Another roadside attraction: Interactive market listing

Where to find fresh fruits and veggies at local farmers markets

April 30, 2008 

PEACH

Area farmers are known for their peaches, one of the traditional S.C. tastes of summer. The state ranks second in the U.S. behind only California in size of peach acreage.

ERIK CAMPOS/FILE PHOTO, THE STATE

It's almost that glorious time of year — when we reap the rewards of local farmers' harvest. Here’s a partial listing of local markets where you'll find South Carolina farmers selling their flavorful treasures.

Many of these markets are seasonal, starting in June with the Seeds of Hope program, which connects congregations and farmers during the summer months. Others are year-round, and some are open based purely on the produce they grow.

Ah, the sweet tastes of summer — strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupes and watermelons; squash, cucumbers, green beans, zucchini and tomatoes.

So much to look forward to.

— Allison Askins

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Click on these links to explore other producer options

  • Berry Hill Farm
  • Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
  • Farmersshed.com
  • Pickyourown.org
  • S.C. Department of Agriculture
  • Farm Bureau Roadside Market Directory

    Have a favorite spot that should be added? Contact Allison Askins.

    GETTING THERE:
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    KERSHAW COUNTY

    Kershaw County Farmers Market, West Dekalb and Church streets. Seasonal. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 432-9071, ext. 111

    LEXINGTON COUNTY

    Berry Hill Farm, 219 Bluefield Rd, Lexington. Season opens: late June/early July. 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 6 p.m. until dark, Monday through Saturday. (803) 957-4203 or billsberries.com for updates

    The Cayce Farmers Market, 2329 Charleston Hwy. Local and out-of-state produce. Open Easter through mid-January. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays. (803) 791-1009

    Collins Daylilies & Farm, 210 E. Boundary St., Chapin. Seasonal. 7:30 a.m. until, Monday through Saturday. Blueberries and other produce. (803) 345-3371

    Rikard’s Country Market, 2165 U.S. 378, Gilbert. April through Labor Day. (803) 359-4438

    James R. Sease Farms Inc., U.S. 1, Gilbert. Open April-August, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Call ahead for daily picking information. Additional locations for berries: Four Oaks Farm on U.S. 1 and 3½ miles outside Lexington, past the Piggly Wiggly, on the peach farm. (803) 359-FARM for a daily recording

    Sease Farms/The Farmer’s Shed, 2514 Augusta Hwy., across from Lexington High School, Lexington. Already-picked berries and other fresh produce. (803) 996-0700 or farmersshed.com

    Shealy’s Farm & Market, 1361 Old Cherokee Road, Lexington. Opening May 14 and running through December. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Majority is locally grown produce. (803)755-1374

    Smith Blueberry Farm, 341 Holly Ferry Road, Batesburg-Leesville. June 15 through Aug. 20. On county line between Lexington and Saluda counties. (803) 532-1102

    RICHLAND COUNTY

    The All-Local Farmers’ Market is 8 a.m.-noon on second and fourth Saturdays. On second Saturdays, it is in the courtyard of Gervais & Vine, 620 Gervais St. in the Vista; on fourth Saturdays, it is in parking lot of Rosewood Market & Deli at 2803 Rosewood Drive. Locally grown produce and breakfast. Rain or shine. Year-round.

    Ashland United Methodist Church Farmers Market, 2600 Ashland Road, Columbia, between St. Andrews and Bush River roads in picnic area behind church. Seasonal, starting in June. 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. (803) 798-5350

    Blueberry Hill Farms, 1247 Lorenzo Davis Road, Eastover. Last of June through July. (803) 776-2812

    Bull Street Farmers Market, 2600 Bull St., Columbia. Seasonal, starting in June. 8 a.m.-noon Tuesdays. (803) 898-3471

    Capitol Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle at Maxcy Gregg Park. Seasonal, starting in June. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays. (803) 779-1971

