North Market = Best Market

A marvelous market indeed!

Scott and I have been in Columbus nearly three months so we thought we’d better venture downtown. As it turns out, there is a farmer’s market every Saturday this time of year outside of the famous North Market.

Beautiful peppers

Yum! Locally grown peppers. We ended up with two squash, instead, though.

Poor Tom

This turkey, I’m sure, would have rather been someplace else.

Swan gourds

Swan gourds. Incidentally, “Anne” means “graceful like a swan”. Being a klutz in every way, I guess I’m probably more “graceful like a swan gourd”. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Scott's Snack

There were lots of free samples inside the market! (This was not one of them.)

Suspicious Cheese

This place boasts “over 500 kinds of cheese”, but we could only see about 50. Very suspicious… it definitely bears further investigation… (this coming from someone whose love of cheese is so strong even her niece and nephew inherited it. )

Alluring bakery

There were many distractions as we cased the market, but we were not deterred. We simply ate a piping hot ham and cheese croissant and continued our mission.

Ravioli revealed

Um, I’m not sure what to say. One minute my world made sense, and then Bam! Fresh, striped lobster ravioli. Go figure.

Ice cream faces

Those are our “wow, that was AMAZING ice cream” faces.

Jeni’s ice cream should be famous. If it isn’t already. Here is a list of the flavors we had to choose from: (please, don’t ask how I came by this list. It’s an embarrassing story… full of us gawking and taking pictures of every single ice cream label.)

Note: the seasonal flavors are listed in bold. This is important because it means we need to go back this season. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Pumpkin 5 spice
  • Queen City Cayenne – Our milk chocolate with cinnamon and cayenne. Goes well with: toasted almonds, rose water cake, cajeta
  • Toasted Brioche with butter and jam
  • Dark Chocolate Peppermint
  • Thai Chili – Krema peanut butter, toasted coconut and coconut milk with a pinch of cayenne. Goes great with: mango lassi, pistachio, and nutter butters
  • Saigon Cinnamon
  • Star Anise and Candied Fennel
  • Orange Flower with preserved fruits and chocolate
  • Black Walnut
  • Salty Caramel – Jeni’s specialty- Caramelized sugars with butter and sea salt. Goes well with: Dark Cocoa Gelato, Passionfruit, blood oranges, and Banana
  • Cocoa Zin – Zinfandel produces fruit on the finish, perpetuating the chocolate’s darkest character. Goes well with: Raspberry Sorbet, fresh berries, and Goat’s Cheese Ice Cream
  • Black Coffee
  • Bourbon Buttered Pecan – Straight from Kentucky, with toasted and buttered pecans. Goes well with: Dark Cocoa Gelato, coffee, horse racing
  • Pistachio – Made from fresh pistachios we roast and grind ourselves. Goes well with: Mango Lassi, Dates and Honey, Parmesan tuille
  • Belgian Milk Chocolate – Smooth, milky chocolate with Ashland County honey. Goes well with: Spanish peanuts and marshmallow creme, caramel sauce, smoked almonds
  • “Gravel Road” – Our salty caramel with Krema’s famous smoked almonds. Goes well with a beer. A pilsner, a stout… or a Russian Imperial Stout Cake with chocolate
  • Honey Vanilla Bean – A luxurious, yet simple vanilla ice cream prepared with Madagascar vanilla and Ashland County honey. Goes well with: Cherry pie, peach cobbler, apple crisp, rootbeer
  • Cassis with whole milk yogurt
  • Lime Cardamom Yogurt – Key lime juice with yogurt, cream, and aromatic cardamom. Goes well with: Black pepper biscotti, Blood orange tart, gooey butter cake, Pomegranate seeds
  • Lemon Yogurt and Lingonberries
  • Grapefruit and Hibiscus Yogurt
  • Passionfruit Yogurt – Passionfruit pulp with fresh yogurt and cream. Goes great with: raspberry sorbet, Dark Cocoa Gelato, burnt sugar cake
  • Lemon Yogurt – Fresh squeezed lemon juice with fresh yogurt, buttermilk and cream. Goes well with: Dark Cocoa Gelato, pink peppercorns, macerbated berries
  • Raspberry Yogurt – Tart raspberries with fresh yogurt and cream. Goes well with: Dark Cocoa Gelato, Lemon Yogurt, Fresh Berries and Champagne
  • Mango Yogurt with cardamom and pistachios
  • Apricot Yogurt
  • Red Raspberry Sorbet
  • Farmer’s Market Apple Cider Sorbet
  • Bartlett Pear and Reisling Sorbet

Now, the best deal by far is to get a “taster’s trio”, which Scott and I did… after much agonizing and taste-testing. Which three flavors would you choose? Bonus points to anyone who can guess what we chose ๐Ÿ™‚ .


About beanland

Scott is a family practice doctor and Anne is a full-time mother and teacher to three beautiful girls and one boy.
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5 Responses to North Market = Best Market

  1. Kristin says:

    I would try dark chocolate cinnamon, mango yogurt with cardamom and pistachios and salty caramel. I’m guessing you picked saltly caramel, pumpkin 5 spice and black coffee, er… I mean toasted brioche with butter and jam. Although, I don’t have a chocolate choice in there for you. Hmmm… Did I get any right?


  2. beanland says:

    Ohhh nice choices!

    We tasted the mango and the salty caramel but didn’t get either of them. You got 1/3 correct and your allusions to a chocolate choice were also headed in the right direction. ๐Ÿ™‚

    (Those are big hints for you, the OTHER reader of our blog…)


  3. The belgian milk chocolate?

    I’d be very dissapointed if you Beans didn’t taste the honey vanilla bean!

    I think if I were there I’d bring my family so we could each get a ‘taster’s trio’—although, that would still leave 17 flavors untried.

    When they say ‘goes well with’, are those food items that are sold there as well? …Gooey butter cake? Bring on the lard! mmm!


  4. Mom says:

    Hi Kids,

    I’m going to guess: Saigon Cinnamon, Thai Chili and Cocoa Zin. Am I even close? The photos on your blog are great!

    Loved the gelatto in Europe. Does this taste close to that?


  5. beanland says:

    Well, only Kristin has guessed one of our flavors, so far. Anyone else want to play? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liz, no… we didn’t get honey vanilla bean. Though, being Beans ourselves, that would have been a natural choice! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I think the “goes well with” are ice cream flavors they sometimes carry, if they are capitalized, and generally good foods if they aren’t capitalized. Too bad, because “Gooey Butter Cake” would be a fabulous flavor. Um, YUM!


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