WHITMIRE — Whitmire will begin selling fresh produce this weekend at its new farmer’s market. The idea for the market was put into action by the town’s Economic Development Board.
Board member Maria Mcmurtury said the idea came about by observing the success of other community markets.
“I wanted us to to offer an opportunity for our local farms and home growers to have one central location in Whitmire to offer fresh products to Whitmire’s residents,” Mcmurtury.
Mcmurtury said the board was in agreement that they wanted a place for Whitmire residents to be able to come together and hopefully encourage the community to buy fresh foods, which in turn makes everyone healthier.
The market will run from June 14 until sometime in October. It will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon and on Wednesday afternoons from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
During the peak season, most gardeners need to be picked several times a week. Mcmurtury said that by having the farmer’s market twice a week, it gives the growers the opportunity to pick and sell fresh. It also gives both first and second shift workers will have an opportunity to shop.
Who can sell?
Mcmurtury said anyone can sell at the farmer’s market. For this first year, there will not be a charge for farmers to sell their produce there, but there may be in the future.
“We want the farmers and sellers to be able to come and establish a relationship with the Whitmire customer base,” Mcmurtury said.
The Whitmire Farmers Market will be located in Heritage Park at the Glenn Street entrance. Vendors must bring their own tables and tents.
Items for sale at the market include produce, flowers, baked goods, and arts/crafts. Pricing is set by each individual seller.
To let the board members know that you’re interested in selling, Mcmurtury said to contact her at her email, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803-537-6826.
“Misty Collier, Jamela Kim Wallace, Jeff Vandergraft and myself are working diligently to bring new opportunities to Whitmire’s citizens,” Mcmurtury said. “We believe that Whitmire is a great place to live and our small town is worthy of all the efforts made to bring more opportunity for a well rounded retail and social market in Whitmire.”
In fact, Vandergraft tries to follow one of his favorite quotes from Margaret Mead: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.