Michelle Chippas

What’s Fresh? Apples

This is not a drill – autumn is here (despite the 90¬į tempsūüĒ•) and with it, the most midwestern fruit of the season! Ginger gold, MacIntosh, Gala, and many more apple varieties just will just keep coming to us from the farmer’s orchards.

Whichever variety you need to bake grandma’s apple pie or to sweeten up a simple salad, you’ll find them here! Suzie at¬†The Farmstead Market¬†is an apple expert with pears to boot. Kelly at Shady Grove Farms¬†(ask about their CSA!) and David at Fornof Farms have even more!

Recipe Ready
ūüćéClassic: Homemade Apple Pie. P.S. – have you ever just eaten the filling? SO good!ūüėá

ūüćŹ This¬†Autumn Apple Salad has all the flavors of fall. Plus, I like the chef’s tip of using 7-Up to keep sliced apples fresh – who knew?!ūüėā

ūüćĀTry Shaved Brussels & Apple Salad for a fresh yet savory seasonal transition.

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Chickpea Salad

If you weren’t able to make it to last Friday’s cooking demo by The James Mobile Education Kitchen, we wanted to share the recipe for this delicious Chickpea Salad they prepared and served.


  • 2 cans chickpeas, drained
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 1-2 stalks celery diced
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ¬Ĺ cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • ¬Ĺ cup mayonnaise
  • 1-2 Tsp. dried bill
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Place chickpeas in a large mixing bowl, lightly mash with potato masher or hands
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend well
  3. Serves over mixed greens or on wholegrain bread

Makes 8 servings.

Each 6-ounce serving contains 208 calories, 8g protein, 10g fat, 20g carbohydrates, 9g fiber, 700mg sodium

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What’s Fresh? Kale

ūüćÉSiberian Kale, Blue Dwarf Kale, even DINOSAUR¬†Kale – it’s a kale storm at Pearl Market! These hearty leafy greens have staying power through the summer – not only because of their quick proliferation,¬†drought resistance, and lax planting schedule – but because they pack a lot of nutrition into a light package. Unbelievably, kale:
  • has more than twice the vitamin C of an orange (crazy!)
  • has more calcium than milk (though we don’t digest¬†it exactly the same way)
  • keeps its Vitamin A, C, and K count high¬†after cooking (where most veggies lose their nutrients)
Kale is even a great source of an omega-3 fatty acid (ALA Рalpha linoleic acid) which contributes to brain health and is associated with decreased risk of type 2 diabetes. 
Just because it’s delicious doesn’t mean it’s hard to find!¬† City Meadow Market Garden grows soft Siberian kale just 3 miles from Pearl Market, and Morning Dew Hop Farm¬†offers it fresh from the green hills of Athens.

Try the kale chips below with a spicy Mayhem Foods salsa, or as a crunchy top on some Ohio City Pasta!

Kale chips are an easy, light, salty snack when you want to ward off the potato chip cravings! Use some Dutch Creek Goat Farm’s cheese and meat in a Spicy Sausage, Kale, and Goat Cheese Pizza, or get back to summer classics with this Kale Caesar Pasta Salad.
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What’s Fresh? Squash, snap peas,¬†tomatoes & more!

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, and more farmers arrive at Pearl Market just in time!  Celebrate by eating healthy, farm-fresh veggies. Grab a summer squash or snap peas from Pearl Market veterans Fornof Farms or Shady Grove or snag some herbs or spinach from newcomers Morning Dew Hop Farm, OSU Student Farm or Veggies & Eggs by Dan.

Tomatoes, blueberries, onions, radishes, cucumbers, potatoes, spinach, broccoli, and summer squash are on their way in – woohoo!¬†Asparagus, strawberries, and rhubarb are retiring for the season so get ’em while you can.

Veggies & Eggs by Dan has a couple of helpers!

The Morning Dew Hop Farm crew offers lots of fresh, organic greens!

Goat meat, cheese, eggs, and turkey are here, too! Find BYOB Bakery or Dutch Creek Goat Farm to learn about the health benefits of goat meat or order a turkey from Shady Grove Farms.

Amy with Dutch Creek Goat Farms offers samples of her goat’s milk cheese and fudge. Ask about her goat meat.

