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Visit Walterboro’s Farmers Market this summer

By Cokeitha Gaddist

Summer is in full swing and the Walterboro-Colleton Farmers Market has all your fresh produces and special treats. The market is now offering fresh vegetables and fruits, local honey, local crafts, plants, baked goods, prepared food, live music, and much more. The new summer hours are Tuesdays from 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM and on Saturdays from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM.
Why Should you shop at the Farmers Market? Because the fruits and vegetables you buy at the Farmers Market are the freshest and tastiest available in this area. They are allowed to ripen fully in fields only miles away then brought directly to you by local farmers who are your friends and neighbors. There is no simulated ripening process, no long-distance travel, shipping in container trucks or no sitting for weeks in refrigerated storage until ripen. When you shop at the farmers market your food is as good as it gets and at its best, fresh from the farm. You can also come to the farmers market to enjoy live music by local artists and musicians. This past Saturday, “The Vets Band” performed at the market for shoppers and visitors.
Robin Gunter is the new market manager. She has special ties to the farmers market. Before Gunter became the manager, she was also a local vendor at the Farmers Market. Gunter and her husband Daryl started their farm Darbin Dirt Dabblers and was immediately welcomed at the Farmers market where they sold fresh produces grown on their farm. “We wanted to grow vegetables that were healthy for us and our customers, the Market welcomed us as a vendor, fellow grower, and friend,” said Gunter. “That’s why I feel a special connection to the market and all the farmers who sell their goods here,” she says.

Customers shopping at Vender, J.C. Farms located in the Farmer’s Market . Photos by Cokeitha Gaddist.

Gunter talked about some of the programs at Farmers Market that helps to make shopping accessible and affordable for everyone in the community. For example, when you use your SNAP/EBT and spend $5 you get $10 of Healthy Bucks (per day), which means you can buy $15 total of fresh fruits and vegetables just for spending $5 or you can use the $10 Healthy Bucks later to shop on another day. The Farmers Market also participate in the Senior Voucher Program which allows Seniors to use the Senior Voucher to shop at the market. “I want people young and old to look forward to coming to the market because of what they can learn and the friendships they can develop all while knowing that they are welcome and appreciated,” said Gunter. “I want shoppers and vendors of the market to feel what I have felt and to be proud of shopping at your local Farmers Market and bringing fresh local foods to the community,” she says.
If you are interested in becoming a vendor or want more information about the Farmers Market please contact Robin Gunter at (843) 549-2303.

Cokeitha Gaddist (67 Posts)