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 didn't 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. Pursuing her interest in baking, she took over the bakery in 2006. Over the years, she continued to offer all the traditional favorites that made the bakery a success and added a general store that includes jams, jellies, Amish meats and cheeses, and a line of Ohio's top wines.
The story is not yet complete. In 2012, we, The Witten Family, purchased the famous market. We have been growing fruits and veggies for over 200 years in the Ohio River Valley and are excited to now be a part of the Columbus Community. After getting our start in Fly, Ohio, Ralph and Frances Witten set down roots in Beverly, where our 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 21 other satellite locations throughout Ohio and West Virginia.
Some of our most delicious produce includes meaty tomatoes, sweet cantaloupes, and juicy watermelons, but we are most famous for our Super Sweet Bi-Color Sweet Corn. Smith Farm Market’s previous owner, Bill Kline, had been providing the famous corn to you for a number of years, calling it “Sugar Corn.” Hand-picked for you daily, Witten's sweet corn is so satisfying, it doesn’t even need butter!
While 80% of the produce in the market is homegrown, 20%, such as our Sweet Georgia Peaches and Tennessee Tomatoes, are brought in from trusted family farms in the south, guaranteeing that the delicious produce will return to you year after year.
In 2018, we will also begin operating the bakery. We are excited to have the opportunity to serve you in another way. We have temporarily closed the bakery for a little face lift and plan to re-open in April. We will have all the great pies and cookies you know and love along with some NEW sweet treats, including a Witten Signature Pie Collection.
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 Market's rich history.