LIMA — The Lima Farmers Market is back for the season.
The market will be open from 2:30-5:30 p.m. every Tuesday, selling fresh, locally grown produce and homemade goods in Lima Square outside Veterans Memorial Civic Center through Oct. 8.
More than 100 people stopped by for opening day Tuesday, May 28, according to director Jennifer Fickle. She expects to see even more passersby as the season progresses.
The farmers market will continue accepting SNAP benefits, with a new produce perks program for SNAP recipients to earn free produce when they shop the farmers market. Fickle said produce perks will match produce purchases dollar for dollar, up to $20 per day, a benefit which she believes will help make the market’s fresh produce more accessible to low-income families.
“They can use their SNAP benefits here to buy the fresh, local produce that they can get here as opposed to the commercial stuff they can get at the grocery store,” Fickle said.
There are new vendors too, like Noble Goose Bakehouse from Delphos.
The bakery specializes in homemade pies, scones, shortbread and other baked goods, currently sold at area farmers markets as well as The Topp in Delphos and Coffe’ Amor in Lima and Wapakoneta.
“I do make everything from scratch, from the fillings of the pies to the fillings of the bars,” said Mallory Rakey. “It starts out with raw ingredients.”
The farmers market will be closing an hour early this year after few customers took advantage of after-work hours in 2018, Fickle explained. But Fickle said the bulk of traffic shops early, so she doesn’t anticipate the change will negatively affect business.
Customers should also expect a slower start to the season as inclement weather has pushed farmers’ harvesting schedules back.
“We’ll have more,” Fickle said. “It was a late start with a lot of farmers. In-season is what we’re pushing for. You can’t come to the farmers market in May and expect to get a tomato. This is fresh stuff.”
Reach Mackenzi Klemann at 567-242-0456.