Specialty Vendors at the Worthington Farmers Market


With the opening of the outdoor farmers market less than two weeks away, we continue to highlight some of the growing diversity this year will bring. Perhaps nowhere is this most evident than with some of the specialty vendors. Let's take a closer look.

Maria's Fresh Pasta

New this year is Maria's Fresh Pasta. Owners Joe Gioffre and Cliff Snyder are turning their kitchen upside down to unleash the homemade pasta recipes handed down from Gioffre's grandmother, Maria, who came here from Italy. Equipped with two KitchenAid mixers, some attachments and an old hand crank, the two business partners use a blend of semolina and durum flour, eggs, olive oil and water to take on the labor-intensive task of pasta-making.

They'll be selling a few different varieties at the outdoor market--cappellini, fettucini, lasagna, fusili and soup noodles. It all cooks in about three to five minutes and is sold in half-pound units--although they offer discounts per multiple units. Gioffre, who loves

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to cook and was raised in a family of cooks, is quick to share the fact that this pasta is significantly different from its store-bought counterpart. Find out for yourself. Their booth will be located just south of Graeter's.

Golden Life Dog Food

Never let it be said that the farmers market overlooks man's best friend. Golden Life Dog Food, which is also new to the outdoor market this year, sells human-grade dog food. Owners Daineal and Donna Donovan own nine golden retrievers, and started to make their own dog food when one of their dogs suffered from digestive problems. Daineal, who is a chef and an instructor at the Columbus Culinary Institute, already knew how to cook. He started to apply his know-how to cooking for their dogs.

Good Life Dog Food is grain- and gluten-free, with no preservatives and no salt and pepper. They use eggs and egg whites as a binder, and many of the meals are packaged in meatloaf form. "We package the dog food in 8-ounce containers, and we cook them and cool them and slice them in one-ounce slices," Daineal said. "They are separated by a piece of parchment paper, and then we quick freeze them." Because the dog food is all natural, he tells customers to keep it in the freezer, although it stays good for up to four days in the refrigerator. He encourages feeding the dog a good dry food and then using their dog food as a supplement.

You can purchase it on the Internet or at the market (near Graeter's), but they will also deliver the dog food to places within a 50-mile radius. Your dog will thank you.

For more information about the Worthington Farmers Market and other Worthington events, go to the event calendar at www.visitworthingtonohio.com.