Farmers Market Continues Saturday on Jefferson Street
The Tiffin-Seneca Farmers Market is in full swing despite the mid-season change of location. Local produce is in the heat of its season and the market bank programs continue to make the fresh food accessible to all demographics.
Though Washington Street construction caused the event to move to Jefferson Street for the rest of the season, the August 14 market was still well attended. Customers can still expect delicious fresh produce, artisan baked treats, hand crafted goods, a great time, and the use of your SNAP benefits and many other forms of payment. The Tiffin Seneca Farmers Market Bank allows customers to shop their favorite vendors with their SNAP/EBT cards, WIC Farmers Market Vouchers, Senior Farmers Market Vouchers, and credit cards, but that’s not all. They also provide Produce Perks, a fruit and vegetable incentive program that provides a $25 match on SNAP/EBT and P-EBT purchases. This means that any amount spent with SNAP/EBT or P-EBT, up to $25, will be matched dollar for dollar.
“Fresh food should be available and affordable to all, regardless of income. Now, not only can SNAP eligible citizens use their EBT/PEBT cards to shop at the farmers market, but they can get an additional $25 to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables every market day! This program is a win for consumers, the farmers that grow these foods, the local economy and community health,” said Hallie Williams, Market Bank program developer and Seneca County Common Ground Board member.
The punch card program that was created by the Seneca County Common Ground board. The board partnered with the Downtown Retailers committee to create the new punch card as a way to incentivize customers frequenting various downtown locations. At the last farmers market punch cards were beginning to be redeemed and customers were able to utilize their $5 tokens to shop with the vendors.
Dave Spridgeon, Chairman of the Downtown Retailers Committee, board member of Seneca County Common Ground and owner of the Renaissance of Tiffin, said, “We’re happy to see this program being utilized by the community. This has been a great opportunity for the farmers market and the downtown businesses to come together.”
The 2021 season of the Tiffin Seneca Farmers Market continues this Saturday, August 28, 9am-1pm. Due to construction, the Farmers Market will be moving to Jefferson Street between Market and Perry Street beginning this week. The farmers market will remain on Jefferson Street for the remainder of the season. While the location may be changing, the market will still have the same atmosphere, vendors, and products available to all of their customers.The market will occur on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month now through October.
The vendors for this week includes: Ada Glee’s Garden, Allen Eiry Center, Alzheimer's Association, Baked By Bells, Bella Cuisine, Catawba Island Juice Co., Countryside Acres, Clay Hill Organic, Creative Pottery, Delicious Food Truck, Drowns Produce, DJ’s Honey, Enders Maple Treats, Friends of the Tiffin Seneca Public Library, Flo’s Homemade Pies, Goat Milk Lotion, LLC, Hopes Landing, LB’s Eclectic Eats, Me and the Boys, Miss Cindy’s Cookies, Project Noelle, Put Your Name on it, Raizen Girls Cookies, Riehm Produce Farm, Roseleaf Flowers, Seneca County SNAP Education Smith Brothers Sweets, Spirit Space Gallery and Gifts, Tiffin City Schools, the Tiffin Lions Club, The Tiffin Elks, and Windy Hill Berries.
To learn more about the Tiffin Seneca Farmers Market and about the Market Bank programs, visit and subscribe at www.tiffinsenecafarmersmarket.com/. If you are interested in becoming a vendor or have questions, you may contact the Market Manager, Kirsten Ameling, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Seneca County Common Ground
Created in 2019, Seneca County Common Ground (SCCG) is a new organization whose mission is to strengthen Seneca County's local food system through collaboration to improve the overall health and growth of our community, and a vision of a vibrant, accessible and sustainable local food system in Seneca County that supports the health of residents, businesses and institutions. The board of the organization includes Seneca County OSU Extension Agent Hallie Williams, Reverend Aaron Gerlach of Old Trinity Episcopal Church, local business owner and chair of the Downtown Retailers Committee Dave Spridgeon, local business leader Dale Depew, TSEP Development Manager Audrey Flood, and local food vendors Kristy Buskirk of Clay Hill Farms and John Riehm of Riehm Produce Farm. SCCG oversees the operations of the Tiffin Seneca Farmers Market and supports other local food initiatives including the Tiffin Community Kitchen Project. Find out more at sccommonground.org or find Seneca County Common Ground on Facebook.