Last two markets will take place on October 9 and October 23.
TIFFIN, OHIO – October 4, 2020 – Only two market Saturdays remain in 2021 including October 9 and October 23. With the season coming to a close, the Seneca County Common Ground Board has taken a look at all of the changes that took place during the 2021 season.
Over the past year the Tiffin Seneca Farmers Market has witnessed a surplus of changes. One of the main goals for the 2021 season was to implement the Market Bank program. The Market Bank gives everyone, no matter their situation the opportunity to purchase fresh produce and other cottage foods. In addition to being able to accept SNAP Benefits/EBT/P-EBT, Produce Perks, Senior Farmer Market Nutrition Program Vouchers (SFMNP) and Women Infants Children Farmers Market Nutrition Vouchers (FMNP), the market bank was also able to accept credit.
The Downtown Punch Card was also implemented this year. The punch card offers rewards for customers that shop at other downtown locations. Those who redeem their punch cards at the farmers market are given a free $5 token to use to shop around the market as well as a chance to win local gift cards. Cards can still be picked up at the market and at the 13 participating downtown businesses. This is part of an initiative to bring deeper partnership and collaboration between the Farmers Market and downtown businesses.
Another one of the goals set by the Seneca County Common Ground Board was to have vendors that can sell meats, eggs, and dairy products. This year, the market was able to add the Kiesel family who are selling frozen chicken.
“Now that the market has been able to have a local meat producer selling meat at a farmers market we are looking to expand into beef, pork and other meats along with dairy products and eggs. If there are any local producers out there that are interested in selling any of these products at the farmers market please reach out to us and we will be able to point you in the right direction to make is happen,” said Kirsten Ameling, market manager.
With the 2021 season starting to wind down, the Seneca County Common Ground Board and the Market Manager are beginning to look ahead at the improvements that can be made for next season. Some future goals of the market include incorporating food trucks, live music, more children’s programming, increased food selection and more ways to include downtown businesses with the market. As always, the farmers market would like to thank Sutton Bank for sponsoring the Tiffin Seneca Farmers Market.
The vendors for this week includes: Ada Glee’s Garden, Baked By Bells, Bella Cuisine, Catawba Island Juice Co., CASA, Countryside Acres, Clay Hill Organic, Creative Pottery, Drowns Produce, DJ’s Honey, Enders Maple Treats, Flo’s Homemade Pies, JP’s Carvings and Designs, Kisler Farms, Hopes Landing, LB’s Eclectic Eats, Me and the Boys, Project Noelle, Put Your Name on it, Raizen Girls Cookies, Riehm Produce Farm, Rose Leaf Flowers, Smith Brothers Sweets, the Tiffin Lions Club, The Tiffin 200 Club, and The Tiffin Elks.
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 email@example.com.
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.