We're preparing for 2019, and we need your help.

Board of trustees

Anne Peterson, Chair
Licking Memorial Health Systems

Brian Williams, Secretary
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

Jennifer Roberts, Treasurer
Thomas J. Evans Foundation

Dean Busack
Licking County Foundation

Chuck Dilbone
Sunbeam Family Farm

Carol Goland
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association

Lee Heckman
Reese, Pyle, Drake & Meyer, PLL

Jeremy King
Denison University

Chuck Moore
Food Pantry Network of Licking County

David Rhodes
City of Newark

december 4, 2018

to our community,

As we move into our fourth year, Canal Market District looks to expand on its successful farmers market by increasing education and access to healthy foods while growing the marketplace for our local artisans. But to do this, we need your help.

From the beginning, we have worked hard to welcome all of Licking County’s residents through farmers and craft markets that provide wholesome food, education, homemade artisanal crafts, and local music. Our Tuesday and Friday markets have benefited thousands of local residents and more than 80 farmers and other small business owners. Thanks to our partnership with the Produce Perks program, families on SNAP (food assistance) can make a small budget go twice as far with an incentive that doubles their fruit and vegetable buying power. Statistics from our 2018 season show that we had over 370 SNAP transactions for a total of $6,355 in sales. This is an increase of $355 from 2017. We would love to see those numbers continue to rise.  

Research has shown that a strong local farm economy supports a healthier community. Towns surrounded by independent farms enjoy greater overall community engagement, higher rates of volunteerism, and greater economic resilience thanks to farmers’ long-term investments in their hometowns. Farmers markets are crucial for preserving family farms, and they also help create and strengthen the social ties that bring us all closer together. That’s why we’re so proud of what we’ve accomplished here at the Canal Market District over the past three seasons. But we know we can do more to support our farmers and artisans. 

As we move into 2019, we aim to continue the growth of our SNAP and Produce Perks Program, and the success of this endeavor hinges on steady communication and outreach to our community. We also plan on streamlining internal processes and procedures to ensure the market runs smoothly with overhead at a minimum. Continuing to build relationships with our vendors and community partners remains a priority. Last, we plan to increase marketing efforts that highlight our remarkable vendors and our venue itself as a space for community events. 

This is where you come in. We need the financial support of our community to ensure that we can strengthen our farmers market while also branching out into exciting new territory. Please take this moment to make a statement about the future you want to see for Licking County. Whether you can give $20 or $2,000, your financial support will be a solid investment in a more resilient, self-sufficient, and vibrant community. Thank you for your consideration,

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Anne Peterson
Board Chair


Michelle Newman Brady
Executive Director

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Canal Market District
PO Box 4217
Newark, OH 43058-4217