A Taste of the Worthington Farmers Market

October 7, 2022

The Worthington Farmer’s Market, a consistent staple of the Worthington community, still offers a fun and unique environment for vendors and patrons alike. According to its website, the mission of the market is to support, encourage, and promote small food artisans and farmers wanting to sell their products to consumers.

The market has been around for 35 years. In 1987 the City Manager, Dave Elder, gave permission to begin the market. It started as a Ph.D. dissertation project for two women in Sustainable Agriculture at The Ohio State University but has since become a year-round tradition in Worthington.

Patrick Gallagher, a Sophomore at Thomas Worthington High School, and his family have been involved with the market for many years in different capacities. “You get to go and see people that you know, and you start to get to know the farmers, and the people that serve the produce,” says Gallagher.

One of the vendors most frequented is Tilley Farmstead. They grow many vegetables and are known for their Garlic Seed. It is fairly spicy and loved by many consumers. The owner of the stand and farm, Becky Tilley, began farming in 2007 and a few years later met and fell in love with Justin Tilley. The farm was certified organic in 2015 and the two began farming together in 2017. They changed the name to Tilley Farmstead to represent the artful changes on the farm since Justin was added to the picture.

The Worthington Farmers Market is open from 8-12 on Saturdays in downtown Worthington.

 

 

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