Fresh, Local Fruits & Vegetables
Our local Columbus vegetable and fruit market offers only the best and freshest produce for family meals, canning, pickling, and freezing. Our vine-ripened Ohio river tomatoes including heirloom, grape and cherry. We offer Blue Lake and Half Runner green beans by the handful or the bushel. Some of our other proven winners include local strawberries, cantaloupes, cucumbers, green bell peppers, and fresh Georgia peaches. Come visit us and fill up a basket of healthy, delicious fruits and vegetables for your whole family.
Please keep in mind that due to ripening times and quantities harvested, we MAY NOT have all items available at all times. If you are looking for something in particular, we recommend you call ahead.
SWEET GEORGIA PEACHES
Run-Down-Your-Arm-Juicy is the only way we can describe our Sweet Georgia Peaches. We’ve been purchasing them from the same grower for over 50 years because when you find something this good, you stick with it. They are tree-ripened, hand-picked and shipped directly to our farm. Early Cling varieties are available beginning in mid-May. Freestone varieties are available from mid-June through early September. You can purchase these Sweet Georgia Peaches by the pound, basket or half bushel, just make sure you have a napkin handy.
Sweet and refreshing, our cantaloupes are the perfect summer snack. They’re low in calories and help keep you hydrated on hot summer days. Beginning in mid-May, we have Sweet Georgia Cantaloupe until our homegrown ones are ripe and ready to harvest in early July. To pick out the perfect cantaloupe, look for a nice yellow color on the rind and smell the stem: if there is a sweet fragrance, it’s ripe and ready to eat. If you’re not confident in your cantaloupe picking skills, ask one of our Melon Specialists for help. They’ll be happy to assist.
When we think summer, we think watermelons. They are so sweet and juicy they could be considered a dessert. Our homegrown watermelon season is mid-July to mid-August, but we have sweet southern watermelon available the remainder of the season. We have seedless varieties all season long and seeded varieties available in July. To pick a watermelon that’s ripe and ready to eat, thump it and listen for a hollow sound. Also, look for one that’s heavy for its size with a yellow spot on the bottom. Follow these tips and you’re sure to find a sweet melon!
Nothing is more exciting than that first glimmer of bright red peeking through the fields in early Spring. After a long, cold winter, our homegrown strawberries are always a welcome arrival. We currently grow five acres of these delicious berries that are perfect for pies, jams and just plain eating. We begin harvesting our homegrown strawberries in mid-May and they are available for purchase at our farm markets. We no longer offer pick-your-own strawberries at the main farm.
There are a few new berries growing on the farm and they are definitely making an impression. We are now growing red and black raspberries. These raspberries are the perfect combination of sweet and tart. Mark your calendars, we begin picking these delicious berries in mid-June. We have a second crop available in mid-July. There are so many ways to enjoy them: you can eat them fresh, put them in a smoothie, or add them to your favorite muffin mix. We prefer to use them to make one of our Grandma Sally’s famous raspberry pies.
Blackberries are another new addition to our fields here at the farm. They have numerous health benefits and make a flavorful, convenient snack. Blackberries have a reputation of being rather tart, but our homegrown blackberries are a different story; they are allowed to ripen fully on the vine, increasing their sugar content and giving them a burst of flavor like no other. So sweet, you’ll think you are eating candy. Blackberry season begins in late June and ends in early August.
When it comes to health foods, blueberries are definitely at the top of the list. These tiny berries are filled with antioxidants and have a sweet flavor that will keep you coming back for more. We have planted our own patch of blueberries, but they will not be ready to harvest for several more years. Until then, we will be purchasing them from another trusted grower. We will will have a steady supply of blueberries available at our farm markets from late June through mid-August.
PLUMS & NECTARINES
If you love fresh summer fruits, try our plums and nectarines. Their sweet yet tart tastes are sure to satisfy your sugar cravings. They are sourced from California and available at our farm markets from June through September. At different times throughout the season, we will have red or black plums. Their unique flavor make them perfect for eating fresh, jams or desserts. If you love the taste of peaches, but hate the peach fuzz, nectarines are the perfect fruit for you. They taste similar to a peach but have a smooth skin. You are sure to enjoy these sweet summer treats!
Apples are the star fruit of our fall season. Beginning in early September, we have about ten different varieties available including Honeycrisp, Gala, Golden Delicious, McIntosh and Granny Smith to name a few. We sell our apples by the pound and by the bushel. Crisp, sweet and juicy, they make the perfect snack on a cold fall day.
Our sweet corn is the earliest and the sweetest in the state. Beginning in mid-June, we handpick our sweet corn daily to make sure it gets to you within four to six hours of being picked. We are famous for our Bi-Color Corn, but we also have Silver Queen for several weeks in July. Grilled, Boiled, Microwaved or cut off in salad, our sweet corn is sure to please!
Our tomatoes are grown in the sandy soils of the Muskingum River Banks, giving them a slightly higher acid content and a flavor that packs a punch. Juicy and red right down to the center, they’re the perfect addition to your summer sandwich. We begin harvesting our homegrown tomatoes around July 1st. Until then, we offer Tasty Tennessee Tomatoes.
Looking for low-acid options? We also grow yellow tomatoes that are a tad sweeter than our red ones. And don’t forget the green tomatoes! No summer is complete without a fried green tomato.
Grown from seed varieties that originated in the early 1900’s, our heirloom tomatoes are the talk of the town due to their exceptional taste and interesting appearance. Heirloom varieties produce a wide range of flavors in a rainbow of colors. Perfect for adding some flare to your summertime salads. We currently grow ten different varieties of heirloom tomatoes.
If you’re a Do-It-Yourselfer, visit us for all your canning tomato needs. We have red round canning tomatoes good for salsa and juice and roma tomatoes perfect for sauces and pastes. We harvest our canning and roma tomatoes in early August and sell them by the 25 pound box, which is about half a bushel. Fill up your pantry with all the salsa, spaghetti sauce and tomato juice you will need to eat homegrown and healthy all winter long.
Need a tasty side dish to go with dinner? Stop by the market to grab some fresh green beans. We grow both Stringless Beans and Half-Runner Beans. Stringless beans are easy to prepare: snap off the ends and they’re ready to cook. Half-Runner beans require a little more work: you have to string them and snap off the ends, but they are a meatier bean and well worth the extra effort. Our beans are sold by the pound and by the bushel, so let’s get snappin’.
Some like it hot! Some like it Sweet! Whatever your pepper cravings are, we can help. We grow green and red bell peppers, sweet banana, hot hungarian wax and jalapeňo peppers. These versatile vegetables are perfect for roasting, grilling, sauteing, stuffing or just plain eating.
Purchase them by the pepper, peck or bushel to add some sweetness and spice to your summer dishes.
These low in calorie, high in nutrient vegetables are a summer staple. There are so many ways to enjoy them: make some pickles, use them in your fresh, summer salads, throw a few slices in your water glass or check out our favorite cucumber recipe, Tzatziki. You can’t go wrong. Our slicing cucumbers and pickling cucumbers are available to purchase individually or in bulk. Stop by the market for this simple summer snack today!
Zucchini and Yellow Squash are the two varieties of summer squash we grow at the farm. Each year, they are the leaders of the homegrown vegetable season, ready to harvest in early June. They may not be the showiest vegetable in the field, but they provide a great option for summer side dishes or casseroles. They also pack a punch in terms of vitamins and nutrients. So grab some squash and a handful of fresh herbs and get cooking!
More Fresh Favorites
Check out the variety of other healthy options we have available at the farm markets:
Little Red Potatoes
Little White Potatoes
Sweet Vidalia Onions