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Farmers Market Marks National Week with Saturday Events

The Anderson County Farmers Market is joining markets across the country in celebrating National Farmers Market Week.

On Saturday, in addition to the regular farmers and vendors, volunteers from Clemson Extension, Anderson County Master Gardeners, United Way's "Eat Smart Move More Coalition," and local Youth Volunteer Corps will be at the market offering advice and entertaining children with games and activities. Live music and prepared food will also be a part of the event. 

As demand for local food continues to grow, so too have the opportunities for America’s farmers to market fresh food directly to the consumer. According to statistics recently released by the United States Department of Agriculture, farmers markets and farm stands account for roughly $2 billion of the $3 billion that Americans spend annually on farm-direct products. This revenue, in turn, supports the livelihoods of more than 165,000 mostly small and mid-sized farms and ranches. 

“Farmers markets play a vital role not just in generating real income for farmers, but is forming healthy, prosperous food systems,” says Jen Cheek, Program Director of the Farmers Market Coalition. “By providing the opportunity for farmers to connect directly with consumers, markets serve as education centers. Vendors are teaching customers about agriculture and sharing recipes and new foods with their neighbors. Markets are making people and communities stronger and healthier. “

The Anderson County Farmers Market began in its current location in 2002, and currently hosts approximately 30 farmers selling a wide variety of products, including fresh seasonal produce, local honey, farm-fresh eggs, local beef, pork and poultry, culinary and medicinal herbs, ornamental plants, homemade baked goods, handcrafted soaps and lotions, handmade jewelry, wood crafts and more.

“We are proud to have not only the freshest local produce, but also a wide variety of handmade/homemade items that can make the Market your one-stop shopping place,” said Sharon Nicometo, Anderson County Parks Department Coordinator.

The Market is covered and ADA accessible. SNAP/EBT, WIC, or Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program are accepted at the Market. The Market is located at 402 N. Murray Ave in downtown Anderson (at the intersection of Murray Ave. and Tribble St. and is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8 am – 1 pm through November 26.

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