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 – not 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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To Do at Pearl Market

Farmers, artisans, performers, chefs – whatever your taste, there’s something to entertain you at Pearl Market this year!

Shop with our 40+ vendors and get to know their products (and them!) #knowyourfarmer

Learn at cooking demonstrations from the James’ Mobile Food Education Kitchen the last Friday of the month through September.

Play and win prizes for posting to social media and other contests. Festivities begin Friday, May 24th at the Info Booth and on Facebook!

Listen to our talented performers from 11:00a-2:00pm every Tuesday and Friday. Produced with help from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

I took some playtime last Friday to visit the OSU Urban Arts Space Rooftop Garden. So fun! Will you make time for yourself before the market?
Rooftop Chives Le Veque

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Pearl Market is back, baby!

Pearl Market opens Friday, May 24 at 10:30 a.m. and big changes are in store. With the Rhodes State Office Tower under renovation for the 2019 season, the market will pop up every Tuesday and Friday on Gay Street and Pearl Alley.

Some of your favorite vendors like Fornof Farms, 8 Sisters Bakery and Blueberried Alive! return this year. You’ll also meet new vendors, including Morning Dew Hop Farm, Ohio Pies, and That Mushroom Guy. But, to get a full rundown, check out the complete vendor list.

The 2019 season brings a new market manager. Sam Sharkey brings fresh ideas (and some farming experience) to the market this year. Sam is a yoga instructor, rock climber, and general outdoor enthusiast. She is currently building her first permaculture garden beds.

 “I was drawn to this position because I see the Pearl Market connecting large, diverse urban populations with small-town values like knowing your neighbor, enjoying nature, and belonging to a community,” Sam said.

Since Pearl Market spills out onto Gay Street this year, area restaurants will also cook up specials based on what’s in season in the market. So, fill your shopping bag, grab a bite to eat on Gay Street and get some new recipe ideas.

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Apply to be a vendor at the 2019 Pearl Market

We are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2019 Pearl Market season.

Pearl Market brings fresh local produce, farm products, cottage foods and local artisan-made goods to the urban heart of Columbus. This year’s market will take place on Gay Street between High and Third streets and in Pearl Alley. The location is within a five-minute walk of  thousands of downtown workers, residents and visitors.

The market will operate May 24 through October 11, Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Booth space costs $100/month for two days a week, $80/month for Tuesdays only, or $90/month for Fridays only. Seasonal rates are available for $400 (2 days/week), $320 (Tuesdays only) and $380 (Fridays only), respectively. Tents, tables and chairs are available for rent.

To apply, vendors must go to ManageMyMarket.com.


Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you at the Pearl Market.

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Tasty Recipes to Get Fall Harvest on Your Plate

The mercury’s dropping, the leaves are turning, and the nights are growing longer.

And you know what that means. It’s harvest time!

Our favorite veggies and fruits are in season. Think tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, beets, squash, and apples. We found some delicious ways to use your bumper crops from The Pearl Market. Check out these recipes from Taste of Home:

This one pan meal of Maple Roasted Chicken & Acorn Squash will make you look like a rock star chef!

With all the beautiful colors of fall, this recipe for Beet & Sweet Potato Fries from Taste of Home offers a new spin on traditional French Fries. And it might finally get your family to eat beets!

There’s nothing better than hot soup for those cool days. You’ll love this Taste of Home recipe for Butternut Squash Soup with Cinnamon.

Finally, this Woman’s Day Kitchen recipe for Cottage Pie with mashed potatoes offers hearty meal that’s sure to please everyone.

Thanks for shopping at the Pearl Market!


Music at the Market

Thanks to its partnership with entertainment sponsors the Greater Columbus Arts Council and Capstone Dental, The Pearl Market provides customers and vendors with live, local entertainment each market day.  Here’s who will be playing this week:

Tuesday October 2, 2018

Mike Dudley

Friday October 5, 2018


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Craving Sugar? We Have Your Fix!

Got a sweet tooth? A chocolate addiction? The Pearl Market has your fix. You can find brownies, pies, cinnamon bread, cake, merengues, cookies, muffins and more!

On any given market day, there are 8 to 12 vendors with freshly baked goods all made from scratch like your grandmother and mother used to make. They include Aunt Vickie’s Pies, The Baker’s Rack, Food for Good Thought, Great Harvest Bread, Hearth Bakery, Mary’s Catering, Solo Merengues, Sweet Cheese Cheesecake, Yvonne’s Cookies.

Hankering for some pie? Pecan pie, Peach pie, Blueberry pie, Cherry pie or just a piece of pie? Aunt Vicky’s’ Pies has it all. Mary’s Catering also offers a variety of fresh baked pies by the slice.

Craving cookies?  Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Cranberry, plus more? Check out The Bakers Rack, Food for Good Thought, Great Harvest Bread and Yvonne’s Cookies

Longing for chocolate brownies? Food for Good Thought and The Baker’s Rack offer dense chocolate brownies. They’re gluten-free to boot!

