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HISTORY

     Welcome to Smith Farm Market, an agricultural landmark of the Columbus area! Started by Lot Smith in 1973, Smith Farm Market quickly became known for high quality produce and a welcoming family atmosphere. In 1986, Lot sold the market to his business partner, agriculture-enthusiast, Bill Kline. With a love of produce, Bill dedicated his career to providing his customers with the tastiest produce local Ohio farms had to offer.

     By the late 1990s, one Smith Farm Market didnít seem like quite enough. So in 1999, Bill opened a satellite market in Gahanna, Ohio, offering his most popular produce and baked good items to the residents of northeastern Columbus.

     In 2003, Melissa Kinder came to work for Bill as his bookkeeper. The youngest of five children, Melissa grew up in Columbus. Pursuing her interest in baking and making delicious treats like homemade candy and pumpkin rolls, Melissa purchased the bakery from Bill in 2006. Melissa continues to sell all the traditional favorites that made the bakery a success while also expanding the selection to include new tasty treats such as buckeyes, no-bake cookies, and a variety of fudge. She has also added a general store that offers a delicious variety of other products made right here in Ohio, including Cooperís jams and jellies, Amish meats and cheeses, local honey, apple butter and Johnsonís real ice cream. Her most recent addition to the bakery includes a line of Ohioís Top Wines.
The story is not yet complete. Today, Smith Farm Market is proud to introduce the Witten Family Farm as the new owners of the famous market! The Witten family has been growing fruits and veggies for 200 years in the Ohio River Valley. After getting our start in Fly, Ohio, Ralph and Frances Witten set down roots in Beverly, where the farm has seen three generations work its fields. The current owners, Julie, Tom, and Scott Witten, have expanded the farm to include more than 400 acres of produce and 19 other satellite locations throughout Ohio and West Virginia.

     Some of our most delicious produce includes our meaty tomatoes, sweet cantaloupes, and juicy watermelons, but we are most famous for our Super Sweet Bi-Color Sweet Corn. Smith Farm Marketís previous owner, Bill Kline, had been providing our famous corn to you for a number of years, calling it ďSugar Corn.Ē Hand-picked for you daily, our sweet corn is so satisfying, it doesnít even need butter!

     While 80% of the produce in the market is homegrown, 20% is brought in from southern farmers such as our Sweet Georgia Peaches and Tennessee Tomatoes. We value other family farms and have been buying our southern produce from the same farmers for decades, guaranteeing that the delicious produce will return to you year after year.

     We hope the changes you see reinforce the values that Lot Smith and Bill Kline have striven to uphold since the beginning. Thank you for your continued support of this dynamic legacy as we begin this new chapter in Smith Farm Marketís rich history.

Thank you,

Melissa Kinder & The Witten Family
 
 
 

 

 
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Columbus Location: (MAP)
3341 Winchester Pike, Columbus, Ohio 43232
Phone: 614-235-2014
Monday through Sunday 8am to 7pm

Gahanna Location:  (MAP)
380 Agler Road, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
Phone: 740-538-2962
Opening Mid-May