After a successful summer farmers market coordinated by the nonprofit Make Gahanna Yours, an indoor winter market will start Sunday, Nov. 10.
In addition to the opening day, set from 1 to 3 p.m., additional markets will be held Dec. 8, Jan. 12, March 8 and April 19 at Shepherd Church of the Nazarene, 425 S. Hamilton Road.
Becky Kneeland, president of Make Gahanna Yours and market manager, said the summer market was a great success, and a winter market is a chance to build on that achievement.
"We generated more vendors, more shopping and more community engagement than we ever anticipated," she said.
Kneeland said she hopes the winter market will keep vendors and shoppers interested and possibly make a year-round farmers market a reality.
Kneeland said several summer vendors have confirmed they will participate in the winter market with the following items: Carousel Watergardens Farm, winter squash, beets, kale, potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, honey, maple syrup and eggs; Florentine Legacy, pasta sauce; Fudgetastic, fudge; Huckleberry Homestead, pies and specialty breads; Ingram Acres, granola; Mayhem Foods, salsas and mustards; Ohio City Pasta, pasta; Sue's Herbs & Jellies, jams, jellies, chutneys and fruit butters; Tantakuna, home goods, soaps and candles; That Mushroom Guy, mushrooms; Twin Oak Farms, beef and beef jerky; Twin Oak Apiary, honey; Waffle Hub, liege waffles; and Watson's Acres, lavender products, candles and bath salts.
New vendors will include 5th Sense, with a chimichurri sauce, and Quickie Dips LLC with dips, dry rubs and no-bake dessert mixes.
Westerville resident Chris Marth, owner of 5th Sense, said chimichurri is a fresh take on a South American classic.
"(It's) a flavorful, uncooked green sauce that is made with fresh herbs and spices, Marth said. "Our unique recipe also leaves out any added sugar or preservatives so that you can feel great using it on just about anything."
Marth said markets like those in Gahanna help small companies get off the ground.
JD Horvath, owner of Quickie Dips, said he's excited to be a part of Gahanna market.
He said the family-owned, home-based business in Galloway uses no MSG, preservatives, fillers or additives in any of its dips and mixes, and many blends are free of salt, sugar and/or gluten.
"We feel very strongly that the Gahanna Farmers Market would prove to be a great venue in which to reach those who are starting a new diet or continuing good habits, because our mixes are quick, easy, delicious and everyone's favorite," Horvath said.
Kneeland said Make Gahanna Yours has reached out to 11 additional new vendors from whom she's waiting for responses.
She said those vendors make everything from hummus and decorated sugar cookies to handmade signs and artisan bread.
Kneeland said the popular Old Fellas Coffee Club Advice Booth from the summer market won't appear at the winter market because "they're too busy watching football."