ACCEPTING FARMERS MARKET APPLICATIONS
It might feel like we're still in the throes of winter, but preparations are underway for spring and the kickoff of the Lancaster Farmers Market. (Saturday, May 4th!)
We are accepting applications for vendors at the Lancaster Farmers Market through March 31st. If there's a new vendor you'd like to see there, please let them know and send them to the website for more info and to apply:
We do. New Milk! ... Introducing Green Field Farms Certified Organic Milk. For the Hartzler fans out there, Green Field checks all the same boxes AND it's certified organic for the same price. (We're promised they even use the same brand of chocolate for the chocolate milk!) Green Field is a farmer-owned coop of all Amish & Mennonite farmers who use horse & buggy - read more about them here.
NEW YEAR, NEW MISSION
At the Keller Market House, we are feeling grateful for a fantastic holiday season. A huge thanks goes out to all of you who made Lancaster's community market a part of your holidays, whether through thoughtful, handmade gift giving or through making local foods a part of your festivities.
We enjoy the fruitful pace of the growing season and the joyful hustle and bustle of the holidays, but we are busy now in a different way, with behind-the-scenes work and planning for the season ahead.
This quieter winter season affords us a chance for reflection and refinement. As we grow and evolve as a young organization, we thought it was time to reaffirm who we are and our role in the community. You may know us best as a market house, but we are a 501(c)(3) non profit organization - Lancaster Fresh Market, Inc. - that does many things!
At our board retreat in November, we adopted a new mission statement to express our goals:
We champion the production and accessibility of local foods and products for the enrichment of our community.
With this mission in mind, plans are underway for 2019 ... Right now we're thrilled at the fresh veggies our farmers are bringing us even in the midst of winter and the work that's begun on our Keller Community Kitchen. We're looking forward to upcoming classes and partnerships. We're excited for the possibilities that lie ahead and hope that you'll join us in 2019!
Starting Saturday, October 13th, we'll return to our fall/winter Saturday hours of 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
It's been a busy harvest season, and now we're all looking forward to enjoying more leisurely winter mornings!
We hope you'll keep your Saturday morning market routine, we just look forward to seeing you a little bit later!
Fall is fantastic eating weather, and nothing goes better with good food than good wine. Just in time, we've gotten in a shipment of eight new wines - the six pictured here plus two organic boxed wines!
We continue to focus on organic and sustainable wineries from around the world who are creating really unique wines that are also a great deal.
Click here for descriptions of all our current wines!
NEW VENDOR SPECIAL
Now through the end of the year we are offering a new member vendor special and waiving our $50 annual vendor fee. If you are a local farmer, food producer or artisan based in Ohio, now is a great time to explore becoming a Keller Market House vendor!
For more details and the complete guidelines and application, please click here.
We accept new member vendors on a rolling basis, according to our guidelines and with an effort towards maintaining a healthy diversity of products. Please contact us with any questions.
"FAMILY FARM FIELD DAY DRAWS 4000 TO BALTIC"
Read about Keller Market House & Lancaster Farmers Market vendor Brad Berry of Berry Family Farm in the latest issue of 'Farm and Dairy.'
"Brad Berry, a seventh-generation farmer from Fairfield County, Ohio, raises livestock and crops on 200 acres, and direct markets his meats and eggs, along with his crops, as non GMO feed.
Berry worked 20 some years for a local factory and farmed on the side, but when the factory job went away — he returned to his roots.
'When that job ended, I had to use a lot of creativity to keep everything flowing,' he said.
And while diversification has worked well for him — it’s also presented some challenges. On the plus-side, it’s given him a year-round market and some balance for when the markets change.... "
Click here to continue reading
KELLER COMMUNITY KITCHEN UPDATE
Many of you know we have been quietly working away at the first steps toward installation of Phase One of our commercial kitchen project.
Initial plans are being finalized and thanks to grant funding from the Fairfield County Foundation and funds raised via our 5 Kitchens dinners and Chef Weber's cooking classes, we are almost ready to finally begin!
This basic kitchen will improve our space for community events, space rentals and cooking classes and allow us to serve coffee and other beverages. We can't wait and we're excited to build on what we have to offer the community and to better welcome you into our space!
PRODUCE PERKS LAUNCH
On August 1st, we launched our 2018 Produce Perks program - making fresh fruits & vegetables more affordable!
For anyone making a SNAP/EBT food purchase at the Keller Market House, we'll give you a voucher for free fresh fruits & vegetables.
How Does It Work?
Help us spread the word so everyone can enjoy fresh, local produce!
