Columbus City Schools hosts weekly Zoom sessions addressing the most pressing topics and answering some of the most common questions families may have called “Virtual Family Engagement Sessions.” These sessions are hosted by the Department of Communications & Engagement and feature expert District staff and many community partners sharing information and insights on important topics. Please visit CCS’s RSVP page to view and register for upcoming sessions. Archived sessions from the 2021-2022 school year are available HERE

During the Virtual Family Engagement Session on 11/9/2, OSU Extension Franklin County SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator, Danielle Seidita, introduced the SNAP-Ed program, shared great ideas for stretching our food budget at the grocery store, and explored how to create a healthy meal using MyPlate! You’ll pick up a recipe or two from Celebrate Your Plate, as SNAP-Ed offers options to eat well, spend less, and satisfy the ever-changing tastes of children.

Friendship Pocket!

Sustainability and Your Fridge

Sustainability and Your Fridge is part of the SAVE (Sustainable Action through Video Engagement) video series. This video series focuses on helping people live more sustainably within their homes and communities and promote simple everyday actions people can take to conserve energy, reduce waste, and save money.

Alisha Barton Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences

Double your SNAP Dollars $$ at Common Greens Indoor Winter Farmers Market

Common Greens Launches Indoor Winter Farmers Market at Ohio History Center

Common Greens Winter Market Location Ohio History Center 800 E 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

Michelle White Common Greens Executive Director

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October 18, 2021 (Columbus, Ohio) — Starting the first Saturday of December, Common Greens will host a weekly indoor winter farmers’ market on the plaza level of the Ohio History Center. “We are thrilled with this location, as it’s centrally located and offers easy accessibility, abundant parking and natural light, and most importantly, shelter from the elements,” said Michelle White, Common Greens Executive Director. Customers can expect to find a marketplace filled with Ohio-grown produce, meats, dairy, eggs, baked goods and a variety of artisanal food products.

As a bonus, guests to the Ohio History Center will be asked to “pay what you want” for museum admission during market hours, which means everyone will be able to access their educational resources regardless of income. “We’re excited to provide a unique backdrop and experience for this winter market,” said Jen Cassidy, Director of Ohio History Center and Ohio Village. “In addition to locally-grown foods and artisan goods, our team is eager to help guests take home a bit of Ohio’s rich natural and cultural history,” she added.

The farmers’ market is a way for consumers to support local farmers and food producers and in turn, have access to the freshest, most nutritious foods available. The market will continue to provide a $1-for-$1 match up to $25 per market for SNAP and P-EBT shoppers as part of the Produce Perks Midwest network. To date, Common Greens markets have redeemed over $80,000 in fresh food incentives in 2021. While market offerings change with the season, farmers will still have winter squash, potatoes, root vegetables, onions and fresh greens over the winter months. Customers will be able to shop onsite and/or pre order market items through a centralized e-commerce platform. The online market store will be open on Tuesdays 10 am through Thursdays 5 pm.

The market’s farmers and food producers are excited for the extended season. “The availability of winter markets means I can keep areas of the farm fertile and productive, which translates into less loss of biodiversity in the soil systems,” said Dan Woods, owner of 9N Farm in Greenfield. “It also means a steadier income flow throughout the year instead of having to plan for part-time work off the farm over the winter,” he continued.

The winter market opens Saturday, December 4 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. indoors at Ohio History Center, 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, Ohio, 43211, and will run through April 16th. Closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Common Greens is a Columbus-based nonprofit working to amplify the impact of Ohio’s food producers and provide vibrant and inclusive spaces for communities to come together in celebration of local food. In 2021, the organization operated farmers markets in Bexley, Clintonville and Upper Arlington. For more information, please visit our website at

Being Sustainable During the Holidays

Being Sustainable During the Holidays is part of the SAVE (Sustainable Action through Video Engagement) video series. This video series focuses on helping people live more sustainably within their homes and communities and promote simple everyday actions people can take to conserve energy, reduce waste, and save money.

Extension Today: Staying Active Indoors with OSU Extension!

Staying active any time is important, but you might need to be more creative in choosing your activities in the fall and winter when the weather outside can be cold and rainy, or snowy. You can use common household items for easy ways to get yourself moving indoors. Think step stools, stairs, light weights, bands, and small sliders….

Visit Extension Today to learn more and to check out the full playlist of Extension Today videos!




Live Healthy, Live Well

Pumpkin Spice Season

pumpkin spiced drinkAre you a pumpkin spiced lover? Do you flock to the local coffee shop or bakery to pick up the latest pumpkin spiced treat? You are not alone, in 2019 the pumpkin spice market was worth over half a billion dollars in the US alone.  Some of the popular additions to the trend this year are candy, hot or cold drinks, baked goods or mixes, ice cream or cold treats, breakfast foods, and even alcoholic beverages.

True pumpkin, not just the flavoring, is packed with fiber, potassium, vitamins A and C. Just one cup of pumpkin can provide 50% of your daily recommendation for vitamin C and 450% for vitamin A in only 50 calories. The beta-carotene in pumpkin has been shown to reduce the risk of developing certain cancers and heart disease.

