North Market Welcomes Our New Executive Director Rick Harrison Wolfe
The North Market Development Authority is pleased to announce the selection of its newest Executive Director, Rick Harrison Wolfe to replace David Wible who retired in January after 12 years of service.
“We are excited to have Rick join the North Market team,” said Board President, Matthew Hall. “This is an important time for the Market as we focus on building the vision for the future and Rick’s experience, passion, creativity and energy will be key to our ongoing success.”
Wolfe brings to the Market more than two decades of retail and branding experience with internationally known brands such as Cole Haan and Skechers. He founded The Wolfe Group as an independent consultant specializing in branding, new and strategic business development, marketing and design for the apparel, footwear, digital and hospitality industries. Wolfe returned to Ohio after stops in Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles to launch The Cheesy Truck, a Los Angeles style gourmet mobile food truck that he profitably sold last year after 13 months of successful operation.
“I am beyond honored and ecstatic to have been selected to lead this 137 year old Columbus institution into the future,” said new Executive Director Rick Wolfe. “The North Market continues to thrive because of its passionate group of merchants, staff, directors and the great support of our community. Cheers to a bright future!”
Farmers’ Market Saturday*
It is finally upon us…the official opening day of the North Market Farmer’s Market! Come catch up with your favorite farmers and vendors after the winter hiatus.
Participating farms and Ohio Proud vendors include:
A Bit of A Bite Salsa: Pegge’s delicious salsas!
Aimee’s Blue Ribbon Spices: Spice blends for cheese balls, dips, soups and rubs.
Backroom Coffee Roasters: Locally roasted coffee beans, t-shirts, hats and mugs.
Bridgman Farm: I’ll have plants galore for a successful 2013 garden: heirloom, hybrid and cherry tomatoes, a huge variety of herbs, eggplants, long and pickling cucumbers, summer squash, lettuces, peas and peppers.
Bunker Hill Cheese Co: Heini’s cheese, butter, fudge and buckeyes.
Davidson Produce and Cattle Farm: We will be bringing our beef, chicken and pork and sampling our homemade sausages.
Eban Bakery: Gluten-free Breads and Baked Goods: Fresh gluten-free breads, cookies and other sweet treats.
Folck Family Farm
Gatherings Ashtabula County: Pepper jellies and jams.
Gourmet Farm Girl: Specialty foods including infused olive oils, soup mixes, balsamic vinegars and rubs.
Honeyrun Farm: I will have summer, fall and tulip poplar raw honey, infused honey, beeswax candles, handcrafted soap and honeysticks
Lucky Cat Farm and Bakery
Ohio Farm Direct: We’ll be bringing our whole milk cheeses including cheddar, feta, gouda, havarti, low fat low salt colby, muenster, mozzarella, baby swiss, pepper jack, garlic and herb, tomato basil pinenut, lemon zest and other flavored special blends.
Peace for Paws: Local nonprofit organization with adoptable dogs.
Roger’s Honey: We offer honey, jams made with honey, beeswax candles, soaps made with honey and bee pollen.
SCF Alpaca Products: Alpaca products including hats, scarves, yarn, roving and more.
Silver Bridge Coffee Company: Fresh roasted coffee from Gallipolis
Snowville Creamery: Sampling their local milks and yogurts.
Somerset Greenhouse: I will have annuals and perennials for planting.
Summer Thyme Farm: We will be bringing our fabulous selection of herbs, potted tomatoes, rhubarb and kitchen gardens. Along with this, we will have some great Calibrachoa hanging baskets, hens and chicks and sedum mixes. Our Dahlias are in bloom and gorgeous, and we’ll be bringing some great succulent combinations also.
Toad Hill Farm
Toby Run Growers: I will have assorted mushrooms.
Wishwell Farms Produce
*The Capital City Half Marathon will take place this Saturday. Please consult the course map here⇒
Traffic: The southbound lanes and the middle-northbound lane of North High Street in the Short North will be closed for the race just prior to the race start at 8:00AM and will then follow a rolling closure format behind the last runners. Runners will be heading west on Vine Street at the start of the race until about 9:30AM.
