City Center Farmers’ Market Now Year-Round!

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The City Center Farmers Market in Downtown Florence has expanded to a year-round market, every Saturday through the Fall and Winter (except Christmas Eve). The hours are 9am-1pm through December.  In January, winter market hours will be 10am-2pm. In April, the market will resume the 9-1 Spring/Summer hours.

Located in the back of the City Center parking lot (accessed via 369 W. Cheves Street), the farmers market is easy to access and has ample parking. Just look for the Downtown campus of Florence Darlington Tech and the white tents! The market is also located close to the PDRTA Route 1 West (Evans Street) route near pickup location 1, The Federal Building Downtown.

The market began last April with eight vendors and now regularly offers a wide range of goods including local meat and dairy products (from grass-fed livestock), organic and locally grown vegetables, breads, baked goods, handmade pasta and sauces, wood, textile, paper, and other handicrafts by local artisans.  Friendly vendors, music, and a place to sit and enjoy a meal make the market an easy place to stay a while. Since most in-town farmers markets are seasonal, our change to year-round has brought in vendors who otherwise would not have a local market during the winter months. The City Center Market has significantly increased the number of vendors for the holidays, especially craft vendors. Lately at the market shoppers and locavores have found:

Amanda’s Confections – holiday treats for your table
*Brooklyn South Deli – handmade pasta and sauces, breads and cookies
*Breads & Threads – sourdough bread and sweet rolls, burlap Christmas stockings, boot stretchers and other textile crafts
*Fisher Road Oils & Honey – beeswax candles, handmade bath and beauty products and local honey
Homemade with Love by Lauri – handmade textile gifts
Lulu’s Barkery – homemade treats for four-legged friends
*M&M Farms – fresh local produce
*Ovis Hill Farm – organic produce, meats and dairy from grassfed livestock, eggs, seafood, coffee, and
Piddlin’ with Paper – paper crafts, magnets and other gifts
Sara Price – woodcrafts such as jewelry boxes and more
Silver Lake Forge and Farm – forged iron gifts and goats milk soap
Sunrise Farm + Apiary – Pee Dee honey and educational information about beekeeping
*Tracks Cafe – market-fresh breakfast burritos and grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch
Von Diesel Design + Southern Fields Soap Company – handmade gifts and beauty products
William + Georgia Gates – painted crosses on canvas and wooden crafts

*Weekly vendors.

City Center Market organizers are always seeking vendors with Carolina-made or grown products to add diversity to and enhance the market’s offerings. Check out www.florencedowntown.com/citycenterfarmersmarket for an application.

The City Center Farmers Market is a part of the City of Florence’s Downtown revitalization efforts, bringing a bountiful and reliable supply of high quality food and a refreshing shopping experience to visitors and residents all year long.  SNAP/EBT is welcome and nutrition information is supplied in both Spanish and in English. Friendly pets on leashes are welcome.

For more information contact market organizer Jennie Pezé 843-665-2047 x1083 or jpeze@cityofflorence.com and check out the market’s Facebook page @citycenterfarmersmarket for updates and weekly vendors!