Shop Local Whenever Possible—Our First New Year Intention

Grow Eat Jan 1 Blog

This year, we’re setting an intention to support local farmers and artisans because we believe local is better! If you’ve found yourself reading our blog, you are likely in agreement. However, the issue tends to be that people want to spend their money more mindfully and intentionally, but don’t know where to start and feel overwhelmed at the idea. 

Instead of just saying, “Hey, you should shop local and support small businesses,” and then giving no further direction, we’re going to lay out some details and resources to give you the tools you need to actually make it happen. 

Luckily, Columbus is a city flooded with small businesses. And in 2018, Forbes Magazine named Columbus the #1 city in the country for startups! That being said, we’ve rounded up some locations where you’ll have access to some wonderful goods made right here in Ohio. Keep reading for three great places you can start this winter that double as a perfect weekend outing.

New Albany Farmers Market

Escape the city and head out east to the indoor New Albany Farmers Market. On the first Saturday of each month this winter, shop a selection of seasonal produce and local goods while listening to live music inside the Philip Heit Center. Most of the produce and food sold at the market is certified organic, and there are even food trucks so that you can end your trip with a snack or meal. Sounds like a pretty great way to spend a Saturday morning if you ask us! Check out their website for more information. 

North Market

Winter keeps us holed up even though we find ourselves longing for outdoor markets, but luckily, North Market is the all-year indoor spot for local goods! In one trip, you can snag everything from fresh butchered meats to coffee and pastries and even home goods. It’s the perfect place to pick up a unique gift for that special someone or even just score some super fresh locally made salsas for your next game day party. The best part? There’s a ground level parking lot right outside, even though it’s located right on the cusp of the Short North and downtown.  

Worthington Farmers Market 

This market moves indoors from November–April so you have no excuse not to indulge in local goods during the winter. Warm up by sipping freshly brewed coffee while you pick up breads, juices, and seasonal produce. Check out the website for additional details!

Want more? Click the links below for other farmers markets to visit this winter!

Pickerington Farmers Market 

Powell Winter Market

Reynoldsburg Winter Market