One northbound lane of North High Street will remain open to traffic the entire race. Runners will enter the Short North Arts District at mile 6 of the race heading south in the southbound lanes of North High Street from approximately 8:30AM through approximately 10:00AM
Market to Market Ride Saturday
The North Market and The Hills Market created the Market to Market ride in 2009 to celebrate Ohio-made foodstuffs, the opening of the farmers market and the start of bicycling season with a cross-town trek up and down the Olentangy River Greenway. Somewhere along the way they realized that everything is more entertaining with themes and costumes and another element of amusement was added to an already enjoyable outing. Thus May 4, 2013 version of Market to Market is hereby dubbed, “Clippers and Crew: A Celebration of Spring Sports in Columbus.”
Riders are encouraged to ride attired in the garb of their favorite local sports team. Bonus points for anyone bold enough to come costumed as mascots Crew Cat, Crash or Lou Seal. Registration is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The cost includes breakfast, a scoop of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream (at either location), an event t-shirt and a drawstring backpack filled with goodies and coupons from both locations with up to $50 worth of savings on Ohio foods. Breakfast will be served at both locations from 8- 10 a.m. to allow for riders to eat and set out on the trail at their leisure. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will be available at both locations upon ride completion. Registration can be made online here⇒ until noon Friday, May 3.
Artisan Sunday returns this weekend!
Our mission at the North Market is to bring you the best of everything local from merchants, farmers and musicians to outstanding local artisans and crafters. Every Sunday from May through October from 12-5 p.m. the outdoor pavilion will host a splendid array of artisans peddling their handmade local wares. Shoppers will find a unique mix of artwork, glass, handbags, jewelry, plush, soaps, stationery, textiles and other distinctive locally created goods. For a complete list of participating artisans go here⇒
Save the date: Apron Gala on May 18
Break out your sewing machine, grab your glue gun and get going on creating and/or decorating your apron for the 17th annual North Market Apron Gala. It’s the North Market’s yearly fundraiser celebrating the public market tradition, local food and the creativity of our merchant family. Creative aprons are highly encouraged attire. The Apron Gala will take place on Saturday, May 18 from 7 – 10 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person.
As the title of the event implies, all in attendance are encouraged to wear their favorite apron or create one in honor of the gala! Best male and female aprons will be selected and all guests wearing an apron will be entered into a drawing for a special prize. In case you lack the time and energy to create or buy your own apron, we’ll make it easy on you: AmyD will be selling her fanciful aprons at the North Market on May 4 and May 11 from 10AM – 2PM and commemorative Apron Gala aprons will be available on sale for $15 at the event.
School of Cooking Summer Schedule
Our School of Cooking Summer Schedule is now available online!
We’ve got a great lineup of demonstration-style classes available all summer for just $35 per person. Each class includes a minimum of three courses: appetizer or salad, main course and dessert. Our Chef Series classes featuring popular restaurants from around Central Ohio also generally include wine pairings. You can find our full class schedule and register online HERE
Upcoming classes include:
MAY Cinco de Mayo, Sunday, May 5 from 1-3 p.m.
JUNE Chef Series: Hyatt Regency, Wednesday, June 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Summer Salads, Sunday, June 9 from 1-3 p.m. Chef Series: Barcelona, Wednesday, June12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Chef Series: Hubbard Grille, Wednesday, June 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
JULY Chef Series: Sidecar Catering (Barcelona), Wednesday, July 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. From the Herb Garden, Sunday, July 21 from 1-3 p.m. Fast and Fresh with Robin Davis, Sunday, July 28 from 1-3 p.m.
AUGUST darista café: Fresh from the Market, Sunday, August 4 from 1-3 p.m. Chef Series: Trattoria Roma, Wednesday, August 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Chef Series: Local Matters, Wednesday, August 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Chef Series: Bodega, Wednesday, August 25 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Best of Summer, Sunday, August 25 from 1-3 p.m.