Field Guide: Farms & Markets: Spring/Early Summer 2020

Down the Road Farm in New Lexington specializes in cut flowers and fresh produce.

A NOTE FROM OHIO’S WINDING ROAD: During this unprecedented time of Covid-19, we are saddened to say that many of the experiences presented in this field guide are or will be canceled to help prevent the spread of the virus. We ask that you please check with each event organizer to see if the events are still being held. And yet, we feel strongly that Ohio’s Winding Road can still celebrate the people and businesses and organizations behind these experiences. We will continue to offer them support through our “Seed Fund” grants, workshops and training programs, and regional promotion.  You can also keep these people in mind as you plan your own future experiences after the virus passes. Finally, we ask that you, too, find ways to help and support your neighbors throughout southeastern Ohio.


As the 2020 growing season unfolds in southeastern Ohio, we want to focus on different ways to experience all that the region has to offer: what can be more ‘local’ than fresh produce, flowers, plants, meats, cheeses, and so many other products that come from the land? And, we’re excited that there are many ways to experience these products and the places and farms where they come from. So, we’ve decided to focus not only on markets, but also on the farms themselves, where you can often go for a tour or event that brings you closer to the land and the people who take care of it. It’s a win-win! Over the year, we’ll keep adding to these lists (check out our website –– SEOHIO.ORG –– for updates). But for now, here are just a few of the different farms and markets to visit and enjoy the bounty of Ohio’s Winding Road.  

FARMS

BLUE ROCK STATION
Sustainability Farm Tours (and other tours throughout spring and summer): April 12th, 1 to 5 pm 1190 Virginia Ridge Rd., Philo OH The class fee is $75 for the first person in your group and $55 for each additional family member. The fee includes the eBook version of The Business of Goat Herding. Only people above age 14 please. Class size is limited to 10 students, so register early. Contact: Annie Warmke annie@bluerockstation.com

BLANEY FAMILY FARM
Blaney Backyard Farm & Blaney Family Farm – Self-Serve Farmstand (which will be open every day, all year, as a self-serve structure). Their Spring/Summer CSA will begin distributing in either April or May (TBD), and will run through September or October. Contact: Adam & Tabby Blaney at blaneyfarmohio@gmail.com or: facebook.com/blaneyfamilyfarm

DOWN THE ROAD FARM
A small, intensively managed market farm in New Lexington, Ohio using ecological practices to grow cut flowers, vegetables, and berries. Contact: Lauren Ketcham downtheroadfarm@mail.com or: downtheroadfarm.com/

WOODLAND RIDGE FARM & LEARNING CENTER
(Annual) Woodland Ridgetop Farm Dinner takes place on May 30, 2020. Arrival 5:00 PM Dinner at 6:30 PM held at 4884 Cooper Road, Athens, OH.

WYATT RUN FARM & ECOLOGY TOUR
A small cooperative farm located in southeastern Ohio, with courses, events, and guest house. They offer a space for workshops, retreats, and gatherings far from city life and its attendant distractions. The ecology tour takes place from May 2, 2020 through May 10, 2020. More info: wyattrunfarm.weebly.com/

DEEP ROOTS FARMGIRL PIES AT DEEP ROOTS FARM
Farmgirl pies began offering homemade pie delivery services in August 2019. Homemade pies became available at our farmers’ market stand at the Athens Farmers Market in September 2019. Info: Melanie Linscott ohiodeeprootsfarm@hotmail.com or: instagram.com/farmgirl.pies

MARKETS

BREMEN PRODUCE AUCTION
Local produce from Fairfield and surrounding counties. Sale days are Tuesdays and Fridays starting at noon. Hay sales on the first Friday of the month. Live produce auction featuring local produce and baked goods. Bedding plants and hanging baskets also available when in season. 1511 Mt. Zwingli Road, Bremen, Ohio 43107; 740-569-7351; Tuesday and Friday at 12:00 pm (April – October). Hay sales every first Friday.

CHESTERHILL PRODUCE AUCTION
The Chesterhill Produce Auction is a Social Enterprise of Rural Action located just outside the Village of Chesterhill in Morgan County. Hundreds of growers utilize the auction as a place to sell their locally grown produce at wholesale to other businesses in the region, including restaurants, schools, hospitals, pop-up markets in rural areas with limited fresh food access, plus individual buyers who can and preserve. Open to the public. 8380 Wagoner Road, Chesterhill, Ohio 43728. Phone: 740-677-4047 or 740-554-7927 (on auction days).

SHAWNEE FARMERS MARKET
Hosted by Destination Shawnee, this market meets on First Fridays of every month, May through October, from 5-7PM. Location: at the intersection of St Rts 93 and 155 in Shawnee.

MEIGS COUNTY FARMERS MARKET
Has flowers, herbs, fruits, vegetables, baked goods and honey, as well as soaps and skin care products, and other items. Located on Main Street within the historic Village of Pomeroy. Saturdays from May through October 10AM-1PM. meigscountyfarmersmarket@gmail.com

ATHENS FARMERS MARKET
Every Saturday and Wednesday from April until Thanksgiving. Every Saturday from November until Spring. Hours: 9AM-Noon on Saturdays and 9AM-1PM on Wednesdays. Free. athensfarmersmarket.org. 

LANCASTER FARMERS MARKET
Saturday mornings from 8:30AM-Noon, May 2 – October 3. Located in a city-owned parking lot on West Chestnut Street between Broad & Columbus Streets in downtown Lancaster. lancasterohfarmersmarket.org/

FARMERS AND CRAFTERS MARKET OF VINTON COUNTY AND WILKESVILLE
Held at the Courthouse parking lot in McArthur every Saturday morning from 9-Noon from May 1st through October. A variety of plants, produce, and baked goods will be available. Also: every from Friday from 4-6 at the shelterhouse from May 1st-October.

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