Wauseon Farmers' Market Vision and History
In the Summer of 2011, members of the Wauseon Downtown Association along with multiple friends from the community planned and operated the first version of the Wauseon Farmer's Market. The original market date and time were scheduled to coinside with tbe Cruise Nights on Fulton Street.
For the first two years, local vendors gathered by the Wauseon Depot. An artists' rendering of a permanent structure for the market was included in a study designed to invision a renovation of the downtown area.
In the summer of 2013, the Wauseon Farmers' Market was moved to the open lot between the Southern Breeze building and the Law offices for Barber, Kaper,Stamm, Robinson, and McWatters. The lot is the site of the former Arcade building. The hours of operation for the market were changed to Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. until noon.
The theme for the Wauseon Farmers' Market targets healthy lifestyle choices. The fresh fruits and vegetables grown by local farmers were tied to an emphasis on diet and exercise. The market's location on Fulton Street provided an open, and unique public space in the downtown area. The market plan would offer a variety of fresh farm grown vegetables and fruits, baked goods, home prepared foods, and locally produced handcrafted art. The extended vision for the market forsees a meeting place for our community. a spot to visit, shop and be informed while visiting with friends.
Specifically, the Wauseon Farmers' Market will provide an opportunity to "buy local," both produce and products, support farm families, agriculture and the local environment. The market design will reflect a community commitment to health issues and to raise awareness of environmental isssues, while simultaneously promoting downtown Wauseon as a center of economic activity, preserving the historical "small town" feel.