4 Tips for Visiting the Dublin Market at Bridge Park

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Visiting the Dublin Farmer’s Market has become a Saturday staple for our family. Last summer, it was something we felt safe doing amid the pandemic and it became a highlight for our weekends. This year, the Dublin Farmers’ Market is bigger and better than ever! Having navigated it with our toddler many, many times now, I wanted to share some insider tips for how to make the most of your visit!

How to Make the Most Out of the Dublin Farmers’ Market

1.The Best Breakfast Sammies Ever at Frank and Carl’s

Near the south end of the market, you’ll find Frank and Carl’s – normally a full-service sandwich shop, you don’t need to look any farther than their smaller breakfast menu for an awesome jump start to your market adventure. The sandwiches are reasonable (less than $6!) and very filling – I typically split one with my toddler. Tip: you can get any sandwich on an Everything bagel.

2. Mobile Order Your Coffee from Sweetwater

Part of walking the market tradition for me is having a coffee in hand so stopping at Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea is a must. The only downside is that it can get fairly busy. Luckily they have mobile ordering available so you can get your order in ahead of time and don’t have to waste precious time at the market waiting in line.

3. The Longest Line? Pickles.

Every single week at the Dublin Farmers’s Market last year, I noticed there was a super long line for…pickles? I’d laugh with my husband as we walked by, assuming there was something we were missing. Maybe they combined a few lines together. Maybe they sold more than pickles.

Finally one day the line was a little shorter than usual and I had to find out – what was the hype for these pickles? The shop was The Crazy Cucumber and it was exactly as it appeared: they sold pickles. I brought home a large bucket of the Old Fashioned.

And they were amazing. I haven’t bought pickles from the grocery store since.

So if you see a really long line, it’s probably for the pickles! And if you have the time, I highly recommend waiting it out and bringing some home. They’re worth it!

4. Make The Most of Your Visit and Check Out Both Sides of the Bridge!

With things starting to open up in 2021, there are a ton of options for post-market fun in the area. Just across the bridge, the Dublin library is offering pre-selected age appropriate book bundles for pickup or limited browsing in their children’s section. The (huge!) park at Indian Run Elementary is right next door if your family needs to burn off some energy. And there are of course so many restaurants to choose from – I think North High Brewing has a great family-friendly patio but the options are endless. It could be a family fun day in Dublin!

Happy shopping! Be sure to check out the other farmers’ markets around the city as well!

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Sarah is a new mom to 6-month-old Henry. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, she graduated from the University of Illinois in 2013 and moved to Columbus to pursue a career in retail. She currently works at the Victoria’s Secret PINK Home Office. She lives in Clintonville with her husband, son, and dog who very much misses his days as an only child. Outside of work and family she enjoys reserving books at the library and then forgetting to pick them up (but somehow still reads a few books a month), exploring Clintonville by foot and bike, and oversharing on Instagram stories (add her at @Sarah_Kaechele). She enjoyed traveling prior to becoming a mom and is hoping to get the hang of it again sometime in the next five years.