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.

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Visit to Sandhill Farmers' Market in Northeast Columbia

Hello all, 

This is Sarah Quick writing, a semi-recent member of Slow Food Columbia. Below is something I just posted in my own site, "Dear Folks and Anthropology," a blog that I basically started 2 years ago but left sitting for various reasons.

SFC events manager and blog administrator Tracie Broom recently invited me to post here at the Slow Food Columbia blog, and I thought the Sandhill Farmers' Market might interest some...

Almost every Tuesday, I visit the Sandhill Farmers' Market, run through Clemson University's Sandhill site, across from the new outdoor shopping mall at the Village at Sandhill.

They offer gardening advice from master gardners as well as information to vendors and shoppers.

Because of my Northeast location in Columbia, the Sandhill market has been more readily accessible than other farmers markets. I also like what I can get there: artisan bread (Heather's), SC shrimp, goat cheese and other local SC meats, honey and a larger variety of fruits and vegetables (some organic and some chemical free) depending on the season. Also available are organic soaps, boiled peanuts, and flowers as well as yummy kettle corn and toffee.

Vendors are required to have a certain amount of locally produced food/crafts to be able to sell there.

My usual purchases are the SC shrimp (soo good) from "the Shrimp Guy, LLC" and bread as well as some fruit and vegetables. Sometimes I don't eat a substantial lunch, so I might splurge on the yummy kettle corn while shopping.

This past Tuesday, Oct. 5th, I visited the market with a camera in tow. Besides the normal shrimp purchase, I decided to try some garlic brats from Old McCaskill's Farm.

I always like walking by this vendor because of the beautiful wool items for sale.

That's all for now, but see Susan Slack's excellent A Taste of Carolina blog for more pictures and recipes of September fare at this market.

Note: You can still join Slow Food for the reduced price of $25 (normally $60) through October 22, 2010!

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