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Tiffin Seneca Farmers Market to be held in-person May 30 with rules in place amid pandemic

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The 2020 Tiffin-Seneca Farmers Market season launched Saturday, May 16, offering drive-thru and delivery for pre-orders only.

The pre-order only setup was initially going to take place May 30 as well, but Market Manager Courtney Heiser announced in a press release Wednesday that the May 30 market will be held in-person with certain rules in place amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The first in-person market of the 2020 season will take place Saturday, May 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

It will be held on Jefferson Street between Market and Perry Streets.

The following rules will be in place at the May 30 market:

For Vendors:

  • Vendors will be organized 6ft apart
  • Use of table cloths are not permitted
  • Masks and gloves highly encouraged
  • Discontinue use of reusable cloth bags – ONLY plastic/ paper are permitted
  • ALL vendors will be located on Jefferson Street
  • Ready-to-eat foods must be prepared and pre-packaged prior to the market
  • Encourage vendors to sanitize space and clean hands after every money transaction
  • The market welcomes vendors to take pre-orders, however, the market will not do any free marketing or promotion like the May 16 market

For Customers:

  • Chalk will be used to demonstrate suggested physical distancing among customers
  • Customers will NOT be required to wears masks/ gloves, but it is encouraged
  • Sanitation stations located at the entries of the market
  • Customers will be able to enter and exit at their convenience (no one-way walking traffic) as long as they abide by physical distancing
  • Customers will NOT be allowed to touch items displayed on vendors tables

Beginning in 2019, a new organization called Seneca County Common Ground was formed to take over market operations.

Seneca County Common Ground is a new 501(c)3 nonprofit that is focusing on supporting local food & agriculture vendors and promoting access to fresh foods. This year’s major market sponsor is Sutton Bank.

The market previously was organized by the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Services.

“The community is very grateful for the service of the Chamber in developing and sustaining the farmers market over the years,” said Rev. Aaron Gerlach, President of the Common Ground board. “We’re looking forward to growing the market and extending the impact of local food in the community.”

Several changes to the market have been made for 2020 including moving the market to Jefferson and Court streets, recruiting additional vendors and hiring Courtney Heiser as a part-time Market Manager.

“It has been very exciting to have such an important role in developing this market and I’ve enjoyed using my skills to make it happen,” said Heiser, who is a graduate of Seneca East High School and is studying Agricultural Communications at The Ohio State University.

If you would like to get involved with the “Friends of the Market” group which will provide volunteers and fundraising support for the markets, or if you are a vendor who would like to sell at the market, please contact Courtney at manager@sccommonground.com.

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