When it comes to bringing healthy opportunities to the community — Kings Daughter’s Medical Center (KDMC) in Portsmouth is no stranger.
Throughout the year, KDMC strives to bring awareness about public health issues to the community through a variety of events. One of those events being their weekly farmer’s market.
The market is held from 4-7 p.m., each Wednesday in the lower lot of the KDMC facility located at 2001 Scioto Trail. KDMC Dietitian Malissa Sarver said the market schedule was designed specifically outside the hours of the workday to provide more people with the chance to stop in.
“We have a lot of farmer’s markets downtown,” Sarver said. “And it’s nice having one at a different day and a different time. It gives the farmers another outlet and another day to pick, and too for people getting off work.”
The market not only provides a space for homemade goods and fresh produce from local sources, but it provides educational experiences as well.
“It gives people and their children the chance to meet the farmers who grew the items. Kids can see the items as they are, not coming out of a freezer bag or a can. People can ask questions or advice about preparation and recipes, so it’s really a unique experience.”
Each vendor brings something different to the market, things you can’t always find in stores. Like Logan and Sarah Minter and their blue potatoes.
This past Wednesday was the first time the Minter’s set up at the KDMC Market but they can typically be found at the Main Street Portsmouth Market on the Esplande each Saturday morning.
“We typically have different varieties of squash and things like green beans. We’re getting into the specialty items like round zucchini and our blue potatoes. Blue potatoes are unique in their color, you can do whatever you want with them. Most people haven’t heard of them,” explained Minter. “When we were in Lexington at the University of Kentucky we found out about them. A lot of people there use them alongside regular potatoes to make UK themed potato salad. It’s just something different you can’t find in a store.” Minter said soon they will have edname, soy beans and sweet corn to bring to the markets.
Aside from produce, you can find meat, soaps and cleaning supplies, floral arrangements and baked goods.
Duo Wendy and James Osborne brought their fun flavored cookies to the market. Outside of their work within Carey’s Run Church of Christ, the two operate the Cookie Jar, a home-based baked goods operation that they both enjoy.
Wendy founded the Cookie Jar alongside her mother. After her mother was diagnosed with breast-cancer, the Cookie Jar was placed to the side. After her mother passed, Wendy stepped away and took some time off.
She and her husband James restarted the operation a year ago and it’s taken them on many adventures, from craft fairs to farmer’s markets.
“We started back at the Wheelersburg Flea Market on Thursday’s and from there we ventured out. We set up at the three local farmer’s markets now and we take orders through our Facebook page. We can do everything from party trays down to just a hankering for cookies. In the winter we go to festivals and things like that, we stay busy” said Wendy.
The Osborne’s enjoy experimenting with different flavor combinations to create new and exciting cookies that you won’t encounter elsewhere. Fan favorites include maple pecan, salted caramel and of course, the classics. The Osborne’s have also started a “flavor of the month,” cookie.
“This month it’s rainbow sherbet. I mean it tastes exactly like a spoonful of rainbow sherbet, but in a cookie form,” said Wendy. “We’ll have it at the all the market’s through July.”
You can keep up with the Osborne’s and the Cookie Jar through their Facebook page by searching @WestsideCookieJar, or by calling 740-876-9265 to place an order.
For more fresh finds, stop in each Wednesday through October 4 from 4-7 p.m. at 2001 Scioto Trail to see what the market may bring.
Reach Ciara Conley at 740-353-3101 ext. 1932.