Sandhill Farmers Market opens in May

By Donna Bowen

Sandhill Farmers MarketThe Sandhill Farmers Market opens on Tuesday, May 3 from 2 to 7 p.m. and runs until November 22, 2011. 

The market, located at the Sandhill Research and Education Center in Columbia, is home to over 53 vendors selling fresh local produce, meat, poultry, eggs, butter, milk, cheese, honey, plants, flowers, shrubs, and baked goods and many organic products. An "Ask a Master Gardener Booth" is also available for anyone with questions on lawn and garden problems.

“The community has embraced the Sandhill Farmers Market as a place for people to find high-quality produce and other fresh, nutritious products for feeding their families,” said Judy Gaskins, market coordinator.

Nearly 48,000 customers attended the 2010 market, with vendors reporting almost $250,000 in gross sales. The 2011 market is shaping up to be even bigger.

For information: Judy Gaskins, 803-699-3190,