     Recipe Ready: Radishes 

Radishes are¬†in season – you can eat them raw with a little cheese and salt, or if you’re feeling adventurous trying pickling with this simple recipe!¬†The Narrow Way Farm or Veggies & Eggs by Dan can hook you up!
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Great Grilled Vegetables

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 red pepper, sliced, deseeded and cut into 8 sections
  • 1 bunch asparagus trimmed
  • 1 zucchini sliced diagonally into ¬ľ inch slices
  • 1 yellow squash sliced diagonally into ¬ľ inch slices
  • 12 oz package baby portabella mushrooms
  • 2 ounces Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/8 cup Lawry‚Äôs Seasoning Salt, 25% less sodium
  • ¬ľ cup Splenda brown sugar


  1. Wash all vegetables, dry, cut as directed. Rub vegetables with olive oil.
  2. Start to grill vegetables on an indoor or outdoor grill or use a grill pan. Use a small amount of olive oil if needed.
  3. Arrange in alternating colors on a plate. Sprinkle Lawry’s and Splenda mix over vegetables on serving plate after they are cooked, otherwise, they will burn and stick to your grill.
  4. Serve with Skillet Frittata or with whole grain rice or quinoa.
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Skillet Frittata

The James Mobile Education Kitchen offered their first cooking demonstration today, making a Skillet Frittata with Great Grilled Vegetables.

Skillet Frittata     Yield: 8 servings


  • 12 Pasteurized Eggs
  • ¬Ĺ cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 cups mushrooms sliced
  • 3 Tbsp Olive or Avocado oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion sliced
  • 1 cup Roasted Red Peppers (jarred or fresh roasted), sliced or small dice
  • 1 cup fresh greens (spinach, kale)
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2-3 sliced Yukon gold potato
  • ¬ĺ cup Manchego cheese
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic Glaze (optional)


  1. Clean and prepare vegetables: onion, peppers, mushrooms, fresh greens.  Set aside.
  2. Rinse potatoes and dice to the desired size.
  3. Whisk together eggs, cream, 1 tsp of salt, and pepper in a bowl and set aside.
  1. Using the 1 tbsp oil, heat in a pan over medium/high heat until the oil starts to appear wavy in pan
  2. Sauté mushrooms for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add onions to mushrooms and cook for about 1 minute.
  4. Add roasted red peppers and sauté an additional 30 seconds or so.
  5. Mix in potatoes and fresh greens. Cook about 4-5 minutes, then add in garlic and salt once onions are translucent.
  6. Add in the last tablespoon of oil, turn heat to high for 1 minute.
  7. Bake in the oven at 350¬į for 10 minutes or until you can insert a fork and it comes out clean.

Click here for more information about The James Mobile Education Kitchen

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What’s Fresh?¬† ASPARAGUS

Did you know that asparagus stalks can grow 6 inches in a single day?? Once established it practically rockets out of the ground, but it is the patient gardener who will reap the hearty rewards Рnot until its third year in the ground does asparagus produce abundantly. But be ready to harvest 6-8 inch stalks daily for 4-6 weeks with a mature asparagus plant!

With unusual scale-like leaves and a¬†difficult-to-chew fibrous stalk, asparagus seems an unlikely contender for anyone’s favorite vegetable – but that’s exactly what it has become!¬†¬†At the market, it’s easy to tell how fresh it is by looking at the “scaly”¬†tip – if the ends are whole, plump, and not wilted, it’s ripe!

At Pearl Market

Fornof Farms has your asparagus needs covered!  Toss some tips into an omelet with local eggs from Veggies and Eggs by Dan, and top it off with some homemade salsa from Mayhem Foods!

Recipe Ready

Keep it simple to show off how hearty, tender, and savory this delectable veg is. Dinner is done in 15 min! (Hint: asparagus is even more delicious on the grill, click here or on photo below for the recipe!)

Looking Forward

Well, no big deal but…See¬†you¬†Friday, our Opening Day!

SAVE THE DATE:  Cooking demonstrations, recipes, and sampling by the OSU James Mobile Food Education Kitchen on Gay Street next Friday, May 31st, week featuring produce from Pearl Market!

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Gratitude for our Sponsors

The generosity of our¬†sponsors makes Pearl¬†Market happen! And it starts with Captial Crossroads Special Improvement District. Read below¬†to learn more about all of this year’s sponsors.

Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District is the nonprofit that manages the market. With support from property owners, Capital Crossroads keeps downtown Columbus a clean, safe and fun place to live, work and play. Dispatch Media Group promotes the market each season. Look for ads in the Dispatch and Alive!

Ohio Custodial Management/Ohio Support Services and Dispatch Media Group are longtime supporters of the Pearl Market.  Note: Our Ambassadors are employed by OCM and OSS, a leader in commercial cleaning and security.

Thanks to the Credit Union of Ohio and the Franklin County Farm Bureau, shoppers will be able to pick up these adorable Pearl Market tote bags!

Support from Capstone Dental and Greater Columbus Arts Council provides free music at the market.


A BIG thanks to our remaining sponsors who provide in-kind support for Pearl Market…


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