(Wednesday, October 10th) Tuscarawas County, Ohio – The Tuscarawas Valley Farmer’s Market will wrap up their 10th season today.

The market was founded by 3 Leadership Tuscarawas students and has more than doubled in size since 2008.

Founder and Board Member Mark McKenzie says the opportunity to purchase locally grown and made products is not limited to just produce.

“Your bakeries, people that are making soap…we have one crafter making wooden toys from local wood so there’s a variety of mom and pop operations that come to the market each week, including different food trucks.”

The Farmer’s Market was one of the first in Ohio to accept the EBT card, and now, due to funding through Produce Perks, is able to offer even more fruits and vegetables.

“We applied for a grant that basically allows us to double the value of your EBT card, up to $20. We’re going to match that as long as we have the funds.”

Tonight’s market will be 3 to 7pm at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds. Although the location has served them well in the last ten years, McKenzie notes the Board’s vision is to eventually move into an all-weather facility.

“The community will view it as something that’s permanent, it’s not going anywhere. You can be assured of some level of comfort, no matter what the weather is. It would make it much easier on the vendors on a week-to-week basis to set up. It would make for a safer environment. It would allow us to have a pickup/drop off area.”

Although the season comes to an end after tonight, there will be a Holiday Farmer’s Market at the Tool Shed at Breitenbach Winery on November 20th, just in time for Thanksgiving.

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