North Market Farmers Festival

There’s no question – August is the best month to eat in Central Ohio. All the bounty of the farmland in and around Columbus is at its peak. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, peaches, sweet corn – the list goes on and on. While I do have a respectable garden plot at home, two or three times a week, I head to one of the dozen or so farmers markets in Columbus to stock up on the stuff I don’t grow at home.

The granddaddy of all farm celebrations is taking place tomorrow at the North Market. In addition to the great farmers market that’s there throughout the growing season, you can enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the 20th Annual North Market Farmers Festival . It’s a casual way to meet the farmers and vendors at the market, taste the finest produce of the season, and pick up some cooking tips.

The Jam and Jelly contest (Humble Brag Disclosure: my wife and I are competitors – she’s entering peach-lemon verbena, and I’m entering juneberry-mulberry - we’re pretty pumped!) kicks off the day at 9 a.m., and musical entertainment runs until 5 p.m. There’s an ugly tomato contest, cooking demonstrations by market vendors and local chefs, and of course, all the summer bounty of Central Ohio’s farms.

What's your favorite thing about August in Columbus?