Coveting some cake? Mary’s Catering has a wicked German Chocolate Cake and Brown Sugar Pound Cake. Solo Merengues also offers specialty cakes.

Can’t eat gluten? No worries, there are a few bakers that offer sweet treats for you too. How about brownies, chocolate chip cookies, lemon bars, banana bread and more. Check out The Baker’s Rack, Food for Good Thought and Solo Merengue.

Of course not many of us make it in or out of the Pearl Market without a quick stop at Midway Concessions to grab a lemon shake up or bag of Kettle Corn!

Thanks for shopping at the Pearl Market!

Our Market Favs

Yes, it’s officially autumn, yet the warm weather persists! That never stops this shopper from going to The Pearl Market and exploring the produce, baked goods and crafts on the north plaza of the Ohio Statehouse. I’m always on the lookout for game day snacks.

Mayhem Foods Salsa is base for the perfect snack for watching the game at home or visiting a friend. Perryn’s Naturals soap is amazing, made with all-natural products so it’s gentle on your skin. When fall weather does arrive, I want to wear this soft hand-woven Turkish textile robe from Together Textiles and sip on a glass of wine from Camelot Cellars.



Sponsor the Pearl Market 

Get your brand in front of hundreds of downtown workers and residents each week at The Pearl Market.

The market is operated by Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District and needs public and private support to operate. We can tailor a sponsorship package to meet your budget.

Contact Michelle Chippas at mlchippas@sidservices.com
for information on sponsorship opportunities.

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All Peppers Are Not Created Equal

Sweet peppers don’t come in just red and green anymore—yellow orange, and even purple bell peppers are commonplace.

Plus, there are more kinds of sweet pepper than just different colors. There are Cherry, Cubanelle and Italian Frying peppers. But the sweetest of all are Ancient Sweets or Sweet Twister.

These elegant looking peppers are super sweet and never ever bitter because they have a higher natural sugar content than the average bell pepper. They were once called Ancient Sweets but are now called Sweet Twister. They’re very versatile. You can cut them into rings and use them in salads, stir fries, pizza and frittata. They’re great roasted and grilled and of course my favorite way is stuffed.

Like tomatoes, peppers originated in Central and South America. The name pepper was given by Europeans when Christopher Columbus brought the plant back to Europe. At that time, black pepper was a highly prized condiment. The name pepper was applied to all known spices with hot and pungent taste and was extended to these plants. Botanically speaking, bell peppers are fruits; however, they are considered vegetables in culinary contexts.

Sweet peppers are an excellent source of Vitamin B6 and folacin. Red, yellow and orange sweet peppers contain three to four times more Vitamin C than an orange. Add sweet red pepper strips to a spinach salad to help your body better absorb the iron in the spinach.

Here’s an easy recipe for Roasted Peppers:

  • Preheat grill or broiler on high heat. Cook whole peppers about 10 minutes, turning occasionally by stems, until skin is blistered and blackened.
  • Place in a paper bag and let steam.
  • Remove skins, slice peppers open and scrape out core and seeds.
  • Cut in strips and toss with a generous splash of olive oil, a little minced garlic, chopped parsley, salt and pepper to taste. Serve at room temperature

We found a wonderful recipe for Sweet Long Peppers Stuffed with Cauliflower Rice from Proud Italian Cook.

Thanks for shopping at the Pearl Market!

Feeling like Fall

Last week when the weather was a bit cooler, it felt like fall. I was immediately drawn to these wonderful apples at Fornof Farm that would make a great strudel. Then I saw this Cranberry Almond Oatmeal at the Oatmeal at the Great Harvest Company, followed by this Apricot Breakfast Bar from Hearth. It was amazing! To top it off, literally, I was drawn to this soft grey sweater from The Sweater Lady.





Perennial Facts

Did you know that many of the plants in your yard are considered perennials? A perennial includes plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees that live for two years or longer. As you can imagine, perennials come in many shapes and sizes. Here are some fun facts about these plants:

  • These flowers don’t always bloom the first year that they are planted, but with proper care, they will bloom the next year and each year after that for the duration of their lifespan.
  • Since they live a long time, they do not need to produce many seeds to survive. In fact, once they are planted and well established, they will need minimal upkeep with watering and fertilizing.
  • They often have a rest period at some point in their life cycle where the plant will remain dormant.
  • These plants include a wide variety of flowers, fruits, herbs and vegetables.

Lonny with Flora Go Go offers a variety of potted perennials to get you started. Based on where you want to plant the perennials and what your preferences in size and color, he can show you plants that will thrive in your yard.

And it’s not too late to plant!  According to Lonnie, as long as you plant perennials before the ground freezes, it will survive the winter and provide you with years of enjoyment.











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