In July, we launched our new wine department. Now you can visit us for a sustainable & unique wine selection, available by the bottle.
You might be wondering .... "Are these all Ohio wines?" No, they are not. While our mission at Keller Market House is to support local Ohio foods and businesses, with wine we're taking a little departure. In keeping with our goal of sustainable micro-business incubation, we're seeking out wines from all over the world that best meet our criteria for biodiverse sustainable farming methods while offering great value and amazing flavors. "Sustainable" to us might include wines that are certified organic or chemical free, contain no detectable sulfites, are vegan or Demeter certified.
We look forward to exploring wines with you, with a carefully selected selection for purchase by the bottle and through organized tastings.
BLUEGREEN GARDENS FEATURED IN JOHNNY'S
Maybe you've heard of Slow Food .... have you heard of Slow Flowers? There's a growing movement of farmers who focus on raising cut flowers and we're lucky to have these two in our market! Read about Bluegreen Gardens' Mike Zawislak and Elizabeth Fox Zawislak in this article from Johnny's Selected Seeds.
(For those of you who aren't farmers, being featured in Johnny's is making it big time!)
FAIRFIELD COUNTY HERITAGE ASSOCIATION TOUR OF HOMES -
JUNE 23RD & 24TH
We're excited to announce that the Keller Market House will be featured in the Fairfield County Heritage Association's summer tour! Read more about the Tour and purchase advance tickets here. This will be a great chance to learn more about the history of our building and see some of our behind the scenes!
FARMERS MARKET OPENING DAY: SATURDAY, MAY 5TH
Help us spread the word about our new "sister project" - the outdoor Lancaster Farmers Market.
Click here for the press release about the opening of the 2018 Lancaster Farmers Market season.
MEET OUR LHS CULINARY ARTS INTERNS!
We're pleased to welcome Willow and Rebekah, two seniors from the LHS Culinary Arts program housed at Stanbery. They will be interning with us for April and May, helping out in the Market House and preparing cooking demonstrations for the Farmers Market.
Through participating in the school's catering business and traveling to culinary competitions, these two already have a great base of knowledge and are ServSafe qualified. The Culinary Arts program trains its students in basic cooking and knife skills and introduces them to a wide range of cooking methods and equipment. Under the direction of Chef Debra Bates, their program has been recognized as one of the 'Elite 50' - the top 50 secondary school hospitality programs in the country - four years in a row!
Willow joined the Culinary Program because she loves the idea of transforming just a few ingredients into something great. She especially loves creating desserts and will seek a job in the culinary field when she graduates. Rebekah enjoys cooking so much because it helps her to relax and clear her head. She'll continue her education at Sullivan University in Louisville and hopes to open her own bakery someday. Make sure to say 'hi' and thank them if you see them at the market!
A WORK IN PROGRESS
Our stage shrank!
A big thanks to the Lancaster-Sherman Rotary! A dedicated group of volunteers spent part of their sunny Sunday inside tackling the stage in our community room. This is just the first step in a series of improvements to this multi-purpose space.
Bigger isn't always better - We're looking forward to a smaller but safer stage that better suits our needs as we host speakers, workshops and live music in the future.
FARMERS MARKET NEWS
Lancaster's indoor and outdoor farmers markets are joining forces! This year, look for the Lancaster Farmers Market in a new location in the heart of downtown. Opening Day is six weeks away - Saturday, May 5th from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.
The outdoor market will be located right around the corner from the Keller Market House in the city owned lot on West Chestnut Street between Broad and Columbus. The two markets are managed by the same non profit organization (Lancaster Fresh Market, Inc) and this partnership will create a better shopping experience for customers and more opportunity for vendors. Look for some of your favorites as well as exciting new vendors!
Vendor applications for farmers, food producers and artisans will be accepted until March 31st and the application can be found online at www.lancasterohfarmersmarket.org.
This is a community endeavor! If you have an idea about how your organization could get involved or your business could provide support or a sponsorship, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're interested in volunteering, please take this quick survey - just a few questions to tell us about your interests and availability. You could choose to help on Saturdays at the market, or behind the scenes on your own schedule. Volunteering will be a great way to become part of the community, get to know the farmers and make new friends!
We'll see you at market!
WELCOME LANCASTER SHERMAN ROTARY!
We're thrilled to welcome Lancaster's "downtown Rotary" group to their new home at the Keller Market House! Starting in March, they'll be gathering in our community space each Wednesday morning bright and early. We welcome the amazing energy they bring into the market and look forward to partnering with them on many projects to come!
