As the 15th largest city in the country, Columbus
has a plethora of bars, eateries, and shopping streets scattered throughout its distinct neighborhoods. Whether you’re taking in a film at Studio 35
or watching the Buckeyes
play at home, there is always something to entertain you. Columbus is also a wonderful spot for farmers’ markets and vintage/antique shows that arrive every year. To help you narrow it down, check out our list of the best food and flea markets in Columbus.
The North Market is the oldest and arguably the most popular public market in Columbus. Established in 1876, the market has over 30 local vendors selling meat, produce, cheese, and prepared foods. Satisfy all your cravings with a cornucopia of diverse food options, from pierogies at Hubert’s Polish kitchen to hot, fresh donuts at Destination Donuts. The vendors value the loyalty of Columbus natives there to support local growth and craftsmanship, so all are amiable and friendly. Swing by on Saturdays for the open-air farmer’s market to get all your fresh produce.
North Market, 59 Spruce Street, Columbus, OH, (614) 463-9664
Clintonville Farmers Market
Although the Clintonville market is somewhat smaller than its farmers’ market contemporaries in Columbus, it has a truly unique selection of locally-sourced foods. This open-air market runs from April to November, and the ‘Global Market’ peak summer season runs from July to September. Each stand is operated by farmers and artisans who sell only their own products. Find in-season produce as well as offbeat food options like bison from the Ohio Bison Farm or Japanese inspired popsicles at J-POPS. Come by Clintonville for fresh food and a welcoming community atmosphere.
Clintonville Farmer’s Market, 3519 N. High St, Columbus, OH, (614) 341-7131
On the outskirts of Columbus is the Worthington Market, the city’s largest and only year-round farmers’ market. The outdoor street market operates during the summer, and the winter market moves to an indoor location that varies each year. Fresh produce from nearby farms is available, as well as a wide selection of meats, cheeses, jams and flowers. Food trucks line the promenade and offer tasty nibbles and drinks, from probiotic shakes to fresh pastries. Inquire as to what’s in season and feel free to sample – this is a friendly neighborhood market, so don’t be shy!
Worthington Market, N. High Street, Worthington, OH, (614) 285-5341
German Village Farm Market
Tucked away in the parking lot of Kight Studio 551 in the German Village is the German Village Farm Market. A true hidden gem, this market has almost no online presence and is spread only by word-of-mouth from Columbus natives. John and Clint Beardsly, who own the local Heron Creek Farm, sell their own cage-free eggs, preserves, produce, and flowers. Their most popular item is likely their homemade fruit pie, which sells out almost every Saturday.
German Village Farm Market, 551 S. Fifth Street, Columbus, OH, (614) 221-8888
In association with the North Market, Market Flea is held on an outdoor pavilion adjacent to the indoor venue. The market is held on Sundays from June to October and features local vendors that sell artwork, jewelry, furniture, and vintage clothing. Buy artisanal woodworking from ‘B and B,’ or stock up on your vinyl at ‘Elizabeth Records’. Market Flea has all the trinkets and objets one could hope for at affordable prices.
Market Flea, 59 Spruce St, Columbus, OH, (614) 463-9664