This Week in the Market

Asparagus is a perennial native the world ‘round.

From South Africa and Siberia to the U.S. and Spain, this versatile veggie is prized not only for its gastronomic pleasures, but also its homeopathic properties. In ancient Egypt and Rome the plant, also known as Sparrow Grass, was used for everything from a diuretic to an aphrodisiac. It was so valued, in fact, that Roman Emperor Augustus created the “Asparagus Fleet” for the sole purpose of transporting the plant. He is also credited with the first use of the phrase “faster than cooking asparagus.” The infamous Madame de Pompadour, mistress of Louis XV of France, was particularly fond of the delicate tips of the asparagus, calling them “points d’amour,” or love tips.

Asparagus is so versatile that it can be steamed, simmered, roasted, battered, grilled, sautéed or wok-fried. It can even be sliced thinly and added to a salad. For the best ways to prepare your “sparrow grass,” click here for a guide to preparation by David Tanis and published in the New York Times. You should also click here for a fantastic recipe for Spanish Asparagus Revuelto.  Enjoy!

New “Home” on the Web

In addition to our move to the Ohio Statehouse, we also have a new website.  Visit for a list of vendors and their products, a map of the market, and news and recipes.

Spotlight on the Sponsor

We are super excited about our move to the Ohio Statehouse.  We couldn’t ask for a better partner than the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB), the entity that oversees the Statehouse buildings and grounds.  CSRAB is also charged with preserving the history of our unique Capitol Square and maintaining the memorials and artistic installations.

“The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) is excited to host the 26th season of Pearl Market on Capitol Square,” says Laura Battocletti, Executive Director of CSRAB.

“Visitors to Pearl Market this year will in a way be going back in time. The public square or market square is a fundamental part of the American experience. In the 19th century, citizens would gather on the square to exchange news, buy goods and sell their produce; the square was the center of civic life in the community. In 2018 visitors to Pearl Market will once again be able to participate in the oldest of community events right here on Capitol Square. Welcome to the Statehouse, Pearl Market!”

Get Your Nosh on at the Market

Shopping the market is made more convenient by the inclusion of your favorite food trucks.  This year The Pearl Market is proud to partner with the following mobile meal providers:

OH! Burgers

Burgers made with Ohio-raised, grass-fed beef, OH! Chips, and more!

Paddy Wagon

Delicious brisket, tacos, and grilled cheese made from 100% locally-sourced ingredients!


Famously fresh, made-to-order pitas, fries, salads, and desserts!

Tortilla Street Food

Burritos, tacos, nachos, salads, quesadillas!  Mexican street food on the go!

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