NEWBERRY — The Newberry County Chamber of Commerce will begin its fall Grow Newberry Farmer’s Market this Saturday.
The Grow Farmer’s Market is typically only held in the summer, but due to vendor requests the Chamber has decided to include a fall market as well.
“The vendors requested one last year, but because we only had a few weeks to plan and we already had a full fall, we were unable to take on another project,” said Michelle Long, executive director of the Newberry County Chamber of Commerce. “With us going into it this year, we knew they were interested so we were able to foresee that possibility.”
The vendors desire for the Chamber to host a fall market is because they have fall produce they are looking to sell. In fact, Long said that will be the biggest difference from the summer market: the produce. Liz MacDonald, administrator with the Chamber, said they will still have vendors who make breads, soaps and various art pieces.
“We have some new vendors that have never been in the Newberry Farmer’s Market. This will include clay artwork and upcycled art,” she said. “Cathy Taylor will be selling coffee with her homemade breads, and another vendor will have special cinnamon honey for the fall.”
Also, just in time for the season, one vendor will be selling Christmas ornaments that children can decorate while at the Farmer’s Market.
To date there are 13 vendors signed up, but there are 19 spaces still available and six truck spaces. The cost to be a vendor is $10 per day, or $30 for the entire season, which will run from Oct. 14 until Nov. 18.
Anyone interested in being a vendor should know there are strict guidelines. For example, there are no resale items of any kind and no active political campaigning. MacDonald said the goal of the Farmer’s Market is homegrown and homemade.
Long said she is hoping to get more non-profits that involve children.
“We really want to get the word out to non-profits. We will have one non-profit out there at no charge each week. Whether they want to do a bake sale, or whatever they would like to do,” Long said. “The Humane Society is going to be there on Saturday, for example.”
Non-profits will not be under the same guidelines as vendors, as long as the Chamber approves what the non-profit would like to do ahead of time. For example, if a church wanted to sell cookbooks for a fundraiser that would be OK since they are a non-profit.
The Grow Farmer’s Market will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Saturday until Nov. 18. MacDonald said anyone looking to shop should arrive right when they open because many products go fast, like the homemade bread.
If you are interested in becoming a vendor or are a non-profit that would like to participate, you can contact the Chamber at (803) 276-4274.
Reach Andrew Wigger at 803-276-0625 ext. 1867 or on Twitter @ TheNBOnews.