COLUMBUS (WCMH) — For the past 25 years, Pearl Alley next to the Rhodes Tower was home to the Pearl Market. This is where local farmers and crafters could sell some of the best produce and goods in Central Ohio.
With major renovations going on at Rhodes Tower, organizers moved the market across the street to the Ohio Statehouse. It’s nestled between buckeye trees on the north lawn of the Statehouse, so you can’t miss it.
“Now we’re just spread out a little bit more, a little bit more sunshine,” said Yvonne Cobb with Yvonne’s Cookies. “A lot of people walking through, so it’s been great so far.”
“I think the visibility goes up ten fold when you’re out on the Statehouse lawn and everybody in all of these great buildings around downtown can look out their windows and see this farmers market in full swing,” said Steven Berk with the Franklin County Farm Bureau.
More space means more vendors, at least 30 more. Jerry Hinton with Hinton Apiaries said adding vendors means adding diversity to this downtown market that was diverse to begin with.
“You can also get great hand made crafts you can get goat milk soap, you can get local honey,” Berk said. “You can get all kinds of great things to have around your house herbs, home roasted coffee, all kinds of great stuff.”
There are several first-time vendors to downtown Columbus, like Grant B Farms from Centerburg.
“We have a lot of produce and we want to spread it around a little more,” said Elizabeth Schafer with Grant B Farms.
“Leaf lettuce, romaine, green leaf, red leaf, we have Asian greens, bok choy, mustard greens. We have beautiful asparagus. It’s very much in season right now.”
The Pearl Market at the Statehouse will be open every Tuesday and Friday from 10:30am-2pm now until late October.