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.VanScoy Farms
Owned by the father-and-son duo of Bill and Wesley VanScoy, VanScoy Farms grew from one batch of hydroponic tomatoes to a reliable way to cultivate fresh produce during central Ohio winters.
The VanScoys built a 1-acre hydroponic greenhouse in 2004, growing a range of produce, including tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, peppers and green beans.
The uptick in offseason sales allowed the VanScoys to expand into growing a wider range of products, adding squash, zucchini, kohlrabi and potatoes, among others.
Wesley VanScoy also is planning to add meats to the operation.
Based in Ridgeway, which is more than 20 miles northwest of Marysville, the farm is a regular participant at the Worthington Farmers Market.
More information is available at vanscoyfarms.com, and the VanScoys also are active on Facebook.
Sonie VanScoy, wife of Bill and mother of Wesley, 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 focus on farmers markets?
A: We do not have a brick-and-mortar location at this time. We focus primarily on the farmers markets and wholesale outlets. We have a website about our farm, but the best way to see what is happening is to follow us on Facebook. Bill's sister, Karen, has taken that over and does a great job of keeping new photos up of what's going on and does some interactive photos for fun with the kids.
Q: Why is the farmers market a good environment for your products?
A: In the market atmosphere, we are able to talk to customers face to face. With everyone becoming more aware and concerned about how their food is produced, we are able to tell them exactly how we grow and why we do what we do – because, let's be honest, the best way to know exactly what you are getting is to know your farmer. That's why farmers markets are the best place to purchase your groceries.
Q: What makes you stand out at the farmers market?
A: We are truly a family farm of three generations working together to bring you the best chemical-free produce possible. We are not certified organic, but follow the practices and want to be good stewards of the land.
Plus, with all the offerings we have now, it truly makes it easy for you to grocery shop for your whole week at just our stand, if you choose.
Q: What do you enjoy about selling your wares at a farmers market compared to a more traditional location?
A: We enjoy selling at farmers markets primarily for the customers.
It's so much better to be able to talk to your customers. Plus, talking to people is how we expand and offer better products.