1987. 30 years. Three decades. That’s a significant time period.
There aren’t many folks who remember a time before The Worthington Farmers Market graced the sidewalks of Old Worthington. The Worthington Farmers Market has become a local institution. If you ask, most residents will likely note the market as their favorite Worthington activity. It’s the event you take out-of-town visitors to, and a major reason many of us moved here to begin with. Did you know that the market started out as a project from some students at OSU, doing a graduate program in sustainable agriculture? It became established, then nurtured and managed by the local businesses, and from there, a business association, The Old Worthington Business Association (OWBA) was born and has produced the market ever since. Those are the roots from which our current organization, The Old Worthington Partnership have grown. Because the market continues to be a major economic driver for the local businesses and the community, the reasons for the market's continued existence and vitality remain even more important.
Most people don’t know that The Partnership is the parent organization of the Farmers Market. We often say The Partnership “runs” the market. But the heart and soul of the market is the dedicated volunteers who show up in the early Saturday morning hours to make the market come to life--they are the ones who run it. Our indomitable market manager, Jaime Moore, has taken the market to new heights in recent years. The changes she has instituted, both large and small, often go unnoticed by the average market shopper. However, it is worth noting, that the pride we feel in our market is due to the many hours and hard work Jaime and her volunteers put into the market each week.
Not only do we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Worthington Farmers Market and all the good it does for our community, but we do so during the annual National Farmers Market Week. It’s a great time to share your your gratitude for the work the farmers do to produce our food. We are lucky to have such talented farmers bring their goods to Old Worthington week after week, year after year.
So, join us as we celebrate all farmers, and the 30th Anniversary of the Worthington Farmers Market this Saturday, August 12 from 8am-12pm. There will lots of fun activities, including a Farm-to-You petting zoo, zucchini car time trials and guacamole demonstrations by Chipotle Mexican Grill. Check out the schedule of activities on the Worthington Farmers Market website. Cheers to 30 more years!