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Ms. Inglish has 30 years experience in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, history, and aerospace education for USAF Civil Air Patrol.

Ohio still has some farmland and the world's largest Amish community, all of which provide impressive and even delicious products for gifts and everyday use.

Ohio still has some farmland and the world's largest Amish community, all of which provide impressive and even delicious products for gifts and everyday use.

Famous Midwest Products

Ohio is known for many things, including manufacturing. The average consumer won;t be in the ,market for the aerospace parts made by over 1,000 Ohio companies, but they will be interested in three large companies that many Americans know:

  1. Wilson, the most famous of the three since it's soccer ball became a supporting actor in Tom Hanks's Castaway, this company manufactures the official footballs of the NFL, They have been in business since 1955. The factory is at 217 Liberty St, Ada, OH 45810.
  2. Brillo soap pads have been in television commercials since the 1950s, but they also make mops and sponges as well as cleaning liquids. For over 100 years, and are still being manufactured in London, Ohio just west of the state capital.
  3. Rossi Pasta makes dozens of pasta products, many by hand, along with pizzas, breads, and many delicious sauces. The company is in the southeaster part of the state in Marietta, complete with storefront.


Ohio Agriculture, Handcrafting, and Manufacturing

Ohio was an agricultural state long before other industries took hold and flourished. The capital of Columbus is still popularly called "Cow Town" by a lot of people, proving that the image of farm made and home made is securely embedded in the town image.

The Greater Columbus Area and Franklin County together house over a million residents and hundreds of industries and small-to-large businesses in a wide range of sectors.

Despite commercial and industrial success and bolstered by the famous Big Ten Ohio State University Buckeye Football and Basketball, along with the successful Lady Buckeyes in many sports, Ohio is still known as "home grown." Indeed, we have a huge fresh corn crop each year that we sell locally in stores, ship out of state, and turn into animal feed and ethanol as well.

Roadside corn stands go up all over Ohio in August, including right in the city on the west side and just past the city limits on the southeast side and many other locations.

The North Market, Hundreds of Years Old

The Columbus North Market (Phone 614-463-9664) sells home grown corn and other Ohio grown and made items under roof and in the parking lot of a large building on Front Street in Columbus, Ohio. The management offers a website where many items can be purchased at

This historic market formerly circled at least four square blocks of downtown Columbus property from Fourth Street just south of the Capitol Building, eastward to the Columbus Fish Market and southward for four blocks.

From 1814 until the 1970s, every Saturday morning farmers brought their goods to sell from all around the state. Some vendor stalls remained on the street after 1966, when the market building was constructed, but they eventually moved inside. The current market is open seven days a week, has a vendor offering hearty homemade sandwiches, operates many cafes, and provides free outdoor movies during the summer in the lot.

The Egg Lady of the market moved into the new building and continued to market her eggs and fresh produce for over 60 years altogether and she was famous.

In addition to Ohio Crop Number One - corn, Ohio grows these additional items, some of which can be ordered online these days. These are only a few examples of dozens:

  • Gypsy Bees - Kevin Roberts: Honey, beeswax candles, jams, jellies, Amish crafts. (740) 484-9001
  • The Orchard of Bill and Vicky Thomas: Berries of several types, apples, peaches, plums, cider. (740) 674-6814.
  • Toby Run - Jim Rockwell: Mushrooms- oyster, shiitake, lion's mane, rhubarb. (419) 886-4570
  • Wayward Seed Farm of Adam Welly & Jamie Moore: Heirloom tomatoes, sorrel, rat tail radish, Swiss chard, dragon carrot, chiaggia beets, tetragonia.

Major Ohio cities, their museums, and their historic sites provide gift shops and working farms in which locally produced and locally published materials and gifts can be purchased. WPAFB National Air Force Museum in the Dayton Aviation Heritage Area with the largest aviation museum in the world, with free admission.


Gift Baskets

Several businesses provide locally produced merchandise in attractive gift baskets for Fathers Day, Mothers Day, Birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas or for any holiday that you wish to design a basket.

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Flavor of Ohio is located at 6736 Hathaway Rd, Cleveland, OH 44125 in the northeastern portion of the state and will ship around the country and to APOs overseas. They also provide a newsletter ( Their wares include locally produced wines, jams and jellies, other foods, Amish products, books and DVDs, local famous Anthony-Thomas chocolates, and other merchandise. They even have Tony Packo items!

Other Ohio Basketry Merchants

  • American Traditions Basket Co.
  • Hutchison's Hilltop Haven: South Central Ohio.
  • Royce Craft Baskets in Coshocton.
  • Shawnee Springs Winery: Coshocton. Wine & Baskets, locally made ornamental ironwork, wreaths, and ceramics.

Wineries and Vineyards ship gift baskets throughout the US and many times, overseas.

Pottery and Ceramics

Zanesville Pottery & China: My father and his family for several generations worked here in addition to running their farms - hundreds of high quality items are available for home, family and pets. They now sell items on eBay.

