Wooster Market has been approved to accept SNAP. They hope to be able to process transactions for EBT, credit and debit cards at the Market by the end of June. Roadrunners will work with each vendor to assure a smooth transaction.
They send thanks for hanging in there with them through a wet and wild spring. Produce is really coming on now (finally) and so is the Market. They set up on the northwest corner of the Wooster 4-way stop the last two weekends, originally because of park flooding and then last weekend because the park was being used for a BBQ fundraiser for a local firefighter. The visibility at the 4-way corner is greater for drive-by traffic. A large number of folks stopped to visit the market. This location was so successful that they will continue to have the market on the corner until further notice. The majority of vendors sold out of all produce that was for sale last Saturday.
This corner space was donated by the Wooster City Mayor McMillen, and he has offered that anyone who would like to set up for sales on this same corner may do so throughout the week. A few set up on Tuesday and they did well. The high visibility on the street is a good thing, but not being at the park means there is very limited access to electricity and bathrooms. They hope folks will get to know them on the corner and then follow the market when they move back to the park later this summer.
The Roadrunners Club has applied for another grant to support the Market and they plan for a partnership with the Wooster Elementary school and a community outreach effort to include new signs, paid advertisements and promotional materials to increase participation.
Mark your calendars for our next Market Board meeting, July 12 at 10 a.m. at the Market. For information call 501-733-2409.