Manning helped found The Market

WINNSBORO – When Ernest Manning first got involved in what is now the Fairfield Farmers and Artisans Market in mid-2010, it was a new thing for Fairfield County, started by the former Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce president, Terri Vickers. “It started from a grant, and it was just an idea. We put tents up […]

It’s all about soap, sewing and support of young moms

WINNSBORO – When Michelle Taylor first asked about participating as a vendor in the Fairfield Farmers and Artisans Market, it was because she had 70 dresses she’d made for a fundraiser – an event that had been canceled by the Covid-19 pandemic. She needed a place to sell the dresses and still wanted to use […]

Family’s dream fueled by microgreens

RIDGEWAY – For the Samuels family, the journey from the Columbia suburbs to small-scale farming in rural Fairfield County was a process: a study undertaken, a risk leapt into, and a dream realized. Now in their second year earning their primary income from the crops they produce on their land just outside Ridgeway, they’re continuing […]

Farmers’ market opens new door for Greenbrier gardener

WINNSBORO – At the age of five, he started gardening under his father’s watchful eye. By eight, he was plowing the garden. Today, at 76, Rev. Lonzo Ruff, of Greenbrier, has reached a pinnacle in his gardening life – he’s one of the top-selling vendors at the Saturday morning Fairfield Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market in […]

Senior vouchers available for Farmer’s Market purchases

FAIRFIELD COUNTY – If you are 60 or older, have a valid drivers’ license or state issued ID, have a low income and live in Fairfield County, you may qualify to receive $25 worth of coupons to buy fresh fruits and vegetables this summer through the Fairfield Farmer’s Market or other certified Fairfield County farmer’s […]

Fairfield Farmers market opens for season

Spring Salebration

WINNSBORO – The sun was high, the stores were open and the crowd was there. It was the first annual Winnsboro merchants Salebration. And a success it was, Chamber of Commerce President Gene Stephens said. Finding a parking place on Congress Street was difficult. And, after parking and shopping all day, it was hard to […]

Building Benches

WINNSBORO – Winnsboro Eagle Scout Benjamin Truitt, 17, donated four oak benches, including the one he is sitting on, and a display table to the Fairfield County Market building during a short ceremony Saturday morning during the Farmers Market. Truitt, a rising senior at York Preparatory School, handcrafted the furniture as his Eagle Scout 2020 […]

Masks Benefitting Moms

WINNSBORO – Kay Hensley, right, found a large selection of handsewn adult and children’s face masks – with filter pockets and without – at Michelle Taylor’s booth during Saturday’s downtown Farmers Market. Profits from Taylor’s booth benefit Young Lives, a club that mentors and supports teenage moms.

Rec Center, Market funding sent forward to council

WINNSBORO – The County Administration and Finance Committee recommended to council the allocation of $130,000 Monday evening for two capital building projects intended to contribute to the overall health of Fairfield County residents – a fitness center and the Farmer’s Market building. The the recommended funds come from the existing $500,000 capital building projects budget. […]