The Tiffin Seneca Farmers Market is Back for the 2022 Season
The 2022 season of the Tiffin Seneca Farmers Market kicks off this Saturday, May 21st 9am-
1pm. The market will occur every Saturdays of the month from May 21 until October 29 and is located on South Washington Street between Perry and Market streets.
This year the market will continue to operate the Market Bank programs. Board member, Hallie Williams, said "We are excited to bring back the Market Bank this year to continue to make fresh local food accessible to our community." These programs allow fresh food to be more accessible for all residents. SNAP/EBT cards, WIC Farmers Market Vouchers, Senior Farmers Market Vouchers, and regular credit cards will all now be accepted at the market through the Market Bank program. Also available this year is 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. Customers wishing to use their SNAP/EBT funds or credit cards can expect to visit the Market Bank to redeem tokens to shop the market.
Another program being brought back to this year’s market is “Market Bingo.” This became a fan favorite last year to children, parents, and customers of all ages. Market manager, Kirsten Ameling, said “It was fun to watch children and other customers go around the market to see what all the vendors had. Finding different types of produce also made it an educational experience for some shoppers.”
In addition to bringing back old programs the market is implementing new activities too. There will be different musicians playing at the market from time-to-time throughout the season. Dean-o, Dean Rochester, a Tiffin native will be preforming at the first market. He performs at other markets including the WLI’s Farmers’ Market, Bowling Green, Ohio. Dean said “I am looking forward to coming back to the Tiffin area where I grew up, to share my music at the market. Hope to be able to see old friends and classmates.”
The market is also going to provide a recipe of the week. The recipe card will feature different items that are in season at the market. Make sure to stop by the market bank table to pick up a recipe and grab a market bingo card!
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 former Seneca County OSU Extension Agent and current Community Affairs Coordinator at City of Bowling Green 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 Coordinator Adam Gillmor, Director of Franciscan Earth Literacy Center Mimi Lange Johnston 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.
About the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency. Read more at https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program.