The Market will debut its products at this Saturday’s event, and Easley residents will get a first look at what several vendors will have to offer this year.
“Everyone is very excited,” said Easley Farmers Market Manager Lisa Garrett. “We had our annual vendor meeting a few weeks ago and everybody is ready to go.”
Garrett says vendors will be carrying a variety of products on Saturday.
“We have about 20 vendors for Saturday,” said Garrett. “We’re going to have a variety of things. We have plant growers, Great Harvest Bread Company; we’ve got a lady that does honey, and a couple of farmers that may do some early crop vegetables.”
We’ve got a lady who has eggs, some crafters that will be participating, and some bakers who will have some baked goods. We also have a new vendor that will be participating this year that will have organic grass-fed beef. He is actually USDA approved.” she continued. “We’ve got a good variety.”
The Farmers Market will change as the season progresses, leading up to the primary growing season this summer.
“It changes from month to month as growing season comes upon us,” said Garrett. “We have some seasonal farmers like strawberry producers, and blueberry producers, but it starts out with a lot of plants for spring planting. After that we get into our vegetables, and our highest growing season is June, July, August and September.”
Garrett says beginning the season at Spring Fling has become a tradition.
“We always start with Spring Fling,” said Garrett. “That gets people downtown, gets them excited, and gets them ready for a good market season.”
With a variety of products to offer, Garrett says she is sure there will be some interested customers this weekend.
“I think this is going to be a wonderful season, and better than last year,” said Garrett. “Each year we seem to grow and get bigger, so I’m excited to have a really good market this year.”
For those who are not sure about checking out the Farmers Market, Garrett says it will help support neighbors in Easley.
“Buy local,” said Garrett to her potential customers. “Support your farming, and see where your food comes from, what is in it, and how it was grown. It is always important to keep it local because you can talk to the grower and see how it is grown.”