Hugh Weathers, South Carolina's Commissioner of Agriculture, is asking South Carolinians to join him in celebrating Farmers Market Month in August by shopping at a farmers market in their community.
"We are blessed to have an abundance of fresh, locally grown produce and locally made products here in South Carolina," said Commissioner Weathers. "You don't just have to visit a farmers market in August, celebrate throughout the year by shopping your local market anytime."
Governor Nikki Haley has again proclaimed August as Farmers Market Month in South Carolina. Farmers Market Month is an extension of National Farmers Market Week, which runs August 4-10, and celebrates farmers markets as critical food hubs that bolster regional economies, while increasing access to nutritious foods.
Here in South Carolina (and nationwide) local farmers markets have grown in popularity as more people are looking for, and buying locally-grown produce and agricultural products. Today there are more than 120 community-based farmers markets across the state, as well as the three State Farmers Markets located in West Columbia, Florence, and Greenville. During your next visit to a farmers market look for the Certified SC Grown logo to find South Carolina grown produce and products.
To find a local farmers market in your community click on http://agriculture.sc.gov