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About the Bedford Farmers Market

Our History

The Bedford Farmers Market was started by a grassroots organization that wanted to establish a market in Bedford Township.

Those visionaries included:

Mel and Pati Galdeen

Paul and Stephanie Pirrone

Alie Miller

Justin and Catherine Guinip

They spent the first two years investigating the ins and outs, talking with established markets and working to give the market the best possible start. That was 2012 and the market opened in 2014 in the front parking lot of the Francis Family YMCA thanks to the support of Cathy Leonard at the Y.

 

From the beginning this has been our Mission Statement:

The Bedford Farmer’s Market has been formed to serve the Bedford Community by operating a viable market for locally grown agricultural products providing a wide variety of fresh, healthy produce and plants, for other local products, and services providing healthy options for all citizens.  The Bedford Farmers Market will enable local growers, product producers, and service providers an opportunity to increase their income by selling directly to the consumers.

 

In 2015 we were approved to accept WIC Project Fresh coupons, and in October we received authorization to accept Senior Market Fresh coupons. We are the only market in southern Monroe County that has this authorization.

 


 

 

Changes in 2016

Linda Johnson accepted the position of Market Manager in 2015, and in 2016 she completed the Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) Market Manager Certification Program (MMCP). She has been working with the market board to institute  a few positive changes at the market ever since. One of those changes is applying for participation in USDA Food Assistance Programs, to ensure food security for the whole community.

 

Linda resigned in 2017 and the board appointed Tammy Lynn Connors as the manager for the 2017 market season.

 

The Bedford Farmers Market has expanded since its beginning in 2014 and the market board decided we needed more space and more visibility to  better serve the community and our vendors.

Here are some of the changes coming for this year:

1) We reached out to Lambertville United Methodist Church (LUMC) as a potential new site for the market and they have welcomed us with open arms. The Bedford Farmers Market will open on May 14, 2016 in the front parking lot with the season ending October 29th. There will be more space for vendors, more available parking, and easier access to the market from Dean and from Douglas.

2) The market has again been authorized to accept WIC Project Fresh and Senior Market Fresh.

3) The Bedford Farmers Market has applied to accept SNAP/EBT benefits, including the Michigan Bridge Card. Because SNAP/EBT is a federal program, families and individuals from Ohio may use their benefits at our market. Our application has been accepted, and is pending. We should hear soon.

4) We applied for and are now participating in Double Up Food Bucks. DUFB is a 1:1 matching program for SNAP benefits. When a SNAP beneficiary purchases produce at the Bedford Farmers Market they receive a matching amount of DUFB tokens to be spent as cash at the market.

5) We have begun working with health care workers in Toledo to bring Prescription For Health to the Bedford Farmers Market. I will post more details later, but the program may not be available until July.

 More details on the food access programs , including tokens and coupons are found on the Food Assistance  page of Shopper Information.

 

There may be other programs offered but that's the list for now.