Farmer’s market attracting growers, artisans, musicians, more

Ernest Manning of Winnsboro is a regular at the Blythewood Farmers Market, selling his very nice, home grown lettuces, cabbages, onions and Gerber Daisies | Barbara Ball

BLYTHEWOOD – “It’s the melting pot of Blythewood,” proclaimed Blythewood Farmers Market Director Michaela Barno.   “Our vendors are either local residents from Blythewood, Ridgeway or Winnsboro or they are connected in some way to Blythewood. Plus we have Jeff Dowdy, The Shrimp Guy, with fresh Carolina shrimp.”

Regular vendors include Murphy Farms of Ridgeway, Henry’s Kitchen, Off the Track Bakery, fresh eggs from REDs Farm in Ridgeway, grits from Ken DuBard’s Congaree Milling Co, Donna Bass’ This Butter Be Good skin care products, First Fruits produce stand, Ernest Manning’s fresh garden produce and flowers, fresh chicken from Cedar Knoll Farm, Grand’s Garden produce, fresh pork, lamb and poultry from Doko Farm and much more.

“We offer live music and garden fresh produce every market day and free wine tasting every third Wednesday,” Barno said.

“All of the vendors produce the products they sell and are DHEC certified,” Barno said. “Their farms are licensed through the Department of Agriculture.”

“I am so proud of the quality of our regular vendors,” Barno said, “as well as the frequent visiting vendors.”

Besides food products, artisan vendors are a regular feature of the market featuring colorful and unique handmade arts and crafts.

“Each Wednesday also brings a new food truck,” explained Barno.  “Since opening May 2, we have already enjoyed barbeque, Belgian waffles, southern egg rolls and pizza, to name a few.

“And next week, May 23, we will feature Roadrunner Cafe out of Winnsboro serving dinner. Music will be provided by Jubilee Trio,” Barno said.

And remember to bring an empty cooler for carting produce home.

The market is open from 4 to 7 pm every Wednesday through October and is located in Doko Park at 171 Langford Road in Blythewood.  Plenty of free parking available. For more information email [email protected]

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