The Toledo Farmers’ Market, now a local landmark, dates back to 1913. The market moved from Monroe, Superior, and Washington Streets to its present location in the 1920s. The building underwent major renovations in the 1990s that have preserved a piece of Toledo history and increased its popularity.
Toledo farmers set up this market
in 1832 on Monroe, Superior, and Washington Streets. In 1913, the market closed
and moved indoors temporarily. It reopened outside on Speilbusch Avenue four
years later. New stalls and a roof were assembled. These stalls were moved,
along with the market itself, to a building on Erie Street in 1928. Other
wholesale businesses popped up around the Farmers’ Market, which had been
deeded to the City of Toledo.
As the Erie building aged,
updates were needed. Two projects, the construction of a bridge to connect
Superior and St. Clair Streets and a remodel, helped modernize the market. Work
was completed in the spring of 1996. Better lighting and improved accessibility
made the Farmers’ Market easier to navigate. New stalls, offices, and restrooms
were also added.