As the vaccines continue to roll out, we are starting to mark up our calendars again. Speaking of which, we hope to have the calendar section back in the next issue of Mount Pleasant Magazine to keep you in the know. In the meantime, read about how the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market and Spoleto adapted to bring local produce and nationally acclaimed artists back into our lives.
From the Farm to Mount Pleasant
The town of Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is back, and from the look of the first few weeks, it’s as bustling as ever. An integral part of the Old Village scene, the market draws visitors from far and wide and is considered a tourist attraction.
Tracy Richter, farmers market manager, is excited about the season. “Last year, we worked very hard to provide a safe environment for all our shoppers. We are following those same guidelines: encouraging social distancing, wearing masks and hand-washing or sanitizing frequently. In addition, many of the vendors have received their immunizations.”
You might notice that the number of vendors has grown. It’s not surprising, as more businesses seek alternative ways to do business and an outdoor location is always welcomed. “We ended last season with around 26 vendors. We have increased to around 40 with more choices for shoppers,” Richter said. She also noted that The Mayor at the Market program will resume this summer, as well as their shopping bag sponsorship opportunities.
In addition to fresh produce and locally made pantry items, the market offers dining options to make your evening meal that much easier. The Clemson Extension Master Gardeners are always on hand to help you with tips on how to make what’s in your own backyard that much more bountiful and beautiful.
“There’s a very positive vibe about the environment this season,” added Richter. “Everyone seems to be happy to be able to shop local and support the farmers that work so hard at their craft to bring us what is in season.”