After undergoing facility renovations and restorations, the Lake City Farmers' Market reopened April 5, at the National Bean Market, 111 Henry Street, Lake City, South Carolina.
A host of dignitaries joined S.C. Commissioner Hugh Weathers to participate in the official Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Bell Ringing that inaugurated the reopening. These dignitaries included, among others, Lake City Farmers' Market manager Phil Huber, Lake City Mayor Lovith Anderson, state Sen. Yancey McGill, state Rep. Lester Branham and Florence County Council Chairman K.G. "Rusty" Smith.
Amanda McNulty and Tony Melton from SCETV's cable television show "Making It Grow" were also at the event.
"Every spring and fall, the Lake City Farmers' Market becomes the center of community activities," said Commissioner Weathers. "Farmers and non-farmers have an opportunity to interact and consumers have convenient access to farm-fresh healthy produce and products at affordable prices. The Lake City Farmers' Market defines local – locally grown produce, products, people, and places. It's all about supporting the community."
Children's activities at the reopening of the market included a scavenger hunt, balloons and face painting. The Lake City Community Hospital offered free blood pressure screenings for attendees. Visitors also had a chance to play Bargain Bingo for gift cards from supermarket retailer IGA. The local restaurant Foodscapes sent Chef Kathy Fridl to prepare dinner from overages of produce at the market. Horticulturalists Ethan Kauffman and Madison Turnblad from Moore Botanical Farms provided demonstrations on container gardening.
The ceremony also marked the beginning of the market season in the newly renovated enclosed facility. Over 40 vendors now offer items for sale at the expanded farmers market. Some of the items offered for sale include conventional and organically grown produce, plants and flowers, citrus plants barbecue sauces, heritage pork, sausages, eggs, cane syrup, grass-fed beef, honey, herbs, and other specialty food items; handmade soap products; crafts; fresh seafood and baked goods.
The Lake City Farmers' Market will be open for business on Thursdays from 2 p.m.-7 p.m., April-June and September-October at the National Bean Market in Lake City.