As warmer weather makes its way back into the Upstate, fairs and farmers markets are starting to come to life.
On May 7, farmers markets in Greenville and Travelers Rest will get underway as vendors prepare to offer fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses and other various wares.
In Travelers Rest, market director Adrienne Hawkins said they are making preparations for the market’s ninth year. It is Hawkins’ third year as director. The Travelers Rest Farmers Market was recently recognized by Deep South Magazine as one of the best Farmers Markets in the South.
“I am so proud of our growing local and sustainable food scene,” Hawkins said, in a statement. “The farmers, crafters and food producers have stepped up their game by leaps and bounds, and we have followed suit.”
The Travelers Rest Farmers Market – which is located at 225 Wilhelm Winter Street - has added new vendors and Hawkins said they have also expanded their hours to 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. each Saturday.
In Greenville, the TD Saturday Market will enter its 14th season on Saturday. The market lines downtown Greenville from Court Street to Washington Street. The city said, in a press release, the market will feature 79 vendors this season.
“The market serves as the perfect opportunity for the city to promote healthy living and support local farmers in a fun-filled social setting,” said Mandy Watson, TD Saturday Market coordinator, in a statement. “We are thrilled to have 14 new vendors who will complement the offerings at this season’s market.”
A component to the TD Saturday Market is the offering of TD Bank Bucks to vendors. Vendors could apply for the Bank Bucks and use the funds to pay market fees for the full season. Growing Green Family Farm, Holliday’s Veggie Patch and Thrive Upstate were recipients of the TD Bank Bucks for this season. The TD Saturday Market will also feature “Booth for a Cause” for nonprofit organizations and a “Youth Booth” to give “young entrepreneurs with the opportunity to showcase and sell their work to market shoppers.”
The Saturday Market will feature free monthly educational events in an activities area called “It’s More than Just a Market.”
Both markets plan to include cooking demonstrations and classes, music and other special events over the duration of the season. In Greenville the TD Saturday Market runs May 7 through Oct. 29 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will not open Oct. 15. The Travelers Rest Farmers Market runs every Saturday from May through September.