Ohio Food Products

Food and Fiber Products

  • Apples: Johnny Appleseed planted Ohio long ago with cider apples that have been developed into a number of local food varieties sold in markets and on U-Pick farms.
  • Canopla and other cooking oils.
  • Grains: Soy beans, wheat,winter rye,buckwheat.
  • Jams, jellies, corn, tomatoes, various fruits. Try JM Smucker Company, 1 Strawberry Lane, Orrville OH 44667.
  • Foraging Crops: Alfalfa for livestock
  • Plants: Ground cover and others.
  • Sunflowers

Numerous growers are raising crops organically in Ohio and most supermarkets and neighborhood grocers provide Organic Produce Departments.

Ohio is Home to Smucker's Jams and Jellies

Ohio is Home to Smucker's Jams and Jellies

Ohio Farm Animals

Livestock and animal-based fibers, many free-range:

  • Beef and Milk Cattle
  • Buffalo/Bison and Beefalo
  • Flightpath Farms: Ohio Beefalo Ranchers
  • Chickens and Waterfowl
  • Goats
  • Llama
  • Ohio Alpaca Farms: Fiber arts communities.
  • Pigs
  • Sheep
American Bison and Baby Beefalo. Bison and beefalo farms are increasing in number and herd sizes.

American Bison and Baby Beefalo. Bison and beefalo farms are increasing in number and herd sizes.

Ohio Cheeses and Pies

  • Broad Run Cheesehouse near Sugarcreek.
  • Grandpa's Cheesebarn.
  • Guggisberg Cheese Factory: Also country-style bologna, summer sausage, beef jerky.
  • Heini's Cheese Chalet: Holmes County. Very popular and the best for cheese samples! This is a huge building with cheeses, sausages, sauces, gifts, cafes, and many other things to see. I have been here and found many good items at reasonable prices - and unlimited free taste samples.
  • Just Pies: Columbus, Ohio. These great people have two locations: North Columbus and Westerville, a growing northeastern suburb. They no longer mail or ship pies, but you can ship them yourself and they hold up well. You can find pineapple pie here when no one else makes it.
  • Middlefield Cheese House in Middlefield. Cheese and other foods.
  • Mary Yoder's Amish Kitchen in Middlefield. Bakery, honey, books, handcrafted gifts.
  • Smucker's/J.M. Smucker Co.: Jams, jellies, juices and other products. 333 Wadsworth Rd, Orrville OH 44667
  • Young's Jersey Dairy: West of Columbus, about an hour, near Antioch College. I enjoy their petting farm, mini-golf, hayrides, restaurant and cafe, special events, fresh baked goods in their shop and the cordial staff.

Other Local American Made Products

  • Frog Ranch Foods. Salsas, peppers & other pepper products.
  • Ohio Art Company: 1 Toy St, Bryan, OH 43506. Slinky and Etch-a-Sketch.
  • Old Time Candy Company: Candy from Yesteryear. Ever want SkyBars and can't find them? They are distributed here. Not all the candy is made at this location now, but it is still a great distribution hub for candy you might have though went extinct.

Handcrafted Furniture & Gifts

Ohio is home to the largest Amish community in the world, offering hundreds of specialty handcrafted and home grown products.

  • Creative Elements.
  • Homestead Furniture in Mount Hope and www.homesteadfurnitureonline. This company is becoming popular for the ease of its Internet sales transactions.
  • Isaacs Shaker Hill.
  • Sauder Woodworking Company. Ready-to-assemble Furniture. Wholesale only; check website for dealers.
  • Seco Furniture. Contemporary furniture. Wholesale only.
  • Tarik Yousef Fine Furniture. (Columbus OH). Custom-designed and custom-made furniture of all kinds: table/bedroom/bookcase/seating/other.
  • Workshops of David T. Smith. 40 artisans custom-craft furniture, pottery, chandeliers, kitchens.

© 2008 Patty Inglish MS

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BestAmericanArts from on January 21, 2010:

Best American Arts is an online gallery of American made artisan gifts. We are family owned and based in Columbus, Ohio. We feature handmade jewelry, home décor, handbags, art glass, and many more great gift ideas. Our mission is connecting Americans with American art. Please view our selection of Ohio and American made gifts at

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 05, 2008:

Columbus has had its problems in the past, but the city is becoming more progressive and our mayor is tearing down all of the abandoned houses and developing the city. Northern Ohio is particularly beautiful with farms and Amish barns and some great state and national parks - and lakes - as well. And in the south we have large parks surrounding Native American burial mounds with re-forested lands. With sustainable energy becoming very BIG, we are imprioving day by day. A long string of Wind Power Turbines is being erected all along northern I-75 from south of Lima to Michigan - I'll be able to see them probably next year as I drive north.

I like a city on the edge of the country for a quick getaway.

Bueller's Way from Massachussetts on June 05, 2008:

Ohio is beautiful. Live cheaply, cleanly, and get cheap ethanol and produce. Why the hell am I in the city?

Rodney Fagan from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City on June 03, 2008:

As always a keen and well written hub.

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