The current State Farmers Market on Bluff Road will close at noon Aug. 14.
Starting with pre-dawn hours on Monday, Aug. 16, customers will buy their produce at the new market on U.S. 321 in Lexington County, Larry Boyleston, assistant commissioner of agriculture, said Monday.
Produce vendors were notified of the dates, which Boyleston said were firm, in letters that went out Friday.
The new market originally was supposed to open in the spring, but has been bedeviled by construction and financing delays. Boyleston said two or three vendors who sell large quantities will continue using the Bluff Road market even after the University of South Carolina takes over the site for football parking. That’s because their privately financed buildings won’t be ready.
But the overwhelming majority of vendors will be at the new market in mid-August, he said. Monday marked the first time the agriculture department has set a closing date for the Bluff Road market.