You probably don't think about it much, but North Market in the Arena District has more in common with The Hills Market in Worthington than just a great selection of gourmet foods. They're also both on the Olentangy River Greenway bike trail.
And on Saturday, Oct. 3, you can ride between the two locally owned specialty foods markets as part of Market to Market, a cross-city, food-centric bike ride. It's the kickoff event for Local Matters Local Foods Week in Columbus.
Participants can start at either market for a fueling-up breakfast between 8 and 10 a.m. before heading out on the 13-mile trip. Along the way, you'll collect stamps in a "local foods passport" by stopping at local vendors and organizations set up along the path. Sample booths: Pattycake Bakery, Ohio Proud and Sustainable Worthington.
If you get all the stamps, you'll be rewarded with a scoop of Jeni's ice cream and a reusable tote filled with coupons and goodies. And if you have the stamina to bike all the way back to your original market, you'll get a bag with $50 worth of samples and savings.
Registration is $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
www.northmarket.com www.thehillsmarket.com www.local-matters.org