If you love pumpkin flavors and want to add a few pumpkin foods or treats to your diet, consider making them yourself. Not only will you save money, but you can also have better control on the calories, sodium, fat, and sugar. A typically Pumpkin Spiced Latte has anywhere from 170 to over 400 calories, but if you make this version from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach you can make a low-fat, natural sugar version for about 120 calories. The recipe even ends up being a good source of vitamin D, calcium, and potassium. Other pumpkin flavor ideas include:

  • Pumpkin Oatmeal – mix your oats with skim milk and ½ cup of pureed pumpkin. Add ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice or some cinnamon.
  • Pumpkin Smoothie – yogurt, pumpkin puree, chopped banana, ice, pumpkin pie spice, and a small amount of honey blended until smooth. Make it into a pumpkin smoothie bowl by leaving your smoothie a little thicker and sprinkling granola and a few other fruits on top.
  • Quick Pumpkin Soup – pumpkin puree, vegetable broth, skim milk, and basil, ground ginger, and garlic powder.
  • Pumpkin Black Bean Chili – heat your pureed pumpkin, black beans, diced tomatoes, chopped veggies (onion, peppers, celery), with chicken broth and diced or canned chicken, and seasonings. Always look for the no salt added or low sodium versions of canned foods.

If you would like to pressure can your own pumpkin or winter squash my coworkers from the Ohio State University Extension Food Preservation Team recently did webinar full of tips. To access that information, go to:  and click on Canning Winter Squash.

We can’t wait to hear your favorite ways to include pumpkin in your diet. Be sure to comment or share your favorite recipe or pumpkin tip.

Writer: Lisa Barlage, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, Ross County.

Reviewer: Michelle Treber, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, Pickaway County.

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Fun, Food, & Community Support at Mid-Ohio Food Collective’s Community Resource Fair!

Mid-Ohio Food Collective, in partnership with the Columbus Museum of Art and CareSource, hosted a fun-filled community resource fair on Wednesday, October 13th from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the West Lawn of the Columbus Museum of Art. The event provided an opportunity for families to enjoy art and engage in family-friendly activities while meeting over 20 community-based organizations that support the community’s health and wellbeing.
Through “Museums for All”, the Columbus Museum of Art offered complimentary admission for visitors that receive food assistance through SNAP. Thank you to Mid-Ohio Food Collective, Columbus Museum of Art, and CareSource for inviting OSU Extension SNAP-Ed to participate in this wonderful event!

OSU Extension’s SNAP-Ed information table and MyPlate Game at MOFC’s Community Resource Fair, 2021

Tailgating, Tomatoes, and Extension Today!

New Extension Today – NBC4 Partnership Pilot Project Underway

Extension Today is a pilot project and new partnership of NBC4 WCMH-TV, OSU Extension, and CFAES. NBC4 is partnering with OSU Extension and the college to share viewer-focused stories about gardening, cooking, and other tips and resources for improving central Ohioans’ gardens, lives, families, and local communities. A weekly segment will air on Daytime Columbus each Wednesday as well as on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The first two segments covered growing tomatoes and making tomato salsa and street corn. The next segment (to air September 8) will feature tips for tailgate grilling. To learn more and access the playlist of previously aired segments, visit

Extension Today: Tailgate Burger Grilling

Learn how to make your next gathering a tasty success with some tailgate tips from our very own BBQ science expert, Mike Cressman, an assistant professor with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Extension Today: Tomatoes

Tim McDermott, educator with OSU Extension, highlights some challenges that may be affecting your home garden tomatoes this summer (e.g., excess rainfall, high heat, humidity) and provides some tips to improve your crop this year.

Welcome OSU Dietetic Intern, Delaney Feighan!

Hello, Everyone!

My name is Delaney Feighan and I am a dietetic intern with The Ohio State University. I am currently doing one of my community rotations with OSU Extension Franklin County’s SNAP-Ed Program. Coming into my internship, I had a strong interest in community nutrition, especially women and children’s nutrition, and my rotation here has only increased that interest!

This week I had the opportunity to join SNAP-Ed Program Assistant, Angie Greene, at the Prairie Township Farmers’ Market to talk to the community about ways to get low-fat and fat-free dairy into their diet. We prepared a Hummus Dip (with chickpeas as a protein base) and a Southwestern Dip (with yogurt as a dairy base) for people to taste-test and vote on their favorite! This was a great opportunity to talk with the community, provide information on our classes, and encourage healthful dairy intake. To my surprise, the southwestern dip won, as I am a huge hummus fan, but the people have spoken!

Dietetic Intern Delaney Feighan at The Prairie Township Farmers’ Market


Dueling Dips! Market shoppers voted for Celebrate Your Plate’s Southwestern Dip as the market favorite over the Hummus Dip!

Photo Credit/Celebrate Your Plate’s Southwestern Dip