The Hills Market Blog


Ohio Love // Back-to-School Snacks

Looking for after-school snack ideas or new twists on trail mix? Use one of our favorite Ohio products, Sugar Shack Kettle Corn, as a base and mix it up with any number of add-ins. If your tastes run sweet, try it with Little Eater Granola, dried cranberries or Dietch's white chocolate pretzels. Or go the savory route with this Barbecue Snack Mix recipe!

Barbecue Snack Mix

6 cups popcorn

2 cups corn tortilla chips, such as Shagbark

2 cups cheddar fish or other cheese crackers

6.5 oz almonds

2 cups nuts

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup barbecue sauce, such as CaJohn's

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsps sugar

2 tsps smoked paprika

2 tsps chili powder

2 tsps garlic powder

1/2 tsp Tabasco (optional)

Ohio Love // Summer Spreads

Tired of the same old PB&J? We've got a couple ideas of ways to liven them up using Ohio products from The HillsMarket. Start with a base of peanut butter from Dutch Country. The Country Kettle's peanut butter spread is pure peanutty goodness. 
Revisit a childho
od favorite with raw Ohio honey from Honeyrun Farm in Williamsport. Honeyrun specializes in 100% raw, unprocessed honey from bees kept through chemical-free beekeeping.
Black Radish Creations makes amazing jellies, apple butters and more in New Albany. Any of their creations would taste great with peanut butter, but the Raspberry Jewel is really special. It's made from Breitenbach Winery's Red Raspberry Wine -- a perfectly grown-up twist on a classic. 

Pop-ups in the Press



Our pop-up restaurants have gotten some great coverage in the press recently! Capital Style's latest issue includes a must-read story on Freedom a la Cart and the incredible work they do helping victims of human trafficking. Support their cause by ordering Freedom a la Cart's Latin-inspired sandwiches and salads, 11-2 every Wednesday at The Hills Worthington.

Columbus Alive wrote about how our pop-ups offer aspiring restaurateurs a great, low-risk springboard to test out concepts. 

And Beth Stallings at Columbus Crave talked to Little Eater's Cara Mangini about the glories of late summer Ohio produce and details some of the salads you can grab during her Thursday and Friday pop-ups at our Downtown store. 

Our Pop-Up Friends at The Hills Market Worthington.


Folks, here's the full line-up for our Pop-Up lunches at The Hills Market Worthington. We're very excited to welcome Granary Grill and Freedom a la Cart to the mix. And we're head over heels that Darista Cafe is returning on Thursday, June 20th. We'll soon have a section of our website dedicated solely to keeping you up to date with their menus. Stay tuned!

Freedom a la Cart sample menu for June 19th: Click here. 
Darista Cafe Menu for June 20th & 21st: Click here. 



Wednesday Lunch Pop-Up: Freedom a la Cart.

We're welcoming another restaurant to the rotation of lunch Pop-Ups at The Hills Market Worthington: Freedom a la Cart. Around since 2011, Freedom a la Cart serves locally sourced fare around the city with one goal in mind: to employ survivors of human trafficking. This extention of doma international allows team members to learn holistic job and life skills as they re-enter the workforce. Under the leadership of Chef Laura Yazvac the folks at Freedom produce an array of salads and sandwiches with seasonal and organic ingredients boasting bold flavors. 

Visit Freedom a la Cart on our Veranda at The Hills Market Worthington Wednesdays this summer from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Introducing: Granary Grill. 

Things are heating up on The Veranda as we roll out this summer's selection of top-notch foodies. Dine al fresco at The Hills Market Worthington with the city's most exciting food entrepreneurs. 

First up, Granary Grill. Fast and fresh is the name of the game for this duo of MBAs from OSU. Dan Kurth and Todd Mills bring a passion for Ohio ingredients and delicious meals served on the go. Their seasonal farm fare menu features bowls and salads topped with grilled Ohio meats, as well as unique tacos.

TRY: Napa Slaw with Grilled Gerber Chicken and their Ohio Fruit Sodas made with their artisanal shrubs.
Granary Grill will be open every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Click here to see the menu for June 18th.


Copper River Love.

It's Copper River season again! Stop by both locations for our Fresh Wild Copper River Sockeye Salmon.

Wild-caught in Alaska's famed Copper River, this Sockeye boasts premium flavor and dense, moist meat with a rich and nutty flavor. It lends itself perfectly to nearly any method of cooking, but is especially good for the grill. Why is this salmon so special? Every year, they swim up the rapids of the 300-mile Copper River. As a consequence, they're stronger than most varieties and filled with fatty and good-for-you Omega-3 oils. 



Fresh Off The Press.

It's been a big week for some of our favorite vendors and partners. Columbus Crave came out with their new Tastemakers edition, and we're happy to say that we've been rubbing elbows with the folks who are making the Central Ohio food scene better every day. 
First up in the magazine's series of inspirational foodies is our very own Cara Mangini of Little Eater Salads. Whether you know her from her Pop-Up (Little Eatery) on our Veranda last summer or from her excellent salads available at both stores, you know that she's going places. Bonus: We're excited to announce that Cara will be opening Little Eatery at The Hills Market Downtown this summer. Stay tuned!

New on our Pop-Up lunch itinerary this summer are the folks at Freedom a la Cart. The food cart run in conjunction with Doma International will be roosting at The Hills Market Worthington for Wednesday lunch starting June 5th. Crave honors Freedom's Executive Chef Lara Yazvac in their series.

Finally, the magazine introduces Tyrone and Marcella Jackson of The Good Frank. We're thrilled to be one of the first retailers in Columbus to carry their home-grown hot dogs (vegetarian and not). Want 'em hot? We serve them up weekly at Beer & Brats, our weekly craft beer tasting at The Hills Market Worthington.  

Stop by either location to purchase your new copy of Crave today.