Back in 1996, a few Logan County producers had an epiphany: rather than driving back and forth to Columbus to sell their goods at other farmers markets every weekend, maybe they could pull off a market in Bellefontaine to keep their products in the same area they were grown in. Starting with just five vendors, the Logan County Farmers Market began. Those five vendors saw steady growth year after year – a sign that Logan County was finding value in their locally produced goods.
After a few location changes, several successful federal grants, and an organizational shift, the Logan County Food System Initiative, which oversees the Logan County Farmers Market, is proud to offer two physical farmers markets in downtown Bellefontaine and Lakeview as well as an off-season online market. The market boasts over thirty local vendors and is excited to celebrate its 25th anniversary this year.
“The best part about food is that everyone needs it,” shared MacKenzie Myers Fitzpatrick, Food System Coordinator and Board Secretary of the Logan County Food System Initiative. “Whether they are a producer, a customer, a volunteer, a sponsor, a student, or any other way of identifying within the market or food system, each individual has their own relationship with food. Our organization works hard to facilitate those relationships, aiming to create accessible experiences for every role.”