Visit the SC State Farmers Market

flowers at the farmers marketThe South Carolina Department of Agriculture works hard to promote the business of feeding us. The agency aids farmers in many aspects of food production and marketing, and the State Farmers Market on US Highway 321 in West Columbia is a big marketing tool for South Carolina’s small farmer. Depending on what’s in season,  you’ll find truck beds, tables, boxes and baskets overflowing with melons, corn, squash, eggplants,  peaches, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and more. The farmers represent farms from as far as 100 miles away.  While there, they primarily sell their produce to people who operate produce stands, but they don’t mind selling a $5 small basket of tomatoes or peppers to an individual buyer. You can learn a thing or two about the food they grow by asking a question, and most love yukking it up with good nature and a smile.

 

In addition to the two open pavilions of farmers, there is a large nursery with shrubs, trees, vegetable plants, lovely bedding flowers, hanging baskets and a resident rooster that cockadoodle-doos a greeting regardless of the time of day!

Inside the Corbett Building you’ll find The Market Tea Room. Jennifer, the proprietor,  will gladly show you about and explain the offerings.   You can opt for a breakfast tea or afternoon tea (small meal) by reservation only, or stop in for a couple of freshly baked scones and a pot of tea anytime. Served on lovely china upon crisp table linens, the tea room can accommodate up to 30 guests. Perfect for a party!  The Market Tea Room also sells locally produced jams and jellies, jewelry,  home decor items and gift baskets.  The Tea Room is open from 10am – 4pm all week long.

 

Down the corridor in the Corbett Building is The Market Restaurant.  Owned by a popular Columbia caterer, the restaurant serves from 7am – 3pm everyday.  The kitchen prides itself on using the produce offered by vendors at the Farmers Market, creating their dishes from scratch daily.  Their menu includes regional favorites like shrimp and grits, corn and black bean salad, meatloaf, pork chops, and wonderful desserts.

Visit the SC State Farmers Market website here and enjoy your next visit!

2017 Farmers Markets

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South Carolina State Farmers Market ~
Mon – Sat 6am – 9pm and Sunday from 12 – 6pm

Blythewood Farmers Market ~
Wednesdays 4 – 7pm

Irmo Farmers Market ~
1st & 3rd Saturdays 9am – 1pm

Kershaw County Farmers Market ~
Saturdays 8am – 12noon

Lake Carolina Farmers Market ~
Thursdays 3 – 7pm

Chapin Downtown Farmers Market – NEW! ~
First Saturday of the month, May – Oct, from 8:30 – 11am

Newberry Farmers Market ~
Saturdays 9am – 11:30am

City Roots Farmers Market ~
Thursdays 4pm – 7pm

Sandhills Farmers Market ~
Tuesdays, 2 – 7pm

Soda City Market ~
Saturdays 9am – 1pm

Town of Lexington Farmers Market ~
Saturdays 9am – 12noon

 

Love to buy local from the farm? Check out this link to SCFarmFun.org and learn about lots of farms you can visit!