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Market Meetups My girlfriend and I have made a habit of visiting the local markets on Saturday mornings and have come to greatly value the sense of community that these regular gatherings offer. For neighbors and patrons, the market is your connection to the community through local business owners and operators. You’re likely to interact directly with your baker, florist, farmer and butcher, who often personally harvested or made the products very recently, if not that same morning.

Pearl Market kicks off May 14 for another season of biweekly meetups. Manager Adam Schroeder sees it as a “great gathering place to take a stroll during the workday, where you’re likely to see co-workers, friends and perhaps a chance encounter with one of our elected officials.”

Veteran patrons know to get their sweet corn from Champ (a former Buckeyes football player for Woody Hayes) at Henson Farms, which has been with the market since its inception. New this year, look for gourmet ice popsicles from J-Pops, The benefits on all sides of the as they look to expand on a suctable here create a true win-wincessful run with Celebrate Local at win for the consumer, the business Easton. These treats, created to and the community. Consumers raise money for post-earthquake will see seasonal, fresh and more and -tsunami relief for Japan, will nutritious foods, along with many leave your taste buds even more handcrafted local products. By sell- satisfied knowing the good cause ing directly to the customer, busibehind them. nesses are retaining a higher profit margin and getting to build relaMoonlight Market, a new market tionships that keep people coming Downtown, takes place the second back. Neighborhoods become Saturday of each month. This projstronger as local residents create ect comes to the Gay Street Disgreater ties, and by spending local, trict thanks to a who’s-who of 90 percent of that money stays Downtown organizations, including within the community. the Capital Crossroads SID, the Downtown Residents OK, so you’re sold. Where are the Association and Cement Markettop spots around town? ing. If you live or work Downtown, you’ll be stoked to know that the Jacob Taylor of CivitasNow, which

has helped spearhead the drive, envisions a nighttime bazaar with a New Orleans-type buzz in the air. The market will look to dazzle with exciting lighting and projection displays while filling the streets with live music and beats. Look for Josh Harden of Ghetto Vintage to post-up with his refurbished, 1960s Airstream trailerload of fashion accessories and throwback tees. And if you’re a night owl, stick around for a special midnight tea time at ZenCha Tea Salon, which looks to be a unique opportunity to connect with other passionate market supporters. After a successful first season at 400 W Rich St, the Winter Market will continue on the second and fourth Saturdays through May before opening weekly in June. With more studios coming online and a bar in the works, you’ll want to see first-hand just how this project evolves as Chris Sherman, Kris Howell, Jen Gable and team continue to forge their way forward. While you’re there, try a sample of handmade granola from Fare City Feed’s owner/operator Diana Wang, learn about and taste the fruits of nearby Franklinton Gardens, or grab your favorite repurposed liquor bottle from Carlos

Arango at Candle with a Cause. Looking to go big then go home? Worthington Farmers Market organizer Jaime Moore has built this gathering to more than 70 businesses. If you get a chance, meet Val Jorgensen from Jorgensen Farms, who has to be one of the sweetest women you’ll ever meet and just as likely to invite you up to the farm for a tour. Ask the folks at Shagbark Seed & Mill for the story behind their operation. Don’t forget that the North Market is open every day and will be bringing back its popular Saturday Farmers Market and Sunday Artisan/Crafts Market this season. The Clintonville Farmers Market runs on N High St on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Think of the markets like this: They’re your own neighborhood’s special, one-day pop-up grocery store where you’re meeting with the folks who handcrafted, handpicked or handmade your product. You can’t get any more closely connected than that. Chet Ridenour is the administrator for the Short North Civic Association. Follow him on Twitter at @ChetRidenour.

Go! Pearl Market: Downtown alleys between High & 3rd/Broad & Gay streets, 614. 645.5061,; hours: May-October, Tue and Fri 10:30a-2p J-Pops: Celebrate Local: 3952 Townsfair Way (Easton Town Center), 614.471.OHIO,; hours: MonThu 10a-9p, Fri-Sat 10a-10p, Sun noon-6p Moonlight Market: Gay Street between 3rd and High,; hours: second Saturday of each month, 6p-11p Ghetto Vintage: Winter Market: 400 W Rich St,; hours: June-fall, Sat 11a-2p Fare City Feed: Franklinton Gardens: 614.233.1887, Candle with a Cause: 566 W Rich St, 614.654.1CWC, Worthington Farmers Market: High Street between Rt. 161 and South Street, 614.285.5341,; hours: May-October, Sat 9a-noon Shagbark Seed & Mill: North Market: 59 Spruce St, 614.463.9664,; hours: Mon 9a-5p, Tue-Fri 9a-7p, Sat 8a5p, Sun noon-5p; farmers markets are Saturdays 8a-3p, and Artisan Sundays are noon-5p

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