Farmers Market open:Fresh produce is a sure sign of spring
Local vendors were showcasing everything from flowers and cheese, to fresh vegetables at the Georgetown County Farmers Market on Saturday.
The official opening was April 7.
This is the Georgetown County’s Farmer’s market eighth year.
Hayword vegetables is the oldest vendor. They have been with the market since it opened in 2003.
Mary Hayword and her grandson, Raphell, sell beets, pickled cucumbers, sweet potatoes, okra, rutabaga, yellow squash, cabbage, spring onions, and tomatoes.
“Our prices are good compared to the store,” said Haywood.
Tyler’s strawberries comes all the way from Bay Bora, a town outside of Lewis.
Clayton Moore has been picking strawberries since he was 8. He picks 200 gallons of fresh strawberries a day.
Mark Haynes and his brother, Jeff, sell watermelons, turnip greens and a variety of other produce.
Mark said he has the best cantaloupe in Georgetown.
Robinson’s Finest offers samples of tasty Applewood smoked cheese and specialty non-smoked cheeses.
Smith’s produce plants and vegetables comes from Kingstree each week to make sure they have enough red ripe tomatoes to offer and lots of other fresh ground vegetables.
Edward Taylor from Andrews features fresh cucumbers, onions, green peppers, and a host of vegetables.
Kenny Ballard’s nursery offered shrubbery and colorful hanging plants, and all sorts of flowers.
At the entrance of the market, Robert Quinn from Clemson Cooperative Extentions set up his booth with educational materials to help people select the right plants and not over fertilize them.
Christine Kaluback and 3-year-old Isabella and Madison of Pawleys Island attend the market every year and also attends the Farmers Market on Wednesdays in Pawleys Island.
Kristen McCulloch works with the Georgetown County Parks and Recreation and helps the vendors.
“This our third Saturday and the crowd is picking up, the word is getting out.”
Adam Payne is the coordinator and works with Parks and Recreation.
“The flowers are blooming now and I am waiting for the sunflowers which are my favorite,” said McCulloch. “The merchants are very friendly and they love the business. We want to support them.”
The Georgetown County Farmers Market will be participating in the supplemental nutritional assistance program, and the EBT cards will be accepted.
The vouchers will be given out at the Beck Recreation Center on June 9 based on qualifications.
The market is opened from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday at East Bay Park in Georgetown. The Pawleys Island location is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday.
By Rounette Johnson
For The Times
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