National Farmers Market Week is the first week in August, but in South Carolina, we celebrate all of August as Farmers Market Month. South Carolina has participated in National Farmers Market Week since the year 2000 when it was first established by the U.S.D.A. The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) proclaims August as Farmers Market Month,.
The City of Easley will have Farmers Market Week August. 16th through the 23rd. South Carolina, expanded Farmers Market Week to a month-long celebration in order to extend opportunities for communities across the state to showcase their local markets. Farmers markets are a critical food hub, bolstering regional economies, increasing access to nutritious foods, and bringing people together through a shared public space. The SC Association of Farmers Markets participates in the effort helping connect consumers with the people who make up one of the state’s largest industries.
Mayor Bagwell’s 2014 Farmers Market Week Proclamation:
WHEREAS, farmers markets are important outlets for agricultural producers, providing them with increased opportunities to meet consumer demand for a variety of fresh, affordable, convenient, and healthful products sold directly from the farm;
WHEREAS, community-based farmers markets offer consumers convenient access to fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables, flowers, plants, herbs, baked goods, and other products at affordable prices; and
WHEREAS, the popularity of farmers markets continues to rise, today there
are more than 120 community-based farmers markets across the state, as well as the three State Farmers Markets and three markets in Pickens County.
WHEREAS, farmers markets play a key role in developing local food systems that support the sustainability of family farms, revitalize local communities, provide opportunities for producers, farmers and consumers to interact; and
WHEREAS, farmers markets offer electronic benefits transfer technology for use by SNAP recipients in redeeming their benefits, as well as extra benefits for using the Healthy Bucks Incentive
NOW, THEREFORE, to further the awareness of farmers markets’ contributions to American life, I, Larry Bagwell, Mayor of the City of Easley, South Carolina, do hereby proclaim the week of August 16-23, 2014 as Farmers Market Week in the City of Easley.
I encourage all citizens to eat local as a salute to our farmers market and to our farmers who work so hard to supply the community with an abundance of fresh local products.
SNAP! The Easley Farmers Market has been chosen as a pilot market for a new program through DSS. It is the Healthy Buck Incentive.
When a SNAP customer buys $2.50 in fruits and vegetables with their EBT card we will give them an additional $5.00 to spend on fruits and vegetables.
This money must be spent ONLY on fruits and vegetables. This is to encourage people to eat more fruits and vegetables and live a healthier lifestyle. Spread the word.
The Easley Farmers Market received a $500 grant on May 15th from AgSouth. We also have new reusable bags to give away for our market customers. Thank you AgSouth for supporting local growers and our market!
Each year the S.C. Certified Growers program offers a display to sell contest. This year all vendors at the Easley Farmers that are members of the SC Certified program submitted entries for the contest. I am proud to announce that all the winners in Region 1 came from the Easley Farmers Market.
First place went to: Marchbanks Heirloom Vegetables, Rickie Marchbanks, Farmer. Rickie won a plaque and $300.00.
Second place went to: Patterson Produce, Al and Sylvia Patterson, Farmers. The Pattersons won $200.00.
Third place went to: David’s Garden, Oliver Earle, Jr. Farmer. Oliver won $100.00.
By having the 1st place winner from her market, Market Manager Lisa Garrett received a check for $150.00 for the Easley Farmers Market. Needless to say Lisa was very proud having all three winners from the Easley Market!
All winners were invited to the Annual meeting of the S.C. Association of Farmers Markets where Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture, Martin Eubanks presented them with their prizes and provided them lunch.
Congratulations to all the winners.
On November 16th, 2013, the Easley Farmers Market will have a Holiday Market from 10 AM until 2 PM in the regular location in the parking lot of City Hall. Come and shop for holiday gifts.
Also at this event the City of Easley and Pickens County will sponsor a shredder event. A shredder will be available for citizens to drop off their paper documents to be securely shredded.
Fall for the Arts at the Easley Farmers Market.
8 a.m. until 2 p.m, Our regular market vendors plus more crafters and artists. Loads of entertainment, the SWU Jazz band, Talent show contest winners performing, dancers, singers, musicians, we will have it all this weekend. It is also our last regular market day of the season. Come out an stay awhile and enjoy a great fall morning.
This is who will be at the market Saturday. We are not listing booth numbers because people could move around a little. Also the road is going to be closed off so there will be vendors on the street beside the market and they do not have booth numbers.
- Starving Artist Cafe’
- Starving Artist Art
- Larry Palmer: Art
- Genna Lynn Jewelry
- Dale Stone: Art
- Fine Arts Center of Easley
- Kitty Adams: Art
- Fine Arts Council
- Foothills Playhouse
- Dance Conservatory
- Bo’s Garden Farm: Vegetables
- Red Hills Farm: Plants and Flowers
- Great Harvest Bread Company
- Crafting To Music: Mason jar tumbers, lanterns, soap dispensers
- Patterson’s Produce: Vegetables
- High Flying Bee Farm: Local Honey
- Donny Simmons: Hot sauces, etc.
- Dahl Farm: Mushrooms and vegetables
- Brian Wilson: Hand carved walking sticks
- Smoothies Spa: Soaps
- Nanarene’s Designs: Hairbows, owl pillows, jewelry
- Beechwood Farms: Vegetables
- Lovie’s Craft Creations: Bobby bibs, quilts, diaper purses, etc.
- Elaine’s Confections: baked goods and crafts
- Jeremiah Clock Designs
- High Valley Farms: plants and vegetables
- Rocking Horse Studio: crafts
- Barbara Brown and friends: Crafts
- The Irish Bohemain Custom Woodwook: chairs, tables, etc.
- Gail Crisp: Jewelry and crafts
- Lions Club: Broom sales
- Simply Southern Pralines: Pralines
- Upstate Custome Wood Products: Corn Hole Games
- Barn yard Goodies: Homemade Dog Treats
- Daylillies, inc.: Salsa, jams, chow chow, apple butter, etc.
- Nuttin Fancy Farm: vegetables
- JR’s Yard Effects: Swings, picnic tables,
- Papa Joe’s Bowls (Joey Taylor),
- Bubba J’s Boiled Peanuts,
- Welcome new vendor Lynn Vining Scott with The Butter Bath Company®: 100% Natural Face & Body Care Products