Hub City Farmers Market Opens Shop
The increasing interest in local and organic food options in recent years, sparked by eye opening documentaries such as “Hands Over Forks” and “Food Inc,” have driven public attendance to their neighborhood farmer’s markets and produce stands.
One benefit of living in an old farming community like Spartanburg, is that the options for locally grown products are in abundance. With large family farms such as Belue’s, Abbots, and Tyger River Smart Farm, just miles from the center of campus, the Upstate community has a plethora of healthy eating options right at our doorstep.
The Hub City Farmers Market, an organization dedicated to sharing health and gardening knowledge and uniting local producers, set up shop in Morgan Square in downtown Spartanburg Saturday March 29, for the first sale of the season. Attendees battled the misting rain to browse a dozen or so produce and meat stands, in search of the highest quality food options.
Saturday attendee Rachel Moon stated, “I love the Farmer’s Market! I’ve been coming for years.” she continued, “They have the best meat and really cool artisan crafts and things.”
The Market has a nice selection of baked goods, grass raised beef, and milk and every vegetable or fruit known to grow in the Upstate. Vendors also provide helpful advice on composting and recycling, and are very eager to answer any questions about starting your own personal or community garden.
The Market Management Tent also has information for prospective gardeners, and encourages anyone interested in signing up to be a volunteer for the city garden project Urban Farm, to assist in the various tasks associated with raising and maintaining a high volume garden.
The Farmers Market will continue to set up shop in Morgans Square every Saturday from 8am to noon, from now until September 24, with peak produce yields toward the beginning of July. Beginning June 4, they will be open on Wednesdays as well, from 11am to 1pm.