To learn more about this local community & service organization, click here.
SWEET NOTES CUSTOM COOKIES
From Owner/Baker Kylie Ogg: "For as long as I can remember, I've enjoyed baking; from standing beside my grandmother in her kitchen to making fun confections for family and friends in my own home.
While my career path led me to teaching music, I always wanted my baking to surpass that which I did for family holidays, so I am glad to be able to share the recipes I care so deeply about with my community. I use time-tested family recipes combined with new flavor combinations and all-natural, locally sourced ingredients."
Just in time for Valentine's Day, we're introducing new jewelry from local artisan Linda Craine of 'Scattered' Jewelry.
Discover necklaces, bracelets and more incorporating gemstones and sterling silver. With thoughtful craftsmanship and affordable pricing, these pieces would add a bright spot to your winter wardrobe!
Just in time for this winter season that's hard on your skin and the immune system... We're excited to introduce BEEpothecary!
BEEpothecary manufactures - in small artisan batches - supplements and skin care products "powered by bees." They include propolis, honey, beeswax and pollen in their products to capitalize on the amazing health benefits of all the beehive resources. They use only natural ingredients thoughtfully chosen for their health benefiting qualities.
Come check out their creamed honey blends, tinctures, skin creams, lip balms, unique shaving products and more!
BLUE OWL GARDEN EMPORIUM
Blue Owl Garden Emporium is a Licking County herb farm that offers locally and sustainably grown culinary herbs, edible flowers, herbal seasoning blends and teas, and a variety of other unusual herbal concoctions.
With more than 200 dried herbs available during the winter, there's a flavor for everyone! At their farmers markets, they also offer fresh culinary mushrooms and more than 125 fresh herbs during the growing season.
At both the herb farm and their complementary forest farm operation, Blue Owl is committed to ecologically sustainable practices which make conservation and biodiversity as much a priority as the economic bottom line. They use no petroleum-based fertilizers or pesticides, create habitat for pollinators/beneficial insects, and employ energy-efficient/low-impact techniques whenever possible.
Check out the selection of their teas, seasonings, mulling spices and baking mixes that we've just added!
FARM ON THE RIDGE
Elise & Derrick Allison operate their pasture-based pork farm in Jackson County, Ohio, where they raise heritage breeds of pigs that are known for their foraging abilities, mothering instincts and ultimately, superior taste. Their philosophy is to allow the pig to be a pig. Unlike in more industrial operations, their pigs live in multi-generational herds, rotating through pastures and woods.
The Allisons can now expand their sales to retail markets like ours as they've become the first vendor to work out of ACEnet's brand new ODA-inspected meat processing facility in Nelsonville. Read more about that new venture here. You'll appreciate their pork products designed for food conscious consumers who also have a need for convenience. Look for pre-seasoned or marinated items like their Chorizo Sausage and slow-cooker ready Pork Carnitas Shoulder Roast in the new chest freezer.
SWEET SPACE BAKERY
We got to taste test these handmade caramels, so we can vouch that they're amazing! The seasonal apple cider caramels make the perfect fall treat - make sure you try these while they're around! Then look for traditional caramels year round. The caramels are available individually or by the dozen.
There's a new family-owned coffee roaster in the area! We're excited to introduce locally roasted, sustainably sourced whole coffee beans from Jodi & Mike of Koffee Geeksof Laurelville.
A passion project that has grown into a business, Koffee Geeks has recently scaled up with their rose gold Bideli Roaster "Rosie."
We're starting with these five blends and look forward to hosting Koffee Geeks for a tasting some day soon!
Signature Breakfast Blend
Signature Farmhouse Blend
Lancaster artist Sarah Brown creates her charming 'whim-wham' using hand set vintage type, hand carved wood engravings and a Heidelberg Windmill letterpress from 1958.
Whether you're feeling snarky or sweet, you'll find a greeting card that expresses just what you're feeling. The care that goes into her creations is tangible, and a welcome departure from today's mass market goods. We're charmed by her paper animal sculptures and her notepads have us giggling!
Learn more about Sarah's process on her website.
These guys had such a great time at Lancaster Brewfest the other week that they came back to town to explore. We ran into them on the corner outside Double Edge, because these things happen you're hanging out downtown...
Check out their fun website to learn more about their brewery/laboratory.
We're starting with their year-round brews and look forward to trying some of their more experimental varieties soon!
In the beer case now, look for Photon Light Lager, Magnon IPA, Conductor Imperial Rye IPA, and Luxon Golden Saison.
