North Market, Columbus Tour – My Impressions

Written by Diana - December 1, 2009 4 Comments

What ever I tell you about the North Market it won’t be enough.  I have been there in the past, and always loved it.  I’m jealous of my husband who works only a few blocks away and could venture out to this smorgasbord of flavor to get a different type of meal whenever he desires.  So, when I was offered a tour of the North Market I decided to go for it.

The North Market is a public market on Spruce Street, just a few blocks north of Nationwide Arena.  It is filled with merchants, in individual market stalls.  Kind of an indoor open air market.  Dave Wilbe, the executive director of North Market gave us a brief background of the North Market and a tour of the building.  Dave is very personable and seemed to be a go to kind of guy that all the market owners and workers would call out to and let know they needed something, or had something nice to share with him. 

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The North Market started as one of four public markets of Columbus that started 133 years ago and is the only one still surviving.  In 1948, the first building burned down and they were moved to a Quonset hut. A board was formed to protect and promote the vision of the North Market and in 1992, the North Market was moved to it’s current placement in downtown Columbus.  North Market is a not for profit organization, the property is owned by the city and it is staffed by four people who run its daily operations.  As we walked around, and Dave talked about the different shops, you could see how unique each shop is.  Also most of the shops source locally, in other words, most of the foods are from the local Ohio area.  That’s not to say that there aren’t exotics, because there are plenty of choices there also.  One of my favorite things about the North Market is that you can find plenty of organic, fair trade, artisan, handmade, homemade and specialty items. They also have really cool names for all of the shops, in fact, at the main entrance is a wall that holds individual cards for each shop with a description of the stall and it’s owner(s).

Some highlights:

 

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The North Market is a hustle bustle, happenin’ place. Upstairs is the dining area with tables and chairs.  What we found really cool is that you can look down into a lot of the shops and see them make pizza, cut meat, and prepare food.  It gives you a birdseye view and was fun to watch.  By the way – Dave says there’s wifi.  You could spend the day there.  Farm market time is on Saturday morning and continues until the farmers don’t have any more to bring in.  Plus they have events like the Ladies of the Market Cookie exchange December 3rd, and the Craft Extravaganza on December 5th and 6th. Last week, there was a leather show there. 

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If you are in the area as a tourist, you should make the North Market your dinner destination. Seriously, if you are at COSI, the Art Museum, visiting the Statehouse, you can get here easily. If you work downtown, you are missing out by not stopping by.  Want fresh not frozen meat for dinner that hasn’t travelled 200 miles, come to the North Market.  What’s it missing?  It doesn’t have Hungarian Kolbas (though I suggested it should) and I couldn’t find a whole nutmeg, but I was able to complete the list I brought along otherwise. Visit North Market, you’ll fall in foodie love.

By the way – there are so many things I didn’t mention that I loved.  Go to their website and browse around, it’s pretty darn cool.

 

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4 Outstanding Responses to "North Market, Columbus Tour – My Impressions"

    Andrea (Off Her Cork) on December 1, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    I love North Market and you made me just love it even more! A new stand featuring homemade Polish food?! I am so on that it’s not even funny. :D Hooray!

    Natasha - 5 Star Foodie on December 2, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Sounds like a great market to visit and to have nearby!

    Diana on December 2, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Andrea – Isn’t it the greatest?

    Natasha – If you’re passing through, take some time and look around. It’s not 5 star with table cloths, but the food is fabulous.

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