Harmonious Homestead
Connecting Farms & Families In Central Ohio since 2010


News, recipes, and stories from food systems work 

Spring Events in Columbus 2012

spring apricot blossomSpring is most definitely in the air in central Ohio! We're already sweating with nearly 80 degree highs, we just had our first huge storm and there are buds blooming everywhere. I am uneasy about this weather and worry about a late frost, but I can't help but enjoy the outdoor time. Hop into spring gardening and food culture by attending some of these great events: Lil and I will be in the Central Ohio Food Forum crowd to talk about home gardening and homesteading at this month's discussion. Doors open (free admission) this Monday at 5:30 pm at Wild Goose Creative to enjoy Sassafras Bakery goodies; the forum starts at 6:30.

City Folk's Farm Shop soft opening is this Tuesday at 10 am. I am working with City Folk's to promote their new organic gardening and homesteading store and couldn't be more proud of their philosophy and offerings. Tuesday's first day will include treats from Pattycake Bakery and free seeds (up to $15) for every tenth seed buying customer!

On Wednesday I will join other food blog fans of Ree Drummond at her Pioneer Woman book signing from 6-9 at the Barnes & Noble at 1739 Olentangy River Rd Columbus OH.

I really wish I could get out to the Creative Arts of Women show opener this Thursday, March 22 at the Shot Tower 546 Jack Gibbs Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215. The reception will feature dance and puppetry performances by CoCo Loupe, Heidi Madsen & Denise McDonough.

Grab a bite of spring locavore fare at Black Creek Bistro and stop in the nearby CS Gallery for their Open artist's show through March 27 and in early April their Two Year Anniversary show debuts. Alex's parents have pieces in both shows.

Next Tuesday the 27th, I'm excited to be attending Cement Marketing's Timeline for Facebook Pages workshop. I love the work of Alaina and her crew and look forward to learning more for myself and my clients.

The North Market debuts a new event at the end of March: the Coffee Roast. Samples, demonstrations, and a home-roasted bean contest will buzz visitors about Columbus' vibrant coffee scene. Grab a cuppa March 31 from 9 am to 2 pm.

Columbus Food Adventure's famed Taco Truck Tours start up again April 1. Or choose the Short North, German Village, or Alt Eats Tours. All are great for a staycation, special date, or introduction to a new food scene in the city.

Beginning gardeners or anyone wanting some new skills will want to check out the Gardening Programs at Franklin Park Conservatory. They offer everything from container gardening to making a living wreath to constructing a rain barrel.

Register now to volunteer with Root Down for Earth Day and then go to the celebration on April 21 at Columbus Commons.

Join me to talk hens at the Backyard Chicken Basics class April 15th from 3:30 - 4:30 pm at City Folk's Farm Shop. We will cover coops, chicken varieties, care and feeding.

I'm teaching about sauerkraut, yogurt, kimchee, and more Fermented Foods at Franklin Park Conservatory on Sunday April 22 from 3:30-5:30 pm. Taste and create cultured, healthy foods in this workshop.

Clintonville Farmer's Market Spring Sprout Day begins the farmer's market season on April 28, only seven weeks from now! Buy organic seedlings from me at the Swainway booth and check out the season's first produce.

The spring 2012 Market to Market ride is scheduled for May 5th with the bicentennial theme Moustaches & Monacles. Get your bike tuned up for another great ride!


NB. Our new family travel blog has its first posts up! Check out Curious Wanderlust for a little bit about our recent travels and look for updates from Alex in India this coming week.