Good Nutrition is Good for Franklin County
Farmers markets give you access to locally grown produce and provide farmers with locations to sell their product directly to consumers. Farmers markets can provide a sense of community connectivity as well we provide benefits to both farmers and consumers. There are over 20 farmers markets throughout Franklin County.
Affordable food and some accept food assistance
Support Ohio family farmers and the local economy
Buy fresh fruits and vegetables in peak harvest
High nutrition content and tasty flavors
Experience with family
Feel more connected to your community
Know where your food comes from
Promote humane treatment of animals
Learn cooking tips, recipes and meal ideas
Protect the environment
You can buy more than just produce
Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt
Do your kids enjoy going to the farmers market? If you and your family want to spend some time discovering the delightful sights, smells and sounds of your local farmers market this activity is for you. A farmers market is the perfect backdrop for a unique learning quest where the treasure is a bounty of colorful produce.
With the treasure hunt sheet as a guide, use this adventure to get to know the vendors and farmers, discover how the farmers get the food from the field to the market and learn how to recognize the local produce that’s in season and more.
Click on the image for a printable PDF.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
CSA allows city residents to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers. When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of fruits and vegetables from a regional farmer. Weekly or bi-weekly your farmer will deliver that share of produce to a convenient drop-off location in your neighborhood. Shares vary in size and many CSAs also offer the option of other items including eggs, meat and cheese.
Why Choose a CSA?
Many folks just want to experience truly fresh and healthy food. Members join for many reasons including benefits to their health, sustainability through reducing the miles that food travels (your average vegetable travels over 1500 miles before it’s consumed) and the way the food is grown and to support the local economy. Many of our families enjoy the community environment where like-minded people share recipes, ideas and experiences, as well as sharing the fruits and vegetables!
Food assistance helps families stretch their food budgets to buy healthy food. The program is designed to increase nutritional levels and safeguard the health and well-being of Franklin County residents. Ultimately, food assistance helps families meet their basic needs while adults work toward financial stability.