Market Triples in Size During 2020 Season
TIFFIN, OHIO – September 24, 2020 – The Tiffin-Seneca
Farmers Market has grown from just five vendors at the first market in May this year to almost 30 vendors in September. Despite complications due to COVID-19 as well as having to move due to street construction, the market continues to grow and strengthen.
The first markets of the season were held in May as pre-order only, drive-through events due to risks associated with the coronavirus. When safety conditions allowed the market to operate as a regular open-air event in June, it began to
blossom and grow. Additional vendors began to join and attendance increased. By mid-season, the market had grown to around 20 vendors.
As August came to a close, the market was forced to move over to South Washington Street as a much-needed streetscaping improvement project began on Jefferson Street. Customers and vendors were unphased by the mid-season move, and attendance as well as the number of vendors continued to climb.
As the market season comes to a close with just three markets left (September 26, October 10 and October 24), almost 30 vendors are participating with everything from pumpkins to pottery. At this Saturday’s market, you can expect to find the following vendors.
· Adah Glees Garden – local pickled vegetables
· Barb & Dicks – homegrown produce
· Bella Cuisine – fresh, handmade baked goods, pastries, and jams
· Blossoms & Butterflies – local garden club
· Clay Hill Organic – certified organic produce and fresh flower bouquets
· Countryside Acres – fresh, homegrown produce
· Drown's Produce – fresh, local produce
· DJ’s Honey – locally produced honey products
· Friends of the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library – book giveaway
· Guerro’s Hobby Homestead – fresh salsas
· JP’s Carving – handcrafted woodworking items
· Joni Davis – delicious homemade pies and sweets
· Joseph’s Greenhouse – produce and mums
· Josh Fanning- Boy Scouts Voter Registration Project
· Creative Pottery – handmade clay pottery
· LB’s Eclectic Eats – homemade cupcakes, brownies, and snacks
· Miss Cindy’s Cookies – handmade, fresh cookies
· Me & The Boys – homemade scented wax melts
· Pink Lady Food Truck – gourmet grilled sandwiches
· Raizen Girls Cookies – fresh, handmade cookies
· Riehm Produce Farm – farm-fresh, homegrown produce
· RoseLeaf Flowers – beautiful flower arrangements
· Seneca County Helping Hands – face coverings
· Smith Brothers Sweets – local, one-of-a-kind jams, jellies, and syrups
· Tiffin’s Lions Club – cleaning supplies
· Tiffin’s Elks Club – raffle tickets
· Tom & Jackie Cook – pumpkins
· WGGN 97.7- live radio coverage
Board President Aaron Gerlach of Seneca County Common Ground (the new nonprofit which took over market operations this year) said, “We have enjoyed seeing the growth of the market and are already looking ahead to how we can improve even more for next season.” Market Manager Courtney Heiser was enthusiastic about the expansion as well. “It has been exciting to work with and get to know more and more vendors and all of the customers who supported us this year,” she said.
Seneca County Commissioner Shayne Thomas said, “Access to high-quality, locally grown produce improves our lives in a sustainable way. Creating an outlet for local businesses to sell their goods stimulates the local economy, and the market has historically been the place where communities can come together. I am pleased to see such a vibrant marketplace develop here.”
For more information about the market or vendors, please visit www.tiffinsenecafarmersmarket.com, or stop by one of the upcoming markets: September 26th, October 10th or October 24th. The Tiffin Seneca Farmers Market runs from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and is located on South Washington Street between Market and Perry Streets in Downtown Tiffin.