format to highlight some of the products customers crowd High Street in Old Worthington to buy.Franklinton Gardens
There aren't many vendors whose mission and products match the spirit of a farmers market more than Franklinton Gardens.
The nonprofit urban farm in the Franklinton neighborhood west of downtown Columbus started as a small community garden in 2007. It has grown into an urban farm with multiple sites and the aim of combatting poverty, food insecurity and nutrition-related diseases in central Ohio.
Franklinton Gardens emphasizes its local roots, focusing on Franklinton and central Ohio and combining its products with community-supported agriculture programs that deliver produce to the doors of customers.
The farm sells its wares throughout the year, including indoor farmers markets during the winter and at multiple farmers markets throughout central Ohio.
More information about Franklinton Gardens is available on its social-media accounts or at franklintongardens.org.
Katie Brokenshire, who helps manage programs and outreach for the gardens, answered questions for this week's Market Q&A.
Q: Are you a local business, or do you reach into other cities or states? Do you plan to expand in the future?
A: We are local and plan to stay that way! Our mission as a nonprofit is neighborhood-based, as we hope to contribute first and foremost to a stronger community in Franklinton. We enjoy showcasing the viability of urban farming by attending farmers markets and love sharing our produce with everyone, but we do not have plans to expand beyond central Ohio.
Q: Do you have a brick-and-mortar location or an online presence for sales or focus on farmers markets?
A: In addition to the Worthington Farmers Market, we operate the Franklinton Farm Stand on Thursdays and Fridays from 3 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The farm stand operates seasonally, running this year from the end of May until Oct. 20. We have a Mobile Market (in which) we deliver produce orders to our Franklinton neighbors and have been working to expand this operation beyond the neighborhood – so stay tuned!
Q: Why is the farmers market a good environment for your products?
A: The Worthington Farmers Market is a great environment for us and our fresh, local produce. As a fruit and vegetable producer dedicated to sustainable, socially just and organic practices, we love having a community of friends and customers here in Worthington who support what we do. We enjoy the excitement and engagement around building a robust local food system here in central Ohio from both customers and vendors alike. The supportive and engaged environment here at the Worthington market keeps us coming back each week.
Q: What makes you stand out at the farmers market?
A: To me, I think our dedication to quality produce year-round that is good for both people and the planet keeps market patrons coming back each week. In addition, a sale with us is reinvested back into our community and the farm, and can translate directly into fresh, affordable produce for others. To us, fresh, local veggies for all is a win-win, and keeps people coming back for more.
Q: What do you enjoy about selling your wares at a farmers market compared to a more traditional location?
A: We love the wide array of interactions we are able to have at a farmers market over a more traditional location. The culture around farmers markets, especially in Worthington, of coming together to celebrate local food, products and community is really a wonderful thing to be a part of that you just can't seem to replicate in a more traditional location!