    The Carolina Apartments, 3201 Meadowlark Drive. Seasonal, starting in June. 12:30-2:30 p.m. Thursdays. (803) 754-6200

    Christopher Towers, 1805 Devine St., Columbia. Seasonal, starting in June. 9 a.m.-noon. Saturdays. (803) 799-5876

    Columbia State Farmers Market, 1001 Bluff Road, Columbia. Year-round. Locally grown and items from out of state. Wholesale and retails. 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 1-6 p.m. Sundays. (803) 737-4664

    Cottle Farms, Whitehouse Road, off Bluff Road just south of I-77. Strawberries. Seasonal. With tents at: Forest Drive across from Shandon Baptist Church; Garners Ferry Road across from SCE&G; and Sunset Boulevard across from the West Columbia zoo entrance. (803) 695-1714

    Double-A Farms, 5412 Bluff Road. Blueberries starting first week of June. Muscadines in September. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Wednesdays by appointment. (803) 312-1327

    Ebenezer Lutheran Church Farmers Market, 1310 Richland St., Columbia. Seasonal, starting in June. 8 a.m.-noon Thursdays. (803) 765-9430

    Grace United Methodist Church Farmers Market, 410 Harbison Blvd., Columbia. Seasonal, starting in June. 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. (803) 732-1899

    Main Street Marketplace, Hampton and Main streets at Columbia Museum of Art. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays, May 2 through June 27. (803) 779-4005

    Northeast Farmers Market, Town Center at Lake Carolina off of Hardscrabble Road, local produce and products, including small craft items from South Carolina. Opens at 3 p.m. May 8 and will run at the same time until dark every Thursday until Thanksgiving. (803) 429-9220

    Porter’s Pantry, 155 Old Veterans Road, Columbia. Seasonal fresh produce, plus other grocery items, year-round. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. (803) 776-2464

    Resurrection Lutheran Church, 3707 Moss Ave., Columbia. Seasonal, starting in June. 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. (803) 787-7968

    Ringo’s Produce Market, 10545 Garners Ferry Road, Eastover. Year-round, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays. (803) 783-0108

    Saint Julian Place Farmers Market, 1800 St. Julian Place. Seasonal, starting in June. 8 a.m.-noon Thursdays. (803) 545-4487

    Saint Mark United Methodist, 3200 Lyles St.. Seasonal, starting in June. 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. (803) 252-7297

    The Sandhill Farmers’ Market, 900 Clemson Road, at Clemson’s Sandhill Research and Education Center across from the Village at Sandhill. Fresh local vegetables, meats, cheeses, plants and a master gardener booth for gardening questions. 3:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays, late April through Nov. 25. (803) 788-5700, ext. 32

    Shandon United Methodist Church Farmers Market, 3407 Devine St., Columbia. Seasonal, starting in June. 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. (803) 256-8383

    Tree of Life Congregation Farmers Market, 6719 N. Trenholm Road, Columbia. Seasonal. 8 a.m.-noon Thursdays. (803)787-2182

    Trinity Episcopal Church Farmers Market, 1100 Sumter St., Columbia. Seasonal, starting in June. 8:30 a.m.-noon Sundays. (803) 771-7300

    Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Farmers Market, 2701 Heyward St., Columbia. Seasonal, starting in June. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays. (803) 799-0845

    Virginia Wingard United Methodist Farmers Market, 1500 Broad River Road, Columbia. Seasonal, starting in June. 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. (803) 772-0794

    Washington Street United Church Farmers Market, 1401 Washington St., Columbia. Seasonal, starting in June. 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. (803) 256-2417

    Whaley Street United Methodist Church Farmers Market, 517 Whaley St., Columbia. Seasonal, starting in June. 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. (803) 799-4104

    Zion Chapel Missionary Baptist Church #1, Walter Hills Road off Fairfield Road. Seasonal, starting in June. 12:30-2:30 p.m. Saturdays. (803) 754-2752

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