Farmers Markets in the Upstate

It’s that time of year in the Upstate where a bounty of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, handcrafted wares, and artwork are all on display at farmers markets across our region.

This year is no different. From the larger markets in Greenville, Spartanburg, and Travelers Rest to the smaller venues in Fountain Inn, Union, and Gaffney, there’s nothing better than purchasing lettuce that was picked fresh that morning or sampling strawberries that were in the ground yesterday.

Here’s a look at a few of the farmers markets taking place across the Upstate. For more listings, visit the OurUpstateSC Farmers Markets page and be sure to check each market’s website or Facebook page for information on hours and details.

In Anderson County, several farmers markets will be taking place. One, the Anderson County Farmers Market, features a 7,670-square-foot shelter featuring products grown in Anderson County. The market opens in May on Saturday mornings, and in June through November it runs on Tuesdays and Thursday as well.

The Foothills Heritage Market in Oconee County on Hwy 123 features more than 40 vendors selling local produce, vegetables, flowers, plants, beef, pork, eggs, crafts, handmade soaps, herbs, handmade clothing, metalwork, crochet, art, and more. The market begins May 3rd this year and runs through November.

The city of Clemson’s Farmers Market opens May 13th and is held every Friday, rain or shine. Specialty food items, farm products, handmade arts and crafts, along with entertainment, cooking demos, and workshops will be featured. The Gaffney Station Farmers Market opens May 30 and is a great place to shop for locally grown produce; it is held each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon and Saturday mornings.

One of the largest markets in the Upstate, the TD Saturday Market in Greenville, is open every Saturday between May and September. Approximately 60 vendors display their goods in white tents lining Main Street. The market attracts thousands of people each week searching for locally sourced products (all food must be grown or produced within 100 miles of Greenville and crafters are highly encouraged to use locally sourced supplies) including produce, pasta, and cheeses. Local chefs’ cooking demonstrations and live music provide entertainment.

What began as a small, local market, the Travelers Rest Farmers Market has grown in recent years as the town has increased in popularity. Held at Trailblazer Park, the market opens May 7 and will feature 90 vendors selling crafts, artisanal cheeses, pickles, breads, meats, dairy, produce, and more.

In the southern part of Greenville County, the city of Fountain Inn will once again be bringing its Farmers Market to Depot Street. The market will operate each Thursday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., June through September. The city of Simpsonville will hold its market at City Park on East Curtis Street beginning May 14 through October.

Greenwood offers two markets, the Greenwood Farmer’s Market, which opens this year on June 4, and the Uptown Market, which has different hours depending on the time of year with vendors such as Parisi Farms and Berry’s Strawberries. Laurens Downtown Farmers Market will run every Saturday, June through August, and is located on the historic square.

Spartanburg’s Hub City Farmer’s Market kicked off its season earlier than most—in March. The nonprofit organization says its “more than just a market” and works to increase the supply of, demand for, and access to healthy, local food in Spartanburg County, supporting community gardens, and coordinating training and networking opportunities. The market is in its 11th season and includes a Mobile Market, a Wednesday Downtown Lunch Market, an Urban Farm, and a recently launched facility at Northside Harvest Park. The Saturday Market offers a variety of produce, meats, eggs, plants, artisan crafts, and prepared foods. In addition, there are a variety of events including cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, and more.

         

Photo credits: Banner, center left—Hub City Farmers Market; Top right—Simpsonville Farmers Market; Bottom right—Travelers Rest Farmers Market; Bottom—Anderson County Farmers Market

Sherry Jackson is a freelance writer, editor and entrepreneur. Her articles have been featured in InfoWorld Magazine, Entrepreneur.com, USA Today, Blue Ridge Country, Jetsetter, Bootsnall, Gadling, Yahoo, See the South, Beckett Media, The Simpsonville Sentinel and many other print and online publications. For clips and examples of her work, please visit her website at www.dragonflyventures.com.

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