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April showers bring May flowers across Columbia

Field-to-fork learning at City Roots.
Field-to-fork learning at City Roots. Submitted

April showers bring May flowers. If you’re craving some springtime in your step, here’s flora and fauna that you can display or wear, and even taste.

Fun

Stop and smell the roses (quite literally) at Petite Fleur during Soda City’s year-round Saturday market. Out of the 150 vendors present at Main Street’s weekly rain-or-shine fair, this mobile flower boutique is a standout because of its teal blue Chevrolet truck laden with flowers grown in South Carolina. Customers can chose to buy a bouquet, wreath, or creative centerpiece — all of which are customizable.

Where to find it: Main Street. The market is open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Leisure

Embrace your flower child nature inside and out at Wildflower Boutique. Fill out your spring wardrobe with flowy florals from this Five Points shop. From feminine frocks to delicate accessories, this store’s selection of fabrics and prints is designed to bring out the best bloom in all of us. In addition to their delicate blues and earthly shift dresses, the store is currently featuring breathable white ensembles, just in time for Memorial Day.

Where to find it: 721 Saluda Ave. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Food

But enough about the bud. What about the stem from which the flower blooms? What about the root? Get your fill of local ingredients at City Roots, South Carolina’s first urban farm. This family owned, 3.5-acre site specializes in microgreens and cooking mushrooms, as well as herbs and field crops. Many of City Roots products can be found at Whole Food, Earthfare or Loews Foods, and on the menu of some of the top restaurants throughout Columbia.

Where to find it: 1005 Airport Blvd. www.cityroots.org

Drink

And speaking of farm-to-table, end your springtime day with a botanical house cocktail at Tazza Kitchen in Trenholm Plaza. This American eatery may be laid back, but its specialty drinks pack a punch, rotating with the changing seasons. Alongside the wood-fired pizzas order the palate cleanser “A Girl Has No Name,” made with Wheatley vodka, galliano, lemon, honey, raspberry puree, and garnished with an orchid petal. Or if you rather have the whole flower, order “War and Peas,” with Tanqueray gin, yellow chartreuse, cocchi americano, lime, snap pea, and topped with a purple orchid.

Where to find it: 4840 Forest Drive, Suite 20. Happy hour is 4:30-6 p.m.

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