Slow Food Columbia is one of 200+ Slow Food USA chapters, located in Columbia, South Carolina. Our mission is to support the movement behind GOOD, CLEAN and FAIR foodways in the Midlands and beyond. Our convivium hosts workshops, potlucks and other events throughout the year to celebrate local + seasonal flavors; to showcase the culinary talents of our region's chefs, farmers, + artisan producers; to strengthen connections between members of our local food community; and to educate the public about the importance of knowing where your food comes from.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Renovated Building Ready for All-Local Farmers' Market

Renovated Market Building at 701 Whaley

It had been two weeks since I'd looked in on the renovations for the All-Local Farmers' Market. I'd told Tracie I'd write about the market's Grand Re-opening, so I biked over at lunch today to check it out. The market will be in the building this Saturday. 701 Whaley manager Tom Chinn was doing a little cleaning up when I got there.

Wood recycled from 701 Whaley beams

Inside, serious progress from two weeks ago. Along the lower back wall, wood paneling has been installed. Tom told me the wood was recycled from beams that had been in 701 Whaley. Floral & Hardy had also been over, working on their new booth.

Garage doors installed across front

The arched garage doors are in and you can see how much more natural light there will be, even if the doors are lowered.

Posts also made from old beams
The addition of a porch across the front of the building is really wonderful.

Tom pointed out a couple of details--more 701 Whaley beams re-purposed to support the porch roof and as newels.

Tom Chinn, not wanting
his picture taken btw.
The market will be here on Saturday, regular hours 8am-noon, but with extra activities to celebrate moving back in--cooking demonstrations by Kristian Niemi and The Flying Foodie and S.C.-brewed beer on the house, from Thomas Creek Brewery, to toast the new space.

If you need more information, you can find it at or on Facebook.

Pumpkins at Heyward & Queen
On my way home, I rode by a pretty darned appealing pumpkin "patch," sort of a mini pumpkin museum.

It's at the church on the corner of Heyward and Queen in Shandon. Pumpkins are for sale; if no one's there, you can use their self-serve honor system.

--Jenny Maxwell

1 comment:

Louis said...

I hope that there would be a lot of improvements because of that renovation. Thanks for sharing.

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