R & R CANDLES
Just in time for Lancaster Brew Week, we're excited to introduce our latest vendor - R&R Candles! Handpoured 100% soy wax candles are made locally with upcycled craft beer cans and wine bottles. A perfect gift for your favorite Ohio beer lover, they'll fit right in on your back patio, picnic or camping trip.
Are you looking for an easy way to get more fruits & veggies into your diet? A convenience food you'll feel good about? (Aren't we all?!) If so, take notice of our newest vendor, Midwest Juicery.
An Ohio company based in Toledo, Midwest Juicery offers organic, cold-pressed juices that are never heated. Their cold pressing method preserves more nutrients and enzymes, and they use a high pressure process which prevents contamination and extends shelf life instead of pasteurization or added preservatives.
Midwest Juicery sources certified organic produce in Ohio as much as they can, from Greenfield Farms of Wooster. They're stocking us with five great flavors - Green with Envy, Beets by Midwest, Apple of My Eye, 16 Carrot Gold and All Greens Everything.
Local artisan Carol Abbott has lovingly turned the native wild black cherry trees of her childhood into beautiful wooden creations to share with you! We're excited to introduce her cutting boards, wall plaques and foot stools.
And check out her charming 'Hatimals' as well! If you have leftover yarn you'd like to donate to the cause, Carol will gladly repurpose it and offers a discount on a future Sustainabilitree purchase in exchange.
Also look for Sustainabilitree as a vendor at the outdoor Lancaster Farmers Market the first Saturday of each month and meet the artist!
We're excited to introduce our newest vendor - Nature's Magic!
This Ohio-based, woman-owned business offers something unique to the market house: fresh smelling cleaning products that are biodegradable and phosphate and surfactant free. Make your home a healthy, non toxic environment for you, your children and your pets!
Choose from Deep Clean, Multi-purpose Spray, Glass Cleaner, Wood Polish and Gentle Scrub, and check out the Concentrates so you can refill your spray bottle!
2nd AVE CANDLE Co.
NEW! 100% soy candles from Amy Blake of the 2nd Avenue Candle Co. in Middleport, Ohio. Made with no additives, phylate free fragrance oils and cotton core wicks, look for new scents each season! We'll be carrying both hand poured candles and wax tarts.
If you're down on the river, check out Amy's home base - Tuckerman's on Lincoln - a unique retail spot that features local foods and handmade goods.
We are now stocking microgreens plus pea shoots and sunflower shoots from Susan Wolfe of Sunnie's Microgreens. While Susan has been growing sprouts for many years and raising plenty of her own food on her farm in Junction City, Sunnie's Microgreens is a new venture for her.
Susan discovered microgreens when looking for a way to get the benefits of sprouts without using as much water as is required in the frequent rinsing of the sprouting process. These tiny plants have their own unique flavor and are very nutrient dense.
Sunnie's Microgreens (pictured) are alive! and still growing in their little containers. Keep them alive a bit longer by placing them in indirect sunlight, watering from the bottom, and cutting as desired.
Interested in sprouting or growing something like this at home? Look for an upcoming workshop with Susan on how you might do-it-yourself!
HOLLY GROVE GRANOLA
Lancaster residents Cindy & Gary Cook have spent years perfecting their granola recipe. They've gotten such good feedback from family and friends that now they'd like to share their granola with you!
With a light, crispy texture and just the right amount of sweetness, we hope you love it as much as we do... We can't stop snacking!
If you're looking for a healthier option for Easter baskets for the kids or the adults in your life, Holly Grove Granola is just the ticket.
We love these sorts of stories! Local resident Natalie had struggled with skin issues for years. After frustrating experiences with commercially available moisturizers, dietary adjustments and dermatologists' prescriptions, she set out to create something herself that would offer relief for psoriasis.
The end result was her creamy Face & Body Butter and tremendously improved skin conditions. Made from only three natural ingredients, Simply Mended is great for hands and body and even face and lips. Natalie has heard from many other people that it has helped their psoriasis, eczema and other skin ailments. But even if you're just looking for an all natural moisturizer for seasonal dry skin, give it a try!
Sweet, Spicy & Flavorful! We're excited to welcome Mayhem Foods as a new vendor with their line of specialty mustards.
Owner Michael Francis works out of a shared commercial kitchen space in Columbus, and you may recognize his products from area farmers markets. There's a mustard for everyone, with spicy levels ranging from Mild to Extreme, and gourmet fruit flavors like Blueberry, Raspberry and Mango. Come try them all and find your favorite!
Keller Market House
134 S. Columbus St.
Lancaster, Ohio 43130