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 FarmOSU 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 recipeThe 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 ¼ inch slices
  • 1 yellow squash sliced diagonally into ¼ inch slices
  • 12 oz package baby portabella mushrooms
  • 2 ounces Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/8 cup Lawry’s Seasoning Salt, 25% less sodium
  • ¼ 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
  • ½ 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
  • ¾ 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° 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 – 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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